163 East Wheeling Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
740-653-3330 Phone
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Lancaster First United Methodist Church
163 East Wheeling Street  (map)
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
740-653-3330 Phone

Rev. Dr. Brian Jones, Senior Pastor (email) (blog)
Rev. Dr. Brian Jones has been ordained in the United Methodist Church since 1988. He has served several churches within the West Ohio Conference including churches in Lima, Marietta, Toledo, Fostoria and Columbus. Before moving to Lancaster, he previously served as an Assoc. Minister at Trinity United Methodist Church in the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff/Upper Arlington area of Columbus. Dr. Jones was born in Dayton Ohio, and grew up outside of Troy, Ohio. He is a proud graduate of Asbury College (now Asbury University) and Asbury Seminary. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Biblical Preaching. He has had several articles published in both Good News magazine, as well as Fellowship Magazine (renewal magazine for the Church of Canada).

Dr. Jones is an avid Reds and Bengals fan, as well as OSU Football. For his family, coming from Kentucky, and having lived there for seven years, a love for UK basketball runs deep, as well. In his spare time, he practices and teaches several disciplines of Martial Arts, something he has pursued from a young age. Most importantly Dr. Jones has been married to his wife Kelly for 25 years. They have three children, Benjamin (23) Rachel (21) and Rebekah (17) and one grandchild, Sean (almost 3).

Phone number extension 1001

Cheryl Foulk, Visitation Minister (email)
Cheryl is a native of the foothills of North Carolina and graduated from Duke University in 1973 with a B.A. in Sociology. She received her Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1979 and met her husband Ben there. Since that time, they have served a variety of churches in the West Ohio Conference as ordained Elders. Ministering in separate parishes, the Foulks have been appointed to churches in Cincinnati, the Lima area, Zanesville , and Baltimore. Ben has additionally served in Lithopolis, Marne, and Canal Winchester.

Cheryl came to First UMC in 2006. The Foulks have two daughters: Azure (Joe) Koehler, who reside in Rushville, and Esther (Blake) Boulton, who live in Columbus. Cheryl was a participant in the Academy of Spiritual Formation (through the Upper Room) from 1996-1998. The Foulks enjoy music, movies, reading, travel, and spending time with their grandchildren: Evelyn Leigh, age 9; Stella Rose, age 6; Elisha Blake, age 3; Denver Joseph age 1, and Jesse Monroe, age 6 months.

A favorite Scripture is John 10:10b “Jesus came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Phone number extension 1002

John Coen, Creative Ministries & Crossroads Facility Director  (email)
John is a graduate of Ohio University where he studied video production and film. His internship with Stan Winston enabled him to work on special effects for Edward Scissorhands and Predator II. Following a short stint as a videographer and film transfer technician, John became Youth Director at First Church. Since joining the staff in 1992, he has developed the Virtuous Reality puppet ministry, "Believe" magic ministry and has become the Director of Creative Outreach Ministries, working with clowns, puppets, magic, video production, visual arts, parades and marketing. He has taught workshops on puppetry and clowning at national and international conferences. In his spare time he sings with "Grace 4 Faith" trio. www.grace4faith.com His favorite Bible verse is Matthew 6:33

Phone:  (740) 653-3320, ext. 1102
Mary Grover, Child Care Provider 
Mary has served FUMC as the main nursery child care provider since 2003. She has spent most of her life in Carroll, where she resides with her husband, Matt and their two daughters, Haley and Hannah.

Phone number extension 1014

Dan Kemp, Director of Discipleship  (email)
Dan was born and raised in Lancaster and brought up in the Catholic faith where he studied and received certification in Christian education through the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. Dan graduated from Lancaster High School and did his under graduate studies at Ohio University-Lancaster in Political Science and received certification in
Law Enforcement, and EMT-Basic trainings from Eastland Police Academy and Columbus State.

Dan was previously employed as Director of Youth Ministries and Activities for St. Mark where he was involved with youth ministry and Christian education for over twenty years. He is also involved with the special needs population where he was most recently employed with the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities as the Lead Trainer for Project SEARCH, a program for young adult students transitioning from high school to the workforce located at Fairfield Medical Center. As Dan joins our team here at First church he will continue to work as a provider with his friend Kevin, a gentleman with special needs. Dan encourages you to reach out to him with any questions or ideas you may have to help build and improve our programs here at First church as we focus on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and world.

Dan loves spending time with his wife Nicole and their two daughters, Madison & Miley. He enjoys music, sports, and riding his motorcycle.

