ABOUT US

Together we are a community of believers. What does that mean, the word community? We believe that together in fellowship we grow closer to God and one another. The bible speaks about iron sharpening iron. We believe that together we grow stronger. We are a community of believers. 

 

We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. Most churches find it is comfortable to stay within the walls, but we make it an effort to be like the church from the book of Acts, to see our city changed.

 

We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken, and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.

WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

Our mission is nothing less than “making disciples of Jesus Christ, for the transformation of the world”. It’s when people discover the life-changing difference that is found in being connected to God through Christ that lives are changed, families are changed, communities are changed, and the world is changed. We believe that God’s love and acceptance is offered to all through Jesus. We emphasize God’s grace, not judgment. 

OUR VISION

We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. We make an effort to reach out to our community and world in many ways and being part of this community of faith provides countless opportunities for giving, sharing, and helping others.

OUR VALUES

As United Methodists, our theology is shaped by four emphases: scripture, tradition, reason and experience. We value science and inquiry; we are not afraid of learning new things, since we believe that growth and learning can lead us closer to knowing God.

OUR STAFF

Dr. Kevin Tully

Lead Pastor

Rev. Val Stewart

Associate Pastor

Rev. Jesus Molina

Pastor, Alpha Comunidad Hispana

Rev. Lili Molina

Pastor, Alpha Comunidad Hispana

Andy Truex

Music Director

Samantha Green

Youth Director

Marisha Gary

Interim Children's Ministry Director

Krista Bartos

Funday School Director

Lisa Meek

Financial Secretary

Mark Baker

Facilities Manager

Lydia Sims

Communications Director

Linda Weiss

Organist

Donald Todd

Associate Worship Leader

Candy Hooper

Pianist / Accompanist

OUR HISTORY

In 1852, the First United Methodist Chuch ws erected on East Franklin Street.  Construted of clapboards, it was 16 X 20 feet, and served the congregation for four years.  A that time, a second srucuter was built on an adjoining lot. 

 

The second building of the First United Methodist Church was built in 1856.  It took 2 years to build the church and the structure was made out of cypress and cedar logs chipped brought by ox cart from Shreveport, Louisiana and Jacksonville, Texas.  It took two to three weeks to make each round trip.  The second structure served the congregation as a place of worship for 37 years.

In 1893, a third house of worship was erected on College Street.  Fire destroyed the building in 1904.  After the fire, a new building was constructed on the same site.

The fourth house of worship was completed in 1905 and served the congregation until the mid-1940's when it became necessary for larger facilities due to continued growth in membership.

Our current church building was constructed between the years 1950 and 1967 in various stages.  The stained glass windows were removed from the College Street locatoin and re-used in the present building.  The pipe organ was also moved from the College Street church to the current Sanctuary.


Modern additions and changes including the Family Life Center (2000) and the front parking lot and circle drive (2019) make the building what it is today.

HELPING PEOPLE FOLLOW JESUS