Meet Our Staff
Dr. John RobbinsSenior Pastor, Ext. 304 / Contact Me
Susan and I are privileged to begin our ministry at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. Despite the highly unusual circumstances, I am overjoyed to be sharing in the work of Christ with each of you. I am certain that what we accomplish together will greatly impact the Kingdom of God both in Little Rock and across the world. Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church has a long and rich history of being a welcoming congregation where all can feel as though they have a place to worship, fellowship, and serve. Because of that, I have desired to serve this congregation since the first time I worshipped with you more than thirty years ago!
Cindy BowdenExecutive Assistant to the Senior Pastor & Church Administrator, 978-0517 / Contact Me
Cindy Bowden joined the PHUMC staff February 1, 1995. She is a graduate of Benton High School and attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas/Fayetteville. Cindy previously worked as executive administrator for First UMC Benton, managed a commercial construction company, and was employed as data program operator for Olin Chem. She enjoys spending family time with her son, Josh, two granddaughters, Bree and Blair, and two Shih Tzu’s, Maggie and Gretel. Cindy is active in numerous volunteer opportunities with The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Robinson Center Performance Hall, and Verizon Arena, along with Alzheimer’s Arkansas. She is also involved in several local and state civic activities and helps to organize and implement community service projects in her hometown. She relaxes with her gardening and decorating, downtown hikes with Little Rock Hikers, and traveling with friends.
Cindy is Executive Assistant to PHUMC Senior Pastor & Church Administrator assisting in the performance of their individual responsibilities. She supervises church events such as the Raney Preaching Series, serves as our wedding coordinator and director, schedules baptisms for families, and helps organize planning for onsite funerals. She has served on building campaigns for the church and participates as a member of the Annual Community Easter Sunrise Committee.
Rev. Jay ClarkExecutive Pastor, 501-978-0538 / Contact Me
On staff since 2007, Jay believes in developing disciples through faith formation that allows young people to ask hard questions while caring adults travel with them on the journey. He also believes in leadership development. Jay enjoys spending time with his wife, Karen and son, Quin. He also enjoys travel and live theatre. Jay has served at several United Methodist Churches in Arkansas. He also worked for the New England Conference of the UMC, The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew UMC in New York City and the Division on Ministries with Young People at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville. Jay has served on the Arkansas Conference Council on Youth Ministry (1987-1994, 1999-2002, 2007-current). He was also the Director of Youth 2007 at the National United Methodist Youth Event in Greensboro, North Carolina, has taught at Perkins School of Youth Ministry in Dallas, and has served as a delegate to the UM General and Jurisdictional Conferences.
Jay oversees all aspects of phyouth ministries grades 6-12 including our confirmation program for 6th graders.
Dr. Jeffery B. HamptonPastor of Congregational Care, 978-0532 / Contact Me
Dr. Jeffery B. Hampton joined the PHUMC staff in June 1999 and now serves as the Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries. His previous pastoral career includes appointments to: Greater St. Mark AME, Thorton, AR; St. Paul AME, Newport, AR; Ebenezer UMC, Conway, AR; Mount Zion, Center Ridge, AR; Wesley UMC, Morrilton, AR; and McCabe Chapel UMC, N. Little Rock, AR. Dr. Hampton has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA. He earned a Master’s of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. Dr. Hampton and his wife, Cynthia have two daughters, Joya and Cheyanne. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and reading.
Jeff is responsible for the operations of Caring Ministries including support groups and visitation.
Rev. Kathleen McMurrayAssociate Pastor / Contact Me
Rev. McMurray joined the PHUMC staff June 30, 2020.
She grew up in Little Rock and attended Parkview High School, where she was involved with music and theatre. Kathleen was a member of First United Methodist Church before attending college at Louisiana State University and seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. After living across the world for a bit in Thailand, across the country for her education, and across the state in her previous two appointments, she is excited to be returning home to Little Rock to serve at Pulaski Heights!
“It is such an honor to serve a church like Pulaski Heights. Your vision to “love God, love neighbor, and change the world” resonates deeply with me. I was asked recently to identify my top three values, and I realized they are connection, creativity, and inclusion. I care deeply about finding creative ways for all people, particularly ones who may be struggling with faith or feel hurt or burned by the church, to connect with one another and with God. Through this connection, through loving God and loving one another, we do change the world, and I am excited to be on the journey of doing so along with you!”
Music, Worship & Arts
James MaaseMinister of Music, Arts, & Worship, 978-0520 / Contact Me
James Maase has served PHUMC since the fall of 1993, first as Associate Minister of Music, Arts, & Worship and organist. He then became the Director of Music Ministries in 1998. Previous appointments have included: University Christian Church, Fort Worth, Texas; Highland Park UMC, Dallas, Texas; and Centenary UMC, Lexington, Kentucky. He obtained education degrees from Texas Christian University and further studies from Southern Methodist University. James enjoys traveling, cooking, and has a great love for animals.
