FUMC Mission & Vision

• Mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world

(The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, paragraph 120-124, pages 87-89).



The mission of First Church United Methodist is to grow disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of Buckhannon, the surrounding areas, and the world.

  • Worshiping and praising God together
  • Growing together in Christian faith
  • Leading others to Jesus Christ
  • Loving and serving others in Jesus’ name


Our vision is to lift up Jesus Christ in Buckhannon so that:

  • Every person throughout Buckhannon and the surrounding areas, and the world will know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
  • Each believer’s gifts will be discovered, developed, and deployed.
  • We will continue to be a faithful, vital, Spirit-called, Spirit-filled, and Spirit-led church




Rev. Steven Meadows, Pastor

Rev. Steve is a native West Virginian, having grown up in Shady Spring, West Virginia.  He attended Beckley College, Concord College, Athens, WV, and graduated with a BA from West Virginia University.  He received a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.  Rev. Steve is an Ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church and has served as pastor at Rock Creek Charge and Meadow Bridge Charge, served as Associate Pastor at Suncrest United Methodist Church, Pastor at Gateway United Methodist Church.  He began serving as pastor at FUMC, July, 2010.  Rev. Steve is married to Martha and they have one adult son.


Kristi Wilkerson, Director of Christian Education and Programming

 Wilkerson is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and a minor in Christian education, as well as a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) where she received her Master of Arts in communication, concentrating on instructional communication.

Kristi’s position focuses on developing additional programs and projects for First United Methodist Church and the community that lead to spiritual growth and a stronger neighborhood.

“It is imperative that First United Methodist Church make an investment in the life of the church and community now, as well as the coming 20 years. Wilkerson brings a great spirit, positive leadership skills and a creative presence that will serve this community of faith and the Buckhannon community well,” said the Rev. M. Steven Meadows, pastor of First United Methodist Church.

Valarie Huffman, Choral Director

Dr. Valarie (Val) Huffman joined the staff of First United Methodist Church in the spring of 2011.  She is currently the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia.  She has degrees from Fairmont State College, Ohio University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.  At First Church, Val is responsible for the music program of the church where she directs the Chancel Choir and works with the youth for special musical events or worship services. Val is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia, and currently resides in Fairmont.

Janet Chandler,

Administrative Assistant


Renee Warner,  



Daniel Martin,