Evangelists & Staff 2017
In July 2008, Dr. Mathison and a board of directors established the which will involve preaching, teaching, conferences and seminars. The purpose of the ministry is to train pastors and lay persons to be leaders impacting the world for Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. The ministry website, www.johnedmathison.org gives a full description of this ministry.
Under his leadership, Frazer grew from 400 members to more than 8,800 and had the largest Sunday School attendance for United Methodist churches in America. In 1986 the Church Leadership Institute cited Frazer as the fastest growing church of any denomination in Alabama. In 1999, the church was given the National Church of the Year Award from Neighbors Who Care, the victim assistance arm of Prison Fellowship founded by Chuck Colson. Most recently, in 2006, magazine recognized Frazer as the 25th most influential church in America.
At Dr. Mathison’s retirement Frazer had eight Sunday morning worship services at the Atlanta Highway campus – three traditional, three contemporary, one Hispanic and one Chinese. The worship services of Frazer were televised nationwide each week with INSP network, reaching about 40 million homes. The worship services were also cybercast live and carried on local radio and television.
Dr. Mathison has been elected to serve at six General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. He served as Chairman of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy for over a two decades.
The son of a United Methodist minister, Dr. Mathison graduated from Opelika High School and Young Harris Junior College. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon College, a bachelor of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, a master’s degree from Princeton University, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Candler School of Theology. He also has honorary doctorate degrees from Asbury Seminary, Huntingdon College and Birmingham Southern College.
He is a nationally known and sought-after speaker. He has traveled to India on a regular basis to teach pastors as part of the Billion Souls InitiativeFor several years Dr. Mathison has served as platform speaker for the National Conference of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and platform speaker for the National Hi-Y Tri-Hi-Y Conference at Black Mountain, NC. He has been a popular seminar speaker at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. Dr. Mathison also records a daily one-minute audio devotion and writes a weekly inspirational blog which has a large readership.
In 1994, Dr. Mathison was selected as the National Clergyman of the Year by The Religious Heritage of America, joining the ranks of such nationally known figures as Billy Graham who have received the honor. He was selected as “Man of the Year” in Montgomery for 1978 and Citizen of the Year in 2006.
He and his wife, Lynn, have three daughters, Vicki, Lauren,
and Clay, and one son, Si. They are also the proud grandparents of eight
grandsons, Eddie, Robert, John, David, Will, Thomas, Mat, John Thomas and two
granddaughters, Catherine and Margaret Healey. Dr. John Ed will be preaching the first five days of campmeeting.
Rev. Tommy Artmann, Tommy holds a deep passion for Bible study, preaching, classical Methodist theology, discipleship, service, missions, and outreach. As a pastor, he feels a deep sense of calling to share the Gospel and love of Christ with people of every age: children, youth and adults. Having worked in youth ministry for 18 years before becoming a pastor, Tommy offers meaningful and helpful insight for people and families in every age and stage of life.
Tommy received his BA from Millsaps College and his Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He was later chosen to study in the highly selective Beeson Pastor’s Doctoral program at Asbury Seminary and is a 1998 graduate of it.
Prior to coming to FUMC, Tommy served as youth minister at
FUMC in Clinton, associate pastor at Christ UMC in Jackson, pastor at FUMC in
Magee, and was the pastor at Heritage UMC in Hattiesburg for 16 years where he
oversaw significant growth in that congregation. Tommy is a member of the
Alumni Council of Asbury Theological Seminary, and has twice been elected to
represent Mississippi at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the
United Methodist Church. Tommy’s personal life vision is to build a community
of faith where people come to know Christ and become fully devoted followers of
Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Paula, are the proud parents of three adult
children (all followers of Jesus), one blessed grandson, and have another
grandson on the way! Rev. Tommy will be preaching the final five days of campmeeting.
will be blessing us again with her musical talents.
of Brookhaven, MS and who has been with us the past few years will also be blessing us again with his musical gifts.
Children's & Youth Ministers
Carolyn Felder, 4 through 6 year olds.
Mike graduated from the University of Louisiana in Monroe, Louisiana. “My enthusiasm for youth ministry started when I was a college student. I just wanted to find a place of involvement when I saw the huge lack of student ministry people. My heart wanted to help solve the problem. So my passion is to help the church recreate youth culture,” he relates.
Since joining the Mississippi Conference’s Connectional Ministry team in 2013, as the Youth and Family Ministry coordinator, Mike has been instrumental in:
· Building The Gathering Student Conference to be the largest Mississippi Conference student event in history. In 2017, over 1500 students were in attendance.
· Growing connection among youth workers throughout the state of Mississippi; impacting districts through training events and district gatherings of youth ministries.
· Developing the SMI movement (Student Ministry Initiative) which has multiple levels to it with the most significant being the SMI Conference. Along with the conference, the SMI Cohort for youth workers has launched their third year long group.
· Teaming with Ministry Architects, Inc. to develop a Cohort for youth from across the state. This year 14 students have begun a two-year journey.
· Teaching each of you! Mike has spoken at churches, small and large workshops on: Lead Small, Leading Effective Change and It’s Just a Phase, so Don’t Miss It.
· Leading by speaking at many different events throughout the year, by helping small camps with programming, and by assisting local church youth ministries evaluate their core values.
Mike is married to Tara, and has two daughters, Annsley (8) and Adelyn (3). During his free time, Mike also enjoys playing softball and golf, and he is the self-proclaimed world’s best Ms. Pacman player.
Felder UMC Host Pastor
Rev. Michael Evans
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Martha Patterson and family, we are blessed to have the Patterson family returning!
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