Rev. Samuel Park ~ July 1, 2019
Pastor Sam was born and raised in the New York City area. He comes from a family of pastors and thought he was going into medicine or architecture, but he felt God begin to tug at his heart to be in pastoral ministry, starting with a gracious promise of blessing while he was on a mission trip in Mexico. He received his M.Div from Drew Theological School and D.Min at Wesley Theological Seminary. He has served churches in New York, Maryland and most recently in Arcola Covenant Community in northern New Jersey. Pastor Sam has a heart for preaching and teaching, the local church and missions, and loves to see disciples of Jesus making disciples of Jesus. He and his wife Grace are blessed with two wonderful children, Joshua and Johannah. When not involved in ministry, one of the things he likes to do is spend time working with his hands. He’s been told he has a sweet tooth.
The mission of The United Methodist Church is "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
Our local mission statement is to:
Glorify God through public and private worship.
Make new disciples for Jesus Christ by witnessing to others about God’s amazing grace through word and action.
Grow in spiritual maturity through training and equipping opportunities.
Reach out to others in need; beginning with our community and moving out across the entire world.
Make a difference in the lives of all for whom Jesus died.
If you were to describe our church in one word it would be "comfortable." First UMC is a place where you can gather with other people who truly do accept you as you are. There is no pressure to get involved more than you really want to. However, there are multiple ways to be active in the ministries of our church, and you are always welcome to get as deeply involved as you want.
Some of our ministries include:
Loving Hands Quilting Ministry
Basin and Towel Ministry
Jr. and Sr. High Youth Groups
Sunday School for all Ages
Small Group Study Opportunities
Emergency Response Teams
Praise Team (singers and musicians)
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter Community Outreach
Vacation Bible School
Wacky Wednesday Children's Summer Program
Totally Thursday Youth Summer Program
Mission Trips (local and outside of the country)
Worship Assistant Program
Technology (Webpage, Facebook, live stream development, etc.)