Dan’s motto: "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary"
-Saint Francis of Assisi

Phone number extension 1004

Joseph Palmer, Youth Director   (email)

Joseph joined the church staff in April of 2014. Even though he is relatively new to the staff, he is not new to the Church. His parents, Shawn and Ann Palmer, and grandparents, Bill & Betty Whitmore and Carl and Barb Palmer, raised him in our church since he was an infant. He became a member of the church in seventh grade, with one of the largest confirmation class in our church’s history, and was very active in youth ministries throughout his Junior and Senior High years. After graduating from Lancaster High School in 2005, he attended Kenyon College for two years before transferring and graduating from The Ohio State University in 2010. After graduation he discovered his passion for education by volunteering with the confirmation classes at FUMC. He recently finished his second degree in Middle Childhood Education from Ashland University in May of 2015.


-Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – James 1:22

Phone:  (740) 653-3320, ext. 1101

Clarence McCoy, Director of Worship Arts (email)
Clarence M. McCoy serves as Director of Worship Arts at First United Methodist Church, where he has been on staff since 1997. Clarence provides leadership and coordination for all music, worship, and worship arts programs and serves as one of the members of the worship planning team.

Clarence was born in Chillicothe, and was raised in Fairfield County. After studying music education and trumpet performance at the University of Toledo and Ohio University, he returned to Fairfield County, and has lived in Lancaster since. Clarence's experience includes public school instrumental music instruction in several different school systems, performing as an instrumentalist and a singer (including 22 years with the Lancaster Chorale), music retail sales and management, formerly directing the Celebration Singers of Lancaster and the Lancaster-Fairfield Youth Choir, and church music positions at four other churches before coming to FUMC. Clarence is the founding director of the Lancaster Community Chorus, and assists with the choirs at Lancaster High School, directing the Men’s Ensemble.

Clarence and his wife, Sandy, who is Director of Vocal Music at Lancaster High School, enjoy spending time with their very spoiled Golden Retriever, Louie.

Phone number extension 1003

Michael Snyder, Organist
Michael Snyder currently works as the Choral Director at Finland Middle School in the Southwest City Schools. Previously he has worked as Assistant Choral Director at Hilliard Darby High School and Choral Director at Heritage Middle School, and Director of Choral Activities at Whitehall-Yearling High School prior to that. He has held Director of Music and Organist positions at Zion Lutheran Church in Wooster, David Lutheran Church in Canal Winchester, and Bexley United Methodist Church. Michael studied Piano Performance at Kent State University, received a Bachelor in Music – Organ Performance degree from the University of Akron, received his education certificate from The Ohio State University, and has completed work toward a Master of Music Education Degree at VanderCook College of Music. He lives in Canal Winchester with his wife, Angela, and their daughter, Bailey.
  Brenda Graf, Choir Accompanist
Barb Hunt, Receptionist (email)
Barb is a recent member to First UMC, joining in the fall of 2016. She began
volunteering as a receptionist sub in 2017 and was excited to join the staff as the
morning receptionist on March 1, 2018. She is a Fairfield County native and
graduate of Fairfield Union. She has over 30 years of office and administrative

Barb has two grown sons, Aaron and Molly Hunt who live in The Netherlands,
and Nathan and Ashlee Hunt who live in Lewis Center. Nathan and Ashlee were
blessed last October on the birth of their son, Peyton Andrew. Her favorite past
times are reading, sewing, gardening, and babysitting her grandson.

Every year someone gifts a daily Prayers & Blessings calendar for the
receptionist desk. One recent blessing: “May the Lord abundantly bless your
hopes and dreams, bring blessings out of your trials and challenges, and bless others through your heart and hands” has become one of her favorites.

Phone number extension 1000

Shelley Nichols, Member Secretary & Caring Ministries Asst. (email)
I’m a native of Lancaster and was raised in the Methodist Church. In the Fall of
2013, my family and I transferred our membership to First United Methodist Church.
I'm a single mother to four beautiful babies & 3 fur babies. My kids are Catherine,
Joshua, Ema-Faith, and Destinie, and the fur babies are Brutus, Braxton & Carmen. My mother lives with us and is my rock. Thank you, Mom! I have training in Health Administration & hold a CPT 1 in Phlebotomy. In my training for my education, I have acquired numerous hours in secretarial work and human resources. In my previous church, I would fill in for the secretary at times. I have always had a passion for working with those in need and helping others. So, it’s an added bonus to be able to work with the church and the community.

