Meet the Staff

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Phone extensions can be reached by first dialing the church office at (256) 764-5072

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. 

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.

Rebekah Alexander
Director of Children’s Ministries

Phone ext.112

I am serving as the Director of Children's Ministries. I grew up in Tuscumbia where I graduated in 2011 from Covenant Christian. I spent the first 21 years of my life attending Tuscumbia FUMC. At Tuscumbia FUMC, I started working in the nursery and children's department in high school and college which led to my interim children's director position. In Fall of 2014, I answered my call from God to make the move to Florence FUMC to service in the nursery and children's department. Summer of 2016 I became the interim children's director which led to a full time position in January of 2017. I am beyond blessed to have this opportunity to serve our Father, the church and children. My job and the kids' are the third most passionate things I am passionate about in life, God being the first with my family as the second.

I am a recent graduate of UNA. I graduated in December in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.

Outside of work, I still enjoy being around children through babysitting and various volunteer opportunities. I enjoy reading, planning, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.

James Lee Michael
Student Pastor

Phone ext.103

I am a native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, graduating from Muscle Shoals High School in 1997. I grew up in church and involved in youth group, but when I went to the University of Alabama for college, I fell away from church involvement for a time.

After my time at U of A, I went to Athens State University, where I became heavily involved with the Wesley Fellowship on campus. I also began helping with the youth group at Athens FUMC, where I received my call to the ministry. I graduated from Athens State with a B.A. degree in Religion in 2005, and I have been in youth ministry ever since.

I am married to Whitney, whom I met during our time at Athens State in the Wesley Fellowship. We have three young children, Keeton, Emarie, and Ella.

Linda May
Music Coordinator/Organist

Phone ext. 116

A lifelong member of Florence FUMC, I am beginning my 39th year on staff. I coordinate all music and worship for the traditional services, in addition to playing the organ and direction the adult handball chior.

To say that I love my work is an understatement; I am passionate about FUMC and all of its ministries, and feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful ministry.

I have to adult daughters, Amy and Becky, and two grandchildren, Maddox and Lucy. I graduated from Coffee High School and studied music 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, Adrain, works to TVA Browns Ferry and I have three sons: Nations who is at Auburn University, Austin who is station in Japan with the United States Navy, and Dallas. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, watching movies, and trying new things.

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 Utah State University working on his PhD. 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

(256) 766-2472

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

(256) 766-2472

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!