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David was appointed as Senior Pastor of FUMCLR in July of 2015. A native of Little Rock, David graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1996. After spending four years as Director of Ministries to Youth and Families at FUMCLR, he began his seminary education. He graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2003 and served as the Executive Pastor at FUMC in Springdale Arkansas for 12 years. David is married to Katie Woodruff Freeman and they have two daughters, Emily and Hannah. David enjoys running and reading.
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Rev. Donna Hankins
Associate Pastor, Children & Family
Donna Hankins-Hull, Associate Pastor for Children and Families, joined the First Church staff in 2009. Donna’s duties include Christian education and programming for children, occasional preaching, leading in worship and pastoral care. Donna is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C, and a member of the New York Annual Conference. She was first ordained in 1991 and has served churches in Connecticut, New York and New Hampshire prior to her appointment to FUMCLR.
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Sonja graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Accounting and Finance. She has been working in Finance, Administration and Human Resources for 29 years. She also has certifications in Human Resources and Life and Health Insurance. She has been married Jerry Larkowski for 4 years and together they have 5 sons, Austin, Mason, Colin, Clayton, and Trevor.
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Lesley Andrews joined the First Church Staff as Communications Director in August 2010. Lesley is the managing editor of the church’s newsletter, In The First Place, and is responsible for church publications, advertising, and maintaining the church’s website. Lesley graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in Journalism with a special emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations. Lesley and her husband, Justin Andrews (also a U of A graduate), live in Maumelle with their three boys Cody, Beau, and Tag.
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Director of Buidings, Grounds & Security
Jerry Carpenter joined the First Church staff in April 2007 as the church’s Maintenance Superintendent. Jerry has 18 years of experience as a Building Maintenance Supervisor for a non-profit, religious organization in Michigan. Jerry has three sons, Randel, Jordan and Shane.
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Director of Missions and Outreach
Anthony joined our staff in mid December of 2006. As an entrepreneur for the past 30 years in Delaware, his management experience lends itself to the responsibilities he has as the Director of Missions and Outreach. Anthony focuses the compassion and willingness to help others that exists at First Church. He organizes projects that serve our immediate community and beyond in mission and outreach. He helps individuals on a daily basis that come to First Church for assistance. A graduate of the University of Delaware, he holds a B.A.A.S. degree with a major in Sociology, a minor in Psychology. He has created and led men’s discussion groups for 18 years, worked with youth-at-risk and has training in conflict management. He became the Mid-Atlantic coordinator for The Earthstewards Network, an international group whose work extended into the Middle East, Central America and the former Soviet Union.
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Director of Music and Worship Arts
Kyle comes to us from Central UMC in Kansas City, MO, where he has served for the past two years as Director of Worship Arts and Welcoming Ministries. Prior to his work in Kansas City, Kyle served for 11 years as Director of Worship Arts and Evangelism at St. John’s UMC in Memphis. Kyle is a graduate of Arkansas State University, where he majored in vocal music education. He has held leadership positions in the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and he has served as a guest clinician for high school choral festivals in Arkansas, Tennessee and Kansas.
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Director of Children's Ministries
Pam Snider joined the First UMC – LR staff in May of 2011 and serves as the Director of Children’s Ministries. She has a passion for bringing children from birth through sixth grade closer to Christ through programming, special events and summer camps. She also serves our parents by leading parenting Bible studies as requested. Pam has been in children’s ministry for nineteen years serving on local church staff in Texas and Arkansas, as the Children’s Coordinator for the Central Texas Conference and currently as member of both the Arkansas District and Statewide Children’s Councils. She has served on curriculum writing teams with Abingdon Press, launched Children’s Ministry connectional groups and presented in regional Children’s Ministry workshops. At Texas Women’s University, she majored in Early Childhood Education and Dance. While there, she had the privilege to serve in one of the first High Scope Early Childhood Programs housed in the UMC in Texas. Pam and her husband Steve have been happily married for 33 years and are the proud parents of three grown children, Blake, Lisa and Matt.
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Associate Director of Buildings, Grounds & Security
Sunday mornings, you can find Jonathan outside our church building helping those who need assistance and providing security for our members and visitors. He is happy to be on staff at First Church, and we are thrilled to have him as part of our team.
Christi graduated from John Brown University with a Bachelors in Family and Human Services. She has 6 years of administrative experience. She lives in Little Rock with her son, Denver.
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Associate Director of Music and Worship Arts
James joined the staff as Associate Director of Music and Worship Arts in August of 2016. He serves as organist and administrator of the First Arts program. He holds a bachelors and a masters degree from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia in organ performance and organ pedagogy. James has held positions in Georgia and Indiana as organist, choir director, praise team leader, and choral section leader in Presbyterian and United Methodist congregations. His wife, Christen, is a teacher.
Chris is a 2013 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Mass Communications. Chris focuses on the Audio/Visuals for First Word and First Tradition. So when you see him around the church, he will usually be holding a video camera!
Maintenance & Security
You will see Sammy's smiling face early in the morning at First Church. He is often working security and helps keep our beautiful facility at its best!