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OUR STAFF
 
Senior Pastor
 
First Church would like to welcome the Rev. Dr. Eric Park as our Senior Pastor as of September 1, 2013. Eric and his wife Tara come to us from the Washington District where he served as the District Superintendent (DS). Prior to becoming the DS, Eric served at Parker's Grove UM Church in North Carolina, First UM Church McDonald PA, Christ UM Church in Bethel Park, PA , and Central Highlands Community UM Church in Elizabeth.
 
Pastor of Congregational Care
 
Pat and Paul Nelson came to Butler: FUMC on Feb. 15, 2010 after serving various other places of ministry since 1990. Pat is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served in Harrisville, Somerset, and New Wilmington before coming here. Paul worked at Castle Rubber Company in East Butler until 1992 when he quit his job there and helps Pat full time in her work. They both love the Lord, have a heart for caring about people and connecting them to Jesus, and serving God in all sorts of ways. Paul is also involved in several of the music ministries of FUMC and is a steady presence at Children’s Church where he teaches the kids the songs they sing at the 10:50 service. Pat supervises and coordinates all of the Congregational Care ministries here at FUMC, as well as shares the “clergy responsibilities” with the other pastors on staff. For fun, they enjoy the “Rails to Trails” on foot or bicycle, they absolutely love the “intense” roller coasters of Cedar Point, and value just relaxing with each other. Beginning July 1, 2014, Pastor Pat has been assigned to the position of District Superintendent of the Greensburg District. Read more about that here!
 
Rev. Tom Holman has served First Church for the past 25+ years.  Rev. Tom is on Honorable Location with First Church.  He and his wife, Christine, are vibrant members of the congregation. Christine sings with the choir, and Tom is the Chairman of the Trustees.
 
Executive Director 
 
Christine and her husband Bill have been part of First Church since 2001. Christine came on staff in 2006 and held several position before becoming the Executive Director in 2011. When not in the office, Bill and Christine enjoy their six children and three grandchildren. They like to ski, golf, take walks, and enjoy the company of their family. 
 
Director of Children's Ministries
 
Jayme and her husband Cory became part of the First Church family in 2006 after moving “back home” from North Carolina. While in North Carolina, Jayme taught 5th grade for five years. During that time their home grew with the addition of their two daughters Kendyl and Teaghan. After the birth of Teaghan, Cory and Jayme decided to move back to Butler to be closer to family. Jayme came on staff in January 2010 as the part time small group coordinator, after 6 months she took over as the Children’s Director. In her free time Jayme enjoys reading, spending time with family and having date nights with her hubby!! 
 
Director of Youth Ministries
 
Chance became part of the First Church Staff in January of 2011. He graduated from Geneva College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Student Ministries in December of 2010. He received his call into ministry during his senior year in high school and has served in youth ministry with his wife Chelsea ever since. His passion is to help youth encounter a love relationship with the God that will change their lives forever. He also loves sports, music, and playing guitar and video games.
 
Director of Discipleship
 
Rob leads the growth group, connecting and new member ministries, along with sharing occasional responsibilities for preaching and visitation. He has been the Director of Discipleship since September 2011 and is originally from Plum, PA. He received a B.S. from Purdue University, an M.S. from the University of Minnesota, and an M. Div. from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Rob and his wife, Melanie, are raising a son and foster daughter. Rob is an avid reader and enjoys golf and hiking. 
 
Director of Serving
 
Lisa has been attending worship services at First Church since 2002 and became a member in 2009. She has been involved in the Discipleship Pathway and serving First Church since 2007 but has volunteered all of her life in different capacities. Lisa is excited to get other people serving to make a difference in Butler and for His Kingdom. With working and raising three boys, Lisa and her husband Joe rarely have spare time. But when they do, they enjoy quad riding, hiking and of other outdoor activities with their dog, Max.  
 
Director of Music Ministries
 
Dale has been in music ministry for 30+ years. He has been attending first church for 6 years. He lives in Butler with his wife and twin daughters.  They love to play tennis, golf, ski, and any outdoor activities.
 