On my days off or after hours, I’m a small business owner with Scentsy. It is another outlet where I get to be with people and have fun. I thank you for the opportunity to work for our church family, and my door is always open.

Favorite Scripture is Isaiah 40:31

Sandy Roberts, Pastoral Administrator Assistant (email)
Sandy joined First Church through Confirmation as a Youth in 1960 and joined the church staff in 1985 as Membership Secretary. Later, she became the Administrative Secretary and Office Manager. In May of 2010, Sandy was given the title of Senior Administrator. As of December 2014, Sandy’s new title is Pastoral Administrative Assistant. Sandy was certified as a Professional United Methodist Church Secretary through the organization PAUMCS in Atlanta, GA, in December 1993 by the General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church. She has attended many of their Annual Conferences in several different states.

Sandy is married to Bob, and they have 2 daughters, Heather Roberts and Aimee (Patrick) Munyon. Heather has 2 children, Hannah and Hayden Tatman. Aimee has 2 daughters, Azlyn and Cambria. Sandy enjoys bowling, gardening, reading, traveling, and her grandchildren. Her favorite scripture is I Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude....it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Phone number extension 1010
Lisa Schenck, Communications Specialist & Discipleship/Outreach Asst. (email)
Lisa joined First UMC in 2005 after relocating from Syracuse, New York. She joined the church staff in October 2012. Lisa graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business College and has over 23 years’ office experience, which includes 3 years in the U.S. Army as an Administrative Specialist and 17 years at HSBC Bank USA as an Administrative Assistant.

Lisa is married to Brian (1987), and they have 2 wonderful children, Megan and Ben. Lisa enjoys attending her children’s activities, paper-crafting, cooking & baking, and volunteering. Lisa’s favorite scripture is Acts 17:28: “For In Him we live and move and have our being”.

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Deb Silvia, Business Administrator (email)
Deb Silvia joined the First UMC staff as the part-time Treasurer in May, 2010. Now she is our full-time Business Administrator supporting the ministries of the Trustees (facilities), Staff Parish Relations Committee (human resources), the Finance Committee, the Permanent Endowment Committee and the Scholarship Committee.

She has a degree in Business Administration from Franklin University and has experience working in private, public and non-profit sectors. She is a member of Shalom United Methodist Church in Carroll where she is currently the Finance Chair and has served as Secretary/Treasurer, Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, and Vacation Bible School Coordinator.

Deb is happily married to Fred and they have two beautiful, grown daughters, Georgi and Kate. When Deb has spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and outdoor activities.

Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:13.

Phone number extension 1005

Jill Warner, Financial Secretary (email)
Jill has been a member of First UMC since 1993, when she and her family moved to Lancaster. In 2000 she joined the staff at First UMC as the Children's Coordinator, she held this position for several years then after a short reprieve, came back on staff as the Financial Secretary in 2004. Jill graduated from Heidelberg College with a degree in Business Administration and has spent time working in management and banking before she moved to Lancaster.

When Jill is not working in the business office she enjoys volunteering with the Children's Sing & Praise, choir and VBS. She is also an avid bicycle rider, loves to read and spend time with her family. Jill is married to her fun-loving husband, Tim, and they have 3 grown children, David, Stephanie & Garrett & 2 grandchildren, Paige & Landon.

One of Jill's favorite Bibles passages is Matthew 11:28-30. Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Phone number extension 1007
Dustin Roberts, Maintenance Technician (email)
Dustin joined the FUMC team full-time in August 2014 as our Maintenance Technician providing custodial  and light maintenance care for our facilities.  His experiences before coming to us include custodian at Victory Hill Church, maintenance and sales at Lancaster Equipment Rental and construction and repair with Edwards Pools.

Dustin and his wife Marcee have two daughters, Emilee and Evelyn.  They attend Victory Hill Church and faithfully serve in the children's ministry.

He loves spending time with his family, reading, hiking, and playing wherever they are. Dustin also loves studying, applying and sharing "God's Awesomeness".

Dustin's favorite scripture is And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”(Job 28:28 NIV)

Phone number extension is 1006

*Voice mail number--To leave a voice mail message for church staff, please dial 740-653-3330 and dial the voice mail number before staff names.

**Crossroads--The number for Crossroads is 740-653-3320.
Dial extension:
 1100 Front Office
 1103 4-Square Room
 1104 Kitchen
 1105 Nursery Reception
 1106 Tower Hall entrance

*** E-mail address for staff members: firstnamelastname@lancasterfumc.org.




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740-653-3330 Phone
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