Meet the Staff
Pastor: Rev. Amanda Gordon (Email Amanda)
Rev. Amanda was appointed to MMUMC in June 2011. Amanda's hometown is Pearl, MS where she graduated from Pearl High School in 1996. She received her bachelor's degree from Delta State University (Go Okra!) and her Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO. Amanda was ordained an Elder of the United Methodist Church at the 2010 Mississippi Annual Conference. She has served in various ministry settings since 1999.
Amanda is one-half of a clergy couple; while at Saint Paul, she met her husband, Adam, who is the Pastor of Pleasant Hill UMC in Olive Branch. Most of her family resides in the Pearl, MS area and Adam's family resides in Missouri.
Isaiah 43: 1-7 is Amanda's favorite Scripture because it reminds us that no matter what we go through in life, God is with us and our God, the Creator of all, considers us precious and loved. She finds Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-7:29 to be the most challenging of the Scriptures for in this sermon we see just how clearly different God's ways are from the world's ways.
One of Amanda's favorite things to do is travel, whether it be for personal vacation, an educational opportunity, or a mission trip. Since her junior year of high school, she has been on numerous mission trips around the United States and has also been on mission trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. She has been blessed with the opportunity to participate in a Wesleyan Pilgrimage to England and a Holy Land Tour.
Amanda is always open to meeting with individuals, families and groups for conversations, lunch, "coffee," etc. and enjoys the opportunity to spend time with the folks of Minor Memorial United Methodist Church.
Youth Minister: Sarah Brister
Sarah grew up in Pascagoula, MS, graduated from MS State University in 2018 and interned at Camp Lake Stephens this past school year. She loves her two dogs, Selena and Olive. She has a passion for rock climbing, sunsets and loves to help with special needs ministries and equine therapy in her free time. She is excited about the opportunity to serve at Minor.
Worship Leader: Alicia Butler
Alicia Butler started serving as music director at Minor Memorial in October 2018. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in music education, vocal church music emphasis. She and her husband Jimmy live in Bartlett, TN with their fur baby, a black Labrador named Dexter. Alicia enjoys singing with the Memphis Symphony Chorus and Memphis Choral Arts ensemble. Her favorite hymn is Because He Lives.
Finance Secretary: Dawn Wilkinson
Our Finance Secretary is Dawn Wilkinson. Dawn has enjoyed serving at several United Methodist Churches in DeSoto and Shelby Counties. She has been married 33 years to a wonderful man, and has 3 awesome children, who will all be getting married in the Spring and Summer of 2017 (No Stress there). She enjoys being a first-time grandmother to her granddaughter, Sterling Grace. Dawn's favorite verse is "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12
Administrative Secretary: Debbie Gallagher
Debbie Gallagher is our new Administrative Secretary. She is a retired Desoto County School teacher who taught at Horn Lake High School for 33 years. Debbie graduated from Memphis State University (which is now University of Memphis) with a Masters Degree in Office Management. Debbie and her husband, Glen, were both raised in the Desoto County community and are proud to call this area their home. Debbie is thankful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful family of Minor Memorial. Debbie and Glen have one daughter, Kelsey. Kelsey is a RN and works at UMMC in Jackson, MS. Debbie loves to spend time with family, friends, and her precious rescued dog, Sandy.
After School Care Director: Tina Patrick
Tina Patrick is our After School Care Director. She is a member of Minor Memorial UMC and has served as director of the After School Care Program since 2006. Tina was born and raised in the DeSoto County community and is proud to call Lake Cormorant her home at this time. She is married to Tim and between them they have five wonderful adult age children; their family is growing as several have gotten married and their first grandchild, Caroline Reese, was born in October 2016. The second grandchild is due February 1, 2017! Tina feels very blessed to be able to serve in this position of providing daily care and God’s love to the children of the surrounding community. She loves spending time with the children, creating fun activities for play, helping with their educational challenges and nurturing their emotional and spiritual needs.
Pianist: Natalia Vanegas Escobar
Custodians: Linda and Frank Evans
Nursery Worker: Amanda Rainey