MEET OUR STAFF

Our pastoral leadership

Harness-Family

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.

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.

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Greg-Mcelyea

Greg McElyea

Interim Youth Pastor

Greg came to WMFA in the summer of 2012. A graduate of the master’s program in psychology from the University of Memphis, Greg worked four years as a behavioral consultant in the public school system. More recently, he took a leadership role at a local youth counseling agency. 

As well as being involved on the worship team, Greg has volunteered in youth ministry since January of 2015 and is currently the Senior High Youth Sunday School Leader. God has directed him to seminary studies at Asbury Theological Seminary—Memphis. He believes that God will use this training, along with his background in psychology and education,  to help him in his new role as Interim Youth Pastor.  Greg knows that it is God who calls, and God who equips and empowers.

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 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.

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