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Senior Pastor: Rev. Davis Thompson

Pastor Davis Thompson came to NLR First United Methodist in June, 2010.  He has served 34 years as an ordained elder in seven Arkansas appointments before coming to NLR from First United Methodist in Searcy.  Pastor Davis has also served 17 years on the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Little Rock, North Arkansas, and Arkansas Boards of Ordained Ministry.

A native of Pine Bluff, AR, he graduated from Dollarway High School in 1971 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1976 and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO, in 1978.  

Pastor Davis enjoys doing yard work, knitting, bicycling, walking, listening to music and noodling on the computer.  He is an avid Razorback fan.  Most of all, he loves the church.  His mission in life is quite simple: to equip the saints for the ministry in Christ Jesus.  His baptism informs who he is - claimed by grace to be a child of God and called by God to live into God's claiming.  His passion is to know Christ in all God's fullness and to lead others into a saving relationship with Jesus.  

Pastor Davis and his wife Laura have three children and two grandchildren.

Rev. Davis Thompson can be contacted at (501) 835-2201 or email pastordavis@nlrfumc.org.

Associate Pastor: Rev. Brenton (Brent) Higdem

The Reverend Brent Higdem came to NLR First United Methodist Church in 1993 after moving from Pine Bluff, AR.  He came to Arkansas in 1988 to Jefferson Regional Medical Center to help the hospital start their Open Heart Surgery Program and provide the training fo the critical care nurses to support that program.
 
He grew up in Bagley, MN, and graduated from Bagley High School in 1965.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Valley City State College of Valley City, ND, in 1975, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mary College of Bismarck, ND, in 1985 with an area emphasis in emergency and critical care, and a Masters in Management from University of Mary of Bismarck, ND, in 1994.  Brent spent 38 plus years in the military with deployments to Vietnam for three tours and to Germany for one tour.  He retired in 2006.  

He received his license to preach in July of 2011, was appointed as associate pastor at NLR FUMC in September of 2011 and is currently working on his course of study from Redbird Mission of Beverly, KY, to become a local pastor.  Brent serves as the pastoral care minister, making visits to hospitals, nursing homes and with shut-ins.

Brent and his wife Pam have four children and three grandchildren.   

Rev. Higdem can be contacted at (501) 835-2201, by cell (501)773-6816 or email bhigdem@nlrfumc.org.

Assoc. Pastor:    Rev. James (Will) William Choate

The Reverend Will Choate came to NLR First United Methodist in July 2007.
He grew up in Beebe, AR, and graduated from Beebe High School in 1999.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from Arkansas State University in 2003 and received a Masters of Divinity Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, in 2007.  

Will and his wife Audra have two children.  

Rev. Choate can be contacted at (501) 835-2201 or email wchoate@nlrfumc.org.
 
Director of Music Ministries: Kurt Kennedy

Kurt came to NLR First United Methodist Church in 1999 after serving 12 years as Director of Music and the Arts at Winfield United Methodist Church in Little Rock, AR.  He has served various churches and denominations in Lousiana, Wyoming, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas and abroad.  He currently serves on the ACT (Argenta Community Theater) Board and continues to promote excellence in music throughout this state and others.  

He grew up in Springfield, Louisiana, graduated from Springfield High School in 1964, and received a Bachelor of Music in Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1974.  He spent 1968 – 1972 in the USAF as a Command Post Controller and received Masters of Music in Vocal Performance/ Choral Conducting from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1976.  While working on his masters, he was employed as a part-time choir director and full-time assistant/accompanist for the Opera Workshop Department at SLU.  After college he taught high school music in Baton Rouge, LA, before moving into full-time church music employment.  

Kurt has served as clinician, instructor and worship leader at the local, state and area level with AGEHR and FUMMWA.  Other interests (past and present) include musical theatre, light opera and ball room dancing.  Kurt was a founding member and president of the Gilbert and Sullivan Reperatory Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA.  He has performed as a soloist and chorus member for several community choruses, currently with the River City Men's Chorus in LIttle Rock, AR.  

He has served on the boards of various professional organizations including past president of The Fellowship of United Methodist in Music and Worship Arts, past chair of the Arkansas American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, past CHIME hcair for the AGEHR Area VI (AR, LA, MS, TN and AL), past chair for the North Arkansas Worship Committee and was chosen to serve on the National FUMMWA Archives Committee.  

Kurt and his wife Linda have two children and two grandchildren.  

Mr. Kennedy can be contacted at (501) 835-2201 or email kkennedy@nlrfumc.org.
Minister of Youth and Families: Steven Carr  

Steven came to NLR First United Methodist in July 2012 after serving 10 years in various roles at Indian Hills Church in North Little Rock, AR.  He has served in various churches throught Arkansas and Florida since 1993. 

