First United Presbyterian Church

Staff

The staff of First United Presbyterian Church are here to serve God and the church family.

Co-Pastors Jan and Phil Butin

Co-Pastors Jan and Phil Butin

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 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 Director of the CRUX Discipleship Program at North Park Seminary in Chicago, and two grandchildren.

Kristi Button, Director of Christian Education

Kristi Button, Director of Christian Education

Kristi 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.

Christian Education

Cathy Hairston, Director of First School

Cathy Hairston, Director of First School

Cathy is a native of Fayetteville and received a Bachelors 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.

First School

Isaac Thomas, Director of Music Ministries

Isaac Thomas, Director of Music Ministries

Isaac joined the FUPC staff in November 2019. He is a native of Fayetteville and has been directing church choirs for over 30 years throughout Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Upon completion of his studies at Dubuque Theological Seminary, he was commissioned by the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia as a lay pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on July 30, 2017. He comes to us from Second Presbyterian Church (Norfolk, VA) after serving there for six years as Pastor of Music, Outreach, and Technology. Isaac received his education in music at The University of Arkansas and John Brown University with additional studies in conducting, piano, and voice at Texas Wesleyan University and the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2017 he completed the six-week piano course Sharpen Your Artistry through The Juilliard School (New York) under Dr. Michael Shinn (former Chair of Keyboard Studies) and Kevin Ahfat (Juilliard Course Fellow). He is thrilled to be back home in Fayetteville after being away for 20 years.

Music

Laura Winburn, Financial Administrator

Laura Winburn, Financial Administrator

Laura 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.

Rosamond Haden Chomphosy, Communications Coordinator

Rosamond Haden Chomphosy, Communications Coordinator

Rosie grew up at FUPC. She has management experience in offices from the Bowie County District Attorney to medical facilities. For the past 10 years, she has been managing her family’s business. She felt called to assist FUPC in the current transition. Rosie lives in Springdale and has two children.

Hyun Kim, Organist

Hyun Kim, Organist

Dr. Kim holds degrees in music from the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Cincinnati, the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, Sung-Shin Women’s University in Korea, and Chung-Ang University in Korea.

She has served Presbyterian churches in music since 1984, and is currently teaching at the University of Arkansas, where she is the Musical Director of the opera program. She has also been a music faculty member at universities in Colorado and in Brazil.

Tammi Kushner, Office Manager

Tammi Kushner, Office Manager

Tammi comes with over 20 years of administrative experience, as well as 10 years of event experience.

 

She is married with four fur babies at home. She is also a mom to two daughters and Mimi to four grandchildren ages two, 11, 13, and another due in four weeks.

 

Tammi will be available from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Amy McCann, Membership Coordinator

Amy McCann, Membership Coordinator

Amy McCann has grown up in the Presbyterian Church. She moved to NWA in 2002 to attend the UofA and received a Bachelor’s in HESC with a Child Development emphasis in 2007 and holds several other certifications. After moving to NWA, she quickly became active at FUPC. She joined the staff in 2003 as Childcare Coordinator and held that position for 16 years. She also updated membership for 5 years during that time. She became an Elder at FUPC in 2019, and has always been involved with membership in some way. 

 

She has been the Director of a childcare center in Rogers for the past 13 years, married for 14 years, and has a 12 year old chocolate lab named Nitro. She rejoined the FUPC staff as Membership Coordinator in January 2022.

Christopher Verdery, Audio/Visual Coordinator

Christopher Verdery, Audio/Visual Coordinator

Mindy Mock, Childcare Coordinator

Mindy Mock, Childcare Coordinator

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