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 Advent Season I will be preaching a series of sermons based upon a poem by Christopher Fry.


    The darkest time in the year

    The poorest place in town.

    Cold, and a taste of fear

    What can we hope for here?


    More wealth than we can treasure

    More love than we can earn.

    More peace than we can measure,

    More light than we can learn.

    Because on Child is born!


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.  We look forward to the Christmas Eve Service to experiience again the birth of Jesus!  Hope to see you in  worship!


Pray for me as I pray for you.


In the Master's Name,


Dr. M. Jack O'Dell

Pastor