• 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

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  • 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


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  • Mark Watford


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  • 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

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  • Elaine Smith

    Finance Secretary

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  • Lacey Fulton


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  • Lyn Dozier

    Lead 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

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  • Jarvis Pitts


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