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Our Team2018-10-24T17:04:07+00:00

Our Pastors

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DAVID ATKINSON
Senior Pastor

David is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He holds undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Sociology from Lambuth College in Jackson, Tennessee. He also attended The Divinity School at Duke University, where he earned a Masters of Divinity degree. David responded to the call to ordained ministry at the age of nineteen. He has served churches in North Carolina, Kansas, West Tennessee and Kentucky. At his most recent appointment, David has served Benton 1st UMC for the past eleven years.

David and his wife Susan, have three grown children: Christopher, Stephen and John Michael.

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DEBORAH SUDDARTH
Executive Pastor

Deborah was born and raised in Oklahoma, graduating from Elgin High School. Deborah began going to church when she was in Kindergarten at Grace United Methodist Church, Altus, Oklahoma. Deborah’s senior year in high school, while at church camp at Red Rock Canyon, she heard her call to youth ministry. She attended Oklahoma City University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a minor in Psychology. She moved to Nashville and attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she focused on Pastoral Counseling.

Deborah and her husband Trey have 2 children: Reese and Douglas.

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CATHY LARSEN
Pastor of Students

Cathy is a native of Columbus, Mississippi. She attended The University of Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a double major in Instrumental music and Vocal Performance with a minor in History. She also attended Asbury Theological Seminary where she earned two Master of Arts degrees, one in Christian Education with an emphasis in Children, Youth and Young Adult Faith Development and the second in Church Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance.

Cathy heard a call to ministry while serving as a Camp Counselor at Lake Stephens United Methodist Camp at the age of 20. She has served churches in Kentucky and Mississippi as Minister of Music, Children’s Minister, Youth Minister and most recently as Associate Pastor of Worship and Discipleship in a church relocation and plant program for 16 years at Mineral Wells UMC in Olive Branch, MS.

Cathy is married to Rev. Scott Larsen and they have four children: Holly, Ben, Lise Lee, and Laurel.

Our Staff

MICHAEL ANANEA
MICHAEL ANANEAA/V Coordinator
CHRISTY BROWN
CHRISTY BROWNPastoral Care Assistant
BEVERLY CROSSNOE
BEVERLY CROSSNOEExecutive Administrator
MICHAEL DUNBAR
MICHAEL DUNBARWorship Leader
MELANIE DUNCAN
MELANIE DUNCANDirector of Congregational Care
SUSAN FRENCH
SUSAN FRENCHDirector of Preschool
DON HENIGAN
DON HENIGANFinance Administrator
FLETCH HERLONG
FLETCH HERLONGOffice Manager
CLEVE HORTON
CLEVE HORTONNight Receptionist
SARAH KEE
SARAH KEEFinance Assistant
CINDY LAMB
CINDY LAMBDirector of Children
DD JACKSON
DD JACKSONMusic Assistant
KATE JONES
KATE JONESWorship Leader
MICHAEL PARKES
MICHAEL PARKESFacilities Manager
JILL RAWIE
JILL RAWIEAssistant Director of Preschool
TERESA RECTOR
TERESA RECTORProduction Coordinator
JENNIFER RICKS
JENNIFER RICKSDirector of Nursery
BLAINE TOOLEY
BLAINE TOOLEYDirector of Worship
SHARON WALKER
SHARON WALKERMembership Secretary
WAYNE WARREN
WAYNE WARRENAssistant Director of Worship
HOLLY WINCHELL
HOLLY WINCHELLChildren's Ministries Assistant
LARRY WORD
LARRY WORDDirector of Communications