Our purpose and mission expresses the value of why we exist as a congregation and what God desires us to become and do for the sake of God’s disciple-making mission of sending love for the world.


We exist to make Christ-like disciples

who know, love and serve God.

Rev. Carl Palmer

I am a native of Ohio, but I got to Arkansas as quickly as I could! I have  lived and served the United Methoist church since 1998 in Arkansas. My great passions are in recruiting, equipping, and deploying the next generation of Christian leaders. One of the specific ways I love to do this is working with the hurting and habit-driven through Celebrate Recovery, and I look forward to serving the people of Harrison with this vital ministry. 


Favorite sport: College football 

Favorite music: all kinds, but I especially like southern rock

Favorite food: That’s a tough one, but I would have to say barbecue, pizza, and ice cream (I’m a health nut!)

Favorite activities: cooking for people I love, exercise, and serving Jesus!

Lissie Smith
Administrative Assistant lissie.smithfumc@gmail.com

I grew up in the Ozarks and graduated from NorthArk with an Associates degree in Business as well as an Associates degree in Accounting. I'm going on 23 years of marriage (Jeff) and have 2 children (Brad and Holly) and am Nana to Keegan. 


Hobbies: I have many, but to name a few: reading, quilting and listening to music (all kinds)

Favorite food: Mexican, BBQ and Ice Cream

Favorite subject: History

Favorite Holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas

Denni Palmer

I grew up in the midwest and Texas before moving to Arkansas in college.  The Ozarks have been home since then.  I graduated from the University of Arkansas (woo pig sooie!) with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; I then went to seminary at Asbury in Kentucky.  I love being creative and find I do my best work when God is leading me into new things.  As the mom of five kids (Gretchen, Kirsten, Katrina, Teasha and Jason) there is always something new in my life.


Favorite pastime:  listening to music/crafting

Favorite music: Contemporary Christian, County, Rock

Favorite food: Potato chips for salty, Peanut Butter cups for sweet, Cold, crisp red delicious apples for fruit and shrimp for protein.  My favorite food to make is cheesecakes.

Favorite activities: Planning vacations.

Sarah Harlock

I grew up in Iowa along the Mississippi River. I have traveled and lived in many states.  I moved to Harrison this year.  I grew up in a musical home.  A favoite childhood memory is gathering around the piano and singing with my sisters and mother while she played hymns and gospel music.  During my senior year of highschool, I had the opportunity to accompany the choir and chorale, as well as to play the timpani for band and to be a member of the bell choir.  


I believe that music is of heavenly origin and there is great power in music.  I look forward to the day when we will hear the angels sing and join them in praising God!


Favorite pastimes:  Playing the piano and guitar, crocheting, studying the Bible, and spending time with my family.


Favorite music: Classical, Instrumental, and Hymns


Favorite food: fruits


Favorite activities: Attending Bible studies, Teaching health classes, and  playing music to praise God and encourage others.


     First United Methodist Church in Harrison can trace it’s roots all the way back to the Methodist Episcopal Churches started in the area around 1870. Due to a split in the Methodist Episcopal Church over the issue of slavery, two separate congregations were formed. The Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Episcopal Church South. Two buildings were constructed, one in 1876 by the Methodist Episcopal Church at the corner of Cherry and Central Ave. and the other in 1881 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South at the Corner of Pine and Stephenson Streets. Both of these churches rebuilt their original wood buildings with brick ones around 1913.

 Through the first 65 years of existence the  two churches held numerous services and events together. In 1939 three different branches of the Methodist church merged. Since two of these branches existed in Harrison, their merger was called for. Since more property was owned than needed, the newly merged Harrison Methodist Church met in the building occupied by the Methodist Episcopal Church South at the corner of Pine and Stephenson Streets. In 1959 a second Methodist congregation was formed in Harrison, called St. Paul’s. This required Harrison Methodist Church to be renamed First Methodist Church.


  On April 23, 1968 the United Methodist Church as we know it today was formed from the merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.  Likewise our name was changed to First United Methodist Church which we are still called today. 

  On January 16, 1979 the church building at Pine and Stephenson was damaged beyond repair by an explosion that occurred at the telephone company across the street. Ground was broken on our current campus located at the end of West Bower Ave. in 1980. This new building included the sanctuary, fellowship hall, offices, and classroom space which is all still in use today.

  In 2004 the Family Life Center was completed which added a full size gymnasium and additional classroom space. This space is used as worship center for our IGNITE Contemporary service as well as a space used by our children’s and student ministries. 

1100 W Bower Avenue

Harrison, AR 72601


T: 870-741-2351

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