Welcome From FUMC

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Welcome From FUMC

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Welcome! We're so glad you're here! 

We’re a community of faith that believes in welcoming ALL people with Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors!
Whether it’s your first time attending church, you’re looking for a new church home or in town for a visit, we can’t wait to meet you.
First United Methodist Church has been a vibrant faith family in downtown Gainesville since 1857!

We offer two traditional worship experiences on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Don’t worry about what to wear as you’ll see people in jeans and t-shirts, dresses or ties, and everything in between!
Parking is available on the street and in the SunTrust parking lot in front of the church.

Children of all ages are always welcome in worship. There is a nursery available during the service, if desired.
Please let us know you're coming! We’d love to have a member of our faith family welcome you and answer any questions you may have.






Why We Exist

Located in the heart of Gainesville, we exist to share Christ's love with open hearts, open minds and open doors by:

Worshiping God
Connecting with each other and our neighbors
Growing in faith, and
Serving our community and the world.

What We Do

Our mission is to “Connect our Church with our Community and our Community with Christ!” We commit to worshiping God, not only on Sunday mornings but the other six days of the week through actions of kindness, service, and love in our families, community and world.

What We Believe

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Our belief in these words is the cornerstone on which our faith is built. You can also learn more about the beliefs of the United Methodist Church here. 

Our History

Founded in 1857, FUMC was the first Methodist Church in Gainesville and is the “mother” church of many other United Methodist Churches in town. Our very own Epworth Hall was the original site of East Florida Seminary which would later become the University of Florida. Although many changes have occurred over the years including adding and subtracting ministries, building renovations and more, one thing has stayed the same, our love for Christ shown by our commitment to making our community and our world a better place.    


Our Staff

Our Staff

Our Staff

Our Staff


Meet Our Staff


Pastor Beth Farabee

Pastor Beth is a native Floridian who has been in ministry for almost 20 years. She’s a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Divinity from Duke University.  A few of her favorite things are: her family, friends, going to the movies, live theatre performances, FSU football and, of course, Jesus!


Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
Jesse hails from California. After graduating from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois,  he spent some time with family in both Texas and California. He is delighted to now be a part of the family here at First United Methodist Church. When not serving the church, Jesse can be found watching Doctor Who or the Muppets, or practicing his hook shot for when the Orlando Magic inevitably call him up as their center.


Director of Music Ministries
He holds a Masters in Music-Conducting from Texas Christian University and has pursued a Masters in Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University. 

Cheryl Katterhenry

Finance Manager
Cheryl is the Finance Manager for FUMC. Cheryl and her husband John live in the lovely small town of Keystone Heights on Lake Geneva.  She loves spending time with her three children Christine, Joshua and Winter and three grandchildren Jordan, Christian and Emma.

Lorin Winters

Director of FUMPers Preschool
Graduate of University of Florida with a Masters in Early Childhood Education and mother of two. She enjoys reading, Law and Order, and house-hunting. Lorin has over a decade of experience in the early childhood education field. 

Janet Rocap

Office Manager

Tony Taylor

Facilities Manager


Director of Communications and Community Engagement