Meet Our Staff

Pastoral Staff

Dr. Jan Davis

Dr. Jan Davis

Senior Pastor

Jan casts vision for the church, sets overall direction for church programs, provides spiritual leadership for the congregation, and has overall responsibility for directing the church staff. Jan and her husband, Deames, have three adult children. Jan has served at Central since July, 2016. 

Dr. Steven K. Pulliam

Dr. Steven K. Pulliam

Executive Pastor

Steve helps fulfill the vision of the church through sharing pastoral responsibilities, emphasizing leadership & staff development. Steve has served at Central since June, 2002.

Rev. Emily Burch

Rev. Emily Burch

College Pastor

Emily’s focus is on building a ministry to reach and disciple undergraduate, graduate, and international students.  Emily has served at Central since July, 2013.

Rev. Jody Farrell

Rev. Jody Farrell

Campus Pastor, Genesis Church

Jody provides general oversight to Genesis Church, a satellite campus in South Fayetteville. He organizes worship, preaches and teaches weekly, and coordinates the staff and mission ministries of the campus. Jody has served at Central since July, 2006.

Rev. Greg Gibson

Rev. Greg Gibson

Missions Pastor

Greg serves as Missions Pastor and oversees local, domestic and international mission efforts. Greg has served at Central since July 1996.

Dr. Jack A. Wilson

Dr. Jack A. Wilson

Pastor Emeritus

Dr. Jack Wilson served as Senior Pastor at Central from 1987 to 1995. Jack and his wife, Joanna, have been a part of the Central family since their retirement, and Jack assists the ministries of Central in various capacities. 

Rev. J. Anthony Holifield

Rev. J. Anthony Holifield

Pastor Emeritus

Rev. Tony Holifield served as Senior Pastor at Central from 1995 to 2013, making him the longest serving pastor in Central’s history.  Tony and his wife, Sarah, have been a part of the Central family since their retirement.  Tony and Sarah assist with the ministries of Central in various capacities. 

Worship Team

Dr. Frode Gundersen

Dr. Frode Gundersen

Director of Classic Music & Worship Arts

Frode oversees our classic worship services and music program, including choirs, handbells, and ensembles for all age groups. Frode has served at Central since June, 2015.

Devon Arredondo

Devon Arredondo

Director of Contemporary Worship

Devon coordinates all music and media for all Contemporary services of worship. Devon has served on the Central staff since April, 2014.

Scott Montgomery

Scott Montgomery

Associate Music Director & Organist

Scott plays organ for our many worship services and special events, as well as accompanies our current choirs. Scott will also lead and accompany his own future ensembles and help us develop and implement musical offerings for our children and youth as we hope to grow into the proposed new music rehearsal suite, and find creative ways to do outreach into the greater Northwest Arkansas community. Scott has served at Central since May, 2017.

Brooke Hobbs

Brooke Hobbs

Contemporary Worship Assistant

Brooke assists with music and media for all Contemporary and Genesis services of worship. Brooke has served on the Central staff since June, 2017.

David Lee

David Lee

Technical Director

David is responsible for managing audio, visual, and lighting needs for all ministries including worship services, online worship, meetings, weekly events, and special events. In addition, he is responsible assembling, training, and scheduling all related A/V volunteer teams.  David has served at Central since January 2018.  

Discipleship & Age Level Ministries

Susan Williams

Susan Williams

Director of Discipleship Ministries

As Director of Discipleship Ministries, Susan plans and organizes a comprehensive ministry for Adult Discipleship through resourcing groups and equipping leaders. In addition, Susan works to ensure a bridge between all of Central's age-level Discipleship Ministries. Susan has served at Central since August 2002.

Jennifer Kidd

Jennifer Kidd

Director of Children's Ministries

Jennifer plans and organizes a comprehensive program of activities designed to meet the interests and needs of children from infants to sixth grade, but focuses particularly on kindergarten-2nd grade. Jennifer has served at Central since August 2002.

Ashley Lester

Ashley Lester

Associate Director of Children's Ministries

Ashley oversees programs and events for third through sixth grade students, including providing & supporting leaders for Sunday School and Wednesday evening programming. Ashley has served at Central since July, 2015.

