The United Methodist Church has a long history in Manhattan. You might recognize some of the names of early influential Methodists: Denison, Goodnow, Marlatt. These early Manhattan pioneers were active Methodists in the mid-1800s and their high values for education, justice, and philanthropy live on through our history, and right up to today.
Founded in 1855, First UMC is committed to serving downtown, in the heart of Manhattan, where we interact both with local businesses and people in need of social services. At First UMC you are likely to share a pew with your child’s elementary school teacher or their pediatrician, an elected official, a Kansas State University student from halfway around the world, a member of the US Army from across the continent, or a local business owner. With all these gifted and talented people, we come together as the Body of Christ to experience and spread God’s kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven.
We have four uniquely gifted pastors to care for and lead the congregation. They do so with the amazing support of youth, family and children, and Pre-school ministry directors and an outstanding administrative staff. Members, Pastors, and staff alike are eager to meet you and find ways you can be an active part of the Body of Christ through our many ministries.