First United Methodist Church Cheyenne

First United Methodist Church - Cheyenne

Together we use God's gifts to bring life to the Church, change lives, and transform the world. Worship at 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM. Sunday School at 10:00am.

About Us

First United Methodist Church is a frontier congregation with frontier roots and frontier character.  First UMC was the first church founded in the entire state of Wyoming, and from a September Sunday in 1867, this church aimed to be at the boundaries—the frontier—of God’s creation to preach the Good News.

To this day, First UMC proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone.  We preach to the poor, the meek, the homeless, yes, and also to the banker and school teacher airwoman and policeman. We preach Good News to all. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

At First United Methodist Church-Cheyenne, we believe everyone needs to hear the Good News.  That’s why we are an inclusive, welcoming church ready to greet you with a kind word or a cup of coffee before we join together in worship and praise.

But we don’t stop there.  We are Methodists; so we believe the proclamation of the Good News doesn’t stop at the doors to our sanctuary but spills out into our community with acts of piety, mercy, and justice.  We are a mission-oriented church, ready to lend a hand to our neighbours in need.

Come to be a part of this church.  Come to preach Good News to Cheyenne!

First United Methodist Church
Mark Marston

Mark Marston

Senior Pastor

Email: revmark@fumccheyenne.org

Mark was born and raised in Russell, Kansas and grew up attending the Trinity United Methodist Church there. After graduating from high school he joined the Air Force and was stationed both overseas and state side. After his discharge, he attended college at Sonoma State University where he met and married his wife Beth. After graduating with a B.A. in Biology, he then attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. 

Mark served United Methodist churches in Minnesota for nine years, Colorado for ten years and Wyoming for six. He and Beth have two daughters and love Wyoming very much, first and foremost: First United Methodist Church of Cheyenne. Mark invites everyone to powerful, spirit-filled worship and inspired programming.

Come and join us. Hear, see and feel the Holy Spirit.  

Rev. Bill Novak

Bill Novak

Associate Pastor

Email: revbill@fumccheyenne.org

Bill comes from the small town of Chester, Montana where he grew up in a United Methodist family of four.  After leaving home, he went to Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA before joining the Peace Corps and moving to Paraguay for four years.  In Paraguay, he met another volunteer, Abby, who, against her better judgment, decided to marry him.  They lived in Evanston, IL while Bill completed a Masters of Divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and continued studies for a PhD in Moral Theology (expected graduation in 2019), and Abby got her R.N. degree.  During that time they had three of their four daughters: Wynne, Beatrice, and Mabel.  They recently welcomed their fourth daughter, Clementine.

Bill enjoys discussing God and the meaning of life over hot coffee on Sunday mornings and cold beer on Sunday nights. Come join us!

John Fritz

John Fritz

Director of Music Ministries

Email: jfritz@fumccheyenne.org

John joined the FUMC staff as Director of Music in February 2018. As a Cheyenne native, he is excited, honored and humbled to serve his home church in this position. “I never would have predicted that God would call me to serve Him in this capacity, but that is how He works – in unimaginable, amazing ways. It is my sincerest desire to give Him my talents fully, without reservation, in order to glorify Him and to be a faithful son with whom He is well pleased.”

John graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition. One month later, he and his wife, Jessica, were married. They resided in Greeley and Castle Rock, CO before moving to Cheyenne in October 2015.

Angela Sellers-Swanson

Angela Sellers-Swanson

Director of Family Ministries

Email: angela@fumccheyenne.org

Angela is a Wyoming native who was raised in the Methodist church attended by both her grandmother and mother. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Texas and an associate’s degree in Radiography from LCCC.

With two daughters of her own, she has lived in Cheyenne since 1998. Her passions are reading, nature, children and serving the Lord. She has been involved with FUMC’s ministries for many years; serving on the Family Ministry Committee and the FUMC Preschool Board, participating in UMW, Prayer Shawl Ministry and Praise Band, as well as teaching Sunday School.

