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.
Dee Dee Heffner
Heffner serves as part of the team for McCurdy Ministries in New Mexico, a national mission institution of United Methodist Women. She has been in ministry in the Espanola Valley since 1975.
McCurdy Ministries continues the United Methodist mission presence represented for over a hundred years by McCurdy School. The church-related school closed in 2012, with the property now being used by the publicly funded McCurdy Charter School. Heffner is helping the new school through the accreditation process, assisting with curriculum, implementation and coaching teachers. Through the new ministry she also does mission interpretation for churches, United Methodist Women’s units, and individuals in the region, and is helping McCurdy Ministries to vision new opportunities in the Espanola Valley.
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.