About Us

The United Methodist Church is an 11 million-member global denomination of open hearts, open minds, and open doors, with the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.




Every Sunday at the close of worship, we say, “Let’s get connected.”  We would love to “get connected” with you. 

First United Methodist Church is large enough to offer a variety of opportunities to connect with God and others and to make a real and positive difference in the world, yet also small enough to know you. 

You will find a warm and genuine welcome downtown.

Let’s get connected! 

Rev. Tom Corum


Through the gifts of scripture, tradition, reason, and experience, United Methodists encourage people to know God in Jesus Christ while also being respectful toward people of differing faiths.  Questions and doubts are welcome while all grow in faith together.John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living, putting faith and love into action.  This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” continues to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

Wesley defined God’s grace (unconditional love) as threefold:

Prevenient—God loves every person from the very beginning, even before she or he is aware of it or is able to do anything in response to it.

Justifying—We are reconciled to God by God’s own action, and not by our own doing.  In spite of our sin, we are forgiven and can live without fear in relationship with God.

Sanctifying—We live a new life and are constantly being transformed into the persons God made us to be.  Through prayer, worship, study of scripture, fasting, the Lord’s supper, Christian conversation, and acts of justice and mercy, we live our lives more completely the way Jesus lived.

In this spirit, the mission of First United Methodist Church of Champaign is:

  • To connect people with God and one another
  • To grow as disciples of Jesus Christ
  • To serve others

We hope you will join us in this mission!

Our Staff

Rev. Tom Corum
Directing Pastor

Rev. Jerry Nichols
Visiting Pastor

Meredith Garreau
Director of Youth, Adult, & Family Ministries

Director of Lay Ministries

Barbara Zachow
Director of Music & Worship

John Jones
Business Manager

Emily Hortin
Business Office Assistant

Jason Mack
Building Manager

Laura Hendricksen
Director of Child Care Center

Sharon Johnson
Administrative Assistant

Bonnie Berner
Director of Communications

Ray Wiggs

BLAST/VBS Coordinator

Mara Boehm
ARK Coordinator

Tim Valentine
Weekday Evening Custodian

Terry McClellan
Weekday Morning Custodian

Scott Ervin
Weekend Custodian

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