Saint Anselm said, “I believe so that I may understand.”
Joe has been driven by a deep need to understand for most of his life. He is a life long learner who is passionate about understanding Jesus, people, and organizations. His focus is on spiritual leadership, restorative care, and helping to build healthy organizations. Joe was ordained in 1982 and has served God in a variety of roles in different sized churches across Mississippi. Joe is married to Vicki and they will celebrate 30 years of marriage in July of 2019. Vicki and Joe are a clergy couple.
Pastor Vicki has been appointed Pastor of the Pickwick United Methodist Church at Counce as well as Pisgah United Methodist Church in Michie. Vicki retains her membership in the Mississippi Annual Conference and is on loan to the Memphis Conference.
Rev. Kim Parker, Pastor of Family Ministries and Outreach
Rev. H. Kimberly Parker, a native of Virginia, graduated from The University of Mississippi then attended Asbury Theological Seminary. Since completing her MDiv from Asbury, Kim has served several churches as Associate Pastor and Youth Minister, including First United Methodist Church in Corinth, First United Methodist Church in Starkville and Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson and St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Madison.
Throughout her career, Kim has traveled to speak and lead worship. She has been involved in program and curriculum design and writing for youth ministries at local and conference levels. She spearheaded the design and implementation team that created a new contemporary worship service where she served as the lead teacher/pastor every week during her time in Starkville and Madison. She has also continued to seek and lead in various missions opportunities regularly. Over the years she has served in the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, The Gulf Coast, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Atlanta, Chicago, Hollywood and other areas in urban, rural, local and foreign missions.
Kim was ordained a Deacon in the Mississippi Annual Conference. After serving 25 years in student ministry and 20 years of working as an associate on staff at large churches in Mississippi, Kim moved to Columbia, Missouri to serve in the office of The Next Generations Ministries for the Missouri Annual Conference. She also served on staff at Missouri United Methodist Church as the Associated Pastor in charge of college age ministries.
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.
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.
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.
Both Dave and Nancy are former competitive sports persons, outdoors people and historical preservationists who enjoy hiking, biking and reading. 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.
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 Fact – Dave 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 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
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!
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