A willingness to serve is the greatest indicator of a Christ-focused and healthy church. First United Methodist Church of Arlington is committed to providing its members opportunities to serve and share the love of Christ with our neighbors and with people around the world.
Fuller has been serving with The Mission Society in Khabarovsk, Russia for 16 years. She works with the city and village orphanages doing children’s ministry and humanitarian aid distribution. She teaches English to school-aged children and adults at a language school. Fuller has been involved in the discipleship and mentoring of orphans after they leave the orphanage system and transition to adult life.
Meridith Kay Whitaker
Reverend Meridith Whitaker is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a Church and Community Worker. She is the director of Cookson Hills Center United Methodist Mission, a mission project to the Cherokee Indians in Cookson Hills, Oklahoma.
Rev. Whitaker works to develop programs that will help the people of this very poor area find ways to live within their means. Along with her staff, she administers a large Senior Citizens Nutrition Program, which includes lunches, craft programs, field trips, social events, health checks, and daycare for infants through age 8. She oversees cottage industries that include a recycling project making doormats out of vehicle tires, silk screening, an embroidery shop, ceramic chalice making, and jewelry repair.
Responsibilities also include the Health Resource Center, thrift shop, craft shop, and many other programs that serve the low-income people of this tri-county region. She works with visiting Volunteer-In-Mission teams.