Kathy Lackey

Director of Youth Ministries

She has many years of children’s programing experience from working at the YMCA and Safe Kids WY. She is currently certified as a NAMI Family-to-Family teacher.

Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Email: klackey@fumccheyenne.org

Gretchen Young

Gretchen Young

Principal Organist and Associate Director of Music Ministries

Gretchen Young, Principal Organist and Associate Director of Music Ministries.

Email: gretchen@fumccheyenne.org

Ann Segrave

Ann Segrave

Finance Director

Email: financedirector@fumccheyenne.org

Ann was born in Pittsburgh PA to a steel working family, and she and her family followed the steel industry from Pittsburgh to Minnesota to Ohio and back again to Pennsylvania where she graduated from high school.  Ann went to Bethany College where she graduated with a degree in economics and a concentration in accounting.  This led to a job with State Farm Insurance where she met her husband Tom.  After working at the corporate level, Ann and Tom decided to start their own agency through State Farm, and they moved here to Cheyenne.  Here, they raised their three kids Austin, James, and Taylor, all of whom grew up in FUMC.

Ann began working for the church on a temporary basis as the financial director in 2008, a position which she took on permanently in 2009.  She brings a wealth of experience and financial acumen to the staff and makes sure that the church’s finances are in order and that we stay on track to serve God in Cheyenne.

Marlyn Salley

Marlyn Salley

Administrative Assistant

Email: msalley@fumccheyenne.org

Prior to joining the church staff in 1995, Marlyn spent her working years in law offices in various positions from receptionist to office manager of a regional law firm.  Retiring in 1995 she became bored after a few months and applied for the position that she currently holds.  She is the receptionist as well as the Membership Secretary, and secretary to the Administrative Council.  She is responsible for calendaring and coordinating the use of the church facilities for internal groups and outside groups.   Reduced hours and a variety of responsibilities, plus the joy of meeting so many people has kept her active and involved in the church and community.  She gave six years to the board of directors of Cheyenne Little Theatre, even acted is a few productions, and gained experience as an assistant director on two productions.  A native of Nebraska, she spent many years in Colorado before coming to Wyoming.

Donna Arnold

Wedding Coordinator

Email wedding requests to: fumccheyenne@fumccheyenne.org

Visiting

Visitor Information

Welcome to First United Methodist Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  We invite you to worship with us on Sunday and participate in our many joyful ministries that we offer our city.

When you arrive, be sure to stop by our greeting table for current information and sign-up for our contact list to get the most up-to-date news about FUMC.  At the table, you’ll find members of our greeting team to answer your questions and give you a big welcome with a cup of coffee too.  Our ministers are also known to hang-around the greeting table to welcome you into the church.  Look for them in their robes!

Directions/Parking

Sunday School and Kids

108 E 18th Street.  The church parking lot is on 19th street adjacent to the church.

Our Sunday School hour is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sept-May.  We have classes for all ages Pre-school-Adult. Children meet downstairs; sign-up sheets are at the foot of the stairs and staff members are available to give direction. For adults, we have classes all over the building.  Ask an usher to guide you and check the education page of this site.

During worship, we have a Children’s Center just outside the sanctuary where we provide kiddie bags of toys, coloring books, crayons, etc. for the children in the sanctuary so that children can be a part of worship in a way that engages them and the parents can feel at ease to concentrate on God’s word.  Ask an usher to grab a bag.

Nursery

We also have a nursery for ages infant-8 staffed by trained and certified caregivers. It is located in the back corner of the building.  Ushers and greeters can help newcomers locate the nursery.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask!  Our members are more than ready to help.

Learn about our family ministries 

Beliefs

The vision of First United Methodist Church: Together we use God’s gifts to bring life to the Church, change lives, and transform the world.

The mission of First United Methodist Church: By the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring life to the Church through discipleship, change lives through ministry, and seek to transform the world through mission.

Weddings

We welcome couples in search of a meaningful, Christ-centered wedding in our historic sanctuary.  We offer a variety of wedding services to help make your day a special one.  For more information contact our wedding coordinator, Donna Arnold.