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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

Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess

Senior Pastor

Pastor Mark has been here at FUMC since the summer of 2013. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from South Dakota Tech. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology on the Emory campus in downtown Atlanta. He and his wife, Shannon, have 2 children -  son Jake and daughter Katie.

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.

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.

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.

Youth Minister

Shannon Burgess

Shannon Burgess

Children's Ministry Director

Shannon studied Mine Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  She was a former pediatric nurse and kindergarten teacher.   it is her joy to do all that she can to bring out children closer to God in fun and creative ways. If you have any questions about our Children’s Ministry, please contact Shannon.

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. 

Jackie Franklin

Jackie Franklin

Parish Nurses

Jackie Franklin and her husband, Lamar, have been church members for many years. Jackie has a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Medical College of Georgia and a Masters in Nursing from Emory University, specializing in Family Community Nursing. She attended a Parish Nurse certification course at Furman University in 2003.

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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