Bill and Becky Harness
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.
Joel and Katie Burleson
Connections & Young Adults Pastors
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 serves as our Connections Pastor, assisting the lead pastor and developing media. Katie works full-time as an office assistant in Marion High School. Currently, Katie is working on her master's degree in school counseling. Joel and Katie share love for building relationship with others and sharing the love of Christ.
Case Harrell grew up attending WMFA but moved to Brinkley, Arkansas during the second semester of his eighth-grade year. Case played football, basketball, baseball, track, and tennis at Brinkley High School. He then attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) where he played four years of college baseball. Case graduated from SAGU in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in church leadership and an associate’s degree in business administration.
Case Harrell has worked for the Arkansas Assemblies of God youth camp as an assistant athletic director for two years and was a leader for the youth group at Brinkley First Assembly of God in Brinkley, Arkansas. Case believes heavily in the fact that we are all made in the image of God and that every person should be treated as such. He wants to show students how special they are and how much God cares about them.
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 prayer...to 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.