A native of Ovilla, TX, he graduated from Red Oak High School in 1992 and received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Biblical Studies Language and HIstory from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR in 1996.  He is currently studying at University of Arkansas in Little Rock (UALR) for a Masters Degree in Social Studies.  

Steven enjoys outdoor activities, assisting with praise and worship for NLR First United Methodist's WayPoint service and is an avid Razorback fan.

He and his wife Colleen have two children.  

Mr. Carr can be reached at (501) 835-2201 or email scarr@nlrfumc.org.
Minister of Children and Families: Rev. Donna Hendricks  

The Reverend Donna Hendricks came to NLR First United Methodist in August 2012.  She was commissioned a United Methodist deacon in June 2012.  Donna served in the ministry of the laity for seventeen years until she responded to her call to ordained ministry in 2004.  She served one and a half years at The Woods UMC of Grand Prairie, TX, as director of children's ministries and two years at Jacksonville FUMC as director of Christian education and then discipleship minister.  Her specific call is spiritual nurture and growth through Christian education.  

She grew up in Senatobia, MS, and graduated from Senatobia High School in 1977.  She received her Bachelor's of Business Administration in Management from the University of Mississippi of Oxford, MS, in 1988, and a Master's Degree in Church Ministries - Christian Education Track from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University of Dallas, TX, in 2009.

Donna and her husband Dennis have three children.

Rev. Hendricks can be contacted at (501) 835-2201 or email at dhendricks@nlrfumc.org.  


 
Communications Specialist: Holly Norman

Holly came to NLR First United Methodist in July 2012 after being employed for two years at RSU Public Television in Claremore, OK.
 
She grew up in Ashdown, AR, graduated from Ashdown High School in 2002 and received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media with a minor in Spanish from Henderson State University of Arkadelphia, AR, in 2009. 

Holly enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, playing the french horn and is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

She and her husband Jeremy are expecting their first child in the summer of 2014.
 
Ms. Norman can be contacted at (501) 835-2201 or email at hparker@nlrfumc.org.
Facilities Manager: Karl Krebs

Karl became a staff member of NLR First United Methodist in 2000 after being retired for eight years. 
He grew up in Shelton, CT, graduated from Shelton High School in 1952 and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Norwalk State Technical College of Norwalk, CT, in 1964.  

Karl was employed for 33 years at Remington Arms as a Mechanical / Packaging Engineer and was transferred in 1970 from Connecticut to Arkansas.  He retired in 1992, but did not enjoy sitting around just doing nothing.  Karl had initially accepted the position of communications director at NLR First United Methodist.  After several years, he assumed his current position as facilities manager.  

Karl has been an active member of NLR First United Methodist since 1995 and enjoys projects involving computer graphics, assisting the UMW craft group, working on various broken items, singing, being a member of the church's Chancel Choir, being a member of the men's choir ensemble and whistling.  

He and his wife Jackye have four children and two grandchildren.

Mr. Krebs can be contacted at (501) 835-2201 or email at kkrebs@nlrfumc.org.
Bookkeeper / Accounts Payable: Shannon Bolin

Shannon came to NLR FUMC in January of 2013 after serving 16 years as the accountant for FUMC Crossett and Methodist Daycare & Preschool.

Shannon grew up in Crossett, AR, graduated from Crossett High School in 1987 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University in 1991.  She also earned an MBA from Tech in 1992 with areas of emphasis in accounting and management.

Shannon is most passionate about her three sons and they love to spend weekends finding new places to hike and explore.

Shannon can be contacted at 870-510-4748 or email at shannonbolin1@gmail.com
 
Director of Children's Enrichment Center (CEC) : Donna Davis

Donna became a staff member of NLR First United Methodist in September of 2010 after being employed for 20 years at Dillards in Little Rock, AR.  She grew up in Midloathian, IL, graduated from Bremen High School in 1977 and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration / Merchandising from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL in 1981.  In 1984 Donna and her husband Roger moved to North Little Rock, AR.  

Donna developed a well-rounded business experience in which she has been able to contribute to the functions of CEC.  Donna has been an active member of NLR First United Methodist since 1994.  She has served on the Children's Council, Youth Council, in UMW, and as the Acolyte Coordinator.

She and her husband Roger have two children.  

Mrs. Davis can be contacted at (501) 835-2903 or email at ddavis@nlrfumc.org.
 
Membership Secretary: Nancy Crook

For more information or if you would like to become a member of NLR First United Methodist, please either call (501) 835-2201 or contact Mrs. Crook at nrpace@sbcglobal.net.
Prayer Chain Ministry: Dotsy Harris 

For more information or if you would like to have a need added to the prayer chain, please either call (501) 835-2201 or contact Mrs. Harris at dlmharris@sbcglobal.net.