ABOUT

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF NATCHITOCHES

HISTORY OF THE FUMC OF NATCHITOCHES

Our story dates back to 1876 when the church was incorporated by Reverend James White.

The start was humble with a simple white frame church erected in 1878 on the corner of Lafayette and Second Street at a cost of $2,100. It didn't take long though for us to outgrow our first home. By 1912, a new Spanish stucco-style church was built on Second Street, where we currently reside today. To accommodate growth and changing trends, a new sanctuary was built in 1952-53. Unfortunately, tragedy struck in 1962 when the sanctuary burned. But all was not lost because while our physical presence was damaged, our flame was not and could not be extinguished. The sanctuary was rebuilt the following year and our growth has continued ever since, most notably with the addition of the Family Life Center in 1984 and the Crossroads Sanctuary in 2010.

But our story doesn't end there -- we are making history every day as we strive to share God's love with others. And we invite you to help us write the next chapter.

OUR MISSION


The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

OUR FAITH

Our faith is as ancient as the words of scripture and as contemporary as today’s challenges. We look to John Wesley as the patriarch of our theological heritage and witness. His words of invitation continue to inform the United Methodist way of following Jesus.
 
Wesley said, “If your heart is right, give me your hand.” We invite you to experience the transformation that can come to a human heart through the grace of Jesus Christ.

OUR STAFF

DOUG DE GRAFFENRIED

SENIOR PASTOR​

CLAIR LORAINE

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

& WESLEY CAMPUS MINISTER

CARLA BOND

DIRECTOR OF

CONGREGATIONAL CARE

NANCY PEACE

DIRECTOR OF FAMILY & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES

COLBY SESSION

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY

DWAIN SPILLMAN, JR.

YOUTH MINISTRY COORDINATOR

KRISTY MCGLOTHIN

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

LINETTE HAMILTON

DIRECTOR OF FIRST STEPS

NICHOLAUS CUMMINS

CHANCEL CHOIR DIRECTOR

BEAU VOINCHE

DIRECTOR OF CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP

LYNDA HAMMETT

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT

STEPHANIE ELLETT

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

FAQs

01

What is the dress code?

Is there such a thing as a dress code anymore? You'll find a wide range of attire at our services - from blue jeans and t-shirts all the way to folks' Sunday best. But we're fairly certain God doesn't care how you dress for worship, so our motto is come as you are and be comfortable.

02

What do you offer for Children?

From Sunday School to Vacation Bible School and special events, we provide a wide variety of fun and engaging opportunities for our youngest church members. Click here​ to learn more about our children's ministry.

03

What do you offer for teens?

Teens are busy, busy, busy these days, but we offer a number of small groups, service opportunities, mission trips, special events, and leadership opportunities to keep them actively engaged in church life. Click here​ to learn more about our youth ministry.

04

How do I make arrangements for a baptism, wedding, a funeral?

The details of these intimate occasions are best handled in person. Please call our office at 318-357-8296 and we'll be happy to assist you.

05

I'm new here what is my next step?

Check out our "New Guest" page and send us a message to let us know when you'd like to attend your first worship service. We'll make arrangements to meet you at the door so we can show you around, introduce you to our members, share all the great things happening at our church, help you find a seat, and answer any questions you may have.