Pastor Cindy is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She was born in Arkansas and raised in North Carolina. She has also lived in Missouri and Oklahoma where the churches she served allowed her to take her first steps into ministry while serving as their youth director. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For the past 11 years, Pastor Cindy served churches in the Kentucky Annual Conference before moving to Russellville in September of 2018. She has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 29 years. They have two children, Sarah, who is a speech pathologist for the Rogers Public Schools and Rachel, who is a student at Arkansas Tech. Pastor Cindy is known to randomly start singing or humming, can quote way too many Seinfeld episodes and loves to be outside, walking or riding her bike. She and her family are thrilled to be back in Arkansas and a part of the congregation and community where Jeff was born.
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.