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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 6 grandchildren.
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 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 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.
Mason Schuknecht has been a lifelong member of FUMC having come from one of the original merged churches. He has always held an interest in serving the public. He has served through the military, law enforcement, fire department, and is currently a Criminal Investigator with the Georgia Forestry Commission. He is married to Nicole and together they have four children; Taylor, Reagan, Peyton and Gordon.
Jennifer de la Montagne
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.
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.
Director of Pastoral Care
A graduate of the University of Mississippi and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Rev. Riley served over 40 years in the North Georgia Conference before retiring in 2020. At his last full-time appointment, Mack served St. Andrew UMC in Marietta for 14 years. Since retiring, Rev. Riley has served part-time in the Northeast District. Mack and his wife Jeannine live in Young Harris and have 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren.
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
938 Highway 515
Blairsville GA 30512
8:45 am Casual
9:30 am Contemporary
11:00 am Traditional
5:00 pm Dinner
6:00 pm Bible Study