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 707 Sassafras St, Erie, PA 16501
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Pastor Jim
Rev. James Parkinson
Senior Pastor

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:

Home Phone:      814-920-4413
Cell Phone:         814-449-4431
Church Phone:    814-452-3300

BruceBruce R. Gingrich
Music Director & 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.
Brandon Gibbs
Worship Leader

Brandon has joined us to lead the Light of the City worship service at 8:30AM on Sundays.  

Susan Bartlett
Director of Youth Ministries

Susan joined our staff in January 2016 to help us bring the love and word of Christ to Erie's downtown youth!
Melodye McFadden
Office / Financial Administrator

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Fred Nicklas
Fred joined our staff in December 2015.