About First UMC

Whether you are a visitor to Kearney, a UNK student, a new resident, or a long-time resident of Kearney looking for a church family; there is a place for you among us.

What will you find at First United Methodist?

  • A Christian community that will welcome you warmly, and will walk with you wherever you are on your spiritual journey.
  • A church family that wants to surround everyone who we meet with the love of Christ.
  • An active church full of children, youth, and adults walking together.
  • A church heavily involved in missions locally and around the world.
  • Friendly, caring, and compassionate Christians who strive to embody Christ’s reminder to “love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength”; and “to love our neighbor as our self.”

Our Vision

FUMC Mission Statement

The First United Methodist Church of Kearney is a Christian community that meets people wherever they are spiritually, and walks with them, so that together we may grow in Christ, learn from Christ, and become servants of Christ.

FUMC Vision Statement

In order to grow in Christ, to learn from Christ, and serve Christ; we will be a Christian community characterized by our Wesleyan Heritage of: Doing Good, Doing no Harm, and Staying in Love With God.

Our Staff

Rev. Alan Davis
Rev. Alan Davis has been the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church since 2016. My primary responsibilities include: Helping the church to develop, carry-out
Pastor Melody Adams
Pastor Melody Adams has been an Associate Pastor since July 2016. Worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ and serving him is my primary passion. I grew up in upstate New York on a
Pastor Kayla Mangrich
Kayla has been an Associate Pastor since July 2019. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many” is the verse I
Matt Jones
Matt is our director of youth ministries and joined our staff in March 2018. My wife Brittany and I moved here from Florida, myself being a lifelong resident of FL and
Jeanine Spangler
Jeanine has been on staff with Kearney First United Methodist Church as the Director of Children’s Ministries since June 2019. My job responsibilities include: supervising
Eric Zimbelman
My primary responsibilities are operating and maintaining sound, video, and computer systems throughout the church, organizing and training volunteers to run sound and video
Diann Martin
Diann's job responsibilities include: supervising and promoting the Pumpkin Patch Child Care Facility. I have been on staff with Kearney First United Methodist since
Jennifer Dierberger
Jennifer Dierberger began working as the Comptroller at First United Methodist Church September 2016. My husband Terry is a lineman for Nebraska Public Power District.
Ann Patterson
Ann Patterson began working as Administrative Assistant at First United Methodist Church in 1998. My responsibilities include volunteer coordinator, attendance entry and
Brandi Walker
Brandi Walker began working as Administrative Assistant at First United Methodist Church June 2017. My responsibilities include editor of the church newsletter “The Spire”,