Staff


  • Rev. Daryl Brown

    Senior Pastor

    Daryl Brown has been in church ministry for 30 years and was appointed as Senior Pastor in June of 2019. He is a graduate of Taylor County High School, Columbus College, and Candler School of Theology of Emory University. 


    Daryl is married to Jane Brown, and together they have two happily married daughters, a son and a grandson. 


    Daryl is an ordained Elder with the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. “I am humbled, and honored to be serving Christ by serving as the pastor of the community of faith at First UMC of Americus!”


    Daryl enjoys outdoor life, hunting, fishing, golfing, music, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and watching sports. 

  • Rev. Noel Perez

    Associate Minister

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  • Stephanie Updike

    Director of Children's Ministries

    I have been married to Johnny Updike since 9/2/95. We have three kids, John (20) Freddie (18) and Adalyn (7).  


    I oversee all Children's activities in the church....Nursery age thru 5th grade.

    Nursery, Children's Church, Sunday School, Wednesday Night Bible Studies, teach Chapel with Bright Beginnings kids each week, Confirmation, Acolytes

    - in charge of Operation Christmas Child for our church

    - in charge of Nursery workers, and their time/schedules for the church

    - in charge of Safe Sanctuaries files/spreadsheets..keeping them up to date, and make sure everyone is trained/re-trained when needed.

    - in charge of Fall Festival, Halloween Community Outreach, Blessing of the Bookbags, Vacation Bible School, Summer Activities/Camp



    I attended Columbus College.  I was previously the Preschool Director for Bright Beginnings for 7 years, before moving away. But we are now back in Americus and love it!


    I was born here in Americus, at Sumter Regional, while living in Cordele. Then my family moved to Columbus when I was 5. 


    I love to read and spend time with my family. 


    And I love that Americus First makes me feel like family, every time I walk through the doors of the church! The love that is shared is like none other! I love helping the kids to grow in their faith, and showing them how God wants us to live for Him. I love making the kids smile and enjoy coming to church! :)

  • Johnny Updike

    Director or Youth Ministries

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  • Sam Morris

    Director of Worship Arts

    I am a servant of the Lord, and a music lover. I am privileged to work with such amazing men and women of faith here at AFUMC, and it is quite a fulfilling experience.

     

    I have always been a Georgia boy, and I probably will remain as such unless the Lord calls me elsewhere. I grew up in the Commerce-Athens area for the first 28 years of my life. I have a BA in music performance from Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, GA), and a MA in music performance from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA). Before moving to Americus, I served at Indian Creek Baptist Church as minister of music for approximately 3 & ½ years.

     

    Most of my colleagues moved off to be performers or educators, but I knew my calling would be in ministry. I love leading people in worship through music. It is such a powerful experience when the body of Christ earnestly comes together to worship in spirit and in truth.

  • John Teate

    Early Service Worship Leader

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  • Alwen Yeung

    Pianist

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  • Mark Watford

    Organist

    Mark is from Americus, GA, and he is our staff organist. Mark is an accomplished mathematician and musician. He attended Georgia Southwestern University where he earned a B.S. in mathematics, and a B.A. in music. He also attended the University of Georgia where he earned an M.A.T. in mathematics education. Currently, Mark is pursuing a doctorate in mathematics education from Florida State University.

  • Sylvia Roland

    Church Hostess

    I began serving as church hostess in January of 2015. I felt called to take the hostess position because it sat vacant for several months. I love entertaining and visiting with people, so this job suits my personality perfectly. I am a retired educator, having worked most of my career in Arkansas and Florida. I serve on the Board of Education of Sumter County Schools; I am the incoming first vice president of Kiwanis; I am a member of the board of Books for Sumter Children; and I play tennis recreationally. In addition, I sing with the Americus Voices quartet at FUMC as well as serve as a handbell soloist. I grew up in Arkansas and lived there until shortly before I met my husband, Donnie. He is the reason I live in Americus.I have a BA in English from Hendrix College, a liberal arts Methodist-affiliated college in Conway, Arkansas. I also have an MSE and EdS in educational administration and leadership from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I have two children, Sara Hoke DeStefano and Joseph Hoke. They live and work in Arkansas. 

  • Doug Gatian

    Church Administrator

    After graduating from Americus High School, I moved to Atlanta and attended Georgia State University where I earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice. I worked for the State of Georgia as an officer and special agent. Rosalind and I moved back to Americus after the birth of our first child. While working as a health care administrator I earned a M.S. in Administration from Ga. Southwestern College. I enjoy photography, pen & ink, scuba diving and family travel with Rosalind, our children and grandchildren.


  • Elaine Smith

    Finance Secretary

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  • Lacey Fulton

    Secretary

    I am a secretary here at Americus FUMC. I communicate with the staff and church members, maintain the membership records and the church calendar, complete and submit discipleship reports, and share other secretarial duties with Lyn. I was born and raised in Americus, GA.  I graduated from Americus High School and Valdosta State University with a B.A. in English.  It is a blessing to work here because I have witnessed the generous acts of kindness and charity shown by the congregation and that makes me happy to be of help to them.

  • Lyn Dozier

    Secretary

    I am one of two secretaries here.  I share duties with the other secretary, but many know my name from the numerous emails I send out. Besides being a preacher's kid, I have a Master's Degree in Business Education and taught Business Education at South Georgia Technical Institute for 20 years. The two made this job a good fit for me. I grew up in south Georgia parsonages, except for one year spent in Charleston, West Virginia.  My family likes to claim St. Simons Island as our "home town" because we spent summer vacations there while my dad worked in summer camps at Epworth By the Sea. I became a member here because members here were so good to me and my son when I was a single mom.  I wanted to give back to others. My hobbies include crocheting, photography, making greeting cards, watching Sci Fi shows and movies and bragging on my grandson. 

  • Kim Hale

    Director of Bright Beginnings

    Kim has been a part of the Bright Beginnings Preschool ministry at Americus FUMC since September of 2002. She began as an assistant teacher, then became a lead teacher in 2004, and was appointed Preschool Director in July of 2016. Kim is a graduate of Americus High School, and Georgia Southwestern State university where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.


    Kim has lived in Americus, Georgia all of her life. She is married to John Hale, and together they have one son, Truett. In her spare time, she enjoys reading (mysteries are her favorite), watching movies, crafting, and spending quality time with family and friends.


    Kim believes it is of the utmost importance that children are provided a solid foundation for their life's journey. It is her sincere hope that not only will Bright Beginnings meet the childcare needs of the families served, but that it will also create a solid foundation spiritually, mentally, and physically for them to build upon.


    "Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are THE MOST important work." -C.S. Lewis

  • Jarvis Pitts

    Custodian

    Jarvis Pitts is a 2015 graduate of Americus-Sumter High School. He began working here in October 2016. As custodian, Jarvis is responsible for keeping the entire campus clean, setting up for all events and taking down tables and chairs after the events. He also is on call for helping others as needed. One of the things Jarvis likes most about working at FUMC is interacting with our church congregation members and their families.  He also praises the work ethic of his fellow staff members. He likes talking to the Bright Beginnings kids, and they love seeing him in the hallways. When Jarvis isn't at work, he enjoys playing football and basketball and taking walks. He also enjoys listening to all kinds of music. He helps people move and enjoys the heavy lifting involved in moving furniture and appliances. Jarvis is here to serve!