• Rev. Keith Dodson Senior Pastor


    Keith began his journey in ministry at 19 years old. He graduated Dewitt High School in 1990, Henderson State University in 1998, and Memphis Theological seminary in 2002. His only hobby is photography, and he is wonderfully skilled at it. He believes in compassion, hope, love, integrity and a positive attitude. Keith is also passionate about his family. He met his wife, Lori, in college and they’ve been were married in 1996. Lori is a Radiological Tech. They have 2 children - daughter, daughter, Rebekah and son, Joshua.

  • Rev. Heather Clawitter Associate Pastor


    Heather graduated from Clarendon High School in 1993 and received her undergraduate degree from Hendrix College in 1997 (Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology). She worked for eight years in the secular world before hearing her call into the ministry and began her graduate studies at Perkins School of Theology on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She graduated in 2009 with a Master of Divinity degree. Immediately following seminary, she began her first appointment as pastor of the Bismarck United Methodist Church. until 2012 when she began a two-charge appointment serving as pastor of the Norphlet United Methodist Church and Centennial United Methodist Church until 2015 when she came to Mountain home with her husband Dustin. Dustin and Heather were married in 2010. Heather identifies her greatest strengths to be in missions and pastoral care. 

  • Sarah Moore Director of Student Ministries


    Sarah came to Mountain Home from a small town in North Carolina where she grew up and spent the majority of her life before college. She attended Gardner-Webb University where she studied Youth Discipleship and Psychology. She spent 2 summers working at Teen Valley Ranch in the mountains of NC, where she counseled campers of all ages and worked on the horse staff. She is passionate about youth ministry and building relationships with students and their families.

  • Kellye Cannon Director of Children's Ministries


    Kellye Cannon was born in Ozark, AR and lived there until she went to college at Arkansas Tech University. She majored in Elementary Education and moved to Mtn. Home in 1980 after graduation. She began teaching at the Mtn. Home Kindergarten in the fall of 1980 and retired from the same school in May of 2013. After her youngest child graduated from High School in 2007, she felt God calling her to go into ministry in an official capacity. She did so willingly, with the help of her friend and partner in ministry Mrs. Terre. She worked full time at the Kindergarten and part time here at FUMC until her retirement from the kindergarten in 2013. She is enjoying having more time to devote to her ministry at church and still be able to get her “kid fix”!! She is married to Mike Cannon who donates much of his time to the video production at the church. They have 2 grown children, Hollye, and Cameron ( wife Lauren) and one grandchild, Cannon.

  • Terre Ware Choir Director


    Terre is a native Arkansan. She moved to Mountain Home 30 years ago after serving in a United Methodist Church in West Memphis, Arkansas. She holds both a Masters degree in piano performance and a BME from the University of Louisiana Monroe. She has worked at FUMC in some capacity for all these years. She currently is the Music Director of the Chancel choir.  She has a  son and daughter in law as well as a granddaughter who live in Little Rock. She continues to enjoy the creative side of bringing music to life from the written page.

  • Samantha Bentley Children's Music Director


    Samantha Bentley the is one of the two music teachers at Hackler Intermediate School. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2013 with a Bachelors in Music Education. Along with general music classes, She has a 5th grade afterschool choir, called Symphonix. She is in the process of receiving her Masters of Music education, her Orff certification, and her World Music Drumming certification. 

  • Laura Law Director of Communications & Technology


    Laura was born in Ontario Canada and grew up there in the small town of Sharbot Lake untill moving to Illinois with her parents as a teenager. She lived there until moving to Arkansas in 2004. Laura has been part of the staff at First United Methodist Church since 2006. She began as the Director of the Christian Prescchool and moved into her current position in 2011. Although her educational background in is Early Childhood Education, Laura has a love of and a gift for Creative Design. She lives in Mountain Home with her daughter, Skyler & her son, Hunter.

  • Tracy Dunn Financial Secretary


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  • Dave Grimwood Director of Building Operations


    Dave was born in Indiana and grew up in Florida. In 2006, He moved to Mountain Home and has been with the FUMC since that time. His education includes Seminole Community College and Lake County College in Florida, CEC Technical College in Topeka, Kansas, and ITT Technical Institute, Dave and his wife Rebekah have two children, son Nicolas and wife Lindsay who reside in Oklahoma City, and daughter Amanda who will be moving moving to Arlington, Washington. Dave’s personal mission statement is to glorify God in all that he does and to bring praise and honor to Him as well as to lead others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Cassie Alkire Nursery Coordinator

  • Marilyn Kobialka Custodian

    Marilyn was born and raised in southwest Louisiana by parents who owned a small roadside cafe. She cooked her first meal for a customer at 9 years of age. Marilyn and her husband, Fred have two children, Sarah K. Jones and Edward Kobialka. They moved to the Mountain Home area in 1978. Marilyn attended Ozarks Technical College Culinary Arts Program in Melbourne AR. She has been cooking in the First United Methodist Church "Happy Kitchen" since 2006 cooking for the Wednesday Evening Fellowship Meals and catering special events.

  • Shirley Poynter Handbells Director & Organist

    Shirley has been a member of this church since 1946. She started playing the organ here in 1952. While her husband Luke was in the Navy, they lived in other places for 13 years before moving back to Mountain Home. She now directs 2 adult handbell choirs, plays organ & piano for church services and other events, is a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, volunteers at the Christian Clinic, decorates cakes, and walks every day. Shirley and Luke have two children, one which lives in the area with their grandaughter Haley.

  • Kristie Nelson Custodian