OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Richard Stout - Lead Pastor
I’m Pastor Richard (aka. PR) and have been the Lead Pastor to the SFNaz family since September of 2015. Before coming here I served the Church of the Nazarene in Tennessee and Florida for 16 years. As a PK I've lived all over the Southeast, graduating high school in Jackson, TN. I graduated from Trevecca Nazarene College in 1992, but went back in 2000 to get my tools for ministry after accepting God's call on my life in 1998.
I "married up" to my beautiful college sweetheart, Michelle, in 1994 in Gainesville, FL. Michelle is an elementary school teacher in the public school system. We are blessed with two awesome kids, Lee (22 and a student at Trevecca Nazarene University) and Anna (17). Both are scholar athletes, Lee with soccer and Anna in soccer and volleyball.
I am passionate about connecting people to the One, true, living God and seeing them grow in their relationship with Him. I believe God has called us out as His disciples to be His hands and feet to the world. My favorite passage in all of scripture is the "Shema". "Hear, oh Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deut. 6:4-5 NIV)
I love spending time with my family, working out, playing sports (basketball, golf, ultimate frisbee, etc...) and fishing.
Sharleen Tifft - Office Administrator
My name is Sharleen Tifft and I’m honored to have been the Office Manager here at Sikeston First Church of the Nazarene since May, 2019. I’ve served in the same capacity for churches in northern California and in the St. Louis area. How did I arrive in the Midwest from the west coast? Well, my family roots come from Kansas, but my parents met in Naples, Italy and were married on the French Riviera. I was born in England. Daddy was a Navy Chief. The military saw fit to transport us to the San Francisco Bay area. There I grew up, went to school and met and married my wonderful husband, Gary. While raising our 3 children, we took a trip with my folks to see where they grew up – and the Lord saw to it that we would stay. We are so proud of our family: Daniel, who lives in Illinois with his wife and 3 sons; Ashley, who lives in the area and attends our church; and Shawndell, who has followed family military tradition and is currently serving in the Navy in North Carolina with her husband and 3 children. When I’m not at the church or home, you can find me camping, traveling, playing music with my husband, planning events, or playing games with family and friends…possibly all of the above!
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