Our Staff

  • rev. alex beaube, Senior pastor


    The Rev. Alex Beaube was appointed by the Bishop and Cabinet of the North Alabama Conference to serve as the senior pastor of Decatur First United Methodist Church, on July 1, 2021. Alex was born in 1969 in Concord, North Carolina to Robert and Carey Beaube. In 1977 his family moved to Gadsden Alabama where he grew up. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1988. He continued his studies at the University of Montevallo. 

    While at the University of Montevallo he met his bride Renee Glaze Beaube. They have 3 biological children, Caleb, Amber, and Olivia. They also have an adopted Son Alan Lagunas who joined their family from the Blountsville youth group in 2013. 

    After graduation, Alex worked in information technology for Midsouth Data and as SouthTrust Bank as well as serving as a part time local pastor until 2006 when he went into to full time ministry.

    Alex and Renee served as youth pastors from 1995 to 2000 at St. Andrews UMC in Sylacauga Alabama. Alex then felt the call to deeper service and was licensed as a part-time local pastor in the year 2000. He served Bradford UMC, Sunny Level UMC, and Mt Tabor UMC until 2006. In 2006 Alex answered the call to ordination as an Elder in the UMC and began seminary at Memphis Theological Seminary. As a student Alex served as a full-time pastor to Elkmont and Pettusville UMC until June 2009. Alex graduated from Memphis Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in May 2009. He then moved to serve as senior pastor at East Gadsden UMC. Alex was ordained as a full connection elder in 2011 and was appointed to Blountsville UMC from 2011 until his appointment to Decatur First in 2021.

  • Louise Mccallion Children's Director


    I am a Northern Ireland native from a wee town called Portglenone (a country girl at heart). I grew up in the countryside with my Dad (Alastair), Mum (Greer), and sister (Charlotte), who shares the same birthday with me, just 6 years apart! I grew up in the church and have served in ministries since 18. I graduated from Ulster University with a Bachelor's in Business Management and have recently graduated from Memphis Theological Seminary with a Masters in Youth Ministry. I've been in the USA for almost 7 years working in both youth and children's ministry. I am so thankful that my job is telling others about Jesus, and that I get to guide children and families in their faith journeys! I love to travel, dance, read, long walks on beach, and go to my favorite American restaurant...Cracker Barrel!

  • Kristin Green First grace CDC director


    Hello! My name is Kristin Green. I am from Decatur but now live in Hillsboro. I graduated from Calhoun Community College with a Child Development Degree. I have been in childcare since 2011. I truly love working with kids and I am living my dream job now as the First Grace CDC Director! I have been with Corey, my husband, since 2008.  I am a big Alabama fan!  Roll Tide!  My favorite animal is a giraffe!

  • Lilly Langdon Youth Director


    Hey friends! My name is Lilly Langdon, and I’m the Youth Minister here! Born and raised in the great city of Orlando, FL…I am naturally fluent in Disney and love the sunshine! Now I will warn you… I am in fact a Clemson and UCF football fan…… so I’ve gotten really good at smiling and nodding here. In Florida, I earned a bachelors degree in English Literature and Religion Youth Ministry, and I’m currently earning my masters in Youth Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. So…. basically I’m just a book nerd who loves Jesus with her whole heart, and I love every opportunity I get to see Jesus grow in the hearts of young people. 

  • Jules Herda Director of Music


    I dedicate my life to studying and performing music. I have been involved in music ministry for most of my life, and grew up in Decatur! I received my B.A. in music in 2020 and my B.S.B.A. in management in 2021 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. During my time in undergrad, I was awarded Outstanding Performer of the UAH Music Department and was the president of the

    Huntsville Collegiate Chapter of Music Teachers National Association. I am also currently a member of the chamber choir Valley Consort in Huntsville and plan to pursue an MM in the future.

    "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: Come before his presence with singing." Psalm 100:1-2

  • Kimberly arnold Business Manager


    My name is Kimberly, and I live in Priceville with my husband, Ethan, and daughter, Ava. Some of my favorite things include spending time with my family, cooking, reading, watching my daughter play softball, and twirling a baton.