Village United Methodist Church was the first church in Hot Springs Village. It was organized on August 29, 1973 under the leadership of Rev. James F. Richardson. Charter members met in a room at the Calella fire station and acquired the name “The Firehouse Gang”. Planning for construction of the church began in 1975 and on February 11, 1976, 150 attended the ground breaking ceremony. The first worship service in the new facility was held February 6, 1977.
Our Purpose & Mission
The Purpose of Village United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by feeding the soul with spiritual, physical and emotional support.
Our Mission in 2013 is to expand our outreach in the community; taking specific actions to connect all generations in a Spirit filled church by honoring our past while preparing for the future.
Our Worship Team:
Reverend McCoy was born in Vincennes, Indiana, but only lived there for six weeks when his family moved to Arkadelphia, Arkansas — making him almost a lifetime Arkansan. His undergraduate degree is from Henderson State University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry in Gerontology from Saint Paul School of Theology. His hobbies are golf and playing the saxophone. He and his wife Becky have four grown children, who all live in Arkansas.
Pastor Al from San Antonio, Texas, accepted an appointment to serve Village United Methodist Church as Associate Pastor in 2012. He is a graduate of and pursued his graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Denver. Prior to coming to Village United Methodist, Pastor Loya was a member of Christ of the Hills, here in the Village, serving as a Certified Lay Speaker, a Stephen Minister, a member of the Home Communion and Home Visitation teams, and a member of the Evangelism Committee.
Before following his call into the ministry in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Pastor Loya and his wife Sherri resided in Parker, Colorado where he had retired from AT&T, was founder and President of an international performance management-consulting firm and was Realtor of Record for a RE/MAX real estate agency. Pastor Loya has two children, Jennifer Caster of Nacogdoches, Texas and Richard Loya, deceased, and four grandchildren.
Randy Lusk has been involved with music for much of his professional life. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education at the University of Arkansas in 1974 and 1976.
He was a high-school band and choir director in Arkansas and Oklahoma for eight years. Later, he owned a music store in Little Rock for four years.
He moved to Hot Springs Village in 2000 and has been music director at Village United Methodist Church for the last twelve years. During his tenure at VUMC, Randy has added a second choir — The Glory Singers, a hand bell choir – The Good Vibrations and Gabriel’s Band.
Aside from the three choirs and band he directs for the church, he is director of the Cedar Mountain Singers and Scherzo.
In addition to providing organ music for worship services, Ellen has taken over the direction of VUMC’s handbell choir, the Good Vibrations. She is also the director of The Village Chorale. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Michigan; and a has done doctoral work at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Ellen and her husband of 35 years, Greg, relocated to Hot Springs Village from Dallas, Texas in April 2010.
Our Church Staff:
Carolyn Riley, Administrative Secretary.
This is Marilyn Lihs, Finance Manager.
Bruce Peterson, Facility Manager and Webmaster.
Glenn Kelkhoff, Chief Custodian.
Craig Lihs, Sound Technician.