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.


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.



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).