Staff & Leaders

Steve West

Steve describes himself as a “husband, father, minister, musician, and writer.” He has served as lead pastor of Arab First UMC since the summer of 2014. He is no stranger to the area, since he grew up in Huntsville, graduating from Grissom High School in 1983. Steve has lived and served churches in nearby places…

Nicky James

Nicky is a native of Arab where he graduated from high school in 1973. His roots run deep on Brindlee Mountain. He and Lynn, his wife of thirty-seven years, live in the same house that his grandparents built almost one hundred years ago. Lynn is from Eufaula, Alabama and works for Marshall Medical Centers as…

Seth Guthrie

Seth is no stranger to our church. He grew up as an active participant in our youth group and was an outstanding witness and leader among his peers in Bible study, missions, and reaching out to the community. He participated on many levels, including organizing community youth gatherings. Seth has a heart for young people…

Heather Tallent

Heather has been a part of the Arab First UMC congregation for 19 years, ever since she and her family have been living in Arab. She began her journey as part-time Director of Children’s Ministries in the Fall of 2016. Heather is a professional educator and teaches elementary school for the Morgan County Board of…

Dawn Liebner

Dawn cannot remember a time that she has not been active in the church. She has been on the ministry staff at Arab First UMC for 14 years. Currently serving as Director of Adult Discipleship, Dawn has been teaching and leading classes for folks of all ages for more than 25 years. She finds great…

Jessica Watts

Jessica Watts is a valuable part of our ministry staff. She began her journey with us in October of 2016. She serves as our hospitable church secretary, office manager, financial secretary, coordinator of communications with staff and church folks, and assistant to our pastor. Jessica is no stranger to our church. She grew up in…

Kim Taylor

Simply put, Kim Taylor loves all of God’s children. She has been the director of the church nursery since 2003 and director of Grace Place since 2005. Kim was born in Huntsville and lived in Arab until she was 7 years old. Her grandmother played the church organ for many years. She attended Arab First…

Debby Heidt

Debby has been active for over 20 years in multiple roles at Arab First UMC, serving families, youth, children, and worship and the arts. She is presently on staff as Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries as well as continuing to serve as one of our Co-Directors of Worship and Creative Arts. Originally from Northern Ohio,…

Jami Russell

Jami describes herself, first and foremost, as a child of God and believes her Christian walk is an exciting journey. Additionally, she’s a wife, mother, daughter, “Mimi”, sister to 4 other strong women, and aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Jami has called Arab home for 25 years, but before that had lived in Mankato,…

Brian Quillin

Brian Quillin is quite a “music man” in the Arab community. He is our Director of Music in addition to being a full-time music educator. During the week, he directs the Choral and Musical Theatre program at Arab High School, home to AMT (Arab Musical Theatre). Brian grew up in Huntsville and is a 1995…