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First United Methodist


jim downing

has been pastor here since january 1997. He was born in Branson, Missouri and raised in Springfield. He has two adult children, Krystal (married to Josh) who teaches ESL elementary in Belton and Kurt (married to Brianna) who is a worship & youth pastor in Kirksville. Jim has two amazing grandsons, Lake and his little brother Landew. Jim felt a call to ministry at the age of 15 and has been in ministry since the age of 17. He loves shows like PSYCH and CASTLE thinks it is painfully fun to watch THE OFFICE. His favorite verse is Zephaniah 3:17 "God is mighty to save. He will quiet you with His love and takes great delight in you. He rejoices over you with singing."

becky rayl

has been our secretary since 1991. A native of Sedalia, she has lived the past 28 years in rural Hughesville. She is married to Lyn Rayl, and they have 2 sons, Brad and Brody. Becky feels so blessed to be working in a Christian atmosphere where she is continually meeting, growing, and learning with others on their faith journeys. The scripture "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Psalm 56:3) is the "rock" on which Becky tries to focus throughout her life. She finds two truths to be especially comforting: God has a plan for us, and He will never leave us.

lancy ulrich

is our children's pastor. She resides in Sedalia and has been a part of our church family since 2008. She has served in the children's ministry for the last eight years and has a strong passion for working with children. She believes that through the leading of the Holy Spirit, she will help stregthen and grow an environment which helps children deepend their walk with Christ.

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truthe." 3 John 4

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