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707 Sassafras St, Erie, PA 16501
South side of the building
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|Rev. James Parkinson|
Pastor Jim joined the First United Methodist Church in July 2015. He brings to us a wealth of experience and a genuine faith. To contact Pastor Jim, see below:
Cell Phone: 814-449-4431
Church Phone: 814-452-3300
|Bruce R. Gingrich|
Director of Music & Organist
Bruce R. Gingrich directs all vocal, handbell and choirchime choirs, brass and instrumental ensembles at First UMC Erie and works with numerous soloists both from the church and from the Erie community. He also serves as organist/choir director for the High Holy Days at Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie each year. Bruce served as the Conference Choir Director and Organist for the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1995-2008.
Bruce holds degrees in Music Performance/Church Music and Business. He is a well-known organ recitalist in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio, having dedicated numerous new organs since 1990. He produces a monthly organ concert entitled TNT” Thursday Noon Together at First UMC Erie on the first Thursday of every month from September to May on the church’s 59 rank Phelps Mechanical Action Pipe Organ. Bruce is also a private instructor of voice and organ.
Bruce has served as the president of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. In 2006 and 2009, he was the guest soloist with the Gannon University Chamber Orchestra. Bruce was received as a member of the downtown Erie Rotary Club in August, 2006, and is the Official Club Music Director. Mr. Gingrich is a member and past dean of the Erie Chapter American Guild of Organists. He is married to Cecily Gingrich, a professional pianist and vocalist.
Worship Leader for Light for the City
Brandon has joined us to lead the Light of the City worship service at 8:30AM on Sundays.
Director of Emerging Generations Ministries
Susan joined our staff in January 2016 to help us bring the love and word of Christ to Erie's downtown youth and emerging generations!
Office & Financial Administrator
Call the church office at 814-452-3300
"Sister Gale" joined our staff in 2017. In addition to helping us with our facility, she is an avoid evangelist and can often be found preaching and sharing the word throughout Erie.
Nursery Care Giver
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