Meet the Staff

Rev. Robert Sparkman
Senior Pastor

Phone ext. 101

I am a native of Aliceville, Alabama, graduating from Aliceville High School in 1971. I have great memories of the ministers and UMYF group at Aliceville First United Methodist Church and the loving and alive fellowship. I went to Auburn University and, after a brief period of struggle with my faith, became very active in the Auburn Wesley Foundation as my home away from home.

I answered the call to ministry and, after graduation from Auburn in 1975, enrolled in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. After graduation in 1978 with a Master of Divinity Degree, I took a one year Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Carraway Methodist Medical Center.

I have served in long tenures at several churches in North Alabama, which grew in attendance and vitality. I was honored with the Denman Evangelism Award in 2006. I have led the Volunteer in Mission Taskforce of North Alabama, the Evangelism Team for the North Alabama Conference, and now the Nigeria UM Partnership. I have been elected by our conference as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conference six times .

I am married to Debbi and we have three grown children, Rachel, Paul, and Daniel. 

Rebekah Alexander
Director of Children’s Ministries

Phone ext.112

I am serving as the interim children's director. I grew up in Tuscumbia where I graduated from Covenant Christian School in 2011 and spent my first 21 years of my life attending First United Methodist Church. At Tuscumbia First United Methodist, I served in the nursery and children's department. In summer of 2014, I took on the role of Interim Children's Director at Tuscumbia First United Methodist Church. In Fall of 2014, I answered God's call for me to move to Florence First United Methodist Church to serve in the nursery and children's department. I am a current student at University of North Alabama pursuing a degree in Social Work, where I will graduate in December 2016. I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to serve God, the church and children. I love children, playing tennis, volunteering, teaching children, planning, organizing, arts and crafts, and spending time with family and friends.

Wannell Scott
Minister of Discipleship

Phone ext.117

I serve FUMC as Minister of Discipleship. I have an extensive background in Christian Education, serving in Youth ministry for more than twenty years. I love having the opportunity to help others learn and grow as they discover ways in which they can follow in the footsteps of Christ as Disciples.

I work with college-age young people to help them stay connected to the Church as they find their path in life, shepherd the creation of small groups for all ages of adults (Singles ministry to Older adults), and head up the selection and creation of study curriculum and facilitation of ways in which learning and devotion can be lived out in our community.

The North Alabama Conference honored me in 2011 as a recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award and I fell blessed to be called to ministry in which I am able to teach people ways to serve as the hands and feet of Christ. 

God has blessed my life by placing many situations and people where I have had the opportunity and privilege to share my love for Christ and compassion for his people.

Linda May
Music Coordinator

Phone ext. 116

A lifelong member of FUMC, this is my 35th year on staff. I coordinate all music and worship for the traditional services, in addition to playing the organ and directing the handbell choir.

I have two grown daughters, Amy and Becky and two grandchildren, Maddox and Lucy. I graduated from Coffee High School in Florence, AL and studied at UNA and Birmingham Southern.

Vivian Gallegos
Financial Manager

Phone ext. 104

For several years now, I have taken care of the financial work of the church along with helping in other ways in the church office.  My husband works for TVA Browns Ferry and I have three sons:  Nations who is at North West Shoals Community College, Austin who is at the United States Naval Academy, and Dallas.  In my spare time, I enjoy traveling , reading, watching movies and trying new restaurants.

Mary Tidwell
Publications Secretary

Phone ext. 105

I have served in this position at FUMC since 1988. If you want any information in our Messenger, call me and I will take care of that. My husband, Don and I have a son, Will, who is at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Our 3 beagles take up our time with Will being gone and I love to keep up with all of the furry pets.

Daniel Ritch
Adult Choir Director


Phone ext. 116

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Angela Yuille
Day School Director


I consider myself a life long learner and have a passion for working with young children. I have over 16 years’ experience in the field of Early Childhood.

I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood as well as a Master's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood.

For over ten years I was the Assistant Director of a non-profit organization that served a nine county region & working with day care providers through a grant funded by Alabama Department of Human Resources. I became the Day School Director in August of 2012.

I live in Muscle Shoals with my husband Lewis and our one-year-old son William. I am an active member at Highland Park Church of Christ and have served on the board for our local United Cerebral Palsy Center for over ten years.

Courtney Cornelius
Assistant Day School Director


Born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, I attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I received a BFA in photography. I first moved to Florence in 2004, where I joined First United Methodist Church and had my twin babies baptized.

In 2007 the Army moved our family to Wonju, South Korea. While in Korea I taught English in the elementary schools. Upon our return I began teaching in the 2-year-old classroom in the Day School. Since 2012 I have served as the Assistant Director to the Day School. I thoroughly enjoy my job and love coming to work each day, watching the wonders of our Creator’s beautiful world unfold to a child.

In my free time I enjoy being with my own 7-year-olds, Ella and Sterling and our little Shih Tzu pup (from Korea, Young Do). We may not be from Florence originally, but we certainly consider it home!