Amber Hutson

Amber Hutson

Associate Director of Children's Ministries

Amber oversees nursery care for children birth through age four during Sunday worship services, Wednesday nights and other events. Amber has served at Central since August 2012.

Kirby Martens

Kirby Martens

Director of Student Ministries

Kirby supervises all student ministries from 7th grade through 12th grade. His emphasis is in Senior High ministry programming. Kirby has served on the Central staff since January, 2017.

Lydia Carrington

Lydia Carrington

Associate Director of Student Ministries

Lydia assists with Student Ministries programming and support. Lydia has served on the Central staff since January, 2017.

Mark Owens

Mark Owens

Associate Director of Student Ministries

Mark assists with Student Ministries programming and support. Mark has served on the Central staff since June, 2016.

Linda Starr

Linda Starr

Assistant Director of Student Ministries

Linda provides programming that fosters spiritual growth to students, emphasizing female students. She also recruits, encourages, and equips female leaders. Linda has served on the Central staff since September, 2009.

Missions Team

Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller

Local Mission Coordinator

Glenn works to coordinate various local mission ministries such as Community Meals, Actions and Truth and the Genesis Food Pantry. He also works to support and serve needs of individuals and families in crisis in our community.

Central CARES Team

Kim Witte

Kim Witte

Director of Congregational Care

Kim oversees Central CARES as well as Central Women's Ministry and Awaken. Kim also heads up our healing and prayer ministry and equips members of our congregation to carry out visitations. Kim has served at Central since December 2011.

Lyndsee Thompson

Lyndsee Thompson

Access Ministries Coordinator

Lyndsee assists people of differing abilities in participating in the full life of the church: worship, discipleship, and fellowship. Lyndsee coordinates care for persons with special needs, as well as oversees volunteers who work with care receivers. Lyndsee has served at Central since October 2017.

Megan Luhrs

Megan Luhrs

Central Cares Assistant

Megan provides administrative and program support for our Central CARES ministries. She has served at Central since August 2015.

Administrative Team

Brian Swain

Brian Swain

Executive Director

Brian provides administrative leadership and strategic oversight to all of the ministries, staff, and operations of the church. Brian has served at Central since January, 2000.

Beverly White

Beverly White

Director of Finance & Human Resources

Beverly provides leadership and direction of day-to-day business, financial, and human resources operations and activities of CUMC.Beverly has served at Central since May, 2018.

Lora Hayes

Lora Hayes

Director of Connections

Lora is responsible for managing event planning and resources at our two church campuses as well as coordinates the Greeter and Coffee Bar ministries. She is directly involved in Central’s ministry to new members and guests and assists with the monthly Newcomer Connection class.  She also provides support for administrative tasks.  Lora has served at Central since June, 2009.

Kathleen Chenoweth

Kathleen Chenoweth

Administrative Assistant

Kathleen is responsible for greeting staff and visitors, answering and transferring phone calls, and assisting office staff in the performance of routine administrative tasks and projects as assigned.  She is also responsible for coordinating weddings at Central. Kathleen has served at Central since February, 2006.

Theresa Henretty

Theresa Henretty

Admin. Assistant to the Sr. Pastor/Director of Membership Services

Theresa provides administrative support to the Senior Pastor and manages information as it pertains to membership of the congregation, both incoming and outgoing. Theresa has served at Central since April, 1989.

Susan Meek

Susan Meek

Administrative Assistant

Susan answers calls and directs callers to appropriate personnel. She assists pastors and staff in the performance of routine administrative tasks, and keeping track of various reports, lists, and class rosters. She also oversees several special projects such as Disciple Bible Registration, Annual Servant Campaign, Funerals, etc. Susan has served at Central since October, 1998.

Julia Thorn

Julia Thorn

Financial Coordinator

Julia coordinates, processes and records all incoming funds for the church and Central Children’s Acadmey, including contributions and miscellaneous income, as well as CCA’s tuition income. Julia has served at Central since September, 2006.

Kathi Walker

Kathi Walker

Financial Coordinator

Kathi coordinates all outgoing funds for the church and Central Children’s Academy, including the payment of all expenditures and recording of all payroll-related accounting entries. Kathi has served at Central since March, 1993.

