People of faith: June 2, 2017

Davis named executive assistant to Bishop Mueller

Vicki Davis has been named the executive assistant to Bishop Gary E. Mueller. She currently serves as the administrative assistant for mission and ministry for the Conference, a role she took on in 2014.  

Before joining the Conference office staff, Davis worked for Rock-Pond Solutions in Conway, a provider of medical software with a national market. As the executive administrator and assistant to the president, she planned and implemented the company’s marketing plan. 

In 2000, Davis served as administrative assistant of the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling at Hendrix College. During her time with the Miller Center, she managed a $2,000,000 grant budget, supervised five student workers and assisted in the planning and implementation of the Miller Center’s mission trips. She was on staff at Hendrix for a total of 13 years, including time in the role of assistant to the chaplain. 

Davis has volunteered with Ozark Mission Project, Amazing Grace Cafe, Camp Aldersgate and Heifer Ranch in Perryville. 

“Vicki’s skills, background and knowledge make her an ideal fit for this position,” Mueller said. “I’m confident she will continue her valuable contributions to the Conference in this new role as we all work together to create vital congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ, who in turn make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.”

Davis will transition into her new position in July, and succeed current executive assistant Rose Kuonen. Kuonen, who has been with the Conference since 2004, took on the role of executive assistant in 2012. She will retire on June 30.

49 Arkansas students receive Dollars for Scholars to attend United Methodist colleges and seminaries

A total of 49 Arkansas students recently were named recipients of the Dollars for Scholars scholarships by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. 

For each scholarship, the students’ local churches give $1,000, and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation matches that contribution. Then, the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas (UMFA) gives $1,000, and the student’s selected college contributes $1,000 for a $4,000 award.

“UMFA is honored to award $49,000 in grants to these Arkansas students attending United Methodist colleges and universities during the 2017-2018 school year,” said UMFA president and CEO Jim Argue Jr. in a May 15 news release.

Attending Centenary University is Alexander M. Shannon of Pulaski Heights UMC Little Rock; attending Dillard University is Kayla M. Vann of Wesley Chapel UMC Little Rock; attending Drew University is Erin E. Farrah of Wesley Chapel UMC Little Rock; and attending Southern Methodist University is Matthew F. Esterer of First UMC Bentonville. 

Hendrix College students receiving the scholarships include Ethny M. Ashcraft of Lakeside UMC Pine Bluff; Gwen T. Boone of First UMC Conway; Aubrey N. Brink of Sequoyah UMC Fayetteville; Lexie N. Burleson of Lakewood UMC North Little Rock; Samuel E. Byrd of First UMC Malvern; Christina G. Choh of Hope Korean UMC Little Rock; Joseph R. Coker and Samuel M. Coker of First UMC Conway; Andrew D. Fleming of Grand Avenue UMC Hot Springs; Ava Z. Graves of First UMC Bryant; Liam R. Hankins-Hull of First UMC Little Rock; Marlee L. Hoggard of Geyer Springs UMC Little Rock; Mary J. “Annie” Meek of Trinity UMC Little Rock; Tyler J. Odell of Clinton UMC; Harper L. Purifoy of First UMC Malvern; Daniel K. Reece of First UMC West Memphis; Faith A. Reynolds of Grace UMC Hensley; Madison E. Shaddox of Cabot UMC; Katherine E. Skartvedt of First UMC Russellville; Victoria L. Spradley of Pulaski Heights UMC Little Rock; Andrea R. Stitt of Vilonia UMC; Makala J. Strang of Fairfield Bay UMC; Seth R. Wagoner of First UMC Batesville; Delaney G. Wells of First UMC Charleston; and Margaret A. Young of Lakeside UMC Pine Bluff.

Scholarship recipients studying at Oklahoma City University are Hannah N. Cozart of Faith UMC Little Rock; Anna R. Delony of First UMC Fort Worth, Texas; Mary E. Wigley of First UMC Monticello; and Emily L. Wollenberg of First UMC Clarksville.

Philander Smith College scholarship recipients include Tiaara A. Anderson, Edward J. Boyd, Ashley D. Buford, Jalan J. D. Caffey, John D. Davis, Robert R. Harris, LaKendrick D. Lewis, Deviontae T. Martin, Michelle M. McDonald, Jasmine A. Owens, Javante Q. Smith, Wendell P. Smith II and Russell R. Williams III, all of Wesley Chapel UMC Little Rock. 

Seminary students receiving Dollars for Scholars awards include Andrea’ L. Cummings of Wesley Chapel UMC Little Rock, attending Candler School of Theology; Robin G. Roark of White Hall UMC, attending Saint Paul School of Theology; and Meghan L. Hatcher of Central UMC Fayetteville, attending Wesley Theological Seminary.

The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is dedicated to helping students achieve their dreams by providing scholarship aid for United Methodist students attending 122 United Methodist-related institutions. 

UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds with combined assets in excess of $146 million.