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 recently spent the summer of 2017 on sabbatical in Honduras, visiting and preaching in each Honduran Presbyterian congregation and getting to know each pastor and their families.  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 married daughter who serves as a public defense attorney in the Washington, D.C. area, 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, serves and temporary stated clerk of the Presbytery of Arkansas, assists in pastoral leadership as needed and as able, and encourages all members of the congregation in discerning how God can use them to serve as God’s hands and heart in the world. Leslie’s husband, Ted, is also a leader in the church and community, as are her two daughters, Melissa and Mary, and her son in law, Randy Werner.

Kristi Button, Director of Christian Education joined the staff of FUPC in November 2008. She has been working professionally in churches for twenty 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, share a single position in ministry with the youth and young adults of our congregation.  Their ministry style is relational and personal, and their goal is to help each young person in our congregation better know, love, and serve God in Christ.  They enjoy the dramatic presentation of scripture texts and other ways of creatively leading worship.  Jacob also works with the Walton Arts Center, and Brianne is an online student with Western Theological Seminary based in Holland, MI.

S. Michael Shuman, Director of Music Ministries, joined the FUPC staff in 2012. Overseeing all musical activities of the church, Michael’s primary goal is participation by all. Whether singing in the pews, ringing bells, singing with children, or supporting the musical gifts of others, all are welcome to participate as their gifts allow. Michael 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. Also an instructor at UA in voice and lyric diction, he can be heard in numerous musical events including collaborations with John Brown University, local schools, theatre groups, and individual musicians.

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.

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.

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.