Pastor Tony was appointed Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in June of 2018. He is passionate about sharing the Good News of the Gospel and discipling others for work in God's Kingdom. He has been married to Tracy Earnhart Griffin for 23 years and they have three children, Addison, Will, and Lainey. Tony holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Southern Nazarene University (inactive CPA), a Juris Doctor's degree from The William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University, and he is completing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Duke University. He enjoys reading and outdoor activities with family.
Pastor Sarah has been serving as Associate Pastor at FUMC since July 2018. She joins us after several years as a missionary pastor in London, England. Prior to that she had been a pastor in the inner city of Minneapolis, MN, while also an International Sales Manager for Cargill within the flour milling industry. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy, a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formations and is completed her Master of Divinity currently. She has been married to Michael since 2001 and they have one daughter Melisa, who they adopted from Colombia in 2007. They hope to expand their family a bit more by adoption while living in Russellville. As a family, they enjoy movies – all sorts but especially the Marvel Cinematic Universe, tabletop board gaming and good food.