Rev. Hagen Jackson


Reverend Hagen Jackson serves as our senior pastor. He is married to Kacie and they have four children: Dallas, Greyson, Corinth, and Harper. Rev. Hagen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and Theology with an emphasis in Pastoral Care from Mid-America Christian University, a Master’s of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Practical Theology from Columbia Biblical Seminary.

Amy Mitchell

Children’s and Youth Programming Director

Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Letters with a Minor in Classical Cultures and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and is pursuing a Masters of Education in Literacy and Language Arts from Oklahoma State University. She is a licensed Bi-Vocational pastor with the United Methodist Church. Ms. Mitchell is a kindergarten teacher for McAlester Public Schools and is the Director of Children's Ministries for McA FUMC. She lives in McAlester with her three sons and enjoys spending time outside, especially in her flower beds, spending time with old friends, making new friends, traveling, and reading.

Caroline Russell

Children’s Programming Assistant Director

Caroline has been assisting in the Children's program and helping with all things marketing over the past year. She is a busy mom to three toddlers and has enjoyed working with the Methodist church and being involved in our community.

Linda Dusenberry

Traditional Music Director

Linda has led our traditional hymn offering for over two decades. Serving as choir director and organist, she is a retired public school teacher and a graduate of Northeastern State University.

Debbie McCauley

Contemporary Praise and Worship Music Interim

Debbie has been a dedicated volunteer leader in our contemporary music offering for over a decade. Currently serving as an interim coordinator, she leads weekly Praise and Worship teams each Sunday and for special services.

Kacie Jackson

Nursery Director

Kacie is from Piedmont, OK. She is married to Pastor Hagen and has four children. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Mid-America Christian University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Southern Nazarene University. She has worked in several Day Cares and Mother’s Day Out programs. She has a love for children and is excited to provide a safe and caring environment for parents to leave their children while attending worship and other church functions.

Amy Shafer

Nursery Assistant Director

Amy has been a lead childcare staff member for over a decade. Serving on Sunday mornings and special events, Amy often shepherds our nursery children as they attend the children’s moments during worship services.

Cara Bland

Church Treasurer

Cara has served as the church treasurer for 26 years. Cara oversees all church financial transactions including budget planning, reporting and record keeping and is a graduate of East Central University.

Linda Baxter

Office Manager

Linda serves as the executive assistant to our serving pastors and coordinates all office and congregational business needs. Linda is available on site on a daily basis to help facilitate any office tasks.

Megan Ciolli

Musical Accompanist; Director of Marketing

Megan has been accompanist for First UMC for over six years. She began her musical training at the age of two singing with the children’s choir of Grace United Methodist Church in El Paso, TX. She took piano lessons for 15 years and then minored in Music at McMurry College in Abilene, TX. She spends her free time volunteering with various charities in McAlester.