First United Methodist Church

Ministries & Lay Leadership
2016

Pastor..................................................Bart Reddoch
Church Council Chairperson.....................Forrest Phifer
The church council provides planning & implementing programs of nurture, outreach, witness & resources for the congregation in education, membership, community, & stewardship.
Staff-Parish Relations Chairperson...............Teresa Phifer
Serves as the local church administrative unit in which lay and clergy spiritual leaders inegrate the staff and congregational interests to focus on themission of the church. Responsibilities include managing relationships between the pastor, any ordained leaders, lay staff, the congretaation, the community, the district superindendent and the United Methodist connectional church.
Board of Trustees Chairperson.....................Johnnie Richey/Scott Jared
Your Trustees manage church property, equipment and investments to support the vision & mission of the church. This will include everything from maintaining adequate insurance coverage to maintenance of the air conditioner, heating, and/or any needed improvements relating to same. Annual reports are provided to the charge conference on the state of the church's property & resources.
Finance Chairperson................................Linda Little
The finance committee manages the financial system for the congregation. This includes depositing, recording & disbursing of funds; communicating the church's financial position to the congregation; maintaining integrity of the accounting books; preparation of the annual budget; monitoring the progress of the budget as the year unfolds; making recommendations for the anticipated budget shortfalls; working with committe chairs to ensure their goals are realistically attainable given the economies of the chruch; reporting finance activities to the Church Council; work with the church CPA/Accountant to insure each individual members' giving record is accurate and provide that record to each at the end of the church year or upon request at mid-year.
Lay Leader...........................................Ben Middlebrooks
Serves as the lay representative of the laity fostering awareness of laity within the congreagation and through their ministries in the home, workplace, community & world. Assists in advising the church council of opportunities to develop understandings of the type of ministry that will most effectively fulfill the Church's mission.
Lay Member of Annual Conference.......................Ben Middlebrooks
Along with the pastor, the lay member assists in interpretations of the actions of the annual conference session reporting to the church council on actions of the annual conference as soon as possible.
Christian Education Chairperson...........................Teresa Phifer
Planning for lifelong faith formation. Their charge is planning & implementing experiences through which children, youth, & adults come to know God and discover ways to live as Christian disciples such as through Sunday School.
Evangelism Chairperson..........................................Martha Neely
Central to the mission of the church sharing the blessing of the gospel with all age groups by the development, promotion and support of all phases of evangelism with general oversight of the evangelism ministries by developing resources and by training.
Safe Sanctuary Administrator............................Debra Richards
Family Life Chairperson................................Judy Faye Garner
Provides sharing of information and/or planning and serving as advocates for ministries and supportive tasks including the needs and concerns of families of the congregation or community
Caring Ministries & Prayer.....................Arlene McNair
Worship Chairperson................................Judy Britton
Cultivates to the fullest possible meaning the worship celebrations of the Church including liturgy, preaching, the sacraments, music, related arts and the observance of the liturgical seasons of the Christian year.
Missions Chairperson..............................Leslie Hassle
Focuses on community out-reach.
Treasurer.........................................Judy Faye Garner
Financial Secretary...............................Lindy Finley
Recording Secretary...............................Debra Richards
Membership Secretary..............................Sue Jared
The Women's Gathering.............................Debra Richards
An organization of lay women centered in relationship with God through Jesus Christ focused n ministries with women, children and youth; involved in mission programs locally & globally; nurturers and encouragers of one another in their spiritual growth and personal development.
President, United Methodist Men...................Dr. Anthony Holcomb
Supporing spiritual growth among men, helping men to mature as disciples as they encourage spiritual growth in other; to impower the ministry of Jesus Christ through men within the congregations of the UMC.
United Methodist Youth.............................Elizabeth Ross

First United Methodist Church
255 S. Henderson St.
P O Box 99
Rusk, TX 75785 Office: 903-683-4675
Fax: 903-683-2231
Email: ruskfumc@hotmail.com