MEET OUR STAFF
Rev. Connor Williams
Connor was born in Irving, Texas, and grew up in Brentwood, TN, about 30 minutes south of Nashville. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Abrahamic Traditions from the University of Tennessee. After completing his undergraduate work, he wanted to explore a different part of the country and received his Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
At a young age, Connor fell in love with the church and pursued an increasing number of ministries to participate in including choir, youth group, prayer team, small groups, youth mission trips, audio video teams, praise band, and more. It was more than obvious for him to accept his calling into ministry.
After interning with a church in Arlington, VA, they offered him a full time position as their Assistant Minister. During the time he was serving in Arlington, he met his wife, Jennifer. They were married amid the pandemic in August 2020.
Connor enjoys reading, studying theology and church history, movies, music, and all things sports (especially Nashville Predators hockey and Tennessee Vols football. Go Vols!).
Connor holds a firm belief that having faith in Christ calls the believer to serve the widow, orphan, foreigner, oppressed, and marginalized as Christ did, and that everyone is called to a ministry of their own.
Rachael grew up across the river in Illinois, before moving to Paducah in 2012 after marrying her husband, Ryan. They have two children, Isla and Axel.
In her free time, she enjoys fishing, camping and just being outdoors.
My name is Kristina Ivey and I am the new Director of Children's Ministry. I am so excited to begin this journey with your children as they see all the glory, wonder and beauty through Jesus.
Jennifer so excited to be the new youth director She is extremely passionate about cultivating a positive space where the youth can grow a deeper understanding of their faith. It gives her great joy to help people express their faith through music, community outreach, and other means. She hopes to form a stronger connectivity between the youth and the rest of the Lone Oak community and she looks forward to helping Lone Oak grow in all of its ministries, in all the ways she can.
Sara is a life-long member of Lone Oak UMC. Her family has been attending the church for many years and she is thrilled to being raising her children in the same congregation as her niece and nephew. Connectivity within the church is important to her and she is excited to use her education and experience in Marketing to make the congregation of Lone Oak UMC shine in our community!
Director of Music
Since childhood, Patty has had a love for music. From singing in choirs in church, to ringing handbells, accompanying choirs, and working with choirs of all ages, church music has played a significant role in her life.
After attaining a B.A. in Music Education with a minor in Religion from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, Patty taught in public and private schools, teaching elementary through high school music. Since then, she has provided music experiences to all ages.
Patty has enjoyed being the Director of Music at Lone Oak United Methodist Church since 2014, directing the Chancel Choir and providing music for worship each Sunday.
James is a graduate of Murray State University. He has lived in many different parts of Western Kentucky and has been playing piano for more than 20 years.
James has been sharing his musical talent with the congregation since early 2019. He currently lives in Kevil, KY.
Christi is originally from the Paducah area and now lives in Illinois with her husband, Sonny, and their three boys, Landon, Hayden, and Preston.
She has been our accountant here at Lone Oak UMC since July of 2005.
Bill is a lifelong member of Lone Oak UMC and has served as our custodian for the past six years. Previously, Bill worked as a Certified Health Inspector for the Purchase District Health Department, where he retired after 34 years.
Bill and Mary (his wife of 47 years) have one son, Matt.