Denman Gillett, Pastor Emeritus

Denman Gillett, Pastor Emeritus

Denman was born in 1949 in Cleveland, MS. From the age of four, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He graduated from the University of California in 1971 with a degree in history. From 1971 till 1975, he worked in business management in Sydney, Australia and in San Francisco.

Denman graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY in 1978 with a Master of Divinity degree. While at Asbury, Denman met his future wife, Dolly, who was also attending the seminary. After his graduation, he served as a pastor in the North Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Denman and Dolly were married in 1979 after her graduation from Seminary. Denman served from 1979 to 1988 as the Senior Pastor of the Akron Free Methodist Church in Akron, NY, where Dolly served as the Associate Pastor. In 1988 they moved to Arkansas.

Denman served at the Brightwater/Bland Chapel church in Benton County from 1989 through 1992. He then served for ten years as the Executive Pastor of Central UMC in Rogers, AR. While there, Dolly also served on the staff as the Pastor of Congregational Care. In 2002 they were appointed to First UMC in Beebe, where Denman served as the Senior Pastor. From 2008 until his retirement from the fulltime ministry in 2011, Denman served as the Senior Pastor here at Salem UMC.

Denman’s wife of over 30 years, Dolly, is also an ordained elder and has a Masters in Special Education and works in the Bryant School District. They have two children, Ethan and Mary.  Ethan is a Hendrix graduate and studied at the UAMS College of Medicine.  Mary, has studied at UCA majoring in applied mathematics.