Jim is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating the music, arts, and worship ministries at PHUMC. He is also the director of Adventures in the Arts.
Stanley CoxAssociate Minister of Music & Arts, Organist, 978-0521 / Contact Me
Stanley Cox joined the staff in May 2016. He is a native of Memphis, TN and grew up at St. Matthew’s UMC. He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, and he received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York, NY. Stan serves as Organist for the traditional worship services in the Sanctuary. He accompanies the Chancel Choir in rehearsals and in worship services. He is a member of the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has two cats, Shelby, and Tinker.
Trenton TeegardenMinister of Contemporary Music and Worship Arts, 978-0509 / Contact Me
Originally from Nashville, TN Trenton’s music ministry career began at an early age and was fostered by his parents, friends, and family. He holds a Bachelor’s in Church Music from Martin Methodist College and a Masters of Music Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Trenton is married to Jessie Waddell Teegarden who is originally from Little, Rock and is an ordained Deacon in the Arkansas Conference.
Trenton is the worship leader and oversees all music, arts, and worship for the New Heights services.
Chip GrossDirector of Wesley Kid's Choirs, (501) 978-0534 / Contact Me
Chip is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating the music, arts, and worship for children grades K-5.
Children’s Ministries (PHkids)
Cindy BurnsMinister to Children & Families, 978-0511 / Contact Me
Cindy has been on staff since 2000 and has been working in the area of children’s ministries since 2008. She and her family have been members since moving to Little Rock in 1985. Cindy is married to Kevin Burns and they are the proud parents of Randy, Annie and Adam and grandchildren Jayden, Austin and Brooks. In her free time she enjoys walking, tennis, gardening, playing bridge, Mah Jongg, and hanging out with family and friends. Cindy has a passion for all children having a faith in our awesome God that will last a lifetime and beyond.
Cindy Burns is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating ministry to children and families ages birth through 5th grade.
Kristie FinneyAssociate Minister to Children & Families, 978-0535 / Contact Me
Kristie joined the PHUMC staff in January of 2002. Prior to coming to PHUMC she volunteered in Children’s Ministry programs with her children as well as with the youth group of her previous church. She attended the University of Arkansas and graduated with a B.A. in Microbiology and has hours towards a Masters Degree in Secondary Education. She is married to Allen Finney. They have two children, Trey and Ashley, as well as a golden retriever named Charlie. Kristie delights in helping children learn how to let the Light of Christ shine through them. She feels that in doing so, they learn to share God’s love with others. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, crafting, and being at the beach.
Kristie is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating ministry for preschool and nursery age ministries.
Children’s Learning Center (CLC)
Courtney CarlLeeExecutive Director of PHUMC Learning Centers, 978-0527 / Contact Me
Courtney CarlLee has been on staff at PHUMC since 2004. She attended Henderson State University from 1996-2001 and studied education, sports medicine, and life sciences. She received the Arkansas Children’s Program Administrator Certification in 2013. Courtney was previously a classroom teacher. She has one son, Joseph, who is attending Henderson State University. Courtney is married to Ryan McNally. They enjoy traveling, recreation, volunteering in the community, and spending time with friends and family.p>Courtney is the Executive Director of our early childhood learning centers at both campuses and oversees all operations including enrollment, staff development, events, and curriculum planning.
Yui LawrenceAfter School Coordinator, 666-5683 / Contact Me
Yui coordinates the after school, holiday care, and summer programs for children in Pre-K through 5th grade.
Communications & Technology
Jacob NolenDirector of Technology, 978-0503 / Contact Me
Jacob joined the PHUMC staff in 2012 as a full-time employee, but previously worked with the church as a tech consultant and sound engineer for nearly five years. He graduated from Philander Smith College in 2006, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Jacob was previously employed as a graphic designer and IT for Arkansas Flag & Banner. Jacob has been playing and recording music since his early teens. He’s also a voracious reader and loves to learn.
Jacob attends to all things technical and serves as the in-house computer administrator. If it lights up, turns on, or makes sound, Jacob is the one to make it work.
Tyler LindseyDirector of Communications, 978-0524 / Contact Me
Tyler joined the PHUMC staff in December 2018 as the Director of Communications. He joins us from the Arkansas Foodbank where he oversaw communication efforts for over 5 years after previously working as a News Producer at THV11 in Little Rock. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Communications. Tyler is a huge sports fan and likes to play golf when he gets the chance.
He is married to Mallory Lindsey and the couple has a son named James who was born in July 2018.
