Our Mission

Our church shares the following mission with our fellow United Methodist churches:

The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
— The Book of Discipline, 2008, Section 1, pp 120

We seek to fulfill this mission by planning and participating in vital ministries which will encourage and support each and every person to grow within the opportunities of Nurture and Education, Mission and Outreach, Worship and Witness, and Fellowship and Prayer. We invited you to join us as we continue to grow in Christ.


Our History

Ripley First United Methodist Church began in 1836 when Joseph Wardlaw donated some land on which to build a church for friends and family. Over the years we’ve seen many changes in the church building, from a log structure to a frame building, then to brick, and finally to stone.  In 1964 the Education Wing was built.  The sanctuary burned in 1980, and in 1982 the stone structure was rebuilt.

Several services which began in the 70's continue today...Lenten Prayer Breakfasts, Christmas Eve Communion, and the Flowering of the Cross on Easter Sunday. Our numbers have grown some years, declined others. Four words which capture the best qualities of our congregation are "Welcoming, Giving, Loving, and Working". We still remain a dedicated family of faith. We work for the Glory of God to be witnesses to the loving and healing powers of God who offers hope, strength, and peace to our community.


What is a United Methodist?

We believe a Methodist is one who loves the Lord his God with all his heart, mind, and soul, and with all his strength.