118 North Elm Street, Elm Springs, AR 72728 elmspringsumc@gmail.com 479-248-1290

Our Staff

Our Pastor

Jonathan Griesse

Rev. Jonathan Griesse

Pastor Jonathan and his family came to Elm Springs United Methodist Church after pastoring churches in Heber Springs, Arkansas and Nicholasville, Kentucky. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Science degree from John Brown University. Before seminary, the Griesses served overseas for several years as missionaries in Germany. Their two children were born there during that time.

“While the culture and the Church are constantly changing, God’s love does not,” Griesse said. “Jesus will still find us when we’re lost, use us when we feel useless and love us when we seem unlovable. I’m living proof.”

Jonathan completed a two-year cohort in the Institute for Clergy and Civic Engagement. He is most passionate about preaching/teaching and using “fresh” or innovative approaches to share the love of Jesus with people who are not part of a church.

The Griesse family enjoying the winter snow.

When he’s not in the office or out serving the Northwest Arkansas community, you can find Jonathan playing with his kids, riding his mountain bike or tackling DIY projects around the house. You can email him at jonathan@arumc.org or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on his website/blog, griesse.org.

 


Youth Coordinator

Matt Slavik


  1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in the booming metropolis of Heber Springs, Arkansas.
  2. Mountains or the beach? I prefer the mountains. I love to trail run, dirt bike, and fish so the mountains are more my scene!
  3. What is your favorite part of your job? I think the best part of my job is getting to be the biggest kid that works here at Elm Springs UMC! I enjoy investing and encouraging others and this is a great place to get to do that!
  4. What is your favorite quote? “Don’t let a little uncertainty talk you out of who you’re becoming.” – Bob Goff

Children’s Coordinator

Denise Crutchfield

  1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Malvern, Arkansas!
  2. Mountains or the beach? I can’t choose! They’re both great, so I’ll choose Hawaii! Mountains on the beach!
  3. What is your favorite part of your job? I love getting to meet new people and I enjoy the fact that every day is different. No two days are the same!
  4. What is your favorite quote? “Children make your life important.” – Erma Bombeck

Administrative Assistant

Mary Bowman

  1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in central Florida until the 4th grade when we moved to the little bitty hillbilly town of Gravette, AR.
  2. Mountains or the beach? This is a hard one because both are equally relaxing and beautiful. However, I HATE the cold…so beach!
  3. What is your favorite part of your job? I love the members, esepcially the elder members! I love getting to help out wherever there is a need!
  4. What is your favorite quote? He’ll never give you more than you can handle!

Grounds/Facilities Coordinator

David Chandler

  1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Simi Valley in Southern California.
  2. Mountains or the beach? The beach!
  3. What is your favorite part of your job? Doing unexpected things for people.
  4. What is your favorite quote? Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.

Nursery Coordinator

Caitlin Barrows

  1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Northwest Arkansas.
  2. Mountains or the beach? The beach!
  3. What is your favorite part of your job? Watching children grow and learn.
  4. What is your favorite quote? “The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky