Melissa Simpson, (She/Her)
Family Ministries and Special Projects
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Melissa found the Episcopal Church through friends who simply asked her to come and see. She brings years of nonprofit experience, advocating for youth and emergency service. With Family Ministries, she oversees youth Kids Chapel, Episcopal Youth Nights, Episcopal Kids Community, Vacation Bible School, and @TheTable college and young adult ministry. Melissa also manages our social media pages and helps with evangelism. Melissa served on the vestry as junior warden and lead for Neighbors Table.
Melissa is a licensed Lay Catechist, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, Worship Leader, and completed Education for Ministry in 2022. She currently serves on the board for Camp Mitchell and previously served one term on the Executive Council with the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas.
When Melissa isn’t at church she’s enjoying time with her four children, Greg, Kaylee, Jeffrey and Henry, her husband Travis and spending as much time outdoors in her hammock, drinking coffee and traveling.
Kristin Smith, Choir Director | Contact |
Kristin Smith is co-director of the music program along with her husband, Dr. Timothy Smith. As a member of the All Saints community for the past 16 years, she has served on the rector search committee and on the vestry, sung in the choir and taught Sunday School. She also chairs the organ committee. Trained primarily as a cellist, she currently performs with the Arkansas Symphony in Little Rock and maintains a private cello studio. She holds degrees in music from St. Olaf College and Indiana University. Her interests outside of music include running, cooking and reading.
Dr. Timothy Smith, Organist
Dr. Timothy Smith is co-director of the music program along with his wife, Kristin Smith. He has been deeply involved with music over the past 16 years as choir director, organist and choir member. As an associate professor of music at Arkansas Tech University, Dr. Smith teaches piano, music theory and ear training. He has performed widely as both a solo and collaborative pianist and has adjudicated numerous competitions. He holds degrees in piano performance from St. Olaf College and Indiana University. When not playing the piano, Dr. Smith enjoys acting and accompanying in local theater productions.
Sherrie Cotton, Administrative Assistant | Contact |
Sherrie is a longtime member of All Saints’ and has served in many capacities at All Saints’, including that of Senior Warden. As Ministry Coordinator, Sherrie’s support for our ministries ranges from announcements in newsletters to updating our nursery to ensuring a warm welcome to those using our facilities to many, many more ways she helps keep ministry happening All Saints’.
When not in the church office, Sherrie enjoys time with her husband, three adult children, and two granddaughters and grandson.
Trevor Coats, A/V Director – |Contact|
Trevor Coats joined All Saints’ in October 2020 as Technical Director. He grew up in Russellville and owns a small business assisting local residents with their technological needs in their homes. As Technical Director, Trevor oversees the audio and video production needs of the church. He earned his Associates Degree in Business from UACCM in December of 2020 and will continue attending online at the University of Arkansas.
Lukas J. Turner, Youth Intern, (he/him)
has been a confirmed member of All Saints’ since 2021. He is an active member of the choir, vestry, and young adult fellowship. He also serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Visitor. Originally from central Arkansas, Lukas moved to the River Valley area to attend Arkansas Tech University. He graduated in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. As Youth Intern, Lukas currently leads the Episcopal Youth Community on Wednesday evenings.
CRYSTAL RUIZ (she/her), EYC Volunteer
Crystal has been attending All Saints since 2019 and was recently confirmed in 2021. She has volunteered on and off with Neighbors Table since 2015. She is actively involved with Young Adult, Episcopal Youth Ministry, and Education for Ministry. Crystal has been employed by Pope County as a Juvenile Intake Officer at the Department of Youth Rehabilitation for 7 years. She often teaches a course of varying subjects at the yearly Juvenile Officer Certification held in Little Rock. She has also served as secretary for 4 years on the Arkansas Juvenile Officers Association board. Crystal is a proud “Tia” to 5 nieces, 2 of which participate in EYC and Camp Mitchell.
Elizabeth Franks, Youth Volunteer
Elizabeth Franks likes teens! After raising twelve children, including three who joined the family as teenagers, and teaching 37 years in Arkansas public schools (high school and college freshmen), she missed teen interaction after retirement. She grew up in Russellville, graduated from ATU and the University of Arkansas, and was confirmed, while a student, at St. Paul’s in Fayetteville. She returned to Russellville in 1982, when she began attending All Saints’. She has taught Sunday school from preschool to high school and has assisted with EYC and VBS. She graduated from EFM in 1990.
KaDee Angel McCormick, Parish Administrator, She/Her
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She was born in Altus Arkansas in 1956, KaDee’s childhood was as backwoods as an oak tree but equally strong and well-rooted in the word of God. Of all her many blessings, the tallest is her family tree with her two sets of twins and ten grandchildren.
A graduate of College of the Ozarks in 1978, she obtained two degrees in the physical sciences. And in 1990, she returned to formal education to obtain an MA in Christian counseling after which she volunteered as a part-time counselor for a small church in an adjacent town. She then pursued a doctorate in church administration but was forced to leave school in 1995, just short of obtaining the degree, due to family pressures and professional work priorities.
An advocate for educating the youth of the church, she was a Sunday school teacher and director for a combined total of almost three decades. Her experience of exclusive fundamentalism drove her to seek a more inclusive God. This was discovered locally in the Episcopal church, where unconditional grace claimed her devotion and her love. With retirement in 2014 from almost 35 years of nuclear power, she has dedicated her service to God and to the cares and concerns of people who call home, All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
Marcia Van Horn, Office Volunteer
As a long time member (over 40 years) of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, most of my church members already know me. Thanks to the family of David and Mary Lu Garrett, my family joined a wonderful church.
I am now starting something that I am loving to do and that is volunteering in the office some to help with anything I can and I am grateful for it.
I always love my family and friends, and love being with my friends in church and outside my church. Other than that I like to travel, scrapbook, cook and of course baking all kinds of goodies.
Karen Davenport, Office Volunteer –
Karen is relatively new to Russellville, having moved here with her husband and daughter in 2009. She found All Saints in 2021 and is grateful to have done so. All Saints offers a welcoming and friendly environment in which she soon felt right at home. Karen enjoys helping in the church office two days a week. Her interests are many, including glass fusing and woodwork. Karen and her family enjoy camping and other outdoor activities.
Lisa Donahou, Sexton
Lisa Donahou, originally from Heber Springs but has spent the last 15 years in Russellville with her 5 boys, ages 6 years old to 15 years old. They love to be outdoors, go to the creeks, fish, swim and take trips to Branson. Please give her a warm welcome if you see her around our church.