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Meet Our Staff


SENIOR PASTOR
Dr. Rick Dye

email: pastor@murrayfirst.com
Brother Rick is our talented senior pastor. Learn more about him here.


ASSOCIATE PASTOR|YOUTH MINISTER
Rev. Sam Chambers

email: associate@murrayfirst.com
Sam Chambers is the associate minister at Murray First UMC. Sam was raised in a small town, just north of Memphis, TN. Before Murray FUMC, he served a two-point charge in north Calloway County, KY.  Sam earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis, as well as a master’s degree in teaching. He graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School with a master’s degree in theological studies.
Sam enjoys reading philosophy, talking theology, and helping people grow deeper in their faith. He believes everyone is called to serve God’s kingdom here on earth, and advocates that people engage God and each other in serious reflection and selfless service.
Sam met his future wife, Melissa, on the volleyball court at the University of Memphis. Melissa was a two-sport athlete for the Lady Tigers. She teaches seventh grade English at Harrelson School in Puryear, TN. Melissa and Sam have one daughter, Emma Grace. Together, they live on their farm in Cottage Grove, TN.


MINISTER OF VISITATION
Bro. Jim Stahler

email: jim.stahler@bellsouth.net
Jim visits with our hospital and home-bound members. If you know of someone who can benefit from Jim’s visit, please call the church office.


DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
Colin Moore

email: kids@murrayfirst.com
Colin Moore was born and raised here in Murray, KY.  He has been a member of First United Methodist Church since 2008. Colin is the husband of Lynn and the father of twin girls Hannah and Mallory. Both girls are a part of the Murray First UMC youth program.  The entire family is deeply committed to the life of the church and the families here. 
Prior to becoming the Children Director, he helped weekly and sometimes daily, planning and leading children’s programming. He helped to create, our preteen ministry, Route 56. He also helped to design and create, Gods Big Back Yard, the children’s special worship area.  
He believes that all children should feel welcomed and loved when they come to Murray First. His goals are to provide a loving and caring environment, to make sure the children know God is always with them, and that God’s love for them is never ending.  Visit the Children’s page for more information about the program.


DIRECTOR OF PRIME TIMER MINISTRIES
Beth Buchanan

email: mizzbee@live.com
Beth is responsible for programming for senior adults, ages 55 and older. Click here to learn more about our Prime Timer Ministry.


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DIRECTOR OF FINANCE|HELP HOUSE
Donya Hall

email: finance@murrayfirst.com
Donya is responsible for the business aspects of running the church through budget and financial administration and ensuring compliance with local regulations and laws. She also manages the HELP House. Donya’s office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday. HELP House hours are 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Friday.


DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Kendra Shemwell

email: communications@murrayfirst.com
Kendra is responsible for the administrative duties and communications of the church including the website, social media, and publications. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Check out our Facebook page.


HEAD CUSTODIAN
Eric Payton

email: maintenance@murrayfirst.com
Eric is responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and preparedness of the church building for weekly programming and special events.  He is also in charge of ordering supplies for the facilities. In addition, Eric heads up security for programming.


CUSTODIAN
Carrie Orbeck

email: headcustodian@murrayfirst.com
Carrie is responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and preparedness of the church building for weekly programming and special events.


DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES
Dr. Pamela Wurgler


ORGANIST & HANDBELL CHOIR DIRECTOR
Joan Bowker


CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP LEADER
Susan Blackford