Staff

Co-Pastors Jan and Phil Butin love working hand-in-hand with the FUPC congregation and sharing in preaching that encourages all to embrace our mission statement: “Called to be a light on the hill, we boldly proclaim and serve Christ, the hope of our changing world.”  Jan particularly enjoys creative worship planning and leadership, and encouraging and caring for members of the congregation. Phil enjoys mentoring young adults, loving people of various backgrounds and life stages, preparing and training leaders, and teaching.  He is active in presbytery, involved with the presbytery’s Honduras outreach, and committed to supporting La Comunidad Presbiteriana Hispana, a Northwest Arkansas outreach of the First Presbyterian Church of Springdale.  The Butins began their ministry at FUPC in the Spring of 2010. They moved to Fayetteville from California, where Jan served the Presbytery of the Redwoods and the larger church in various capacities, and Phil served as President and Professor of Theology at San Francisco Theological Seminary.  He continues to teach and write about John Calvin, the Trinity, Reformed Theology, Church Unity, and Christian Spirituality and Worship.  Phil and Jan have served previous congregations in Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina, and New Mexico.  They have a daughter who was recently married and graduated from Loyola Law School, and a married son who is studying at North Park Seminary in Chicago.

Leslie Belden, Parish Associate is actively involved in the community and in her role as Parish Associate, encourages all members of the congregation in discerning how God can use them to serve as God’s hands and heart in the world. She is currently spearheading FUPC’s Honduras outreach, and is active in involving other congregations in Arkansas Presbytery and across the United States in the Honduras Mission Network.  Since 2000, Leslie has served the Presbytery of Arkansas on the Committee on Ministry, the General Council, temporarily pastored various congregations, and was the Campus Minister at the United Campus Ministry at the U of A. Leslie’s husband, Ted, is also a leader in the church and community, as are her two daughters, Melissa and Mary, and her sons in law, Randy Werner and Clark Carroll.

Kristi Button, Director of Christian Education joined the staff of FUPC in November 2008. She has been working professionally in churches for over 12 years, and loves the many opportunities to grow in faith she finds at FUPC. Kristi earned B. A. and M.A. degrees in teaching from Trinity University, as well as an M.A. in Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary. Kristi was raised in Fayetteville and enjoys being back in the community after being gone for nearly two decades. She is married and the mother of two sons.

Cathy Hairston, Director of First School, is a native of Fayetteville and received a Bachelor Degree in Finance from the University of Arkansas. She has watched First School grow from 46 students and 6 teachers to over 120 students and a staff of 21 teachers. Cathy is married and has two sons.

Brianne and Jacob Christiansen, Directors of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, recently graduated in Theater from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and were married on December 28. They have embraced God’s call and have joined our staff, ministering as a team with our youth, college students, and young adults.  Welcome, Brianne and Jacob!

S. Michael Shuman, Director of Music Ministries, joined the FUPC staff in 2012. He holds the Master of Music Degree in conducting from the University of Arkansas, M.M. in Piano from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and B.M. in Piano and Voice from Delta State University. Michael brings a rich background of work as a church musician, collaborative pianist, and teacher. Michael is an instructor and pianist at the University of Arkansas and can be heard in numerous musical events across northwest Arkansas including collaborations with John Brown University, local senior and junior high schools, theater groups, and individuals.

Laura Winburn, Financial Administrator, has worked for FUPC since 1999. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas and is also a C.P.A. Laura enjoys working with and for the staff and members of FUPC. She is married and has two children.

Heidi Nash, Membership Secretary and Food Events Coordinator, joined the FUPC family in March 2013 and the FUPC staff in May 2014. Heidi has a Master’s in Elementary Education and is a retired teacher. She also works with the Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment Sales, volunteers with the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, and volunteers and her grandson’s school. She has one daughter, Molly (also a member of FUPC) who has one son; and one son, Matt (who lives in South Dakota), who has 3 daughters and 1 son. Heidi is enjoying her work and getting to know the wonderful members at FUPC.

Katie Jackson, Director of Children’s and Youth Music, received music degrees from Texas Christian University and Auburn University Montgomery. She has taught and directed choral music in public schools and churches with all ages. Katie and her husband have three children.

Jeannie Lee, Church Organist, has served as FUPC organist/pianist since May, 2006 and continues to find joy in the worship and fellowship experiences at the church. In addition to her service at the church, Jeannie has worked in the University of Arkansas Drama Department assisting with musical theatre classes and music-directing the mainstage musicals.

Amy McCann, Child Care Coordinator, has a B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences with a child development emphasis. She has worked with children for almost 10 years and is certified in CPR and First Aid, as well as being TAPP certified. Amy was born and raised in the Presbyterian Church, and enjoys being a part of such a wonderful church family.

Molly Murray, Office Manager, joined our office in November, 2016. She comes to us with experience in various office roles, is skilled in computer software use, social media, desktop publishing, and graphic design. She grew up in Colorado, and lived in South Dakota before moving to Fayetteville in 2007. Molly has one son who is currently in kindergarten.