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New Voice at First United Methodist Church in Millington

[/media-credit] New FUM Church minister Ed White and his wife

Reverend Ed White began a new chapter in his life as the pastor at the Millington First United Methodist Church on June 24.

White took over for Dr. Kenneth Uselton, after the veteran minister stepped down from the pulpit after 15 years at FUMC in Millington.

Since White’s arrival, the members have opened their hearts and arms to him. White was born in Memphis and was raised in Faulkner, Miss

He returned to Memphis after graduating from Mississippi State University. He has served churches in and around Shelby County and Tipton County before coming to Millington. He was an Elder at Christ United Methodist Church and later served at Methodist University Hospital.

White and his wife Sylvia have three children, Josh (18), Jacob (16), and Sara (11). White and his family have served in various capacities in churches and in corporate America. After college he worked as a CPA, tax consultant, and practice director for a large international accounting firm.

In 1996, White received the calling to go into full-time ministry. He did seminary work at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas and completed his studies at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

White graduated in May 2000 with International Honors of Theta Phi. He was ordained as a United Methodist Deacon in 1998 and Elder in 2002. He has served in small rural churches and regional mega-churches. He has served and chaired committees and teams at the district and conference levels within the United Methodist Church.

He holds a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree of Accountancy, Masters of Divinity and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, and has published articles locally and nationally. In his “spare time,” White  has coached young men and women to build work and life skills, most often behind the handle of a lawnmower. He has coached many of them toward beginning their own businesses, based on the foundational values of hard work, integrity, and what he calls “Colossians 3:17 character.” He has also coached dozens of sports teams in baseball, soccer, and basketball.

Over much of the past decade, White has worked closely with Dr. Solomon Christian in international mission work for oral healthcare. Together, they have partnered with the national government of Liberia, West Africa, including Presidential Cabinet members, to launch the world’s first program to train a new level of dental professionals such as Dr. Scott Edwards, Dr. Jennifer Cochran and Dr. Michael McBride (and his fellow faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry), they have developed an intensive program and curriculum on oral healthcare needs in countries like Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Zambia, Africa. White explains the program is focused primarily on training the indigenous people to become dental professionals who serve the people in places like Liberia, which in 2006 had only three dental professionals to serve 3.6 million people.



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