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Our Staff

Joe Ranager
Interim Pastor

Joe is an Ordained Elder with the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church, having been ordained in 1993 by Bishop Jack Meadors. Joe has been appointed full-time as a Chaplain to Methodist Healthcare by the Bishop since November 1, 1994. Endorsed as a Hospital Chaplain by the UMC, he is Board Certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains. In addition to his appointment to MLH, most recently Joe served as Interim Pastor for the Byhalia UMC, and prior to that was the Pastor-in-Charge for the Mt. Vernon UMC for 10 years. Joe has served several congregations in Missouri and Mississippi.


Joe serves on the Bishop’s Covid-19 Pandemic Task Team for the conference. Other leadership positions over the years have been to serve on the Senatobia District Committee on Ministry, serving as its chair for several years, and served on the Mississippi Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for 8 years.


He has lived in Horn Lake since 1994. He has two grown children: Joshua lives in Southaven and works for UPS; Kelley lives in Glen Allen, Virginia and works in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.


Joe’s primary hobby and stress relief is doing theatre with several different local community theatre groups.



BA – University of Southern Mississippi

          Philosophy and Religion

MDiv – Saint Paul School of Theology

          Specialization: Christian Education

DMin – Wesley Theological Seminary

          Faith and Health of Communities

Clinical Pastoral Education with Methodist Healthcare

Destinee Ball
Youth Summer Intern
Alicia Butler
Worship Leader & Administrative Secretary

Alicia Butler started serving as music director at Minor Memorial in October 2018, and as Administrative Secretary in June 2020. 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. Alicia enjoys singing with the Memphis Symphony Chorus and Memphis Choral Arts ensemble. Her favorite hymn is Because He Lives. 

Dawn Wilkinson
Finance Secretary

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

Tina Patrick
After School Care Director

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.

Natalia Vanegas Escobar
Amanda Rainey
Nursery Worker
Bobbi Ott
Church Custodian
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