Welcome

We are progressive, relevant and committed to seeking peace and building hope through worship, service, social justice and education. No matter where you are on your faith journey, or how you worship, we hope you will feel welcome and included. Visit our Common Questions page to find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

OUR MISSION

is to grow a community that welcomes and engages all persons to be Christ followers

OUR VISION

is to transform the world by transforming lives and building up the next generation of Christ followers.

We know going to a new church can be intimidating – we want to let you know what to expect to help make your experience at FUMC a great one!

Inclusion

We welcome and affirm all persons. We are intentional in being inclusive of all races and ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and stages of life, abilities and disabilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ, which tears down walls and builds up community. We are progressive, relevant, and committed to seeking peace and building hope through worship, service, social justice and education. No matter where you are on your faith journey, or how you worship, we hope you will feel welcome and included.

Our Pastors

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy grew up in a family with deep United Methodist roots, but like a lot of people, she drifted away from church as a young adult. When she felt God nudging her to come back, she spent a lot of time visiting and learning about other denominations. That is when Nancy chose United Methodism because she loves the emphasis on growing in faith and serving others. Before following her call to ordained ministry, she taught high school English, English as a Second Language in Switzerland, and Composition at a local community college. Nancy also stayed home with her child until they started school. She first came to FUMC as the associate pastor in 2010 and was appointed lead pastor in 2018. Nancy loves this congregation and feels grateful every day to serve a church that is so vital, healthy, and joy-filled! More than anything, she believes the church should be a place of hope – hope for today and hope for the future – for all of God’s people. Nancy’s passions in ministry include preaching, teaching, community-building, and social justice. She has one college-aged child, Emmett, three cats and a dog named Turtle.

Nick

Nick

After a long career in Human Resources and Payroll, Nick heard God’s call to enter formal ministry in 2012. Ann Arbor is his third church. Nick feels right at home in this diverse community, and it is such a good fit that his three grown children have also put down roots in this area. Best of all, that means his grandson is here too.
Nick is a people person. He loves to create relationships, and to invite people to join in the work of building God’s kin-dom. He believes there’s a place for everyone in God’s work, and knowing that God calls us all to make the world a better place fills him with joy. On a personal level, Nick enjoys listening to music and collecting vinyl albums. Which is another reason he loves being in Ann Arbor. He also enjoys spending time chatting over a cup of coffee. Nick thinks some of the best ideas come from simple conversations over a snack or some coffee.

Tim

Tim

Tim has been serving as the Chaplain of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Michigan for two years. He felt God’s call early on in his undergraduate studies, with a desire to serve in higher education and campus ministry. He has served in collegiate ministry for 18 years, including as the Director and Chaplain of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 2008-2018 and the Chaplain at Emory & Henry College from 2002-2008. Tim received a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1991 and graduated in 1988 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis. He is a native of Marion, Illinois. His many hobbies include an avid love of music, weightlifting, hiking, cooking, and travel. Tim has also been a beekeeper for more than 20 years.