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. His primary responsibilities include: Helping the church to develop, carry-out
Rev. Melody Adams
Pastor Melody Adams has been an Associate Pastor since July 2016. Worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ and serving him is Melody’s primary passion. Melody grew up in upstate
Rev. So Yeong Son
So Yeong has been an Associate Pastor since July 2018. She was born to a Christian family in South Korea. When she was 17 years old, she felt and heard God’s call to be a
Matt Jones
Matt is our director of youth ministries and joined our staff in March 2018. Matt and his wife Brittany both moved here from Florida, Matt being a lifelong resident of FL
Mary Sasse
Mary has been on staff with Kearney First United Methodist Church as the Director of Children’s Ministries since February 2018. Mary's job responsibilities include:
Eric Zimbelman
Primary responsibilities 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. Diann has been on staff with First UMC since September 2014, and as
Jennifer Dierberger
Jennifer Dierberger began working as the Comptroller at First United Methodist Church September 2016. Jennifer’s husband Terry is a lineman for Nebraska Public Power
Ann Patterson
Ann Patterson began working as Administrative Assistant at First United Methodist Church in 1998. Her responsibilities include Volunteer Coordinator, attendance entry and
Brandi Walker
Brandi Walker began working as Administrative Assistant at First United Methodist Church June 2017. Her responsibilities include editor of the church newsletter “The Spire
Kevin Abell
Kevin Abell began his position of Building and Grounds Supervisor in July of 2014. Kevin grew up in southwest Iowa and moved to Kearney in 1999 from Cresten, Iowa. Kevin