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About Us

Meet Our Staff


Rev. Al Potts

Pastor

Al has been an ordained United Methodist Minsiter since 1983. He grew up in rural Georgia, graduated from Oglethorpe University, and later received his Corrosion Engineering Certification through the University of Alabama. For a number of years he worked in the field of speciality corrosion coatings and insulators building paper mills, off-shore drilling platforms, refineries ,and nuclear, hydro, and fossil fuel electric generating plants. He received his call to min istry while youth director in his home church in Mobile, Alabama. He and his wife, Irene, were married in 1973. Al received his Master of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University and has extensive experienve in recovery ministries and family systems. Irene received her Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree from the University of Oklahoma and has served as a Licensed Local Pastor. Their son and his family live in Lawton, OK and have one child. Al enjoys deep sea and surf fishing and hunting. Irene is a State Representative for Celebrate Recovery, starting, training, and certifying Celebrate Recovery ministries. Irene greatly enjoys being grandmother to Millie.


Keri Cousins

Director of Music Ministries & Children's Ministries

kericousins@yahoo.com

Keri is a life-long United Methodist from Fort Smith, Arkansas. She grew up in and participated in the music ministry at First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith before attending college at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. There she studied vocal music education and graduated with her Bachelor's of Music degree. Keri began working at First United Methodist Church as our Director of Music Ministries in February of 2010. In August of 2013 she also began working as our Director of Children's Ministries. Keri has a son named Aiden.


Machell Trimble

Assistant Director of Children's Ministries & Custodian

Machell became a member of First United Methodist Church in November of 1990. In July of 2006 she began working as our church Custodian. In August of 2012 she began working as a Little Disciples Preschool Teacher. In August of 2013 she was hired as our Assistant Director of Children's ministries. Machell is married to Dean Trimble. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.


Chase Miller

Guitarist

Chase began working at First United Methodist Church in September of 2014 as our Guitarist. He and his wife Hailee have two sons, Sebastian and Kipton.


Sherry Gean

Church Secretary

sallisawfumc@diamondnet.us

Sherry has been a member of First United Methodist Church her whole life. She began working as the church secretary in August of 1998. She is married to David Gean.


Mirna is the director of our Little Disciples Preschool. She and her husband Matt have three wonderful children; Mason, Morgan, and Melania. Mirna enjoys educating our church's youngest disciples.


Judy Grates

Nursery Attendant & Little Disciples Preschool Teacher

Judy has a long history of loving and caring for children. She and her husband Bruce moved to Sallisaw in 1994. In 1996 she began working as our Nursery Attendant. In the Fall of 2012 she began working as our Little Disciples Preschool teacher. Judy and Bruce have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.


Bruce Grates

Nursery Attendant

Bruce is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He and his wife Judy both began working as Nursery attendants at First United Methodist Church in 1996. Judy and Bruce have been married since 1982.


Erin Rapien

Nursery Attendant

Erin joined the Nursery staff at First United Methodist Church in 2016. She is dedicated in caring for all of our children. She has a beautiful daughter named Sarah.


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