UNITED MINISTRIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rev. Scott Grantland, President – First United Methodist Church
Lee Elebash, Past President – First Presbyterian Church
Jennifer McFarren, Vice President-Trinity Presbyterian Church
Kitty Yax, Secretary – Northminster Presbyterian Church
Tim Heindl, Treasurer – Christ Episcopal Church
Jeff Dannelly – First United Methodist Church
Peggy Groves – First United Methodist Church
Leah Harrison – Trinity Presbyterian Church
Rev. Randy Jackson – First Presbyterian Church
Rev. Frank Jenkins, Sr.-Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Joseph Marshall-St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church
Trip Maygarden – First United Methodist Church
Denise McLeod – Cokesbury United Methodist Church
Barbara Shilling – St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
Steve Warner – St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
Rev. Lonnie Wesley – Greater Little Rock Baptist Church
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A graduate of Washington High School, Jean grew up in Pensacola, Florida. She received a B.A. in Religion from Davidson College and is a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Jean has served in three congregations as Director of Christian Education including Christ Episcopal Church, and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, Florida, and Grace Presbyterian Church in Panama City, Florida. Most recently Jean served as the Associate Executive Presbyter/Head of Staff and Hunger Action Enabler for the Presbytery of Florida.
As the new executive director of United Ministries, Jean views her position as a culmination of her experiences in working with churches and in hunger action. She views her work as chiefly about helping people and churches live out the Greatest Commandment (Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and love your neighbor as yourself – Mark 12:30-31), and the mission of United Ministries is a natural continuation of that work.
“I have felt for some time that I would enjoy being more hands-on in mission through my work with the Church, to love my neighbor as I do myself. Working with United Ministries is the answer to my heart’s prayer.” Jean also finds it an act of coming full circle at United Ministries. When she left her position at Christ Church in 1987 and moved away, she knew Father Bob Graves was working with other pastors to create United Ministries. “And now 26 years later,” she observes, “here I am, working alongside dedicated volunteers who live out Jesus’ words in Matthew 25 – ministering to the least of these, and therefore, doing it to and for Jesus. And it is all made possible because of the generosity of the churches and individuals in this community.”
Jean has two grown children, Joe, a law student at UNC, Chapel Hill, and a daughter, Katherine, a student at Davidson College in North Carolina.