David is a native of Dothan, Alabama and graduated from Dothan High School in 1984. He worked in a number of professions and avocations including retail manager, police officer (reserve), and Registered Nurse, until God got a hold of him around age 30. After coming to know Christ and sensing a call into pulpit ministry, he returned to school and graduated, by the skin of his teeth, from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2006. He began pastoring in the United Methodist Church in 1999 and has been privileged to serve churches in Newton, Dothan, and currently Demopolis, Alabama.
David is the proud father of Sam (1998) and step-father to Christopher (1989). The youngest in a family of four boys, his brothers say that David is spoiled. They’re not far off base. He’s kind of nerdy (I mean – come on – he likes to build scale models, play computer games, and surf the web), a bit of an introvert, and has the ability to speak sarcasm fluently.
After many years in ministry David is convinced that he’s a bit of a bonehead, but even though he messes things up regularly, he’s certain that he loves Jesus, and knows that Jesus loves him with a reckless abandon.
It is his life’s purpose to help people understand that Jesus loves them in the same manner.
Janice grew up in Northport, Alabama. She worked in the banking industry for 13 years in Northport. She and her husband, Gary have been in Demopolis for 23 years. They have two boys, Bill and Wesley. Janice started work at FUMC 19 years ago as Children’s Director. She is now the Church Administrator. Janice attended Emory University where she received her Church Administrator Certification in 2015.
Jenny grew up in Birmingham, Alabama where she graduated from Erwin High School. She attended Jacksonville State University. Jenny joined our staff in 2004. She is married to Johnny who is the Associate Pastor, and Minister of Outreach and Senior Adults at Linden Baptist Church. They have one son, Jason, who is married to Kayla and lives in Gallion.
Jennifer joined our staff as the Children’s Director in 2011. Originally from North Alabama, she and her family have lived in Demopolis since 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Belmont University and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA, but her passion has always been children. She is married to Lee, who grew up in our church. They have two awesome daughters, Sara and Mary and two beagles, Tess and Brody.
Darin has been in Student Ministry since 1994 and has been blessed to be at 5 churches throughout North AL and West TN. He has been at FUMC since 2016. A transplant from a Chicago suburb, Darin grew up in Montgomery, AL. He has a B.A. in General Studies of Liberal Arts from Auburn University of Montgomery. After getting married (to wife Kelly) and beginning a career in youth ministry in 1994 (within 2 weeks of each other), Darin was drawn to seminary. Darin began studies at the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, and then transferred to Memphis Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Divinity degree in May of 2001. Darin and Kelly have a 16 year old son, Thomas, who keeps them on their toes and daughter, Sarah, now 10 years old and a Dalmatian named Lily.
Bonnie J. Rice is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology and Church Music from Southeastern Bible College. She then graduated from the University of Alabama with a Master’s degree in Music. In December 2018, Bonnie received a doctoral degree in Musical Arts from Alabama. Bonnie plays piano, organ, violin, and cello and frequently performs cello with the Starkville Symphony Orchestra in Starkville, Mississippi, and other regional orchestras. Aside from work and teaching, Bonnie enjoys the outdoors, her cat Schenker, and Alabama football.
Desie grew up in the Philippines where she graduated from Caraga State University with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. She moved to the United States in 2014 with her husband Maurice. She and her husband have a son, Maurice Jr. Desie has been on staff since March of 2017.