Our Mission

At First United Methodist Church our mission is to be an irresistible catalyst of change for the love of Jesus Christ. We strive to build relationships beyond the walls of our church, and to create life changing worship and learning opportunities for people of all ages.

OUR FLAVOR: You can be confident you’ll walk away from any sermon armed with the lessons and scriptures from the Bible to help you through each day. At First United Methodist Church we are also striving to Love Better in the world as well as our local community. Everyone is Welcome in the doors of First United Methodist Jefferson City.

You

You are welcome at First United Methodist Church, no matter who you are or what your circumstances. At First United Methodist Church, we want each person to discover their own unique God-given way of making the world a better place.

Us

As United Methodists, we believe in the historic teachings of the Christian Church. Like every generation of followers of Christ, we also believe God is calling us to discover ways of making these ancient teachings intelligible and accessible to our contemporary context.

GOD

We believe in God’s love and forgiveness of all people. We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. And we believe in celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.

Quick Glance at JCFUMC

Our Beliefs

As United Methodists, we believe in the historic teachings of the Christian Church. Like every generation of followers of Christ, we also believe God is calling us to discover ways of making these ancient teachings intelligible and accessible to our contemporary context.

We practice baptism of both infants and adults, accept baptisms from other traditions (we do not re-baptize), and welcome all people to the communion table.

The best way to find out what we believe is simply to come join us as we try to live life together as followers of Christ. Please come and be a part of the faith journey.

Our Staff



Pastor Trevor Dancer
Trevor Dancer
Senior Pastor

I love playing soccer (go Chelsea!) board games, and video games. I am a donut and Dr. Pepper connoisseur and will seek out roller coasters wherever I can.

I have a passion to awaken people to the God possibilities of their life. I believe all people are worthy of loving and belonging and have gifts that are meant to be used for the greater good.

tdancer@jcfumc.org

Steve
Karen Taylor
Pastor of Missions and Discipleship

I enjoy listening to all kinds of music, watching movies with my husband, being in nature, and riding motorcycles. I am passionate about being engaged in the community and love meeting new people.

ktaylor@jcfumc.org

Steve
Steve Buchholz
Pastor of Congregational Care

sbuchholz@jcfumc.org

Tim Annan
Tim Annan
Next Generation Coordinator

Doesn’t take long to notice that I’m from the UK. Passionate about Next Generation Ministry. Enjoy playing board games, watching movies, reading comics, baking and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Your basic all-round nerd really!

tannan@jcfumc.org



Kyrell Newell
Kyrell Newell
Next Generation Facilitator

In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing poetry, athletics and board games with friends.  I’m also a huge Marvel fan!  My top joy though is spending time with my wife, Michaela.

During my seminary degree, I felt God’s call on my life to serve in some form of ministry and the vision for the Next Generation here at FUMC is a wonderful fit. I believe the work we are doing right now will help the children and youth form stronger more authentic relationships with the adults – thereby fulfilling the Christ’s mission for the church body.

knewell@jcfumc.org

Gwen Blotevogel
Gwen Blotevogel
Connect Coordinator

In addition to being the Connect Coordinator at FUMC, Gwen teaches college-level Renaissance/Reformation and Western Civilization classes. She is passionate about backpacking, overseas travel, backpacking WHILE overseas (if you have a lot of time and patience, ask her about her 2016 walk on the Camino in Spain), running, and reading about medieval and Renaissance philosophers and theologians.

gblotevogel@jcfumc.org

Paul
Paul Laemmli
Music Minister

I play music because it brings us together, and we have more commonalities than differences. I love podcasts, books, and late night discussion of philosophy, anthropology, and art. Nature centers my soul.

plaemmli@jcfumc.org

Ryan
Ryan Hampton
Musical Director

rhampton@jcfumc.org



Jerry
Jerry Kelly
Church Administrator

My personal interests are (in no particular order) music –most genres -, sports, being physically active, and travel. Spending time with family and friends is at the top of my list of things I like to do, particularly when combined with one or more of the list above.

jkelly@jcfumc.org

Terena
Katie Smyth
Communications & Operations Coordinator

I’m wild about music, outdoor adventuring, reading, sustainable living, and spending time with friends and family.

ksmyth@jcfumc.org

Linda Jaegers
Linda Jaegers
Financial Coordinator

ljaegers@jcfumc.org

Jack Gue
Jack Gue
Media Ministry Coordinator

jgue@jcfumc.org

Loving God. Loving People.

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