Communications Team

Pam Hays

Pam Hays

Director of Strategic Communications

Pam is responsible for coordinating our ability to engage and inform the Central family and community of current and future happenings and events through print, website, and social media. Pam has served Central since August, 2014.

Kenneth McClinton

Kenneth McClinton

Director of Technology

Kenneth is responsible for all of the media & technology needs of Central’s employees and worship services. Kenneth has served at Central since November, 1997.

Kyle Ross

Kyle Ross

Digital Communications Strategist

Kyle is responsible for maintaining the website, blog, and the Wire e-newsletter. Kyle also produces video content for the church. Kyle has served at Central since February, 2017.

Annamarie Trank

Annamarie Trank

Graphic Designer

Annamarie is responsible for creative graphic design of both print and digital medias. Some of her other duties include content creation for social medias and video production. Annamarie has served at Central since May, 2017.

Facilities Team

David Gaston

David Gaston

Facilities Supervisor

David is responsible for coordinating and scheduling all maintenance and custodial services for church buildings, grounds, and equipment.  He also supervises maintenance and custodial staff and vendor management.   David has served at Central since January 2018.

Mike Hanna

Mike Hanna

Facilities Maintenance Assistant

Mike is responsible for keeping facilities clean, orderly and functional for all Church activities, events and worship services.  Mike has served at Central since August, 2000.

Edna Combs

Edna Combs

Director of Food Services

Edna is responsible for planning, purchasing and preparing all food services that are offered through the church, as well as for all food services offered to students at Central Children’s Academy. Edna has served at Central since May, 1995.

Sherman Terry

Sherman Terry

Maintenance Assistant

Sherman is responsible for keeping facilities clean, orderly and functional for all Church activities, events and worship services.  Sherman has served at Central since February 2017.

Katie Jones

Katie Jones

Food Service & Custodial Care Assistant

Katie assists in the preparing and serving of food for CUMC events and for daily meals and snacks for Central Children's Academy. She also stocks coffee supplies in classrooms, and cleans the Gray House and Sanctuary weekly. Katie has served at Central since September, 1995.

Genesis Team

TJ Williams

TJ Williams

Assistant Campus Director

TJ is responsible in asssisting Jody in providing direction for a growing ministry with a focus on mentoring, small group ministry, and pastoral care. TJ has served at Central since September, 2018.

Rev. Jody Farrell

Rev. Jody Farrell

Genesis Campus Pastor

Jody provides general oversight to Genesis Church, a satellite campus in South Fayetteville. He organizes worship, preaches and teaches weekly, and coordinates the staff and mission ministries of the campus. Jody has served at Central since July, 2006.

Janice Hanna

Janice Hanna

Genesis Church Administrator

Janice provides organizational support to Genesis in a variety of ways, including coordinating lay servants for ministry and offering logistical support for outreach. Janice has served at Genesis since June, 2014.

Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller

Local Mission Coordinator

Glenn works to coordinate various local mission ministries such as Community Meals, Actions and Truth and the Genesis Food Pantry. He also works to support and serve needs of individuals and families in crisis in our community.

David Williams

David Williams

Genesis Campus Worship Leader

David leads worship for Genesis Church, Senior High Student Ministries, and assists with Celebrate Recovery. David has served on the Central staff since May, 2011.

Maura Miller

Maura Miller

Genesis Administrative Assistant

Maura assists with all administrative tasks at Genesis. Maura has served at Genesis since August, 2016.

Nicole Guenther

Nicole Guenther

Genesis Director of Children's Ministry

Nicole is responsible for children's Sunday school and special events such as VBS, Fall Festival, Easter and Christmas.  Nicole also coordinates all volunteers and planning for all children’s ministry functions. Nicole has served at Central since September, 2015.

 

CCA Team

Kimberly Brumley

Kimberly Brumley

Director of Central Children's Academy

Kimberly ensures that all who participate in weekday childcare at Central Children's Academy receive the highest quality childcare and early education. Kimberly has served at Central since January, 2013.

Allison DeJarnette

Allison DeJarnette

Central Children's Academy Office Manager

Allison supports the administrative needs of CCA, including student enrollment, website updates, billing, and the special nutrition program. Allison has served at Central since August, 2013.