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What We Believe as Methodists

Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task

United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit. Living in a covenant of grace under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we participate in the first fruits of God’s coming reign and pray in hope for its full realization on earth as in heaven.

Social Principles

The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Its members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Early Methodists expressed their opposition to the slave trade, to smuggling, and to the cruel treatment of prisoners

The Ministry of All Christians

The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.

“In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have liberty, and in all beliefs we have charity.”

John Wesley

Founder of the Methodist Movement

Our Staff

Don Landen

Don Landen

Senior Pastor

Don is originally from northwest Georgia and spent the majority of his life before full time ministry somewhere between Dalton, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Accountancy degree. After a ten plus year career in finance and accounting, Don answered his call to full time ministry. He graduated from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a Master of Divinity degree. Don is married to Heather and they have one son, Wesley.

Stan Wallace

Stan Wallace

Minister of Recreation and Older Adults, OASIS Director

Stan has been serving as the Director of Recreation and Sr. Adults at FUMC since October 2008 and the OASIS program director since 2011. He has a Bachelors degree in Counseling from Troy University and a Master of Religious Education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In his spare time he enjoys spending time his lovely wife Tricia, traveling, playing golf, and boating.

Mike Cloyd

Mike Cloyd

Director of Pastoral Care

Mike joined our staff in 2019 as the Director of Pastoral Care. Mike retired and moved to Hiawassee in 2008. He had served as an United Methodist pastor in the Florida Conference for 26 years. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Florida Southern College, a Masters Degree from Florida State University and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Evelyn Ueltzen

Evelyn Ueltzen

Administrative Assistant

After serving ten years as a CEC preschool teacher, Evelyn joined our staff in June 2007. She has a Bachelors Degree in English from West Georgia College. She and her family moved to Blairsville in 1995, and she has three children and 3 grandchildren.

Deidra Gilbert

Deidra Gilbert

Financial Secretary

After serving thirty years in health care administration, Deidra joined our staff in 2011. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She moved here from Mississippi in January 2011 with her husband Tom and a menagerie of pets.

Jeff Bauman

Jeff Bauman

Music Minister

Jeff has served as Music Director at FUMC since 1996. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and Music Education from Spring Arbor College and Masters of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University. Jeff is also the Director of Choral/Vocal Music at Young Harris College.

Keith DeFoor

Keith DeFoor

Instrumentalist

Keith earned his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Shorter College and his Master of Music degree in piano performance and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Theory from The Florida State University. Keith also serves as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Young Harris College.

Jennifer de la Montagne

Jennifer de la Montagne

Youth Director

After attending both Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and East Carolina University majoring in Communications, Jennifer began her career with the United Methodist Church as a Pre-School Teacher at Cason UMC in Delray Beach, Florida. She served as the Worship Leader at Trinity UMC in Hackettstown, NJ for more than a decade, and came to First Methodist from St. James UMC, where she served as the Director of Contemporary Music for seven years. Jennifer has four adult children, and makes her home in Murphy, NC.

Emily Stafford

Emily Stafford

Children's Ministry Director

Raised in her “Old Kentucky Home”, now “Georgia is on her mind”. Emily, her husband, Will, and their 2 daughters, Lydia and Hazel, joined what God is doing through FUMC in March 2017.She also works in the technology department in the Union County School System and is the assistant UCHS swim coach. They have been blessed by the wonderful family at FUMC and look forward to all that God continues to do here!

Heidi Hall

Heidi Hall

CEC Preschool Director

 

Heidi E. Hall comes to us from Tayler Chapel United Methodist Church Pre-School, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Heidi and her husband, Bill, moved to Blairsville in February and quickly developed a love for the area and its people. Heidi brings experience, enthusiasm and vision as she begins her tenure. 

Fred Whitley

Fred Whitley

Minister at Lake Winfield Scott

Rev. Whitley has pastored several churches in northeast Georgia and is retired from the Religion Department at Young Harris College after 30 years. He enjoys working with Habitat for Humanity and other missions projects. He holds a B. A., Emory University, Th. M., Boston University School of Theology, and a M. A. in Biblical Studies, Boston University

Contact

938 Highway 515
Blairsville GA 30512
706.745.2073

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Sunday Worship

8:30 am Casual
9:45 am Contemporary
11:00 am Traditional

Wednesday Nurture

5:00 pm Dinner
6:00 pm Bible Study

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