Church Staff

Todd Henderson

Senior Pastor

Phone: 256-586-5792

Married for 32 years to Roxanne Wheat of Lanett, Alabama. Todd’s greatest love and passion is to seek to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and see the transforming power of Jesus transform person’s lives by the Word of God working through love and grace in relational discipleship. Todd is an avid reader, and...

Nicky James

Associate Pastor

Phone: 256-586-5792

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…

Brooke Hemphill

Director of Student Ministry

Phone: 256-586-5792

Brooke Hemphill, an Arab native, has been a member of Arab First United Methodist Church her entire life. She is a wife to Chris Hemphill, a mom to Brody and Presley, and two dogs, Stella and Bridget. Brooke is heavily involved in the life of the church. Over the last ten years, she has been…

April Sanford

Director of Children's Ministries

Phone: 256-586-5792

Dawn Liebner

Director of Adult Discipleship

Phone: 256-586-5792

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 16 years. Currently serving as Director of Adult Discipleship, Dawn has been teaching and leading classes for folks of all ages for more than 27 years. She finds great…

Jessica Watts

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 256-586-5792

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

Director of Grace Place Nursery

Phone: 256-586-5792

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

Worship and Creative Arts Co-Director

Phone: 256-586-5792

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

Worship and Creative Arts Co-Director

Phone: 256-586-5792

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

Music Director/Contemporary Worship Co-Leader

Phone: 256-586-5792

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…

Anthony Wilson

Pianist/Contemporary Worship Co-Leader

Phone: 256-586-5792

Our pastor has dubbed Anthony “Magic Fingers.” There’s a reason for that. He shares his gifts as pianist at Arab First UMC, and came on staff in October of 2001. Anthony grew up in Union Grove, not far from Arab. He is a 1989 graduate of Arab High School. He and his wife, Patti, went…

Diane Moore


Phone: 256-586-5792

If there is such a thing as a music gene, Diane Moore probably has it. Her mom’s insistence on practice was a big influence on her when Diane began piano lessons at age 9. “I’d rather have been outside playing, only she made me come in and practice. But I learned” she grins, “that if…

Bette Halle

Financial Manager

Phone: 256-586-5792

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Terry Zakrzewski

Kitchen Manager

Phone: 256-586-5792

Everybody calls her “Terry Z” and this is definitely a person you want to get to know at Arab First UMC. Terry serves as our Kitchen Manager, which means that she keeps the kitchen bustling with the wonderful ministry of hospitality on Wednesday nights and for other special occasions in the life of the church.…

Misha Ralph


Phone: 256-586-5792

Misha is a very important part of making Arab First UMC a place of hospitality and welcome. She keeps the place tidy and ready for guests and church families alike. Misha grew up in Cullman County, in the town of Fairview. She has been married to Henry for 45 years. He helps her out from…