Staff

  • Todd Owen Watson
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    Lead Pastor
    Joining the ministry team in July 2014, Todd sensed a call to Main Street because of the diversity of ministries and ministry possibilities found within and around this community of believers. Todd’s work within the church includes preaching, teaching, congregational hospitality, pastoral care, financial support, staff support, and ministry development.

  • Aislinn Kopp
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    Associate Pastor
    Aislinn joined the Main Street Staff in 2015 as her first appointment after graduating from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Originally from Houlka, Mississippi, she earned her bachelor’s degree in economics at Mississippi State with minors in mathematics and marketing. Her call to ministry is rooted in the church’s engagement in its community after seeing the impact a local church could have in the face of generational poverty, mass unemployment, economic and racial oppression, and natural disaster. She chose to complete her MDiv at Wesley Theological Seminary where she could study as a Missional Fellow, focusing on what ministry means when we believe that we are meeting God where God is already working in the world. While in seminary, Aislinn interned with a church where she was able to gain experience in church planting and church partnerships (with non-profits for the DC un-housed population and human trafficking). Aislinn felt called to ministry at Main Street after learning of the church’s conscious decision to remain a downtown church and their desire to partner with community organizations for the work of the Kingdom of God. She is glad to be home in Mississippi, and could not be more excited for the home that Hattiesburg is sure to become. Aislinn enjoys coffee, cooking, gardening, and tabletop board games. If you can’t find her, she is probably at the farmer’s market or the produce aisle picking up whatever is in season. As she settles in at Main Street and in Hattiesburg, she is always happy to go grab a cup of coffee with someone new! Email Aislinn at aislinn@mstreetumc.org.

  • Ed Walker
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    Diaconal Minister of Music
    Ed has been with Main St. UMC for 25 years, directing and developing the music ministry for traditional worship. For many years Ed worked as Program Minister and Church Administrator for Main Street UMC. Today Ed directs the music for worship and works with our Primtime senior group. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Ed and his wife Janice (Jan) together have three children and one granddaughter. They love to travel, read, cook, and entertain guests in their home. “I have found our church to be one that is very mission-minded and provides three exciting worship experiences for everyone. Main Street has a very warm and friendly congregation. If you are looking for a great church with ‘hands on’ mission opportunities, please come join us. You won’t be disappointed!”

  • Linda Dixon
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    Associate Pastor and Executive Director of Aldersgate Mission
    Pastor Linda Faye Dixon was born and raised in West Point, Mississippi. Working with the Aldersgate Board, she has given oversight to the ministry of Main Street UMC’s after school and summer program with the children of the Briarfield Community for the past five years. The ministry she oversees includes a variety of enrichment activities...

  • Jeremy Knight
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    Associate Pastor for Youth and Families
    Jeremy has been serving with us as youth pastor since 2011, following seven years of lead youth ministry experience in Laurel, Mississippi and Orlando, Florida.  For two years during college (2002-2004), Jeremy interned with youth ministry at M at Main Street UMC.  Jeremy spends the majority of his time encouraging discipleship in and among...

Mary Jo Jackson

Director Compass Learning/Communications
Email: Maryjo@mstreetumc.org

 

Mickye Kizer

Receptionist/Secretary
Email:  info@mstreetumc.org

Donna Runnels

Financial Manager
Email: donna@mstreetumc.org

 

Patty Williamson

Administrative Assistant
Email: Patty@mstreetumc.org