Crossfire Worship Director
 
Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Bay has a calling to bring the love of Jesus to others. His mission and passion rests in writing and leading songs that both glorify God and encourage others to worship Christ to their fullest. Bay has been involved in worship leadership since the early 2000's. A lover of all things music, he also enjoys art, writing poetry, and long-boarding. Bay met his wife, Mary, while attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1998, together they have a daughter named Kailey.
 
God’s Country Worship Leader
 
Von has been worshiping at First Church since 2011 when he became the worship leader for our God's Country service. Von has an extensive background in the music business, dating back many years, as a professional musician, singer, producer, songwriter, and worship leader. Von is married to Lynda and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren and love their family Southern Gospel music ministry known as "One In Spirit".  "We absolutely know that God has called us to First Church, because we have not only fallen in love with our ministry here, but with all of the wonderful people of First Church as well.”
 
Asst. to the Pastors
 
Tammy and her husband, Lenny, joined First Church in 1994. They have 2 sons and 3 granddaughters . After being part of the first God’s Country worship service, Tammy soon became the coordinator of that service. On any given Saturday, you could easily find her in the sanctuary since she is also the wedding coordinator of First Church. Leaving her position as a project manager in corporate America in May of 2012, she now wears the third hat of Assistant to the Senior Pastor. When not working, they love spending time with their granddaughters and enjoying God’s creations one adventure at a time in their camper.
 
Director of Communications
 
Cindy has been with First Church since April 2006. She and her husband, Bill, have lived in Parker for 28 years. They have three children, two dogs, and three cats. Their two oldest children are grown and out of the house, so they dedicate their time to their youngest daughter and her activities. Cindy loves the outdoors, and has a passion for photography.
 
Crossfire Coordinator 
 
Susan and her husband Bill have been a part of the Crossfire community since its very first service! Susan has helped coordinate the worship service for several years and came on staff in 2009. Bill and Susan were married in November of 1980 and make their home in Slippery Rock. They have 3 children, Billy, Samantha, and Isabella. When not at work or playing with Isabella, Susan loves to read, garden, and tend to her chickens and ducks. When time permits, Bill and Susan love to ride their motorcycles.
 

 

 
OUR STAFF
 
Senior Pastor
 
First Church would like to welcome the Rev. Dr. Eric Park as our Senior Pastor as of September 1, 2013. Eric and his wife Tara come to us from the Washington District where he served as the District Superintendent (DS). Prior to becoming the DS, Eric served at Parker's Grove UM Church in North Carolina, First UM Church McDonald PA, Christ UM Church in Bethel Park, PA , and Central Highlands Community UM Church in Elizabeth.
 
Pastor of Congregational Care
 
Pat and Paul Nelson came to Butler: FUMC on Feb. 15, 2010 after serving various other places of ministry since 1990. Pat is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served in Harrisville, Somerset, and New Wilmington before coming here. Paul worked at Castle Rubber Company in East Butler until 1992 when he quit his job there and helps Pat full time in her work. They both love the Lord, have a heart for caring about people and connecting them to Jesus, and serving God in all sorts of ways. Paul is also involved in several of the music ministries of FUMC and is a steady presence at Children’s Church where he teaches the kids the songs they sing at the 10:50 service. Pat supervises and coordinates all of the Congregational Care ministries here at FUMC, as well as shares the “clergy responsibilities” with the other pastors on staff. For fun, they enjoy the “Rails to Trails” on foot or bicycle, they absolutely love the “intense” roller coasters of Cedar Point, and value just relaxing with each other. Beginning July 1, 2014, Pastor Pat has been assigned to the position of District Superintendent of the Greensburg District. Read more about that here!
 
Rev. Tom Holman has served First Church for the past 25+ years.  Rev. Tom is on Honorable Location with First Church.  He and his wife, Christine, are vibrant members of the congregation. Christine sings with the choir, and Tom is the Chairman of the Trustees.
 
Executive Director 
 
Christine and her husband Bill have been part of First Church since 2001. Christine came on staff in 2006 and held several position before becoming the Executive Director in 2011. When not in the office, Bill and Christine enjoy their six children and three grandchildren. They like to ski, golf, take walks, and enjoy the company of their family. 
 
