The 2019 Ordinands and Provisional Members will be ordained and commissioned at this year’s Annual Conference. Read about the 2019 ordinands and provisional members on the next few pages.

2019 Ordinands

Katye Chambers

Deacon Track

Hometown:
Little Rock, AR

Education:
Little Rock Central High School; BFA Dance Performance and BA Religious Studies – Southern Methodist University; Master of Divinity – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary; Complementary Certificate in Ecumenical Studies – Ecumenical Institute at Bossey/University of Geneva

Current Appointment:
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Director of Vocational Networking)

James Kjorlaug

Elder Track

Hometown:
Paragould, AR

Education:
B.A. in English from Arkansas State University; Master of Divinity, Duke Divinity School

Current Appointment:
Vilonia United Methodist Church

Gary L. Maskell

Elder Track

Hometown:
Point Pleasant, NJ

Education:
Brookdale Community College; Monterey Peninsula College; Life University; Asbury Seminary

Current Appointment:
Marvell and Lexa United Methodist Church Charge

Future Appointment:
Magnolia First United Methodist Church

Rashim M. Merriwether Sr.

Elder Track

Hometown:
Fort Smith, AR

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Computer Networking, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith; Master of Divinity, Saint Paul School of Theology

Current Appointment:
Hunter United Methodist Church, Developer of New Ethnic Churches, Ministries and Fresh Expressions

Corey A. Tyson Read

Elder Track

Hometown:
Jacksonville, AR

Education:
University of Arkansas – Little Rock; Duke Divinity School

Current Appointment:
Wesley Foundation at Southern Arkansas University

Judy Wills Rudd

Elder Track

Hometown:
Little Rock, AR

Education:
Hendrix College; University of Arkansas – Little Rock; University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law; Memphis Theological Seminary; Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary

Current Appointment:
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Searcy, AR

2019 Provisional Members

Roy Elizabeth Kelley

Elder Track

Hometown:
Harrison, AR

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in English, Arkansas Tech University; Juris Doctor, University of Arkansas School of Law; Master of Divinity, United Theological Seminary

Current Appointment:
Atkins First United Methodist Church and Bell’s Chapel United Methodist Church

Future Appointment:
Fort Smith United Methodist Church

Shawn Michael Gustin

Elder Track

Hometown:
Searcy, AR

Education:
Indiana Wesleyan University; Asbury Theological Seminary

Current Appointment:
Quitman United Methodist Church

Jesse C. James III

Elder Track

Hometown:
Sherwood, AR

Education:
Associate of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies, University of Arkansas Monticello; Master of Divinity, Memphis Theological Seminary

Current Appointment:
Weiner United Methodist Church/Fisher United Methodist Church Charge