Meet Our Staff

Rev. Chris Hemund, Senior Pastor

Pastor Chris is a native Arkansan born and raised in Glenwood, Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Science from Henderson State University in 1999 and a Masters of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2004.  He has served under appointment in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1993.

Chris and Kim are not strangers to the village.  They served a 7-year appointment at Mountainside UMC from 2005-2012.

He and his wife, Kim, have three children. Taylor is a recent graduate of Arkansas State University, and Andrew is beginning his junior year at Arkansas State.  Their youngest, Emily, is a freshman in high school.

Pastor Chris is also the writer of a popular weekly column, Practical Faith, published in the Village Voice.  Many of our local neighbors will remember this popular column from his earlier days with us.

Bettie Land, Church Secretary

Carolyn Riley, Finance Assistant

Nikki Saltmarsh, Finance Manager / Music Director 








Carmen Edwards, Communications/Publicity