People of Faith – Jan. 6, 2017

Methodist Family Health board, MFH Foundation board announce new members

Jim Polk

Nathan Kilbourne

Michael Mattox








The Rev. Jim Polk of Benton, the Rev. Nathan Kilbourne of Sherwood and the Rev. Michael Mattox of Rogers have been elected to the Methodist Family Health (MFH) board of directors.

Polk is director of connectional ministry and assistant to the bishop for the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church; Kilbourne is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church Jacksonville, and Mattox is senior pastor of First United Methodist Church Rogers.

Methodist Family Health has been providing emotional, behavioral and spiritual support to children and families in Arkansas since 1899. MFH’s nonprofit organizations provide care for thousands of children and families each year via a network of therapeutic group homes, a behavioral hospital, residential treatment centers, emergency shelter, day treatment programs and community- and school-based counseling clinics.

Ann Rowell

Carl Palmer

Dan Rohrbaugh








Ann Rowell of Little Rock, Dan Rohrbaugh of Hope and the Rev. Carl Palmer of Fayetteville have been elected to the Methodist Family Health Foundation board of directors. Rowell is a community volunteer and member of St. James UMC Little Rock; Rohrbaugh is a financial advisor with Edward Jones and a member of First UMC Hope; and Palmer is associate pastor of Central UMC Fayetteville. The Methodist Family Health Foundation is the fundraising arm of the organization.

All of the new board members have either volunteered with or led congregations in awareness about Methodist Family Health. Kilbourne previously served as pastor of Vilonia United Methodist Church, which hosts a satellite clinic for Methodist Family Health, so he witnessed the work of the organization from a unique perspective.

“Following the 2014 tornado at Vilonia, Methodist Family Health was not only an important part of the recovery process and helping families return to a normal routine, the organization was a wonderful partner with the church in helping us get back on our feet,” Kilbourne says. “It has been an honor over the past few years to come to know about and experience the work Methodist Family Health does for local communities. For these reasons, I am honored to serve on the board.”

Palmer says he is “a great believer in the work of MFH and all they do to champion children and families. As an adoptive parent, I have an understanding and great respect for the work of MFH.”

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