First United Methodist Church

Clinton MS



Rev. Jimmy Criddle

Senior Pastor

Jimmy and his wife, Debbie, are new to Clinton. They met in the church youth group in their hometown of Houlka, MS. You might say they have been youth group sweethearts for 30 years! They have three children, Ethan, Landon, and Caroline. Their fur-family consists of one dog named Little Bit and two cats, Tails and Dalton.

Jimmy has been in pastoral ministry for 24 years serving churches in central and north Mississippi. He is a graduate of Wood College, Oral Roberts University, and Asbury Theological Seminary. Outside of the local church, he is an active gravel and road cyclist, artist, and fisherman.  

Jimmy’s calling in ministry was shaped within the context of Wesleyan discipleship – accountability, small groups, and the theology of grace. He is passionate about helping churches discover their unique mission within the Body of Christ and experience renewal at all levels through vision clarity. Jimmy and his family are excited to be Clinton Arrows!

Rev. Katie Giedd

Pastor of Discipleship and Families

Katie grew up in the Hattiesburg area. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Katie became our Associate Pastor in July of 2021. Prior to that, she was the pastor of a three-point charge in the Mississippi Delta.

Katie has a passion for discipleship, with an emphasis in youth and women’s ministry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and walking around Target with a Starbucks drink in hand. Katie’s grandparents still reside in the Hattiesburg area, along with friends who are basically family. Katie is the proud “TT” to her two favorite boys, Hamilton and Jack, and is incredibly blessed to be serving at Clinton First United Methodist Church.

Music Directors

Tommy Steadman

Director of Music Ministry

Tommy a native of Morton, MS, has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters of Music degree from Mississippi College.   He loves playing tennis and basketball in his spare time.

He has served MS United Methodist churches in Forest, Brandon, McComb, Jackson, and Clinton during his career.  Tommy heads a vibrant music ministry at First Methodist which includes 10 choirs and groups.  There are choirs for all ages, including singing choirs, handbell choirs, and orchestra.

Tom Edwards

Director of Worship Arts

Tom and his wife, Jamie, have lived in Clinton since 2003 and are raising three beautiful girls here, Abbey, Molly and Elsie. Tom has served at First Methodist as the Connection Worship Leader since August of 2011 and is also an itinerant worship leader for various church conferences, camps and retreats. Through working with the Connection and student worship bands, Tom hopes to provide an opportunity for musicians of any age and skill level to plug in and serve in a nurturing environment. As a worship leader, he longs to bring people to a place where their hearts and minds connect with the gospel and then join together with their brothers and sisters in Christ in celebrating our great God. To learn a little more about him, check out

Dr. Brenda Wilder


Brenda is a Music Specialist, Piano Teacher, Church Pianist at First Methodist, and Adjunct Music Faculty Member at Tougaloo College. She holds degrees from Mississippi State University, MS University for Women, and the University of MS. Several of Dr. Wilder’s articles have been printed in national publications such as Pedalpoint and Church Musician Today, including an article about technology in her piano studio. She is listed in the 2000 Edition of Who’s Who of American Women and was a featured performer in Jackson, MS, for a National Steinway Tour in 2002. Dr. Wilder resides in Clinton, Mississippi, with her husband, Don. They have two children and eight wonderful grandchildren.

Dr. Wilder has served on faculty at Music Weeks in Glorieta, New Mexico, and Ridgecrest, North Carolina, for the Southern Baptist Convention and on faculty for the Mississippi Piano Camp at Hinds Community College. She has served as a National Piano Guild Adjudicator in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Colorado, and Connecticut, as well as adjudicator for numerous piano festivals.

Ginny Miller


Ginny was born in Vicksburg , MS. She has two grown daughters, Vicky Sartin, and Elizabeth Van Egmond. She has three cats and likes to crochet, read, do sudoku puzzles, sew and travel.

Ginny has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College, majoring in history, with a minor in music. She works at Foreman Perry Law firm as a paralegal. She has played the organ in many cities in Mississippi, and has been playing at FUMC since 1981.

Jalysa Jones

Music Assistant

Ministry & Office Staff


Nikki Parsons

Director of Kids' Ministry

Originally from Illinois, Nikki and her husband Ben moved to Clinton in 2015 for work purposes. Together with Ben, they have three beautiful children that you’ll see running the office hallways. Nikki holds a B.S. from Purdue University. After volunteering in kids’ ministry for many years, Nikki answered the call to vocational kids’ ministry and joined our staff as the kids’ ministry director in 2020. Nikki is excited to assist in the discipleship of your children and looks forward to growing our kids ministry for the sake of the Kingdom.

Lauren Beckmann

Associate Director of Kids’ Ministry

Lauren is a native of Clinton, MS.  She, her husband, Jon and their two daughters, Madeline and Henley Anne have recently moved back to Clinton after living in Zachary, LA and Biloxi, MS for the past 15 years.

Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She has worked in college student affairs, preschool education and children’s ministry. Lauren is excited to be a part of the Kids Ministry at First Methodist Clinton.

Nick Flatt

Director of Youth Ministry

Nick is originally a Mississippi native. He was born in Madison Mississippi then moved to Starkville Mississippi. Grew up with a cowbell in his hand cheering on the bulldogs through the good and bad. He then moved to Georgia lived in Griffin Ga enjoyed hiking in the North Georgia mountains. He attended Valdosta State University graduating with a B.A in Religious Studies/Philosophy. In his free time, he enjoys running and spending time in the outdoors. He is excited to spend time with the students and walking with them through their spiritual journey.

Michele Rittenhouse

Director of Weekday Ministry

Dianne Alford

Office Manager

Dianne grew up in Kosciusko, MS. She has called Clinton “HOME” since 1984 and a member of First Methodist Church for over 32 years. She married the love of her life, Chip Alford, and they will be celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary on October 1, 2023.  They share 3 grown sons and 3 beautiful daughters-in-law, Chase Dorsey (Mary Grace), Kyle Dorsey (Casey), and Matthew Alford (Morgan) and two beautiful granddaughters, Kaylee Jo Dorsey (3 yr.), Finley Nichols (9 yr.). and one handsome grandson, Lane Dorsey (19 mo).  Dianne & Chip are best known as DooDah & Zip by their grandchildren and friends.

Dianne came on board as receptionist with First Methodist Church in January 2020 and, took over the role of Office Manager in July 2021. Dianne has over 30 years in management and staffing.   She loves people, her church and community and looks forward to helping our church grow. She is excited to continuing sharing her love and enthusiasm with the people of First Methodist Clinton! 

Laura Marie Campbell


Laura Marie is from Clinton, MS. She has two daughters, Addison and Aubree, both of whom attend our Weekday Ministry Program. Laura Marie has a B.S. Degree in Kinesiology and minor in Nutrition and Psychology from Mississippi College. She has worked in outside sales and management for several years. She is excited to be working at First UMC Clinton.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8am - 4pm

Office Phone:

100 Mt Salus Drive
Clinton. MS 39056

Weekday Ministries Hours:
8am - 2-pm

Weekday Ministries Phone:

Weekday Ministries Info