Jeff Jackson

Senior Pastor

Bro. Jeff has a passion for reaching broken people who need to experience the healing, saving grace of our Savior. He believes it is up to the church to develop new ways to reach people where they are, rather than waiting for them to come to us. He is also very passionate about discipleship and allowing people to plug in to ministry opportunities where they can use their gifts for the Kingdom.

Jesse James

Associate Pastor

Bro. Jesse has a heart for people and helping them to find the joy of the Lord through serving. He loves coming up with new ways to bless our community whether that be through a handiwork ministry, filling our church fence with cold-weather clothing items free for the taking, or helping to lead and grow a worship service at a local nursing home.

Blake Schrepfer

Youth Ministry Director

After serving as our associate pastor, Blake discerned a new calling in 2019 to youth and their families. His vast knowledge of United Methodist history and biblical understanding, mixed with his love of sports and music, have helped develop our youth program into a place of belonging, inclusion, and striving for holiness. 

Kiki Capps

Children's Ministry Director

With a background in education, Kiki brings a love of learning, creativity, and a can-do attitude to our children's ministry. Her gifts and encouraging spirit are helping to develop our children's love of the Lord through fun and engaging ministry curriculum.

Candace Pettis

Cornerstone Kids Director

A native of Searcy, Candace has been involved in childcare at Searcy First for almost a decade. We lovingly call her the "child whisperer" because every baby, toddler, and child flocks to her. She is using her talents helping to shape our new after-school and summer childcare program.

Kim Houser

God's Little Blessings Director

After serving in multiple roles at Searcy First, Kim is now using her passion and gifts to share the love of Jesus with the children, parents, and staff of God's Little Blessings Preschool and Daycare. Her nurturing and loving spirit is a blessing to all who work with her.

Tish Kennedy Davenport

Music Ministry Director

Dr. Tish comes to us with an accomplished career in music. She served in the United States Marine Corps, sang in Carnegie Hall, and accomplished her doctorate, just to name a few. We are blessed to have her leading our music and choral ministries at Searcy First!

Ryan Russell

Associate Music Ministry Director & Administrative Assistant

Bringing a love of the arts and church tradition with him, Ryan leads our praise band in the Gathering, plays the organ in the Traditional service, accompanies the choir on piano, and runs the front desk in the church office.

Blaine Baxley


Our resident "yogi" on staff, Blaine brings balance and a steady rhythm to her role. Her gifts of organization and a detailed workflow keeps all the ministries of the church running smoothly. 

Lauren Schrepfer

Marketing & Communications Director

As a life-long member of Searcy First, Lauren loves utilizing her gifts and talents to bless our church family and help spread the Good News.

Bill LaGrange

Facilities Manager

After many years of faithful church membership, we are grateful to have Bill serving 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.

Open Position

Marketing & Worship Media Intern

We currently have an internship position available. This person would work directly with the Marketing & Communications Director. For the job description and how to apply, click below. 


This is an unpaid internship.


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