"First United Methodist Church of Sylacauga exists to fulfill its mission for the Kingdom of God.  
Matthew 28:19-20 calls us to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."  From these two verses comes our mission statement.  FUMC Sylacauga exists for the purpose of:
  • Bringing people to Jesus,
  • Building up believers, and 
  • Blessing the World. 

The Staff


Russell Hestley

Russell is an ordained United Methodist Elder, and is currently serving as the senior pastor at FUMC Sylacauga.         

ImageByron White

byron is a retired united Methodist elder and currently serves as the pastor of christian formation at fUMC sylacauga.

David  Simpkin

David Is a graduate of u of a. he currently serves fUMC sylacauga as director of worship and arts. 

Leslie Lucas

leslie works for the city school system as an instructional assistant and currently serves fUMC as director of children's ministries. 

Dee Dee Mathews

deeDee serves fUMC sylacauga as director of our outstanding kindergarten. 

Dawson Brown

Dawson Serves FUMC As Assistant Director of  worship & Arts. he Currently Attends Samford University To Pursue A Call Into Ministry.

Lakeisha Crocker

Lakeisha currently serves as a choral music teacher for sylacauga city schools.  we are excited to have lakeisha on board at fUMC to work with our children's choirs!  Welcome lakeisha!

Karen Brewer

Karen currently serves as the church administrator here at fUMC sylacauga.  when the sky is not falling, we marvel at how many high-level corporate decisions pass through karen's office every day! karen has been with fUMC for 23 years and knows this place backward and forward! 

Jean Campbell

Jean serves our faith community as administrative assistant.  when you call the church, it is likely that you will get to talk to jean!

Dawana Barnett

Dawana serves FUMC Sylacauga by offering child care during church activities. .

Felicia  Carter

Felicia serves FUMC Sylacauga by offering her expertise in child care!

Robin Lewis

Robin is an instrumentalist and displays her piano wizardry sunday nights for bread for the journey, and she is the piano accompanist for the new world youth choir. 

Martha McKemie

martha serves as the organist for the 11am traditional service.