The Rev. David Orr

Senior Pastor

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. Blake Schrepfer

Associate Pastor

Blake is the Associate Pastor at Searcy First United Methodist Church. He is married to Searcy native Lauren (Wiseman). Blake and Lauren have one daughter, Emelia.

Blake was born in Des Arc, Ark, and after spending a few years out of the state, his family settled in Russellville, Ark for the majority of his childhood years. Blake is a 2011 graduate of Arkansas State University and a 2016 graduate of Asbury ...Read more

Shane Staton

Minister to Youth & Their Families

I am 43 years old and have a wonderful wife, Dr. Cathy Staton, of 21 years, and a 15-year-old daughter, Victoria. I enjoy the outdoors and love to play my guitar, camp, hike, and snow ski. I have a great sense of humor and love to entertain. I have a passion for youth and a passion for Jesus Christ. For most of the past 21 years, I have been involved ...Read more

Ms. Kim Houser

Communications and Administrative Coordinator

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

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

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

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 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

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


Ryan Russell is a member of Searcy 1st and a friend to us all. His first Sunday in worship leadership is January 8th. Ryan is excited to be returning and we are excited to have him return. Ryan’s position is designed as a 20 – 25 hour per week position. He will be organist/accompanist for the Traditional service and the worship leader for the Gathering. Let’s all be in prayer as Ryan ...Read more

Lauren Schrepfer

Visual Technology
Lauren is a Searcy native and (almost) lifelong member of Searcy First. Searcy High School graduate of 2006 and Arkansas State graduate of 2010 and 2011, Lauren and her husband (Associate Pastor Blake) moved to Kentucky in 2012 for Blake to attend Asbury Theological Seminary. After Blake's graduation in 2016, they moved back to Arkansas for Blake to serve in ...Read more

Terry Williams

Sound Technology