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.
First United Methodist Church is a community of faith where all are welcome. The United Methodists are people who seek to have “open hearts, open minds, and open doors.” This congregation provides opportunities to walk with Jesus in acts of piety (e,g. worship, Wesley Covenant Groups) and sending us forth to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” [Micah 6:6] As Jesus taught, we intentionally seek to connect with one another, with our community, with our nation, with the world and with God. That is why we are planted in the heart of downtown Champaign¸ our mission field. Come join us on this journey!
Rev. Leah Pogemiller
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!
Rev. Gary Ford
Interim Directing Pastor
Rev. Jerry Nichols
Director of Youth, Adult, & Family Ministries
Interim Director of Lay Ministries & Community Outreach
Director of Music & Worship
Business Office Assistant
Director of Child Care Center
Director of Communications