Lead Team

SFUMC's Leaders and Administration

Meet our Lead Team

Say hello to the leadership team here at Somerville FUMC! Have questions for the lead team? Contact us by clicking here.

Pastor - Rev. Brent Porterfield

Rev. Brent Porterfield has served in a variety of church leadership roles in the local church, in higher education ministries, international missions and social agency administration.  “I am very excited to be a part of the work of the United Methodist Church in these challenging times,” Porterfield said. “The Methodists in Somerville have led in the spiritual life of Fayette County for nearly 200 years. We are a vibrant community of faith with worship and service opportunities for all ages.  My wife Melissa and I feel blessed in our welcome to Somerville and look forward to being active citizens in the community.”


Somerville First United Methodist Church meets for worship at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings for a casual praise service and at 10:55 a.m. in the historic sanctuary for a traditional celebration.  The Youth and Children of the church meet on Wednesday evenings, and all ages gather for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. after the early service. Join us!

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” - Isaiah 6:8 (ESV)

Director of Children's/Youth Ministries - Rachel Jones



Nursery Director - Alice Holden

Alice Holden is one of Somerville UMC's very best treasures! She has been with us in the nursery for 15 years and is one of the most friendly, nurturing, and energetic people you will meet.

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 19:14 (ESV)

Pianist - Sarah Belle Day

Sarah Belle Day has accompanied worship at Somerville First since junior high school. Initially playing both organ and piano, Sarah Belle accompanies the traditional service by playing congregational hymns and inspiring offertories. After graduating from Fayette County High School, Sarah Belle earned a BA in Music and English from Lambuth College and an MEd from the University of Memphis. She taught in the Fayette County public school system for 8 years and has taught at Fayette Academy for 47 years.  

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Organist - Jon Settlemires

Administrative Assistant - Payton Watkins

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16

Payton Watkins has been with us here at SFUMC since Spring 2019. She attends Warren Community Church where she sings on the praise team, and is very active in assisting their student ministry. "I have been singing since before I could even talk! Being able to use my God-given abilities and talents for His glory brings me so much peace and joy. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time being the Administrative Assistant here at SFUMC, and I can't wait to see the opportunities it continues to bring me!"

Payton has been married to her husband, Davis, since June 2016, and they have two dogs together, Bucky and Bear. They reside here in Somerville, and love doing life and serving the Lord together.