About Ashland First United Methodist

Almost two centuries ago, First United Methodist Church was established to minister to the local community here in Ashland, Ohio.

Throughout that time, we’ve committed ourselves to the following values:

  • Prayer as the life-breath of all ministtry
  • Ministry that is team and gift based
  • Lost people because they are of infinite value to God
  • Life change through small groups
  • Being culturally relevant and biblically sound
  • Excellence in every area of service
  • Programming that effectively serves our purpose statement
  • Full devotion to Jesus Christ as the goal of everyone’s journey


Senior Pastor: Vicar Derek Kubilus


Visitation Pastor: Rev. Thomas Snyder



Office Manager
Brenda Harper

Lay Leadership
Tim Rowsey, Chair of One Board
Kim Liston, Lay Leader
Melody Barnes, Chair, SPRC, Alternate Annual Conference Delegate
Charley Barnes, Chair, Trustees
David Boyer, Chair of Finance, Annual Conference Delegate
Sandi Rowsey, Women Serving Christ, (WSC)
Jack Cadley, Veterans Ministry
Carol Wally, Feast Night

small groups

At AFUMC we have various ways to get connected with us throughout the week including various small groups and seasonal classes. Our groups and classes are a fantastic way to get connected with our church community and to grow deeper in your faith.

Can We Pray for you?

At First United Methodist Church, we believe that prayer is a vital part of life.

If you have a specific prayer concern, please fill out the form and we will pray for you. You can enter your information or leave it anonymous; either way, we will be sure to take it to the Lord in prayer.