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SENIOR PASTOR
Dr. Rick Dye

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


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 YOUTH MINISTRY
Melinda Paul

email: umyouth@murrayfirst.com


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.


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.  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

Carrie is responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and preparedness of the church building for weekly programming and special events.


CHANCEL CHOIR DIRECTOR
Dr. Todd E. Hill

A church musician for more than thirty years, Dr. Todd E. Hill joined the staff of Murray First United Methodist Church in May 2018. The grandson of a United Methodist pastor, he has served United Methodist as Presbyterian (USA) congregations as choir director or organist in four states. He has served as organist/pianist for the Memphis Annual Conference in 2014 and 2018.
Dr. Hill is Professor of Music at Murray State University, where he serves as Director of Jazz Studies and teaches musicianship and music education.  Hill has lead his own professional groups (The Todd Hill Orchestra and Quintet) for thirty-five years.  In addition to multiple album appearances as pianist/arranger in a variety of genres, he has recorded a solo gospel piano CD, and three jazz CD releases with his Quintet and Orchestra under his own name.


ORGANIST & HANDBELL CHOIR DIRECTOR
Joan Bowker


CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP LEADER
Susan Blackford