our staff

Bruce Bennett,
Senior Pastor


Bro. Bruce graduated from El Dorado High in 1976, then received his Bachelor's Degree from Hendrix University; his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and his Masters of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. Since 1980 he has held pastorships at 5 UM churches and the associate's job at our church. He comes to us after serving 8 years as Sr. Pastor of Texarkana First United Methodist Church.

Bro. Bruce and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Meredith who resides in Dallas and Adam who lives in Los Angeles.


Sherry Adcock,
Business Manager

Sherry became Business Manager in January, 2014 after serving for 6 months as Financial Manager. She handles both responsibilities now.

Sherry has a Bachelor’s degree in Business with emphasis in Accounting, Finance and Management.  Sherry worked 18 years for Alltel before becoming a stay at home Mom to her 2 children, Alex and Rebecca. 

Sherry, her husband Randy, and their 2 children live in Magnet Cove.

Robbie Atkinson,
Director of Children's Ministries




Jill Connelly Barnett,
Director of Youth Ministries


Jill is a Malvern native and became Director of Youth Ministries in 2009. Prior to that, Jill was Youth Director at First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs for 6 years after spending 9 years there as a volunteer youth counselor. She became involved in youth work in 1988 while living in Little Rock where she was a youth counselor at Asbury UMC for 5 years.

Jill has a Bachelor's Degree from Henderson St. University. She and her husband Mike live in Hot Springs.

Glenda Aldridge,
Music Director,
Director of Chancel Choir
Director of Handbell Choir

Glenda joined First Church in Malvern in 1974 as organist and later took over direction of the Chancel and Handbell Choirs as well as the job of Music Director for the church. Glenda earned both her Bachelor in Music degree and Master in Music Education degree at Ouachita Baptist University. She taught music at Arkadelphia Jr. and Sr. High Schools from 1972 thru 2000.

In addition to her duties for the church, Glenda has served as staff accompanist and adjunct teacher at her college alma mater since 2000.

Tony Warner,
Director of Communications

Tony became a member of First Church in 1990 after moving to Malvern from Little Rock. He has 40 years of experience in marketing, public relations, on-air radio & television broadcasting, broadcast sales and program production.

He retired in April, 2013 from the Marketing Department of Malvern National Bank and became the Director of Communications for First Church 2 months later. Tony also handles the electronic media duties for the church.

He is married to Malvern native Julie Harbour Warner. They live in Malvern.



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