We are so excited to welcome to the phyouth staff, Mr. Rod Hocott! Rod will be working with confirmation and starting a new “MID-phyouth, too! “program on Wednesday evenings. He recently retired as the Director of MidYouth Ministry at First United Methodist Church in Conway, Arkansas after 50 years in local church and community youth ministry. Prior to serving Conway FUMC, Rod served as Arkansas Conference Minister for Youth and Young Adults, Youth Minister at FUMC in Springdale, St. James UMC in Little Rock, FUMC in Fort Smith (2 times) and spent four years working with youth in a state hospital in Kansas after finishing his master’s degree in Music Therapy. Rod is married to Rev. Gail D. Hocott and they have three children, seven grandchildren, two dogs and a cat. Rod’s Philosophy of Youth Ministry: The importance of youth ministry lies in it’s ability to help youth build relationships with God and peers, while learning leadership skills that will not only help them as they grow in the church, but in their lives outside the church as well. These two elements and all that they encompass, worship, missions, justice, stewardship, etc., will develop our youth into strong disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.