Director of Children's Ministries
 
Jayme and her husband Cory became part of the First Church family in 2006 after moving “back home” from North Carolina. While in North Carolina, Jayme taught 5th grade for five years. During that time their home grew with the addition of their two daughters Kendyl and Teaghan. After the birth of Teaghan, Cory and Jayme decided to move back to Butler to be closer to family. Jayme came on staff in January 2010 as the part time small group coordinator, after 6 months she took over as the Children’s Director. In her free time Jayme enjoys reading, spending time with family and having date nights with her hubby!! 
 
Director of Youth Ministries
 
Chance became part of the First Church Staff in January of 2011. He graduated from Geneva College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Student Ministries in December of 2010. He received his call into ministry during his senior year in high school and has served in youth ministry with his wife Chelsea ever since. His passion is to help youth encounter a love relationship with the God that will change their lives forever. He also loves sports, music, and playing guitar and video games.
 
Director of Discipleship
 
Rob leads the growth group, connecting and new member ministries, along with sharing occasional responsibilities for preaching and visitation. He has been the Director of Discipleship since September 2011 and is originally from Plum, PA. He received a B.S. from Purdue University, an M.S. from the University of Minnesota, and an M. Div. from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Rob and his wife, Melanie, are raising a son and foster daughter. Rob is an avid reader and enjoys golf and hiking. 
 
Director of Serving
 
Lisa has been attending worship services at First Church since 2002 and became a member in 2009. She has been involved in the Discipleship Pathway and serving First Church since 2007 but has volunteered all of her life in different capacities. Lisa is excited to get other people serving to make a difference in Butler and for His Kingdom. With working and raising three boys, Lisa and her husband Joe rarely have spare time. But when they do, they enjoy quad riding, hiking and of other outdoor activities with their dog, Max.  
 
Director of Music Ministries
 
Dale has been in music ministry for 30+ years. He has been attending first church for 6 years. He lives in Butler with his wife and twin daughters.  They love to play tennis, golf, ski, and any outdoor activities.
 
Crossfire Worship Director
 
Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Bay has a calling to bring the love of Jesus to others. His mission and passion rests in writing and leading songs that both glorify God and encourage others to worship Christ to their fullest. Bay has been involved in worship leadership since the early 2000's. A lover of all things music, he also enjoys art, writing poetry, and long-boarding. Bay met his wife, Mary, while attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1998, together they have a daughter named Kailey.
 
God’s Country Worship Leader
 
Von has been worshiping at First Church since 2011 when he became the worship leader for our God's Country service. Von has an extensive background in the music business, dating back many years, as a professional musician, singer, producer, songwriter, and worship leader. Von is married to Lynda and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren and love their family Southern Gospel music ministry known as "One In Spirit".  "We absolutely know that God has called us to First Church, because we have not only fallen in love with our ministry here, but with all of the wonderful people of First Church as well.”
 
Asst. to the Pastors
 
Tammy and her husband, Lenny, joined First Church in 1994. They have 2 sons and 3 granddaughters . After being part of the first God’s Country worship service, Tammy soon became the coordinator of that service. On any given Saturday, you could easily find her in the sanctuary since she is also the wedding coordinator of First Church. Leaving her position as a project manager in corporate America in May of 2012, she now wears the third hat of Assistant to the Senior Pastor. When not working, they love spending time with their granddaughters and enjoying God’s creations one adventure at a time in their camper.
 
Director of Communications
 
Cindy has been with First Church since April 2006. She and her husband, Bill, have lived in Parker for 28 years. They have three children, two dogs, and three cats. Their two oldest children are grown and out of the house, so they dedicate their time to their youngest daughter and her activities. Cindy loves the outdoors, and has a passion for photography.
 
Crossfire Coordinator 
 
Susan and her husband Bill have been a part of the Crossfire community since its very first service! Susan has helped coordinate the worship service for several years and came on staff in 2009. Bill and Susan were married in November of 1980 and make their home in Slippery Rock. They have 3 children, Billy, Samantha, and Isabella. When not at work or playing with Isabella, Susan loves to read, garden, and tend to her chickens and ducks. When time permits, Bill and Susan love to ride their motorcycles.