Our pastoral leadership


Bill and Becky Harness

Lead Pastor

Pastor Bill and Becky met here at WMFA, where both of their families still attend.  They have one daughter, Heather, who is a vital part of their ministry.  Bill, a graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.

The Harnesses began their ministry together in 1984, serving as Children’s Pastors in West Memphis and in the Springfield, MO area.   In 1996, they began traveling full time as Children’s Evangelists.  After seven years of evangelism, they returned home, where Bill joined the staff of WMFA and served as both Assistant Pastor and Children’s Pastor for over ten years.  Bill became Lead Pastor of WMFA in June of 2014.

Brett and Courtney Wilson

Assistant and Youth Pastor

Pastor Brett and his wife Courtney have served at WMFA since May of 2009.  Both graduates of Southwestern Assembly of God University in 2007, they draw on their studies in children, youth, and family ministry as well as personal experiences in order to work together to see our community come to know Jesus and the life He has for them.  They believe that every person has a unique place in the family and plan of God in our world.  Their greatest desire is to see the walls that separate people from God and from each other to come down through the love and redemptive work of Jesus.

They along with their son, Ty, and daughter, Kolbie, look forward to what the future holds for their family, this community, and for West Memphis First Assembly.


Joel and Katie Burleson

Young Adults Pastor

Pastors Joel and Katie have served at WMFA since August 2015. They first joined the staff as youth pastors, but in Spring of 2018 transitioned into the role of young adult pastors. Katie grew up attending WMFA and Joel came to the Delta when they were married in 2015. Both graduates of Evangel University, licensed with the Assemblies of God, they work together to see young adults come together in community and grow in their relationship with Christ. They desire to connect with young adults whether they are college students, young professionals, or beginning a family.

Joel currently works full-time as a machinist in the steel industry. Katie works full-time as an office assistant at Marion High School. Currently, Katie is working on her master's degree in school counseling. Joel and Katie share a love for building relationships with others and sharing the love of Christ.

Heather Harness

Children's Pastor

Heather, a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God, has served as Children’s Pastor at WMFA since May of 2015. She felt the call into full-time children’s ministry as a teenager and has been pursuing God’s plan for her life and ministry ever since. A Southwestern Assemblies of God University student, Heather has an associates degree in psychology and will complete her bachelors degree in children and family ministries in May of 2019. She is thrilled that God has called her not only to minister to the future (and the present) of the church, but also that she is called to minister at her home church with her family. Heather has a passion for seeing students go beyond a simple sinner’s grow deeper in their understanding of who God is, to learn how to live for Him outside the walls of the church, and to discover ways they can share the love and hope of Jesus with the world.