Church Council

The purpose of the Church Council is to plan a program of nurture, outreach, and witness; implement the plan; provide an administrative infrastructure; align the plan with the mission of the church; evaluate the effectiveness of the plan; act as the administrative agency of the charge conference.  The Church Council exists to guide and create a vision and strategic plan for the church.

Church Council Overview –

Review the First Church Strategic Objectives,
To view desired outcomes, and implementation plan please click  here.


Church Council

Council Chair Bill Grimes
Lay Leader John Fernstrom
Church Treasurer/Stewardship Tom Pruitt
United Methodist Women Representative Leah Pittard
Youth Council Representative J. T. Gant
Recording Secretary Donna Shane
 Senior Pastor  Rev. Sam Wright, Ph.D.

Chairs of Standing Committees

Board of Trustees Chair David Seaberg
Finance Committee Chair Wally Mossbarger
Staff-Parish Committee Chair Bonnie VanOverbeke

Affiliated Boards and Representatives

Perpetual Fund Board Kathleen Walker
Early Care Center Board Janet Shapiro
8:30 a.m. Service Representative Kevin Callans
9:30 a.m. Service Representative Diane Shepherd
11:00 a.m. Service Representative Maria Mossbarger

Core Ministry Representatives

Missions and Community Outreach Peggy Hite
Stewardship Chair Tom Pruitt