OUR STORY

WHO WE ARE

Our Mission

The mission of

The United Methodist Church is

to create disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our Vision

Connection UMC aims to be

an inclusive, God-centered community seeking to embody hospitality and serve authentically.

Our Values

Inclusion

God-centered

Hospitality

Serving

Authenticity

OUR HISTORY

TWO BECAME (A NEW) ONE

Connection United Methodist Church is the product of the merging of two churches: Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church and Hickory Bend United Methodist Church. After a year of conversation and discernment, the churches passed the vote to merge in December of 2019.

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, it took a toll on much of our planning, dreaming, and relationship-building with each other and our community. We have slowly started to emerge again, prayerfully walking with faith to discern what the Holy Spirit might do here at Connection UMC.

OUR  STAFF

Rev. Melisa Derseweh (she/her)

Senior Pastor

Melisa Derseweh has served as an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church for 15 years. She received her Master of Divinity degree from The University of the South (Sewanee). Her undergraduate degree is from Lipscomb. As senior pastor, Melisa preaches during Sunday worship, provides pastoral care, and engages community spiritual formation and development.

 

As new grandparents, Melisa and her husband (the Rev. John Wesley Vaughan) enjoy playing toddler games, gardening, and travel (outside of a pandemic!).

Deane Gardner (she/her)

Church Coordinator & Financial Secretary

Bio coming soon!

Our Lay Leadership

 

2022 Connection Leadership Board

 

H.G. Stovall — Board Chair + Lay Leader

Nancy LaSuer — Vice-Chair + Lay Member to Annual Conference

Cathy Carter

Gordon Williams

Jim Leath

Jeff Dungan

Rev. Melisa Derseweh — Pastor

 

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