Announcement of Pastoral Change

Dear FUMC Family,
Last night, at a called Staff Parish Relations Committee meeting, Bishop Gary Mueller announced that our Senior Pastor, Michael Roberts, would be appointed to be the Director of the Arkansas Conference ReStart Initiative, effective October 1. This is a newly created cabinet-level position to provide spiritual care, support, worship opportunities, and the development of next steps for persons who will remain United Methodists from congregations involved in the disaffiliation process.

We are thankful for the 10 years of pastoral ministry from Pastor Michael. In this tenure, we have experienced much growth, many challenges, and God’s love through it all. Pastor Dede will be named Senior Pastor on an interim basis, giving our SPR committee and the bishop and cabinet time to explore future leadership needs.  FUMC will continue to be the church home for the Roberts family in the immediate future.

As we all enter into this time of transition, please keep the church in your prayers.  We trust that God is at work and will guide us all as we seek to grow in both faithfulness and fruitfulness.  In the midst of transition, may we also look forward to what God will do in the next season of our ministry together.  May love continue to grow here!