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.”
James (Jimmy) Hood
Pastor Jimmy came to us from Marietta, Georgia in July 2023. He is married to Debbie and has three grown children.
Evelyn joined our administrative staff in June 2007 after serving 10 years in our CEC preschool. 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 7 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.
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.
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.
Senior Adult Director
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.
Youth and Recreation Director
Robby Morris was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Union County High School (Blairsville, GA) in 1983 where he played football, baseball, and tennis. He’s been in ministry for 37 years serving as Director of Youth, Children, Family Ministry, Worship Leader, Facility Coordinator, A/V and IT tech, and a variety of other roles. He served as Youth and Children’s Minister at First UMC of Union County from 1992-96. He is married to Rebecca (30 years) and has a daughter Chloe who is 22. Favorite parts of ministry include teaching the word of God, building relationships, leading worship, and supporting local youth and schools by attending extra curricular events. He is thrilled to be back in Blairsville, Georgia.
CEC Preschool Director
Jessica is a native to Blairsville, and has spent over 20 years working in Children’s Ministry. After being the lead teacher in the CEC’s Fours classroom for three years she became Director. Jessica is married to David Johnson and they have one amazing growing boy, Ezra.
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
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9:30 am Contemporary
11:00 am Traditional
5:00 pm Dinner
6:00 pm Bible Study