Leadership Team
Michael Miller, Pastor

Pastor Michael and his family came to Fort Payne First in July 2018.  Pastor Michael has a passion for God’s missionary heart and has served around the globe from Africa to Central America through evangelism, missionary work and church planting, community development and teaching English.


Valarie Moses, Director of Youth Programs

Valarie has a passion for being the Hands and Feet of Christ, while always having fun. She has been a part of numerous ministries throughout her life, including the Big Oak Ranch and other non-profit agencies. Her dream is to retire and live on a farm rehabilitating animals and ministering to abused children.


Matt Chisenhall, Young Adult Outreach

Matt has a passion for meeting people where they are. In August of 2016, Matt went on the World Race, which is an 11 month mission trip to 11 different countries. Matt is excited to be on staff at FUMC and looks forward to meeting and serving people locally and globally.


Alison Traylor, Director Childrens’ Ministry
Alison is passionate about teaching our children to spread God’s love by showing compassion and love for one another.


Betsy Smith, Administrative Assistant

Betsy arrived at Fort Payne First with a heart for service and ministry. Her prior occupations included nursing/health professional, and most recently, Executive Director of United Givers Fund of DeKalb County (a local, non-profit organization), before answering God’s calling to serve the church and its membership.   She can also be heard singing in the FPFUMC Chancel Choir during the traditional service on Sunday mornings.


Sky Tidmore, Financial Secretary


Angela Thwaits-Croft, Director Chancel Choir
Angie began her passion for music and the arts from a very young age through singing in Children’s Choir at church and participating in school band. Angie answered to a new calling; to become the Chancel Choir and Traditional Music Director here at FUMC.


Curtis Strange, Contemporary Music Leader

Curtis’s introduction to Fort Payne First 

came when he joined the Praise Team as a bass player. The open and welcoming faith community at Fort Payne First reminded him of the small church that he had grown up in. Now, as Praise Team Leader, Curtis seeks to shine the light of Jesus Christ throughout this church and out into our community, so that others like him will know that they are loved, welcome, and never alone. Curtis is incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to grow as a Christian in fellowship with such an amazingly dedicated Praise Team.


Ronnie Campbell, Church Organist


Sandra Adrian, Church Pianist

Sandra has been pianist at FUMC since 2007. She formerly served thirty years at Centre First Baptist Church as pianist.


Kristie Riddle, Director Mothers Day Out
Kristie has always had a heart for children.  She enjoys interacting with children, while also teaching them about God’s great love for them.


Mackenzie Camp, Nursery Director

Hi, my name is Mackenzie Camp and I am super excited about this opportunity as Nursery Director.


My favorite verse is:


“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”


Psalm 31:24


I am super excited to be in this position and look forward to all the opportunities it holds for my future.


Lisa Norquist, Director Servant Ministries

Lisa has been a member of Fort Payne First United Methodist Church for over 15 years. She currently serves as the Director of Servant Ministries, which includes our community outreach program Serving our Savior (SOS), where she has served as a volunteer for the last 14 years.  Lisa’s goal is for our church to fulfill the scriptures about helping others and to encourage our congregation to go make a difference in someone’s life! You never know how a small act of kindness can draw someone closer to God.