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Rev Bill Cato

I grew up dividing my time between Searcy with my father and Kensett with my mother. I made my initial public profession of faith at eight years old and was subsequently baptized at Center Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Searcy. After high school, I attended college at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. While there I met Dr. Bill Gentry (a philosophy professor and ordained United Methodist elder) and his wife Betty. Through their influence and expressions of faith, I was attracted to the United Methodist Church.

I have experience in both traditional and contemporary worship settings and appreciate both styles. Over the last two years I have become involved in the Appalachian Trail Outreach Ministry in cooperation with United Methodist churches in Virginia. ATOM is a unique and fun opportunity to minister to the spiritual, emotional, and material needs of thru-hikers from across the country and around the world on the Appalachian Trail. I am deeply Sacramental. I am further committed to small group discipleship, lay leadership development, the Means of Grace, and personal evangelism as keys to experiencing spiritual revitalization in our churches. I am also passionate about racial and economic justice.

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Mike Meeks

Youth Ministries

Mike has been our youth minister since 2005. He also takes care of all the technology around the church and coordinates the contemporary service NewSong. He is heavily involved in the conference youth council (ACCYM). He is married to Debbie and has two children and one grandson.
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Ashley Tanner

Christian Education

Ashley has been with us since 2015. She is originally from Waco Texas and is an alumni of OBU. Her main focus is our children’s ministry but she also oversees all discipleship at FUMC.
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Sabrina Mecum

Office Director

Sabrina has been in the office since 2014. She is married to Carl and has 3 children. She handles all the scheduling, organization and logistics for our church.
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Rose Phillips

Church Treasurer

Rose has been on staff since 2001. She handles all of the accounting and bookkeeping for all the various ministries in our church. She is married to Fred and has two adult daughters. She helps with the family business DLT, which coordinates biathlons, triathlons and other marathon type events.
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Dr. Kay McAfee

Organist

Dr McAfee has been with FUMC since 1997. 32 years as Professor of Organ and Music History at her alma mater,
Henderson State University here in Arkadelphia. She is married to Wayne, has two adult daughters.
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Dr. Bill Higgins

Choir Master

An active choral musician, he has directed for Arkansas Governor’s School, and is currently the choir director for First United Methodist Church in Arkadelphia. Dr. Higgins is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The College Music Society, Pi Kappa Phi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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Sharon Murphy

Facilities Manger

Sharon has been with FUMC since 2014. She is resposible for all 3 buildings making sure they are ready for any class, meeting or event.
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