Rev. Philip Rhodes, Senior Pastor
We are honored to be your church home away from home. The apostle Paul writes to the church in Galatia that we are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28). It is this unity in Christ that we share in common regardless of our birthplace. In the spirit of this unity — Welcome! We as Christians all have gifts and graces. I look forward to the sharing of our gifts and graces as we enter ministry together at FUMC Hurst.
Rev. Joseph N. Kazadi, Director of Ministries with African Immigrants
In our area, African immigrants and their children are not only our neighbors and part of our everyday life, but also they are part of our community of faith. They arrive in this country without their families and friends. They are vulnerable and powerless. They face many challenges to adjust to the American way of life.
At First United Methodist Church of Hurst, we are blessed and challenged with the opportunity to learn from, and minister to and with this racial, cultural and international diversity in the HEB metro area. We recognize that God has called us to warmly welcome these strangers from Africa into our church as brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus says: “I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35). We are called to develop a specific pastoral plan to address their spiritual, pastoral, social and other needs.
Rev. Matt Ybañez, Minister to Youth and Their Families
The Youth Ministries at FUMC Hurst are for students in grades 7–12. Our hope is to create a place where youth have a place to be who God has made them to be. Through worship, prayer, small group discussions, Sunday school and service opportunities, youth practice their faith and grow closer to God and to their neighbors. Come join us. We can’t wait to meet you! Sunday School: 9:45 a.m.; Youth: Sundays, 6–8 p.m., and Wednesdays, 7–8:30 p.m.
Rev. Holly Dittrich, Minister to Children and Their Families
FUMC Hurst Children’s Ministry provides a place for children to learn the stories of the Bible, grow in their faith, and build relationships with God and others. We want our children of African immigrants to be a part of all areas of children’s ministries in order for all children to learn from and build strong relationships with one another, expanding our understanding of what it means to be a child of God. There is nursery or Sunday School for all children on Sundays, as well as special events such as VBS and Music & Arts Camp.
• Bible Study through Sunday School (9: 45 a.m. each Sunday).
• Home visits and prayer chain (Thursdays).
• Support to young African immigrants during the holidays by organizing spiritual activities, sports and entertainment, sightseeing and other activities.
• Training of African immigrant women, in order to develop their ability to become self–sufficient in this country.
• Charity services, in partnership with Mission Central and Mobile Food Pantry.
• Family Education, in collaboration with the “Empowering Families” program through The Parenting Center
• Social interaction through meetings, parties, and service projects in our Christian community for all groups (children, youth, adults).
For more information, email Rev. Kazadi.