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: Allan R. Bevere

Pastor Allan became the pastor of Ashland First in July 2016, which was a delight since he is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary down the road and has served as an adjunct professor since 1994. Pastor Allan loves his calling saying he never dreads a new day. He enjoys the craft of preparing sermons and facilitating Bible studies. Starting new ministries is one of his passions. He loves reading, writing, gardening, fishing, and hiking with his wife, Carol, and spending time with his grandchildren. You can find him sometimes at Downtown Perk drinking coffee and working on his laptop. If you see him there, stop by for a few minutes. He’s always ready for some conversation.

Coordinator of Volunteer Ministries: Lindsey Funtik

Lindsey Funtik is overjoyed to be serving as the Coordinator of Volunteer Ministries at AFUMC. Throughout the week Lindsey can be found doing anything from setting up schedules for our wonderful volunteers to brainstorming new ideas for ministry. Lindsey’s passion is for seeing the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven and loves to encourage, and be encouraged by, this faith community. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, baking, and going on foodie adventures with her beloved husband, John.

Coordinator of Family and Youth Ministries: Daniel Reaume

Daniel Reaume comes to AFUMC from South-East Michigan where he spent several years serving in youth and children’s ministry. In addition, he has spent many years serving as a worship leader, and has served on the board of various ecumenical ministries in Michigan. Daniel is deeply passionate about Justice, and about seeing young people discipled in the ways of Jesus. In addition to his work at the church, Daniel is studying for his Masters of Divinity at Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Office Manager
Brenda Harper

Lay Leadership
Tim Rowsey, Chair of One Board
Tom Koop, 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.