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 AFUM. 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

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



Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM

Celebrate Recovery

Each Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00pm we hold Celebrate Recovery events which are designed to create a safe space for those with hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Combining worship with practical and inspirational teaching, Celebrate Recovery is a time to get away for the rest of the world, experience the love of Christ in community, and heal.

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.