We are a congregation of The United Methodist Church, a denomination that finds its roots in spiritual revival, and has impacted millions across the globe. The United Methodist Church seeks to serve others, nurture constantly growing relationships with God, and connect with those in the world around us today.
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Chris Abel is our senior pastor and describes himself as a "Pastor/Creative-type/
I love gardening, animals, traveling and all things sports. My LOVE of sports is all things Royals and Chiefs and am now part of the Red Coaters for the KC Chiefs!!!
DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS
I like to crochet. I am self taught and still learning but it keeps my hands a mind busy. My husband, 11 year old daughter, and I live in Blue Springs with our crazy dog. My passion is to provide service opportunities for First UMC, my family, and me! When I am not working, my time is spent shuttling Sydney, our daughter, to and from swimming and volleyball practices and meets/tournaments.
DIRECTOR OF INVITATIONAL MINISTRIES AND MEMBERSHIP
I see myself as the nerdy, sports-loving, hobby enthusiast that wants to love people well. I grew up in Oklahoma and went to Oklahoma State for undergrad. Go Pokes! I lived in Kansas City for a couple years working at Cerner before going down to Dallas for seminary. I met the love of my life, Tara, down in Texas, and we are getting married in the fall. I have worked in ministry through church camps, youth ministry, and recreational ministry. I have returned to KC to be the associate pastor and share the love of Christ. If you ever want to talk about any pop culture fandom, board game, or sports team, let me know!