|Senior Pastor||Michael L Mattox|
Rev. Michael L. Mattox came to First United Methodist Church of Rogers in July 2016. He has served previous appointments in Arkansas and Missouri, beginning his ordained pastoral ministry in 1978. Three core values he shares concerning pastoral ministry are: 1. Forming deep and lasting relationships with people and sharing the Christian journey. 2. Revitalizing neighborhoods and strengthening the church/civic relationship. 3. Preaching the good news of Jesus Christ and leading relevant and engaging worship.
Michael is a native Arkansan, born in nearby Carroll County in 1954. He graduated from Green Forest, Arkansas High School in 1972 and went on to Hendrix College in Conway, graduating in 1976. His MDIV is from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri in 1980, and he received his seminary's Graduate Award for Evangelism in 1990, honoring his "practice of ministry as reflected in Luke 4:18-19, his prophetic witness and vision, his caring presence, and his commitment to inclusive evangelism." He continued his education later in life and received a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 2004.
Michael is married to Judy Garrison Mattox of Monticello, Arkansas, and they have two adult children and two grandchildren. Judy has worked in the education and social work field since their marriage in 1975. She has been a leader in local, state-wide, and national mission work through the United Methodist Women organization, serving as President of the Conference UMW in recent years.
Rev. Mattox has served the local church and the annual conference in various capacities, including service on the General Conference level as a Director of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, based in Washington, DC. He served as a Director of the Arkansas United Methodist Foundation for eighteen years. He is a member of Rotary International and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Methodist Family Health System.
Together, Michael and Judy served as founding members of the Washington County Single Parent Scholarship Fund in the 1980's. They have been active in local church and civic affairs, working with child-abuse, hunger and poverty issues, and suicide prevention. They enjoy being outdoors and hiking & walking.