First United Methodist Church
Physical Address: 255 S. Henderson St.
Mail Address: P O Box 99 ~ Rusk, TX 75785
Phone: 903-683-4675 ~ Fax: 903-683-2231 ~ Email:
Pastor: Rev. T.J. Gabelman
Sundays: Meet & Greet - 9:45 a.m. ~ Sunday School - 10:00 a.m ~ Sunday Worship - 11:00 a.m.

Leadership Team Chairpersons

» Pastor - T.J. Gabelman
» Staff-Parish Relations - Larry Moody
Serves as the local church administrative unit in which lay and clergy spiritual leaders inegrate the staff and congregational interests to focus on themission of the church. Responsibilities include managing relationships between the pastor, any ordained leaders, lay staff, the congretaation, the community, the district superindendent and the United Methodist connectional church.
» Trustees - Jim Britton
Your Trustees manage church property, equipment and investments to support the vision & mission of the church. This will include everything from maintaining adequate insurance coverage to maintenance of the air conditioner, heating, and/or any needed improvements relating to same. Annual reports are provided to the charge conference on the state of the church's property & resources.
» Finance - Sissy Crysup
The finance committee manages the financial system for the congregation. This includes depositing, recording & disbursing of funds; communicating the church's financial position to the congregation; maintaining integrity of the accounting books; preparation of the annual budget; monitoring the progress of the budget as the year unfolds; making recommendations for the anticipated budget shortfalls; working with committe chairs to ensure their goals are realistically attainable given the economies of the chruch; reporting finance activities to the Church Council; work with the church CPA/Accountant to insure each individual members' giving record is accurate and provide that record to each at the end of the church year or upon request at mid-year.
» Lay Leader - Ben Middlebrooks
Serves as the lay representative of the laity fostering awareness of laity within the congreagation and through their ministries in the home, workplace, community & world. Assists in advising the church council of opportunities to develop understandings of the type of ministry that will most effectively fulfill the Church's mission.
» At Large - Larry Long
» Ex Officio - Frances Long & T.J. Gabelman
» Nominations Team
Chair - T.J.Gabelman
Melissa Morgan
Jane Parsons
Robert Blankinship
» Ministry Team Chairs:
Family Life - Judy Faye Garner
Prayer - Barbara Kennedy
Scouts - Dale Landis
Historian - Terry Guinn
Safe Sanctuary - Dana Young
Worship - Judy Faye Garner & Teresa Phifer
Missionalism Team - Bonnie Blankinship & Brenda Slaton
Education - Teresa Phifer
Children's Ministry - Lindy Finley

First United Methodist Church
255 S. Henderson St.
P O Box 99
Rusk, TX 75785
Office: 903-683-4675
Fax: 903-683-2231