Chancel Choir & Messenger Director
Dustin is a life-long member of FUMC Milan and has served as director of the adult chancel choir and messengers since fall 2013. Prior to serving here, he was the music director at Trinity UMC in Henderson, TN for 14 years. He also has worked for the TN and MO public school systems since 2005 and currently is the choir director at Dyersburg Middle School and High School where he has grown the choir program to over 200 students.
Dustin received a Bachelor of Music Education from Lambuth University and a Master of Education from Arkansas State University. He is certified preK-12 vocal/general music and school administration in both TN and MO. He and his wife, Caryn Walters, have two sons, Tatum and Nolan, and currently reside in Bradford, TN.
Craig was a full-time staff member of this church for 35 years. He was hired as the Director of Music and Christian Education. Later, as the music and Christian Education ministries grew under his leadership, the creation of two full time professional ministry positions became necessary, and Craig assumed the role of Minister of Music, the position he held until his retirement. During his tenure, our church's music ministry offered 6 vocal and handbell choirs for children, youth and adults, along with small vocal and instrumental ensembles, all of which regularly presented musical contributions to worship services and special programs.
In retirement, Craig continues to serve in a part-time capacity as Director of the Adult Handbell Choir. Craig holds degrees of Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. Craig was consecrated a Diaconal Minister in the Memphis Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1980, and as such , is a lay member of the Memphis Annual Conference.
Craig is married to Marilyn Ramsey. They have two adult children, James Ramsey, who lives in Denver, CO with his wife, Leigh and two sons, Jack and Luke, and Laura Ramsey Thompson who lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, Andrew.
Dr. Brian Ford
Dr. L. Brian Ford serves as accompanist for First United Methodist Church, Milan, a position he has held since 2015. He is a retired educator, having served 35 years as band director, fine arts supervisor, and director of human resources in the school systems of Dyer County, Huntingdon, and Jackson-Madison county. His experience as a church musician spans more than 30 years, including service at the First United Methodist Churches of Huntingdon and Henderson, and the First Baptist Church of Jackson. Dr. Ford's accompanying experience has ranged from instrumental and vocal soloists to choirs of all types, including two high school All-State choirs. He also currently serves the Lane College music department as accompanist. His academic training includes degrees from Union University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Memphis.