Our Staff

Meet the wonderful people who serve First United Methodist Church in the many ministries that we share with our congregation and the Magnolia Community!

  • Reverend Pamela Estes, Pastor

    EMAIL: pam.estes@arumc.org

    PHONE: 870-234-4530 ext. 102

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2016

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: II Corinthians 5: "So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Paul

    FAVORITE FOOD: Chocolate

    HOBBIES: Reading, movies, and sports

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I was minor representative on Student Senate at Ouachita in the 1970's, and I skipped my senior year in high school.

  • Shelly Burgess, Director of Children's and Families

    EMAIL: rsbl1818@gmail.com

    PHONE: 870-949-1818

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2017

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: "Be still, and know that I am God!" Psalm 46:10

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Peter

    FAVORITE FOOD: Chocolate

    HOBBIES: Genealogy

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I am a licensed contractor in the state of Arkansas.

  • Michelle Anderson, Director of Youth and Young Adults

    EMAIL: michelle@magnoliafumc.org

    PHONE: 870-234-4530 ext. 104

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2016

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: 1 John 4:19 “We love because He first loved us."

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Esther

    FAVORITE FOOD: Stuffed hamburgers with sweet potato fries

    HOBBIES: Crafting, writing, playing with my small dog Bruno, and watching the Razorbacks!

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I have an Identical Twin Sister!

  • Kim Shirey, Director of Music

    EMAIL: klshirey@att.net

    PHONE: 870-904-3546

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2003

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Psalm 91:4 "He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge."

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Paul

    FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza

    HOBBIES: Working in the yard

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: My father and my son have the same birthday.

  • Tracie Nipper, Administrative Secretary

    EMAIL: tracie@magnoliafumc.org

    PHONE: 870-234-4530 ext. 101

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2004

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Phillipians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Noah

    FAVORITE FOOD: Junk food!

    HOBBIES: Cooking, walking, spending time with family

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I enjoyed English Smocking when the girls where little. I even taught classes on it!

  • Amanda Franks, Business Manager

    EMAIL: amanda@magnoliafumc.org

    PHONE: 870-234-4530 ext. 105

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2011

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: David

    FAVORITE FOOD: Mexican

    HOBBIES: Volunteer work

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I lived on the island of St. Croix for 10 months.

  • Sharon Ard, Organist

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION

  • J.D. Martin, Building Superintendent

    ON STAFF SINCE: 1986

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Moses

    FAVORITE FOOD: Fried chicken and green peas

    HOBBIES: Working in the garden

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I am the most "seniored" member of the staff!

  • Shawn "Skippy" Warlick, Assistant Building Superintendent

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION

  • Kenneth Manning, Custodian

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2006

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Psalm 100 "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Job

    FAVORITE FOOD: Meat Loaf

    HOBBIES: Dancing

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I was a running back on the football team in high school.

  • Barbra Lewis, Director of The Caring Place

    EMAIL: barbarafumc@sbcglobal.net

    PHONE: 870-949-5088

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2008

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Philipians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: King David

    FAVORITE FOOD: Chocolate

    HOBBIES: Music and golf

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I am the second of 4 generations currently members of First United Methodist Church.

  • Melanie Allen, Joyful Singers Choir Director

    EMAIL: dolce.lacy@gmail.com

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2000

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Esther

    FAVORITE FOOD: White wedding cake

    HOBBIES: Music, reading

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I won best dressed Mulerider.

  • Tabitha Lewis, JAM Choir Director

    EMAIL: tabithalewis82@gmail.com

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2015

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Job

    FAVORITE FOOD: Mexican and Cajun

    HOBBIES: Dancing, Reading, Hunting, Raising chickens

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I was an extra in the movie, The White River Kid, with Antonio Banderas and Randy Travis.

  • Anne Couch, Children's Handbells Director

    EMAIL: annecouch@peoplepc.com

    PHONE: 870-696-4056

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2012

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: God is good! Psalm 106:1 "Praise the Lord, Give thanks to the lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Mary-the mother of Jesus

    HOBBIES: Enjoy outside activities, digging in the dirt, biking, running, hiking

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I was an Arkansas State University majorette for 2 years.

  • Libby Gilbert, Stewpot Cook

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2002

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: Apostle Paul

    FAVORITE FOOD: Chicken, greens, pork, and sweets

    HOBBIES: Reading, watching t.v., crossword puzzles

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I love to play jokes on my husband, George!

  • George Gilbert, Stewpot Cook

    ON STAFF SINCE: 2012

    FAVORITE SCRIPTURE: I Kings 3:5-15 "So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings."

    FAVORITE PERSON FROM THE BIBLE: King Solomon

    FAVORITE FOOD: Pork ribs

    HOBBIES: Carpentry, bass guitar, and gardening

    AN UNKNOWN/INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ME IS: I am actually a better cook than my wife Elizabeth.