Staff

Teddy Ray

Lead Pastor, Offerings

Email: teddy@1stumc.org

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Teddy is a lifelong member of First UMC and the founding pastor of the Offerings community. He and his wife Emily recently spent a year on sabbatical in Spain with their four children helping with a new church plant. They returned in the summer of 2014, where Teddy resumed his role as Offerings pastor.

Dr. Michael T. Powers

Senior Pastor, Downtown Pastor

Email: mike@1stumc.org

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Jonathan Powers

Worship Pastor, Offerings

Email: jonathan_a_powers@yahoo.com

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Jonathan leads the music team and prepares the weekly order of worship for the Offerings Community. He and his wife, Faith, also serve as the student involvement directors for World Gospel Mission at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, where Jonathan also teaches as an adjunct professor in Worship Arts. Jonathan earned his Doctorate of Worship Studies at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in 2013.

Sarah Flannery

Assistant Pastor, Offerings

Email: sarah@1stumc.org

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Sarah has been serving as either staff or volunteer in the United Methodist Church since she was a teenager. She and her husband, John, met at Asbury University, and they have two children, Thomas and Jack. Sarah earned a Master’s in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky. She loves her role at Offerings which includes supervising Children’s Ministries, supporting leaders of ministry teams and visiting church families.