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Pastor Greg Godwin serves as senior pastor of First United Methodist--Clarksburg.  

Pastor Godwin and wife Lisa have been married for 33 years and have two adult children.  Lauren is an Elder in the West Virginia Conference and just moved to Grace UMC in Keyser.  Jordan is the revenue manager at Snow Shoe Resort, living in Huttonsville, WV.

Lisa is an elementary school teacher. Her hometown is  Bluefield, WV where she grew up in Bland Street UMC.  She graduated from Concord University in Athens WV and completed her Master’s from WVU.  She likes baking, music, word games, and flowers.

I was born in Clarksburg but have not lived here until now.  Buckhannon, where I was raised in the parsonage of First UMC, is my hometown.  During my senior year of high school, I enlisted in the Marine Corps and served 6 years with most of my active service assigned to security details for diplomatic missions in the Middle East.  In 1979, I returned to attend WV Wesleyan College, and graduated in 1982 with a degree in Bible and Religion & Sociology.  In 1985, I graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University.  I was ordained an Elder in 1987.

During the last eight years I have served on the Board for the General Commission on United Methodist Men and as its secretary for the last five years.  I have been active in Scouting Ministry in the United Methodist Church and the West Virginia Conference since 1999.  Currently I am the Vice-Chair of the UMC Scouting Ministry Committee, a standing committee of the General Commission.  I am the Vice- President of Membership for the BSA Buckskin Council (Charleston) and for Area 4 of the BSA Central Region (West Virginia and East Ohio).  I also chair the BSA’s Protestant Working Group for the Religious Relationships National Committee.

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Rev. Harry Jenkins

is our new part-time Associate Pastor.  Rev. Jenkins has served in the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church for many years. He and his wife Clarice live near Stonewood.

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Don Gardner is the Director of Music and Church Operations at First United Methodist Church. He received his Masters of Music in Choral Conduction from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and a Bachelor of Music Education, magna cum laude, from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. 

Don has served as Music Director at First United Methodist since 1978, and through the years also has enjoyed leading Children, Youth, and Adult Ministries.  

Since 2010, Gardner has also served as Director of Church Operations.  In this role, Gardner, seeks to develop the concept of "building as ministry"at First Church, and to encourage the congregation to further establish the church's presence in the community. 

Volunteering in many capacities in community activities and in United Methodist denominational events,  he puts into practice his belief in Wesley's emphases on "practical theology", and "the world is my parish"

Contact Don at

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Jocelyn Blackwell is our part-time Director of Children's Ministries.

Jocelyn's contact information is:

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Debby McCune is our Church Secretary

She works Wednesdays, from 9 to 5, and Thursdays, from 9 to 1.

Contact Debby at

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Brett Miller serves as our "Church Organist/Accompanist".  

Mr. Miller is employed by

West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon

as Archivist, Music Librarian, and Coordinator of the Emeritus Club.

    First United Methodist Church
    117 N. Second St.
    Clarksburg, WV    26301