Pastor Larry grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. His life was forever changed at age 16 when Jesus became his Lord and Savior. A group of adults in his home church mentored him in the faith. He attended Martin College in Pulaski, Tennessee and graduated from Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. While in seminary, he met his wife of thirty-four years, Linda. God has blessed them with three adult children and two grandchildren. Pastor Larry has served local churches throughout the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. His passion is to see people come to know Jesus, become His disciples, and experience the abundant life He alone provides!
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 since 1994. They have two boys, Bill and Wesley. Janice began working at FUMC in 1998 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 in Linden, AL. 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.
Kaitlyn Freeman was born and raised in Demopolis, Alabama. She has been an active member of First United Methodist of Demopolis since 2007. She graduated from Demopolis High School in 2011 and attended Highlands College in Birmingham, Alabama. Kaitlyn has a strong passion to be a vital part of raising the next generation of church leaders. Apart from ministering to the children of FUMC, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with Lola, a beautiful brown Labrador retriever. Kaitlyn is engaged to Clinton Tyler Dunegan of Grove Hill, Alabama and their wedding is planned for September 2020.
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, guitar, 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 puppy Birx, and Alabama football.
Leodesie Dubose (Desie) grew up in the Philippines where she graduated from Caraga State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She moved to the United States in 2014 with her husband, Maurice. She and her husband have one son, Maurice Jr, (MJ). Desie has been on staff since March of 2017. On January 24, 2020 Desie was sworn in as an American citizen in Montgomery, Alabama.