Six candidates to become provisional members June 18

Pending the approval of the clergy session of the 2017 Annual Conference, six persons will be commissioned this year as provisional members of the Arkansas Conference, one of the final steps in the journey to ordination. The commissioning is part of opening worship on Sunday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m., in the Bank of the Ozarks Arena, Hot Springs. All are invited to attend.

Matt Carter

Matt Carter
Elder track
Hometown: El Dorado
Education: B.S. in family sciences, Louisiana Tech University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
Current appointment: St. James UMC Little Rock (associate)

Jody Farrell

Jody Farrell
Elder track
Hometown: El Paso, Illinois
Education: Bachelor of Christian ministries, Ecclesia College; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
Current appointment: Central UMC Fayetteville (Genesis Church campus)

George Hull

George Hull
Deacon track
Hometown: Little Rock (originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Education: The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland; Edgehill Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland; New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Current appointment: Director of pastoral care and clinical pastoral education, UAMS

Gary Maskell

Gary L. Maskell
Elder track
Hometown: Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Education: Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, New Jersey; Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California; Life University, Marietta, Georgia; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
Current appointment: Marvell and Lexa UMCs

Brad Moore

Brad Moore
Elder track
Hometown: Jacksonville
Education: B.S. in psychology, Southern Nazarene University; M.Div., Memphis Theological Seminary
Current appointment: Huntsville/Presley Chapel UMCs

Blake Schrepfer

Blake Schrepfer
Elder track
Hometown: Pottsville
Education: B.S in Science, Arkansas State University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
Current appointment: Calico Rock/Spring Creek UMCs
Future appointment: First UMC Searcy (associate)