The 2021 Ordinands and Provisional Members will be ordained and commissioned at this year’s Annual Conference. Read about this year’s candidates below, and make plans to attend this year’s Ordination Service, either in-person or online, at the 2021 Arkansas Annual Conference, June 2-4 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

2021 Ordinands

Elder, Full Membership

Judy Hall

Judy Casbeer Hall

Elder Track

Hometown:
New Blaine, Arkansas

Education:
Speech Communication/Journalism, University of Houston

Master of Divinity, Phillips Theological Seminary

Current Appointment:
Paris/Magazine/Waveland UMCs

Roy Elizabeth Kelley

Elder Track

Hometown:
Russellville, Arkansas

Education:
B.A. in English, Arkansas Tech University

Juris Doctorate, University of Arkansas School of Law

Master of Divinity, United Theological Seminary

Current Appointment:
Fort Smith First UMC

Future Appointment:
Lakewood UMC

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Andrew James Suite

Elder Track

Hometown:
Montpelier, Indiana

Education:
Bachelor’s, Ball State University

Master of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary

Current Appointment:
Salem UMC, Conway

Melanie Laureen Tubbs

Elder Track

Hometown:
Russellville, Arkansas

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Arkansas Tech University

Master of Liberal Arts, Arkansas Tech University

Master of Divinity, Iliff School of Theology

Current Appointment:
Augusta/Bald Knob UMCs

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Deacon, Full Membership

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George Hull

Deacon Track

Hometown:
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Education:
Dip. Th. from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Th.M. from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Current Appointment:
Penney Memorial Church and Penney Retirement Community, Penney Farms, Florida

2021 Provisional/Commissioned

Commissioned Elder

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Walt Garrett

Elder Track

Hometown:
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from U.S. Air Force Academy

Master of Divinity, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Current Appointment:
Associate Pastor, FUMC Benton

Hyeong Kwon Jung (Paul)

Elder Track

Hometown:
Hwasun, South Korea

Education:
Bachelor of Theology, Mokwon University

Master of Theology, Mokwon University

Master of Practical Theology, Oral Roberts University

Doctor of Ministry, Oral Roberts University

Current Appointment:
Arkansas Korean Mission UMC

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Ryan Spurlock

Elder Track

Hometown:
Woodlawn, Arkansas

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Arkansas at Monticello

Master of Divinity, Memphis Theological Seminary

Current Appointment:
Osceola United Methodist Church

Commissioned Deacon

Lindsey Nicole Russell

Deacon Track

Hometown:
Springdale, Arkansas

Education:
Bachelor of Art in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology with minor in Religious Studies, The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Graduating May 22, 2021 with M.A. Intercultural Studies with emphasis in Church Planting from Asbury Theological Seminary 

Current Appointment:
Central UMC – Rogers

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