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access from West Pike Street

 Current Staff & Emeritus Staff 

Lead (Senior) Pastor Michael Q Atkinson

"I believe God is, even now, beginning to unfold something amazing at 1st Church. As we journey together in love, work together for God's Kingdom, and resolve to stay focused and committed to God's vision for us, we will make a difference in the lives of people in Clarksburg, surrounding communities and around the world! I truly hope that you will join me in embracing this journey!"

Education and Service:Pastor Michael received a B.S. in Mathematics from West Virginia University and a Master of Divinity from Duke University. Michael is an ordained elder in the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before arriving at our church, Michael has served churches in Beckley (1995-1999), New Martinsville (1999-2008), Morgantown (2008-2015), Scott Depot (2015-2020).

Family:Pastor Michael is married to Candy. Together, their blended family includes four children and three grandchildren.

Contact Pastor Michael or 304-623-3397

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Rev. Harry Jenkins serves as Associate Pastor.

Pastor Jenkins is married to Clarice. Our congregation welcomes and appreciates the Spiritual Gifts he offers to our church and community.

Contact Pastor Harry:  or 304-623-3397

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      Brett Miller

 Music Director (Staff)

Brett T. Miller, a native of Lancaster PA, graduated from WVWC in 2006, and received his master of library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011; In addition to being Music Director at FUMC, Brett is Director Of Library Services and Archivist at West Virginia Wesleyan College

Email church office to leave message for Brett: or


Dr Jessica Scott - Organist (Staff)

Jessica joined us in 2018 as organist for FUMC. She currently is an Assistant Professor and Gender Studies Coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Her degrees are B.A. in Music, WVWC; M. Music in Organ Performance, University of Illinois; Honours Degree in Gender and Transformation, University of Cape Town, South Africa; and M. Social Science in Gender Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Email church office to leave message for Jessica:

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Part Time Administrative Assistant-Don Gardner (Staff)

Contact church office

(304) 623-3397 or

Don Gardner is also Music Director Emeritus
(Retired Staff)

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Madison Stout recently hired as Director of Youth Ministry - 10/2022

2015 graduate of Alderson Broaddus University with B.A. in Christian Studies and a minor in Psychology
Currently a 7th grade English Teacher for Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School
Married to Alex, Son Noah

"As we build the youth program back up, I humbly ask that anyone who would like to help in any way - whether it's working directly with youth, providing snacks, or helping to recruit volunteers - that you please reach out to let me know your interest in doing so. They say it takes a village, and I'd love to figure out what our village looks like so we can dig into planning"

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