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

Reverend Blake Schrepfer has been named the new Associate Pastor for Searcy 1st! The Staff-Parish  Relations Committee reviewed Blake’s resume and after prayerful discussion unanimously and enthusiastically accepted the Bishop’s appointment.

Reverend Blake Schrepfer is married to (Searcy’s own) Lauren Wiseman. The Schrepfer’s have a daughter, Emelia.

His native home is Russellville, AR. He is a 2016 graduate of Asbury Seminary and a 2011 graduate of Arkansas State University. He enjoys all sports, fishing, hunting, hiking, ...Read more

Interim Blake Schrepfer

Minister to Youth & Their Families

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

Mrs. Amy Tate

Minister of Music

Amy has been the Minister of Music at Searcy First since 2004, and in Music Ministry since 1993. She is a graduate of Meredith College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a Kentucky transplant and is married to native Arkansan Neal, who works at 103.7 The Buzz. They have differing opinions on which team to support, particularly during basketball season. Together they have four children: Jack, William, and twins ...Read more

Ms. Catherine Vest

Minister to Children & Their Families

Searcy First Welcomes Catherine Vest!

Catherine Vest has been selected by the SPRC to be the  Minister to Children and Families with Children. Her projected start date is October 31st (that’s a bit spooky!!). Catherine is well known in our congregation, as she has been active here at FUMC for over four years. She has been an Associate Member of the church and has recently moved that to Full Membership.

Catherine ...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

Emily Crowson

Visual Technology

Terry Williams

Sound Technology