Senior Pastor - Rev. Jim Robinson

Jim is from Russellville in nearby Logan County, a graduate of Western Kentucky University (1984) and Southern Seminary in Louisville (1992). He is in his 24th year of vocational ministry, having served at Memorial UMC in Elizabethtown as associate pastor (1993-1997), then as pastor at the Irvington/Webster Circuit (1997-2000), Buechel (2000-2008), and Brandenburg (2008-2016). He was brought up in the United Methodist Temple in Russellville and is a product of many boyhood summers spent at Camp Loucon.


Jim's wife Kim is from South Union (Shakertown) and is a graduate of Franklin-Simpson High School (1985) and WKU (1988). Her degree is in elementary education, and she has taught at Christian Academy of Louisville and St. Mark UMC Pre-School, as well having been a substitute teacher in the Jefferson and Meade County school systems. Their oldest child, Josh, is 24 and lives in Louisville and works at Dynacraft. Their middle child, Jacob, is 21 and is a senior at University of Louisville, where he is a Nursing major and part of the ROTC program. Their youngest, Grace, is 19 and a sophomore Dance major and Occupational Therapy minor at Ohio State University in Columbus.


Associate Pastor - Rev. John Shepherd ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


John has been involved in pastoral ministry for over 37 years, first, in the UMC (1973 - 1981) then, nondenominational (1981- 1992). 1992 - 1997 was a time of re-visioning (no pastoral appointment), and in 1997 he responded to God's leading to “return to the place God had planted him in the beginning” - The United Methodist Church.

John returned to begin ministry at Glasgow First UMC in July 1997, where he became a praise team leader and youth director. In June of 1998, he was also appointed by the Kentucky Annual Conference as student pastor to the Glasgow Circuit - Boyd's Creek UMC and New Salem UMC.

In the fall of '98 John enrolled at Asbury Theological Seminary (at which time he left a career in retail management - he had been bi-vocational for 16 of those years in ministry). He graduated in May 2003, at which time he was approved as a commissioned probationary elder and appointed as associate pastor of Glasgow First UMC while continuing to serve as pastor of the Glasgow Circuit. John has continued in that appointment after full ordination as elder in June 2007.

John’s primary duties as associate pastor of Glasgow First are to assist with the overall pastoral care of the congregation with a primary focus on ministering to those who are no longer able to attend church services (homebound, nursing homes, etc.). John also continues to lead the praise and worship team during the 8:30 service and serves as a Kids Hope Mentor.

John is married to Rita who is a retired news clerk from the Glasgow Daily Times. They have two children, Julie Palmer  and Matthew Shepherd who both live in Glasgow.  They have 3 grandchildren Shanda, Brittany, and Colby.


Youth Pastor C.J. Zettlemoyer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )




Children's Ministries Director - Christy Flatt ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Christy is a native of Monroe County and is a graduate of Monroe Country High School (93) and received a Bachelors Degree in Corporate Communication from Western Kentucky University (97).

She has been employed with First United Methodist Church since June 2001, as Associate Office Administrator.

Christy is also the Children's Ministry Director, where she oversees children's ministries, activities such as our annual Easter Egg Hunt, Octoberfest (fall hayride and pumpkin painting), children's Sunday School classes, etc.

Christy is married to Sonny and they have two children, Payne and Graycen.  Payne is a sophomore at Glasgow High School and Graycen is in seventh grade at Glasgow Middle School.




Music Directors - Todd and Lisa Woodward ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Todd and Lisa WoodwardTodd and Lisa Woodward are so proud to serve in such a loving and supportive church family as First United Methodist. It has been the perfect environment to raise their only son, Grant, as well provided many wonderful opportunities to grow as Christians as well as musicians and leaders. First United Methodist has been the beneficiary of so many talented and hard working musicians over the years that the position of Music Director here has been one of the Woodward’s most cherished blessings. It is this call to excellence and meaningful worship that has helped to make the music program at First church second to none.



Upon graduation from Glasgow High School Todd and Lisa began working as part- time Music Directors at First United Methodist in 1979. They worked under the tutelage of Mrs. Carol Huizenga during their first two years at Western Ky. University. By 1981 they were employed as full time music directors of FUMC. They completed their degrees from Western; Todd’s major is Education with an area of Concentration in Music (K-12), Lisa’s degree is a double major in Elementary Education (K- 5) and Elementary Music Education. For 10 years Todd and Lisa taught piano lessons while maintaining their music position at the church. In 1981, Grant Landon Woodward was born and both Todd and Lisa began their official career in public education. Todd was first employed in the Metcalfe Schools as music director over 4 schools, Lisa began her teaching career in the elementary classroom in the Glasgow Independent System. Throughout the years Todd has held a music position in all the grades K -12 teaching music at E.B. Terry Elementary, Glasgow Middle, Glasgow High School and Highland Elementary. Lisa has taught both music and in the regular classroom at South Green, Happy Valley and Highland Elementary. Currently Todd is the Elementary Art Teacher at Highland (1- 5) . Lisa is a 2nd grade teacher at Highland with an emphasis in special reading. Lisa continues to teach piano lessons and Todd has added the additional task of teaching two Music Appreciation classes at Western Kentucky University.



Kids' Hope Director - Marianna Irving ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )



Marianna IrvingHaving accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 8, Marianna has devoted her life to following God’s plan for her journey here on Earth, that of inspiring and motivating others as well as helping children realize their incredible worth as a child of God. Marianna received a Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree and a Rank I Degree in Education from Western Kentucky University. She was employed with the Glasgow City School System as a fourth grade educator for 33 wonderful years.

Upon her retirement in 1999, Marianna accepted a position with WKU serving as a Resource Teacher for first year interns. The following year, she was named the Director of KIDS HOPE USA at FUMC, a faith-based mentoring ministry that matches a mentor with an at-risk child at Highland Elementary School with the support of a “behind-the-scenes” prayer partner. Marianna’s primary duties are to develop and implement strategies to recruit, train, supervise, and affirm volunteers, communicate goals and achievements within the congregation, and to ensure that caring relationships are being built …one child, one hour, and one school at a time.

An active member of FUMC and the KIDS HOPE USA ministry, Marianna has been a presenter at the KHUSA National Directors Conference in Grand Rapids, MI, presenter of KHUSA to GRECC/Superintendents, to KY Highly Skilled Educators in Frankfort, KY, and presently serves as a KHUSA Ambassador. In 2009, Marianna was a recipient of the Glasgow Daily Times “Her Story” for her work with KIDS HOPE. Recently, Marianna received notification from the Lilly Oncology on Canvas Art Competition Director that a watercolor painting done by her granddaughter, Mikayla, and a narrative by Marianna, “A Cup of Hope” will start touring in January around the US and Puerto Rico to inspire others and to raise awareness of the challenges and triumphs that affect those diagnosed with cancer. Being a survivor of NonHodgkin Lymphoma, Marianna has a passion for this worthy cause.

Marianna is married to Jerry, a retired consumer finance manager, and has two children. Kim lives in Glasgow with her husband, Mark Powell and their two children, Mikayla and Alex. Cynthia lives in Utah, with her husband, David Wilkerson, and their children, Matthew and John (twins), and Catherine.

2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the spirit works within us, we become more and more like Him.”

Office Staff


Kim Ritter, Finance/office Manager ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Sound Technician and Praise Band Leader for 8:30 Service

Matt Shepherd


Nursery Workers

Joyce Adkins

Kellie Pinkel