Meet/Contact our Staff

Roger pictureRev. Roger Shock, Senior Pastor 

Fun Fact about Roger: He is fond of relaxing in his ENO hammock. 

 

Chuck-websiteemailChuck Stringer, Church Administrator 

A native of South Carolina, Chuck was raised in Aiken and graduated from The University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Accounting degree. For the next forty years, he worked in various manufacturing plants in the areas of finance, administration and plant management. After retiring in 2010, he accepted the position of Finance Manager at First United Methodist Church. In 2015 Chuck completed the Church Administrator certification process. Chuck is married to the former Annette Jones of Corinth. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Fun Fact about Chuck: He is a member of the Iron Butt Association which is a long distance motorcycle rider group and holds two certificates: Saddle Sore – 1,000 miles in 24 hours, Bun Burner – 1,500 miles in 36 hours.

 

 

Dave Cornelius, Director of Music and Worship Arts Technology

     The newest member of our staff, Dave Cornelius and his wife Nancy, packed their flotation devices and snow gear joining us from Phoenix, Arizona where there are only two seasons:  1. “But it’s a dry heat” and 2.  “That’s the reason we all moved here.”

      Most recently Dave taught Online Media, Multimedia Journalism and Broadcast Studio Operations at Arizona State University’s prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as well as Film Production and Audio Engineering/Sound Design at Grand Canyon University.

     During that same time period he also served as Director of Music at Cross In the Desert United Methodist Church in Phoenix and Director of Worship Technologies at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Scottsdale.

     A true musical eclectic he was classically trained, raised a jazz player, schooled in evangelical/sacred music and spent time as a professional musician performing, recording and writing everything from jingles and movie themes to country and gospel tunes.

     According to Dave his wife Nancy is the real talent in the family. “She is into all sorts of crafty things, crocheting, quilting, sewing etc. She constantly amazes me.”  She has also been actively involved in the MS Society coordinating logistics and volunteers for major events.

     Both Dave and Nancy are former competitive sports persons, outdoors people and historical preservationists who enjoy hiking, biking and reading.

     One of Dave’s guiding precepts comes from the Parable of the Talents. “We need to be the best most faithful stewards of the gifts and talents God has given each of us. That means constantly striving for excellence while trusting God to provide the results. We can’t just “mail it in.” God deserves nothing less than our best efforts. Anything else short-changes Him.”

Fun FactDave was raised a “river rat” with a canoe paddle in one hand and a spin-casting rig in the other. He and Nancy have been involved in rescue of wild mustangs, hawks, eagles and owls.

 

Janet Wallace, Secretary

Janet and her husband Carroll moved to Corinth from Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 2003. They have three adult children, Taylor, Emily and Anna and her husband, Hunter, and one grandson, Evan. Janet began working at First United Methodist Church in March 2004 as the Church Secretary. She graduated from The University of Mobile (formerly Mobile College) in 1982 with a BA degree in Music. She has enjoyed working at FUMC and singing in their Chancel Choir on many occasions as well as singing solos.

Fun Fact about Janet: She was born in Mendoza, Argentina

 

Cat-websiteemailCatherine “Cat” Simmons, Director of Little Blessings Daycare

Cat has been with Little Blessings since 2007, teaching all ages and working in all capacities within that daycare setting.  Cat is a credentialed director within the state of Mississippi. She has been the director since 2013. Cat graduated from Corinth High School in 2005. She played tennis and soccer at Itawamba Community College as well as club tennis at Mississippi State University. Catherine was born in Armenia, Colombia and travels there to see family at least once a year.

Fun Fact about Cat: She speaks both Spanish and English

 

 

Tim Coman, Director of Youth Ministries

Tim comes to us from the Greater Houston area where he most recently served as the Pastor of Student Ministries at First UMC, Dayton, Texas. His wife Becky is an educator with more than 18 years of teaching experience and has been asked to teach 5th grade at Corinth Middle School. Becky holds a Masters of Education from the University of Texas, and both she and Tim are UT Fans (Longhorns that is). Tim was originally ordained in the Baptist Church in 1991, and has served churches in both Alabama and Texas and has been a part of the United Methodist Church since 2000. He studied through the University of Phoenix, and has held leadership roles in UM ARMY, Big House and Chrysalis in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Both Becky and Tim are excited to be here at FUMC, and they do have a feline child affectionately known as FAT KITTY.

Fun Facts about Tim: He has a unique sense of humor, loves vintage TV, loves ATV Vehicles and has random knowledge of TV Shows and Movies. Interesting fact: He underwent weight loss surgery in 2011 and lost over 355 lbs, and now takes his gym time quite seriously. Spiritual Facts: Tim is an avid promoter of radical grace, and Psalm 91 is a life verse.

Sara-websiteSara Ellington, Organist

Sara is from Goodman, Mississippi.  She and her husband Charles have lived in Corinth since 1967.  They have one daughter, Wyn Ellington Pratt and two granddaughters, Mallory Grace and Sara Elizabeth.  Sara received her bachelor’s degree in music education with a piano minor from Delta State University.  She also studied organ for four years with Ed Ludlow from Blue Mountain College. Sara taught elementary music for 1st – 8th graders in Raymond, Ms as well as Corinth for four years.  She has been a private piano teacher since 1968.    Sara has used her talents at FUMC as organist since 1979.  She previously served as organist at First Presbyterian Church and Trinity UMC here in Corinth and UMC churches in Raymond, Cleveland, and Goodman, Mississippi.

Fun Fact about Sara:  She is an avid reader and animal lover.  She is crazy about cats!

 

Phyllis Alexander, Janitorial ServicesPhyllis-website