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 our Associate Pastor since July 2016. Worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ and serving him is Melody’s primary passion. Melody grew up in upstate
Dallas Woltemath
Dallas has been a member here since November of 2003 and began working on staff January 1, 2005. His job responsibilities include: all areas of youth ministry
Diann Martin
Diann's job responsibilities include: supervising and promoting existing and emerging children’s ministries, Sunday School, Kingdom Kids, Grapple, Hands Of Faith Puppets,
Eric Zimbelman
Primary responsibilities Operating and maintaining sound, video, and computer systems throughout the church, Organizing and training volunteers to run sound and video
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 UMC in 1998. Her responsibilities include Volunteer Coordinator, attendance entry and coordinating new
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 full-time on July 22nd ,2014. Kevin grew up in southwest Iowa and moved to Kearney in 1999 from Cresten, Iowa. Kevin enjoys fishing, rock