Pastor Ronnie Bearden, Senior Pastor


Our pastor is Dr. Ronnie Bearden.   Ronnie Bearden is a native of the Gulf Coast and feels right at home in our area. He is married to Melanie Brobston of Baxley, Georgia. They met at Asbury Seminary and have been married for 33 years. Melanie is a homemaker. She enjoys crafts, reading, yardwork, and caring for Ladybug (her "empty nest Chihuahua"). Melanie’s favorite place to vacation is the mountains of North Georgia. Ronnie and Melanie have two adult children. Ronnie’s hobbies include playing pool, deer hunting, and fishing, but his favorite hobby is model trains. He has published almost 100 articles in model train magazines and was voted one of the top ten N scale modelers of the decade in 2000 by N-Scale Magazine. Ronnie earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and sensed God’s call into full-time ministry in his senior year. He holds two theological Masters degrees (Asbury Seminary and Union Theological Seminary) and a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University. He has served United Methodist churches in Alabama, Florida, Virginia, and Georgia and is a sought after Camp Meeting preacher. His passions are helping people understand who Jesus is and preaching the Word of God to equip God’s people for service.  He's also a ventriloquist. 

You can reach Pastor Ronnie at

Angie Arnold, Church Administrator

Angie began working at FUMC in 2012 as the administrative assistant, and now provides the logistical support for many of our group ministry and serves as assistant to the Senior Pastor.

Angie is married to Charlie, a retired Air force firefighter.  They have 4 boys, Jonathon, Jeremy, Jaden & Jacob.  Angie enjoys crocheting and loves watching college football on Saturdays, especially Alabama.  Angie has one grandson and a granddaughter (whom she is proudly coaching to say "ROLL TIDE").

You can reach Angie by email at


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Cathrin Owens, Administrative Assistant

Cathrin's friendly face greets you at our front desk, directs our phone calls, and handles the print and electronic publications.

After traveling the world with her husband Mark (retired USAF), Cathrin and her family decided to settle in Crestview, raising their daughters, Anya and Carli, here.

They love being Floridians and especially their church, FUMC.

Cathrin facilitates our Yarn Ministry, enjoys teaching crochet, cooking 'Southern', and toting anything Vera Bradley.

You can reach her at  

Kevin Lusk, Traditional Music Director

Kevin directs our Chancel Choir and Bell Choir, and leads the music for our Christ Chapel and Traditions services.

Kevin and his wife Karen raised their two sons at FUMC, and all their family loves to share their musical gifts in worship. In his "day job" Kevin is the director of the choirs for Crestview High School. 

You can leave a message for Kevin by calling the church office at 850-682-2018. 

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Nathan Hight, Contemporary Music Director

Nathan leads the band for The Well worship service. 

Nathan and his wife April also lead a Sunday School for married couples, and pour lots of volunteer energy into our children's and youth ministries, alongside the rest of their family. Nathan is the elementary music teacher at West Defuniak Elementary. 

You can reach Nathan by emailing him a 

April Hight, Director of Adult Discipleship


April is devoted to pursing the call God has placed on her life and passionate about helping others to discern how God might be calling them to serve here at FUMC. As Director of Family Ministries, her primary role is to unite and equip the Youth and Children’s Ministry Teams as well as the Wesleyan Child Care Center Committee for the work of ministry. She is deeply committed to the work of building a thriving, mission focused and community uniting family ministry.

April married her high school sweetheart, Nathan, who is our Contemporary Worship Director, on May 24, 1997. They (currently) have 5 children and are wholly dedicated to the call of caring for children in need through foster care.

You can reach April at


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Angela Long, Children’s Minister

Angela and her husband Steve were married in 2001 and share 4 children; Stephen, Julian, Mikayla and Annamarie.  The family moved to this area from Safety Harbor, Florida in 2012 and reside in Florala, Alabama.  They enjoy getting to experience the best of the small town life and remaining close to the beach. 

 Favorite bible verse Jeremiah 29:11.

You can reach Angela at

Mike Milani, Youth Minister

"Here I am... Send me." (Isaiah 6:8b). As the Coordinator of Youth Ministries, Mike takes immense joy in helping our youth understand the amazing gift that is God's grace, especially through our Wednesday night Summit and Sunday School, and other ministries prayerfully and diligently planned to meet each and every youth right where they are. 

Mike and his family have been members at Crestview FUMC since 2009. He has been married to his beloved wife since 2004, and they have 5 children.

You can reach Mike at

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Osa Bell, Director of Wesleyan Child Care Center

Osa (pronounced as a double "o," as in "Oooo, what a wonderful person!") is the director of our Wesleyan Child Care Center which provides VPK instruction and preschool for ages 2 and up.

Miss Osa has directed the WCCC since 2009, and has 21 years in the educational field, including 10 years as a teacher and 4 years as and assistant director. A native of  Sweden, she has lived in Crestview for 15 years. Like many people in our community, she is a military spouse and a military mom. Her two adult children are both in the armed forces.

Osa delights in leading the teachers who prepare our children for a life of learning and faith. Her greatest joy is seeing former students and families around town, watching them grow and flourish!

You can reach Osa at (850) 682-7319 or