My name is Vicky Eckert and I am very pleased to be a new member of the First United Methodist Church as well as your new Office Administrator. I am from San Angelo, Texas and have moved to Mabank to be closer to my son and his family. Jan Holloway, a member of First United Methodist Church and life long friend (67 years) invited me to church the first Sunday I was here. There were simply to many boxes to get to the front door, however I promised her I would go with her the next Sunday. She called on Saturday and said, your going to church with me on Sunday, Yes, and here I am. I’m so thankful to God for so many blessings.
Director of Communications
Having previously been a staff member of FUMC Mabank, Kelly Sasenbery re-accepted her position as the Director of Communications in May of 2016. In August of 2016, she was also baptized and became a member of FUMC Mabank. She is currently working towards obtaining an associate’s degree in Business Science for Medical Reimbursement and Coding through Bryant and Stratton Online College located in Western New York. Looking towards the future, she wishes to earn a Bachelors Degree in Human Service to help brighten the faces of pediatric oncology patients who are battling all stages of cancer. With her creativity, love for technology, and passion for helping people, she brings forth a lot of unique and engaging ideas.
Director of Student Ministries
Hi, I’m Caleb Holder. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Mississippi. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History at Delta State University, and I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary. I am currently on track to become an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. I have worked in youth ministry over 5 years.
Nursery Care Leader
Yolanda Jimenez is the FUMC Mabank Nursery “Grandma.” She has been on staff with the church for more than 10 years serving in the nursery. We are blessed to have Yolanda as our Nursery Coordinator. The Nursery is open during church services and special events. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church.
Director of Music Ministries
Aaron Strum is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he attained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, minoring in Music. During his time at Southern Miss, he sang in The Southern Chorale, touring nationally and internationally under the direction of Dr. Gregory Fuller and studied conducting with Dr. John Flannery. Aaron has also studied with a frequent conductor at Carnegie Hall, Dr. David R. Thye.
His recent positions have included an internship for choral and orchestral conducting at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS, the assistant for marketing and special events for The School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi, the Director of Marketing for Festival South, where he met and promoted many renowned performers such as Sandi Patty, Tom “Bones” Malone and many others, and as the Church Music Intern at The First Presbyterian Church of Grand Junction, CO.
Aaron is currently working toward teaching certification and working on a master’s degree in educational leadership with principal’s certification.