Dr. Jason Thrower, senior pastor

Jason is returning to First Ozark UMC, having served here from 2008 until 2012 as associate pastor. He has served at Andalusia FUMC since 2015 and at Graceville UMC, prior to that. Jason earned his baccalaureate degree from Jacksonville State University and following graduation, served as a missionary for two years in Bermuda. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southern Theological Seminary in Kentucky and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Jason and his wife, April, have been married 26 years and are the parents of two sons, Mark and Luke.

To contact Jason, feel free to call our church office or send him an email at jasonthrower21@yahoo.com.


Stephan Margeson, associate pastor

Stephan Margeson is a recent graduate of Duke Divinity School. Baptized Lutheran but raised in the Methodist Church, Stephan considers himself a strong Wesleyan Christian. His desires for ministry stem from a deep love for the traditions that made the church so powerful and effective in its history, and at the same time a longing to make the Christian journey meaningful and transformational in today's world. As Father Edward Rommen once said, "Christianity is not a religion. Secular culture is the religion, and Christianity is the way of life." Stephan is the husband of Sierra, and the father of Gemma, and friend to all. 

From Stephan: "I am a coffee lover and story listener. Please reach out to me for either or both! I want to get to know you."

To contact Stephan, feel free to call our church office or send him an email at stephanmargeson@firstozark.org.

  • Holly Newman

    Director of Children's Ministry

    Being the Director of Children’s Ministry at First Ozark is truly a blessing for me.

    I enjoy working with children and look forward to meeting all the children and their parents. 

    “Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.” Proverbs 22:6 (GNT)

    To contact Holly, call our church office or send her an email at firstkids@firstozark.org.


    Director of Youth Ministry

    Aside from serving as our youth director, Lynn has previously taught kindergarten in Ozark and Dothan. She's been an educator for 37 years, teaching children from kindergarten through 3rd grade. She has also taught students within the church that range from age six to mid-30s. You can reach out to Lynn through email, or check out our TopFloor Youth page.



    David works part-time at the church. He also owns Designs by D. Ethridge, located on North Foster Street in Dothan, AL. David loves to volunteer, ride horses, and garden. You can email David here.



    You can find Dale on Sunday mornings at our Now@9 worship service. He leads our praise band and enjoys the opportunity to share his gifts and talents through music. Dale also works at Moates Auto Xchange and enjoys collecting antique woodworking tools. You can reach him by email here.



    Les has been our Family Life Center director since 2008, and he continues to combine athletics with the love of God for our children and youth, as well as for our adult programs. When Les isn't hosting a sporting event, he enjoys cooking for our UM Kids and TopFloor Youth on Sunday nights. He also enjoys being in fellowship with our church members and guests. You can reach out to Les through email, or visit our Family Life Center page.

Support staff

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