Staff

Rev. Jeff Jackson


Senior Pastor
jeff.jackson@arumc.org

The Rev. Jeff Jackson (Brother Jeff) is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has served as the Director for the Center of Reaching New People, and New Congregational Development of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church and most recently has been laying the groundwork and developing property ...Read more

Rev. Jesse James


Associate Pastor
jesse.james@arumc.org

Jesse joins us from Weiner and Fisher United Methodist Churches. His wife is Charley. They share 3 dogs, Spartacus, Varro and Winter. The SPRC unanimously agreed to and endorsed Jesse's appointment. He begins his ministry in Searcy on July 1, 2019.

Jesse is a graduate of NLR Parkview High School. He attended The University of Arkansas at Monticello where he earned the Associate of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies degrees. ...Read more

Blake Schrepfer


Minister to Youth & Their Families
wblakeschrepfer@gmail.com

You can reach me via email: wblakeschrepfer@gmail.com

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Lauren Schrepfer


Director of Marketing and Communications
searcyfirstcommunications@gmail.com

Dr. Tish Kennedy Davenport


Minister of Music
tish@tishtech.com

Born into a musical family, Tish Davenport was raised in the United Methodist Church where her mother and father continue to serve together as Organist/Accompanist and Director of Music, respectively. She attended Parkview Fine Arts Magnet High School in Little Rock, AR and was the principal flautist in her High School band, played in the pit orchestra for school musicals, and also performed with the Arkansas Youth Symphony, where she ...Read more

Kiki Capps


Minister to Children & Their Families
kiki.marie@att.net

Searcy First Welcomes Mrs. Kiki Capps!

Your Staff-Parish Relations Committee hopes that you bid welcome to our new Children’s Minister, Kathryn “Kiki” Capps.   A native of Little Rock, Mrs. Capps has been involved in education – indeed Christian Education – for the vast majority of her professional career.  An accomplished educator with specialties in early childhood and reading, we look forward to  working with Mrs. Capps as she works to grow ...Read more

Kim Houser


Director of First UMC Daycare/Preschool
kims.fumc@gmail.com

Please welcome Kim Houser as our new Director of Preschool at Searcy First. She comes to us with a passion to share the love of Jesus with the children, parents and staff of God's Little Blessings. She looks forward to using her gifts of administration, organization and human resources.

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Blaine Baxley


Business Administrator
blaine.fumc@gmail.com

Blaine Baxley graduated from Searcy High School in 1999 and moved to Fayetteville, AR where she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, having a focus in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations. Blaine moved back to Searcy at the end of 2009 and soon met her soul mate, Bruce. Blaine and Bruce were married in May of 2011 at FUMC. They have two ...Read more

Bill LaGrange


Facilities Manager
bill.fumc@gmail.com

After many years of faithful church membership, Bill LaGrange is officially on staff as our Facilities Manager. In addiiton to maintaining our buildings, Bill is our main contact and facilitator for our Scouting ministry, volunteers with our youth group, and you can find him behind the soundboard in both services.

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Ryan Russell


Associate Director of Music and Administrative Assistant
organsfumc14@gmail.com

Ryan Russell is a member of Searcy 1st and a friend to us all. He wears many hats here. He will most likely be the first face you see when you stop by the office or voice you'll hear when you call. In addition to playing the organ and piano for the Traditional Service, and leading the praise ...Read more