Our Team


Our ministry team is dedicated to making disciples of Jesus Christ through nurture, education, mission, outreach, and worship. We invite you to First United Methodist Church and look forward to developing a close relationship with you.

Rev. Jaimie Alexander

Senior Pastor

Leads Worship Services. Equips others for ministry. Supports people through pastoral care, prayer, and outreach.

Bio: A native of Arkansas, lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, and a pastor since 1991. Began ministry at FUMC in July 2017.

Larry De Dymott

Director of Music Ministries

Larry oversees and directs the ministries and activities of the Music Department.  Larry directs the Chancel Choir, Celebration Choir, Celebration Ringers, Chancel Handbell Choir, and Bethany Ringers.  As organist, he provides service and special music for Sunday Worship and other services. 

Bio: Originally from Joplin, Missouri Larry has lived in Texarkana since 1993 and joined the staff in 2002.  Larry was organist at St. Luke United Methodist Church and St. Edward Catholic Church in Texarkana before coming to FUMC Texarkana.   

Amy Meadows

Music Associate

Amy Meadows has been a music associate at FUMC since 2005.  She sings and plays the piano or guitar with the Spirit of J worship band.  Amy accompanies the Chancel and Celebration Choirs and directs the Bethany Singers, Spirit of J, and Spirit Singers.  She and Mark Meadows have been married for 15 years and have three children named Fiona, Ivy, and Joseph. 

Worship Technology

Mark Meadows

Director of Worship Technology

Mark directs the video and sound systems and ensures that worship technology flows smoothly at the church and online.

Youth

Ashley Brackeen

Interim Youth Volunteer

Ashley assists with our youth.

Megan Jones

Director - Weekday Program

Director of Clark Weekday Program since October 2019. 

 

Melonie McPeat

Position

Melonie is a lifelong resident of Texarkana who joined the FUMC nursery staff in 1998, and later became the Nursery Coordinator in 2007.  She provides loving care for infants through 2 years each Sunday during Sunday school and Worship in addition to other special services and events. 

Melonie’s experience along with her dedication to caring for and teaching our babies and toddlers combine to offer families a special experience each Sunday. 

Shirley Laryea

Nursery Caregiver

Shirley joined the FUMC Staff in 2008 as a Nursery Caregiver.  She has also served as Nursery I teacher in our preschool, Clark Weekday Program. 

Her years of experience in child care make her an integral part of our nursery ministry. 

Melody Hickson

Business Adminstrator

As Business Administrator at FUMC, Melody’s responsibilities include: church finances, publications, membership, and facility coordination. 

Melody is a third-generation member of FUMC.  Her grandmother, Edith Capps, taught Sunday School at the church in the 1960's and 1970's.  Her parents, Paul and Debbrae Capps were married by Rev. Dr. Ed Dodson in the old sanctuary in July of 1972.   After Debbrae's passing, Paul married Loretta in the Chapel.  She and her husband Randy were married in the new sanctuary in June of 2017.  She has three children named Dylan, Ashley, and Adrianna and two bonus children named Logan and Nolan.  

Penny Arnold

Music Assistant

Overall support person for the Music Department with other responsibilities related to the Clark Center and the front office.

A native of Texarkana, Arkansas, mother of two and proud grandmother of two, member since 1987 and on staff since 2000.

Scott Byers

Sexton

Scott cares for the day-to-day needs of the church’s physical plant and ensures that our facility is ready to host our ministries.  

Valerie Foote

Position

Valerie supports the ministries of the church by ensuring that our facilities are clean and orderly. She came on staff in January 2018 and she most recently worked at Texarkana Resources working one-on-one with clients to help with their day-to-day living needs.