Roy Smith

Senior Pastor

Roy began as our senior pastor on June 27, 2010. Previously he served as Director of Ministries for the 700 United Methodist Churches in Arkansas. He loved his work in the Conference office. However, he is delighted to be back serving as pastor of a local church. Roy's passions in the church are preaching and helping to connect persons to God and to one another. Making connection has been the hallmark of his ministry.

Roy was reared in Pine Bluff and graduated from Hendrix College before attending seminary at Duke University. (Yes, he is an avid fan of the Duke Blue Devils' basketball team.) Roy is married to Sandy who is an RN. She has worked as a nursing professor,a hospice nurse and as a wellness consultant. Their daughter Martha is a student at the University of the Ozarks. Their son Andrew and his wife Rachel live in Dallas. Mattie and Molly, Roy and Sandy's golden retrievers, keep life lively at home.


Gail Brooks

Associatie Pastor

Gail grew up in Searcy, AR and lived in central and southwest Arkansas for several years before moving to Russellville. Gail worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years before resigning in 2000 to pursue full-time ministry. She graduated from Memphis Theological Seminary in December of 2008 with a Master's of Divinity. Gail was appointed as Associate Pastor at First UMC in Russellville in June 2009 and was ordained as an elder at the 2011 Arkansas Annual Conference. In addition, Gail received Certification in Spiritual Direction from Perkins School of Theology in November of 2014.

Gail is married to Tim Brooks and has a son, Joshua Cole, and a stepdaughter, Anna Wilson. Josh is currently living and working in Fayetteville, AR. Anna is married to Eric Wilson and has a daughter named Scout Elizabeth. Gail loves playing with her granddaughter, reading, traveling and enjoying the outdoors in her free time.