Welcome Reverend Jeanne Williams
Pastor Jeanne Williams is making her transition to First UMC Bella Vista this week and will be with us this Sunday. This is an exciting time as we reflect on our foundation of the past and look with the excitement of a fresh heart toward our future.
Here is a short biography about Revererend Jeanne Williams:
Reverend Jeanne is an Arkansas transplant from Cookeville, TN. She met husband, Rev. Heath Williams, at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and between him and the Arkansas UMC Cabinet, she was convinced to transfer conferences. (It didn’t take much!) Rev. Jeanne has served in a year of internship at the Arkansas State University Wesley Foundation, associate pastor of Cornerstone UMC, pastor of Walnut Ridge First UMC, and is excited to now be at Bella Vista First.
Rev. Jeanne was first called into ministry in the 7th grade, and in high school discerned a call into music ministry. She completed a Bachelor of Music, Church Music from Lambuth University and then began Perkins as a Master of Sacred Music candidate. Shortly after beginning Perkins, she discerned a call to general pastoral ministry and changed degree paths to Master of Divinity. She was ordained in 2012 at the Arkansas Annual Conference with Heath.
Together, they have a daughter, Natalie, and a cat, Rabbi. Natalie is excited to have 3 churches to attend as a double PK (Preacher’s Kid) and begin Kindergarten this year. Rev. Jeanne is looking forward to meeting, learning, loving, and leading the people of Bella Vista!