I was appointed to FUMC in June of 2014, this being my 6th appointment in my 33 years of ministry. I love the ministry and especially serving this active and missional church. I grew up on my family farm in Columbiana County near New Garden, Ohio. I am a graduate of Mount Union College and received my MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. I love to travel, enjoy music and theater, and am a strong believer in putting your faith into action through mission and service.
I am most often visible playing guitar and serving as a lead worshiper for our 8:30 and 9:45am modern worship services, and also function as technical director and one half of the communications team at First UMC. I am a hopeless geek about almost everything and a proud father of two sons. My wife Stacy and I reside in Bolivar, where I also base my wedding and portrait photography business. Serving alongside such an active and loving church family is an honor, and I’m thankful to worship and serve at First UMC.
I have been a part-time employee here for 14 years. I come from a self-employed/finance background, have four (young adult) children, and one grandson. You may also find me volunteering with our soup kitchen, special events committee, or VBS decorating. I have always felt very welcomed into this church. Through the events and programs that I am involved with, I want others to feel the same way. I have been very blessed with God’s awesome journey for me, my family, and my friends.
I am often found running with kids and laughing with parents on a Sunday Morning, while trying to eat a doughnut and get “another” cup of coffee down. I graduated from Malone University with two degrees in Bible/ Theology & Youth Ministry and am working my way through an Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary. My wife, Emily, and I have been married for 3 years, she’s a teacher at Perry Local, and we have a puppy son, Cooper. I enjoy basketball, coffee, Cleveland sports (except the Browns… I’m a Steelers fan), and being with people.
Hi! I’m Lexi Palmer and I’m the Administrative Assistant and serve as the other half of the communications team along with Tyler. I graduated from Malone University where I met my husband, Ryan. I love all things Ohio (yes, including snow!), lemon donuts, gold spraypaint, and googly eyes. If you need to know anything about First United Methodist, I’m here to help!
I’m an energetic, enthusiastic “golden disciple” who is passionate about my ministry with folks aged 60+. I love to sing, laugh, and serve. I have learned that age is more than a number – it’s a “gift of years” and a relationship with Jesus Christ is life-long. Worship, study, prayer, service, giving, and fellowship opportunities are offered and participation strongly encouraged. I invite you to talk with me about our visitation and card ministry teams or with any questions or suggestions you have.