letter from our pastor

Welcome to First United Methodist Minden


I am pleased to be serving as Senior Pastor at the church I call my home church.  In 1961, mom and dad moved to Minden from Clovis New Mexico.  We were in a very faraway place!  At the time of our move, I was four years old.  The first thing my family did was to find a church home.  First Methodist became our home away from home---and what a great home it is!


As a child and teenager, First Methodist was a constant source of inspiration, worship, service, and fellowship.  When I felt the call into ministry during my teenage years, the church gave me nothing but encouragement.  Throughout my years of service, First Methodist has been supportive to me in unbelievable ways.


Now I am more than excited to be Senior Pastor until July 1, 2021.  Let me encourage you to be a part of First Methodist.  If you need any pastoral care or spiritual direction, do not hesitate to let me or any member of the staff know how we can be helpful in your journey.


During the season of Lent, I have been leading the Lenten study of Henry Nouwen’s book, Show Me The Way.  It is a great way to focus your journey through the season in order to celebrate the joy of Easter.  We have a bring your own lunch every Wednesday at noon.  You are invited to join us!


Join us each Sunday at 9 a.m. or 10:30 for worship!  We are worshipping in our worship spaces and online.  We ask you wear a mask and practice social distancing as an act of compassion and mercy for the suffering of the world.   Hope to see you in worship!  Blessings!


Pray for me as I pray for you.


In the Master's Name,

Dr. M. Jack O'Dell

Pastor