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 discipleship ministries & staff development. Steve has served at Central since June, 2002.

Rev. Carl D. Palmer

Rev. Carl D. Palmer

Associate Pastor

Carl helps fulfill the vision of the church through sharing pastoral responsibilities, and by overseeing our Central CARES ministries, including Celebrate Recovery, Men’s, Women’s, and Prayer Ministries. Carl has served at Central since July, 2012. 

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 Intern

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

Children's Ministries Team

Susan Williams

Susan Williams

Director of Children's Ministries

Susan plans and organizes a comprehensive program of activities designed to meet the interests and needs of children from pre-school to sixth grade. Susan 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.

Jennifer Kidd

Jennifer Kidd

Associate Director of Children's Ministries

Jennifer oversees our early childhood and kindergarten ministry area, including providing and supporting leaders for Sunday School and Wednesday evening small groups and Wednesday evening classes. Jennifer has served at Central since August, 2002.

Amber Hutson

Amber Hutson

Nursery and Childcare Coordinator

Amber helps fulfill the church’s need for Christ-centered nursery care for children during Sunday worship services, Wednesday nights and other events. Amber has served at Central since August, 2012.

Student Ministries Team

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.

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.

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.

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 helps fulfill the need of the church by giving special emphasis and oversight to visiting those who are hospitalized and in nursing homes, retirement homes and rehab facilities and those who are not able to leave their homes for worship in hopes of keeping them connected to the church. Kim has served at Central since December, 2011.

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.

Penny Mills

Penny Mills

Director of Finance & Human Resources

Penny provides leadership and direction of day-to-day business, financial, and human resources operations and activities of CUMC. Penny has served at Central since October, 2016.

Lora Hayes

Lora Hayes

Director of Connections

Lora is responsible for the development and implementation of a plan for adult small groups that are assembled with an appropriate support structure.  This position involves continual development of strategies and programs that facilitate spiritual growth in adults through visioning and leadership training.  Lora also manages all event planning at our two church locations as well as coordinates the Usher and Greeter ministries and Feed My Sheep teams. 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.

Tori Karr

Tori Karr

Digital Communications Strategist

Tori is responsible for maintaining all websites, mobile applications, and social media channels. Tori has served at Central since September, 2014.

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

Billy Jones

Billy Jones

Facilities Supervisor

Billy is responsible for coordinating, planning and supervising all maintenance and custodial services to church buildings, grounds, and equipment to assure highest degree of maintenance possible. Supervises other maintenance and custodial employees. Billy has served at Central since December, 2003.

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.

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.

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

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 & Custodian

Maura assists with all administrative tasks as well as custodial duties 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.