CANVAS Staff and Leadership

The staff and leadership at Canvas Community is committed to and passionate about two things: Helping people find life and being absolutely laser focused on caring for our homeless friends and neighbors.  You may contact them directly or you can simply email if you have a general question about or for one of our staff members.

  • Rev. Gail Brooks - LEad pastor

    Gail joined Canvas' staff as the lead pastor on July 1, 2018. Gail worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years before starting her second career in full-time ministry.  Gail served as a local pastor for 5 years before seeking a seminary education. She graduated from Memphis Theological Seminary in December of 2008 with a Master's of Divinity. Gail was appointed as Associate Pastor at First UMC in Russellville in June 2009 where she served for 9 years in charge of pastoral care and the outreach ministries. She was ordained an elder in 2011 and received Certification in Spiritual Direction from Perkins School of Theology in November of 2014. Gail is married to Tim. She has a son named, Josh, who lives in Fayetteville. 

  • Rev. Paul Atkins - Associate Pastor

    Paul grew up in Little Rock.  He attended the Universities of Arkansas and Missouri where he earned his bachelors and masters in music.  After spending some time being a sassy bassoonist in the Northeast, Paul moved back to Arkansas where he now is bi-vocational as an insurance salesman and an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, at Canvas.  Paul is married to Julie and has a daughter, Elizabeth.

  • RUBY BEAVER  - CHildren's Director

    Ms. Ruby is a student at UCA, studying to be a nutritionist.  She's also an active intern with UCA's Wesley Foundation; but more importantly she's brilliant with children.  Ruby doesn't just babysit the children of Canvas, she teaches them in some of the most incredible and hilarious ways about Jesus, the Church, and the Bible.

  • Ken Geller

    Ken has an incredible story that includes love, career success, incredible loss, homelessness, and the recovery of so much that was once lost.  He faithfully cleans and tidies up Canvas weekly and can be found serving in many other capacities in ministry to the homeless around our city.