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. He continues to teach and write about John Calvin, the Trinity, Reformed Theology, Church Unity, and Christian Spirituality and Worship. 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. They have a daughter who is currently studying at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and will be married early in 2016, a son who is studying at North Park Seminary in Chicago, and a daughter-in-law who works with disadvantaged young adults on the South Side.
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 Hassman and Jacob Christiansen are engaged to be married in late December, and will graduate in Theater from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA after the Fall 2015 semester. They have embraced God’s call to move to Fayetteville to serve as our Directors of Youth and Young Adult Ministry beginning in mid-January 2016. Welcome, Brianne and Jacob!
S. Michael Shuman, Director of Music Ministry, is Director of Music Ministries. He holds the Master of Music Degree in Piano from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano and Voice from Delta State University. Michael brings a rich background of work as a collaborative pianist, teacher, and church musician. He served as Interim Director of Music from 2008 through 2009 at the Heritage United Methodist Church in Van Buren, Arkansas. Michael is the instructor of Diction for Singers and Survey of Vocal Literature, and serves as the director for the Opera Workshop at the University of Arkansas. Michael enjoys contributing to the overall structure of the worship service here at FUPC.
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 semi-retired teacher. She continues to substitute teach for students with special needs, as well as volunteer with the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale and the Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment Sales. 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 2 daughters and 1 son. Heidi is enjoying her work and getting to know the wonderful members at FUPC.
Katie Jackson, Director of Handbells and Children’s 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.