People of Faith: Feb. 7, 2014

Branton joins Southwest District staff Dawn Branton has begun work for the Southwest District office in the role of administrative assistant. Her work experience includes six years as a teacher’s aide, working with students who had physical and mental disabilities; and nine years in clerical and production work for a newspaper publishing company. She attended Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in general studies with a minor in social science. She has spent most of her life in Louisiana, but moved to Arkansas to be closer to family, and currently stays busy raising a three-year-old granddaughter. She enjoys sightseeing in her new home state, since Arkansas is full of natural beauty and rich history. She attends Friendship United Methodist Church Arkadelphia. Branton may be reached at or by phone at the Southwest District office, 870-230-1118. Mission interpreter Harrell available to Arkansas churches Becky HarrellBecky Harrell, a member of the Ingleside UMC in the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, has been assigned as a Mission Interpreter for the South Central Jurisdiction of the UMC, which includes Arkansas. She conducts her work through the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), and was commissioned as a GBGM missionary in October 2006. She came to mission service after serving as an individual Volunteer In Mission, which led her to Iquique, Chile, in 2002. She served there with the EMANA Project until her assignment to Costa Rica in 2009. Before her full-time mission service, she worked as a public library director. Harrell is available to preach, participate in mission events or share about mission projects and UMC Missionaries. She welcomes invitations from groups such as United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men and United Methodist Youth Fellowships, as well as from congregations and districts in Arkansas. She may be reached at or 830-643-9717.