Welcome Interim Lead Pastor, Rev. Robin C. Wilson!

Dear Members and Friends of First United Methodist Church,

Our Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is pleased to announce that Bishop David Graves has appointed Reverend Robin C. Wilson as our Interim Lead Pastor. Please join us in giving her a warm Dothan First United Methodist Church welcome filled with radical hospitality.

Rev. Wilson’s ministry with us will begin on September 1st. I encourage you to read her bio below so that you can quickly get to know and welcome her.

As our church transitions in leadership, we give our most heartfelt thanks to Dr. Jim Sanders for the wonderful ministry that he provided to us for 21 years as both an Associate Pastor and a Senior Pastor. Jim was a blessing to all, touched countless lives, and always made a difference in our church and community. Jim’s ministry among us was a great example of living a life of faith. He loved his church family deeply, led with grace, and modeled a servant’s heart for God. We wish Jim and Sally well in their season of renewal and spiritual growth and extend to them our love, respect, admiration, and appreciation. Here’s hoping they will continue to live their lives inhaling faith and exhaling fear. We know God will use Jim in his next appointment in the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

Please continue to pray for our church and God’s blessings to all of you.

Paul Hufham, Chair of Staff-Parish Relations Committee

Rev. Robin Crews Wilson

Robin Crews Wilson is a pastor with a passion for sharing the love of Christ. A native of Prattville, Alabama, Robin grew up an active member and leader at First United Methodist Church, serving as the president of the youth group and district delegate to annual conference. A graduate of the LAMP program in Montgomery (2017 Hall of Fame inductee), Robin attended Vanderbilt University (BS ’95) and Duke University Divinity School (MDiv ’98).

Ordained in 1998, Robin began serving churches immediately. Her previous appointments include The Chelmsford Circuit of the British Methodist Church (1998-1999); First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Associate (1999-2002); First United Methodist Church, Union Springs (2002-2006); Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery (2006-2009); Director of Ministerial Services, AWF Conference (2009-2010); Dauphin Way United Methodist Church (2010-2017); and First United Methodist Church, Opelika (2017-2021).

Robin has served the annual conference on the Board of Trustees, as the chair of the Committee on Standing Rules, as the vice-chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and as a teacher in Beginning Pastors School and Licensing School. She was elected by her clergy peers to serve as a delegate to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference (2008, 2012, and 2016) and to General Conference (2012, 2016, and 2019). Additionally, at the 2016 General Conference, she was elected to chair the Discipleship Legislative Committee. Robin has served as a leader in the denomination on the General Board of Discipleship of the UMC (2008-2016), The Upper Room Ministry Board of Directors (2008-2016), and the Curriculum Resources Committee (2008-2016).

Robin is a sought-after teacher, serving as faculty in the Alabama Course of Study through Emory University since 2001 and as Supervisor for Candler School of Theology’s Teaching Parish Program since 2018. She is the author of God is With Us, published by Abingdon in 2016, second edition 2019. She was the video presenter for the Spring 2021 Adult Bible Studies and is the author of the Fall 2022 curriculum of Adult Bible Studies. She has also preached numerous sermons on the program DAY 1, formerly The Protestant Hour.

Robin has served on Birmingham Southern College Board of Trustees (2 terms), on the Mayor’s Commission on Crime and Education, as the chair of the Lee County Clergy Coalition for Tornado Relief, and on numerous service organizations and boards of directors within the communities she has served.

She is most proud of her family. Her daughter, Rebecca, is a sophomore at the University of Alabama, her daughter, Eleanor, has just begun her freshman year at Furman University, and her son Nolen is a sophomore at Opelika High School. Robin’s husband Jeff is in his 6th year as a District Superintendent in the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

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