Bev VillinesDirector of PHUMC Foundation, (501) 978-0510 / Contact Me
The purpose of the PHUMC Foundation is to strengthen the ministries and mission of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church through planned giving and endowment, enabling persons to grow in faith in Christ. As of September 30, 2019, our assets total just under $10 million which will support PHUMC long into the future. Earnings are available to fund both special and on-going program activities in Ministry NOW.
Senior Adult Ministries include Primetimers and Friends (programs and travel opportunities for active seniors) as well as Helping Hands, Senior Adult Respite Care Program and Caregiver Support for families dealing with Memory Loss.
Jennifer ShannonDirector of Columbarium, Assistant to PHUMC Foundation, 978-0533 / Contact Me
Jennifer is directs the operations of PHUMC Columbarium and is responsible for the day-to-day administrative duties for the PHUMC Foundation and the Memorial Committee
Mark BarrDirector of Finance, 978-0502 / Contact Me
Mark loves enjoys landscaping, cycling, hiking, camping and his granddaughters. He has been on staff since 2011. Mark was previously employed with Verizon Wireless and Alltel Wireless. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Mark has three children: Caroline, Ainslee, Samuel and two granddaughters: Mary Ava and Evelyn.
Mark manages the overall financial operations, activities, and reporting of PHUMC, the Foundation, CLC, and all other ministries.
Juanita DanielsFinance Associate, 978-0507 / Contact Me
Juanita joined the PHUMC staff in June 2005. She attended Sheridan High School and University of Arkansas at Monticello. Juanita is married to Loyd Daniels and she enjoys Dog Trials (stockdogs) and Rancher (sheep) hunting. She has shown horses in high school and trained dogs in various events from 1976 to present. Juanita loves cooking, hiking, and cycling.
Juanita provides support for the day-to-day financial operations and activities of PHUMC, the Foundation, and all other ministries.
Theresa HodgeFinance Associate, 978-0523 / Contact Me
Theresa has been on staff since 1994. She was previously employed with Youth Home, Inc. and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Theresa has four children: Ryan, Megan, Courtney, and Ben. She enjoys reading, spending time with family, cooking and hiking.
Theresa provides support for the day-to-day financial operations and activities of PHUMC, CLC, and all other ministries.
Pat DillahuntyReceptionist, 978-0515 / Contact Me
Pat joined the PHUMC staff in July 2001 after working at the Social Security Administration over 28 years. “What else could I do with a college degree in history?” She loves her family and friends and her favorite pastime is to be with them.
Pat is responsible for greeting members and guests in our Welcome Center and she serves as the primary phone contact for the church. She also maintains the calendar of events for the church.
Cathy EngladeAdministrative Assistant for phyouth & PHkids, 978-0540 / Contact Me
Cathy has been on staff at PHUMC since 2005. Her dream job was to work in the church! She enjoys loving on her grandchildren and watching movies with her husband.
Cathy is responsible for day-to-day administrative duties and communications for Children & Youth Ministries.
Virginia LewisAdministrative Assistant for Membership & Caring Ministries, 978-0513 / Contact Me
Virginia has been on staff since March 2017. She previously served as Membership Secretary from 1997 – 2001. She has two children, two grandchildren, four dogs, and a cat. She really enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, and shopping at flea markets.
Virginia’s job duties include Membership and day-to-day administrative assistant with Caring Ministry.
Mary SmithAdministrative Assistant for Worship & Arts, 978-0522 / Contact Me
Mary joined the PHUMC staff in October 2007. She loves all types of music, going to the movies with her friends, loves traveling and says, “When I need an “opera” fix, I’ll go to the Met in New York.” Mary has a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance, Henderson State University and a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance, Indiana University. She was previously employed at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts. Mary has never been married, no children, but plenty of nieces and nephews.
Mary is responsible for day-to-day administrative duties for Worship and Arts Ministries. In addition, she coordinates scheduling for Adventures in the Arts Music Academy.
Facility, Maintenance, & Custodial Staff
Steve BiffleDirector of Facilities & Maintenance, 978-0504 / Contact Me
Steve joined the PHUMC staff in 2012. He has over 13 years of experience in apartment maintenance. Steve is from California and graduated from Bella Vista High School in Sacramento. He has been married for 12 years and has two children: Nathan & Kaylynn as well as a beautiful golden retriever, Cooper. Steve enjoys riding dirtbikes, street bikes, helping friends and family with home repairs and remodeling, and most of all spending time with family!
Steve is responsible for the general maintenance repairs and upkeep of the facilities as well as supervising the custodial and maintenance staff.
- Mario Frazier, Custodian
- John Englade, Maintenance Technician
- Dale Garland, Maintenance Technician
- Tim Jackson, Custodian
- Keyno Ray, Custodian
- Booker Rodgers, Sr. Custodian
- Stephan Wilson, Custodian