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Who We Are

Our Beliefs

First United Methodist Church is a community of Christians inviting all people to grow in their relationship with God and to live their faith in the world. We are a community of faith seeking the transformation of the world through Jesus’ courageous love. We practice inclusivity and value service and social justice. 

Woman holding sign that says God Loves Everyone

Our Leadership

Our pastors, staff and leaders from the congregation work together in partnership to guide our faith community.

Our Roots

First Church was founded even earlier than the city of Evanston. Our congregation has a rich history of engagement in the local community and in the larger United Methodist Church.

Martin Luther King Jr. with former UMC pastor
Building arial

Our Building

Our historic building is one of Evanston’s architectural landmarks. The French Gothic-inspired sanctuary, with stained glass windows and carved wood altarpiece, draws worshippers who appreciate the beauty of historic church design.