Bart and his wife, Liz, are coming to us from St. James United Methodist Church in Florence, Alabama.
Bart holds a BA from the University of North Alabama and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Seminary. Bart has been a pastor in the North Alabama Conference since 1991. As a participant and mentor in the Institute for Clergy Excellence, Bart has traveled to Israel, Jordan, Scotland, Hawaii, and several US locations for study purposes.
Bart is married to Liz. Together, they have five children and a foster son. In his spare time, Bart enjoys boating and Bama football. Roll Tide!
Max is the Choir Director at Sheffield First United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Betty, were married for 58 years. They have two children, Beth and Whit, and two grandchildren, Ryan and Katherine.
A graduate of Florence State and the University of Alabama, Max taught band for 35 years in Alabama and Florida. He also served as the Choir Director at Haleyville Methodist Church, Tuscumbia Methodist Church and Cumberland Presbyterian Church before joining us at Sheffield First United Methodist.
Max stays very active in the music community by playing in the Shoals Community Concert Band. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and fishing.
From 1997 to 2014, Liz Bowlin served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Ethelsville UMC, Rainsville UMC, Blountsville UMC, and the North Alabama Conference, consecutively. She has also been a public school teacher, a private school principal, and a home school mom.
After a brief “retirement” from children’s ministry, God called her to Sheffield First where Liz is excited to equip volunteers to serve children as they gather, grow, and go to become servants themselves. Liz is married to Bart Bowlin and together they have 5 children and a foster son – all grown and serving God in other places. Liz enjoys reading, scrap booking, cross stitching, and Alabama football!
Linda grew up at Sheffield First before coming on board as a Staff Member. Her compassionate heart for youth is evident in her weekly gatherings and in those special events she plans for them. She has the well deserved respect and love from those who have learned about Jesus through her leadership. Linda is also our Safe Sanctuary Coordinator and Trainer.
Every Sunday morning and on Wednesday nights (and sometimes for special events), we provide a highly trained, skilled and even more highly caring team for the Nursery. These are paid staff member to insure that your child will find both a familiar and comfortable environment while here at Sheffield First. We are very proud of our Nursery Team. You can feel safe leaving your children in their compassionate care. We have required sign-ins and pick-up policies to assure you that your child will always be safe with us.
Shane and The Edge Praise Band lead us into a high energy, spirit-filled worship experience. Shane is a noted musician and song writer from our area, playing with many notable artists, including Lenny LeBlanc. Shane’s heart is for worship that exalts our God first and foremost for who He is. He sees worship as the gateway into God’s presence on earth, and a prelude to worship in heaven