Meet the Staff
Pastor: Rev. Amanda Gordon
Rev. Amanda was appointed to MMUMC in June 2011. Amanda's hometown is Pearl, MS and 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; her husband, Adam, serves as a Chaplain with Methodist Healthcare.
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.
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: Chase Carter
Bro. Chase Carter excitedly started his student work in July here at Minor Memorial United Methodist Church. He hails from Hattiesburg, MS, and he received his Bachelors from Delta State University. He is currently attending Asbury Theological Seminary with hopes of earning his Master of Divinity. He lives his life by the Old Testament verse 2 Samuel 6:14, "And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod."
Worship Leader & Administrative Secretary: 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
After School Care Director: Tina Patrick
Tina 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 they now have five grandchildren as of summer 2020! 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
2019 Staff & Family Christmas Party!