Staff

The Rev. David Orr


Senior Pastor
dorr1974@gmail.com

David is the Senior Pastor here at Searcy First United Methodist. He is a graduate of Arkansas State University and Memphis Theological Seminary. David is married to Janie, who is a hair stylist. They share two married children and the five most perfect grandchildren ever. David is a native Arkansan, growing up in northeast Arkansas, the son of a United Methodist pastor (who was pastor here 1979-1986). He enjoys fishing, hunting, ...Read more

The 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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Ms. Kim Houser


Communications and Administrative Coordinator
kims.fumc@gmail.com

Kim became Communications and Administrative Coordinator at Searcy First in October 2013.  She is responsible for developing communication stategies that help advance the church's effort to reach church and community through the sharing of effective ideas and practices. These strategies include publications, web marketing, social media, and media outreach. Her role as a storyteller is to share the story of our church - through the its ministries, programs, opportunities, people and ...Read more

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

Mrs. 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

Mrs. Billie Cornett


Director of First UMC Daycare/Preschool
bcornett0122@gmail.com

Billie has served in ministry at Searcy FUMC since October of 1995. She received an associate's degree with an emphasis in early childhood education from Arkansas State University-Beebe. Billie is married to Gregg, and they have 3 children - Kristen, Kimberly, and Garrett. Billie feels strongly that God led her to be in ministry at First United Methodist, and her work with the youngest of God's children is a sustaining ...Read more

Mrs. 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

Mrs. Dianne Burkett


Receptionist / Administrative Assistant
diannecburkett@gmail.com

After being a member of Searcy FUMC for 30 years, Dianne became part of the staff as Receptionist/Secretary in 2002.  Prior to joining ranks of paid service, Dianne had a long relationship with this congregation and tirelessly volunteered with various groups and events throughout our church. 

After marrying, Barry, in Searcy FUMC in 1972, she taught Sunday School to 4-year-olds and kindergarteners for 15 years, served as president of the United ...Read more

Mr. David Chandler


Director of Maintenance

David was born and raised in Searcy FUMC. He has served as the Director of Maintenance since February of 1991. Though his official duties involve overseeing all the physical facilities of the church, David sees meeting and greeting people as one of the most crucial parts of his ministry. David is married to Margaret, and they have three children: Amy, Paul, and Sarah. David and Margaret have also been blessed ...Read more

Ryan Russell


Organist

Ryan Russell is a member of Searcy 1st and a friend to us all. Ryan’s position is designed as a 20 – 25 hour per week position. He is organist/accompanist for the Traditional service and the worship leader for the Gathering. 

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Katie Rutledge


Visual Technology

Terry Williams


Sound Technology