Phone: 214-630-6495 x124
Alan Heath is the CEO of UMR Communications, Inc., parent company of the United Methodist Reporter. He was executive director of First United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas, from 2006 to 2011. He worked for Taylor Publishing Co., in Dallas, for 25 years, ultimately serving as vice president of communications and vice president of collegiate sales. He taught journalism at Ambassador University in Big Sandy, Texas, from 1971 to 1978. Mr. Heath is a longtime member of Kavanaugh UMC in Greenville, Texas. He and wife Carole Ann have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Phone: 800-947-0207 x128
Sam Hodges has had a long career in newspapers, including reporting on religion for the Dallas Morning News. While at the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register, he won a George Polk Award for a series on scarcity of dental care for poor children. He has won several other awards, and was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan. He’s the author of a published novel and co-editor of a published book of his great-great-grandfather’s Civil War letters. Married to Kit Lively, Mr. Hodges attends Grace United Methodist Church in Dallas.
Phone: 800-947-0207 x166
A graduate of the radio, television and film program at the University of Texas, Mr. Fentum specializes in reviewing movies and covering the film industry. He frequently attends press screenings in Hollywood and New York, and has also written about pop-culture trends. He has been with UMR since 1985, and on the news staff of the Reporter since 2001. The Associated Church Press has recognized his work in the Reporter for excellence in Media Review. In 2006, Mr. Fentum earned a first-place writing award from the Houston Press Club. He is a member at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas.
Phone: 800-947-0207 x140
Ms. Jacobs has been a longtime freelance writer for the Dallas Morning News’ award-winning Religion section, and has written for Religion News Service. She has received national awards from the Associated Church Press, the Religion Communicators’ Council (RCC) and the United Methodist Association of Communicators. In 2004, Ms. Jacobs was named Religion Communicator of the Year by the RCC’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter. With an English degree and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, she has worked in communications for Bain & Company in Boston, and was news producer for WJW-TV, a CBS affiliate in Cleveland. She and her family are members of University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.
Phone: 800-947-0207 x142
Ms. Graham uses her experience in communications, sales and customer relations to cultivate relationships with organizations that can benefit from advertising in the United Methodist Reporter and the UMPortal. She has been a conference communicator, a local church communicator, and a consultant specializing in church communication, marketing and crisis planning.
Director of Customer Care
Phone: 800-947-0207 x147
Currently overseeing the Customer Relations staff, Ms. Christian has been a vital part of UMR since 1975. She works closely with churches and denominational groups to produce quality publications. Ms. Christian holds a journalism degree from Texas Tech University and is an officer for the Dallas Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council.
Phone: 800-947-0207 x181
Ms. Fielder manages UMR’s major denominational newspaper accounts and relates to customers on local, regional and national levels. A graduate of UMC-related McMurry College, Ms. Fielder has more than 30 years experience in sales, customer service, product design and news writing at UMR. She is a member of Plymouth Park UMC, Irving.
Phone: 800-947-0207 x149
Ms. Campbell works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses to increase the effectiveness of their communications. She has worked in high-tech sales, been a fundraiser for non-profit organizations, and had her own email marketing company focused on small businesses and nonprofits. Wendy has long been involved in United Methodist Women and currently serves as the Communications Officer for the North Texas Conference UMW. She and her family are members of Lovers Lane UMC, Dallas.
Phone: 800-947-0207 x172
Mr. Hammons’ information technology work in the mid-1990s included helping to migrate the print production process at UMR Communications from pasteboards and galleys to the digital age of mouse and monitor. Today, he keeps our network, individual workstations and the UMPortal running smoothly with his quick response time and problem-solving skills.