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Leadership Team
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Click Picture to meet Pastor Miller

To meet Pastor Michael, click on the picture

Michael Miller, Pastor

Pastor Michael has a passion for God’s missional heart and has served around the globe from Asia to Africa to Central America through church planting, evangelism, missionary work and community development. Pastor Michael’s education includes Bible College and training from Youth with a Mission in Hawaii and Asia, as well as a bachelor and master’s degree with honors from the University of Alabama in Social Work. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary where he is currently pursuing his doctorate.

 
 
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Bryan Northcutt, Director of Student Ministries
Bryan is a native of Fort Payne and graduated from Fort Payne High School in 1991.  He then went on to attend Auburn University and graduated with a degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Secondary Education.  Bryan taught math and coached at Opelika High School from 1997-2008 with a one year break working for East Alabama Youth for Christ in 2005-2006.  Bryan comes to FUMC with a variety of ministry experiences. He was involved with FCA and Athletes in Action while attending Auburn and he led FCA at Opelika High School. He led worship and men’s ministry at First Baptist of Opelika and at Wills Valley Community Church in Fort Payne.  Bryan and his family are looking forward to sharing life together with this body of believers.
Contact info: Bryan Northcutt bryannorthcutt@icloud.com
256-845-1141 Ext. 203
 
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Ashley

Ashley Hosch, Director Children’s Ministry
As a member of Fort Payne First United Methodist Church since high school , Ashley now joins the staff as Director of Children’s Ministries. Her prior occupations include Headstart where she worked as a lead teacher before staying at home with their daughter. Now she has chosen to share her God given gifts and love for children with the Fort Payne First United Methodist children. She is also found singing in the Fort Payne First United Methodist Chancel Choir during the traditional service on Sunday mornings. 
 
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Betsy

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.

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Sky

Sky Tidmore, Financial Secretary
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Bennie Carol

Bennie Carol

Bennie Carol Botts, Interim Choir Director

Bennie Carol has spent much of her life involved in church music in the Methodist tradition as she lives out her passion to serve the Lord through her music. She’s directed children, youth, adult, senior adult and hand bell choirs. Her other interests include design, writing/teaching adult studies, and sharing life with her children/grandchildren. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for almost 60 years. 

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Curtis

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.

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Ronnie

Ronnie Campbell, Church Organist
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Sandra

Sandra Adrian, Church Pianist

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

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Kristie

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.
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Caroline

Caroline Gentry, Nursery Director
Born and raised in Fort Payne, Caroline Gentry is excited and honored to be joining our staff as Nursery Director and Part-Time Administrative Assistant.  She has been a teacher at Fort Payne City Schools, Head Start, and MDO.  Caroline is currently teaching children online and is a part-time nanny to three children. Caroline is very passionate about sharing her love of God, especially with children.  She realizes she will have the privilege of being the first experience some children will have at church.  Caroline is looking very forward to using her God-given gifts and discovering new ones to help serve others.    
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Steve

Steve

Steve Chambers, Director Servant Ministries

A member of Fort Payne First United Methodist Church since 1967, Steve now joins the staff as Director of Servant Ministries, which includes our community out-reach programs Serving our Savior (SOS) and the Bread of Life ministry. Steve received a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in financial planning from The University of Alabama, and a fifth-year program education degree from Athens State University. After 15 years teaching Business Tech. and Applications and Introduction to Engineering Design at Fort Payne high school, Steve is honored to serve the church and those who need a helping hand in our community. The church outreach programs can never be successful without the support of our church and volunteers. Matthew 25:40 says: I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me (Jesus).

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