Rev. Ray was born and raised in Pearisburg Virginia. It was there that he gave his life to the Lord at an early age. He grew up knowing that he had been called into ministry. He met Pat in the seventh grade. She sat in front of him in the classroom, she was his high school sweetheart. They married in 1971 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Poplar Hill Va. The same church that sent him into United Methodist ministry.
Ray joined the Air Force after graduation in 1969. After they married they lived in Rapid City, South Dakota until his discharge in 1973. In June 1975 he began ministry on the Garden - Keen Mt. Charge in Buchanan County Va. The next appointment was the Graham Circuit in Bluefield, Va. He pastored Kingsley and Hermon churches in Kingsport, Tn. for nineteen years; and then First UMC in Bluefield Va. He came to Elizabethton in 2011. These appointments make up more than forty years in ministry
Rev Ray attended Southwest Va. Community College, Bluefield College, and Duke Divinity School.
He and Pat have four children: Ray, Scotty, Amy and Bethany; they also have seven grandchildren.
“Pat and I count it all joy to be with this wonderful congregation of God’s family.”
I came to Johnson City, TN in 1984 from Hamilton, Ohio to attend East Tennessee State University! Go Bucs!! In 1986. I married my beautiful wife, Lynn. We have two wonderful daughters, Rachel, who is a graduate of Milligan College and Hannah, who is currently attending Wake Forest University. I have been involved in Youth Ministry for the past 15 years. Foer the past three years, I have been blessed to serve as the Youth Minister here at FUMC-Elizabethton.
4:12 Youth Ministiries takes it's name and vision from 1 Timothy 4:12; " Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." We firmly believe the youth of today are the church of tomorrow and, as they grow in thier personal relationship with Jesus Christ, they WILL change the world!
If you have any questions about our ministry, please send me an e-mail or give me a call.
Tyler Fleming grew up as a member of First United Methodist Church in Elizabethton. Tyler was the first director of the FUMC Handbell Choir in the early 1970’s. Following graduation from East Tennessee State University, Tyler was director of bands in several schools in the East Tennessee region including Sevier County High School, Unicoi County High School and Dobyns- Bennett High School. Under his direction, the Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band represented the State of Tennessee in three Macy’s Thanksgiving Parades, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the opening of EPCOT Center in Orlando, Florida, and the May Holiday Carnival in Toronto, Canada.Professionally, he has worked as a principal and school administrator during the last several years and in November of 2014 he was elected to serve the people of Elizabethton on the Elizabethton City School Board. Through the years, Tyler has served in music director positions of several area churches including: Centenary Methodist in Erwin, Stone Drive Methodist in Kingsport, First United Methodist in Elizabethton and First Baptist of ingsport.
Tyler has four children and four grandchildren. He is very proud that all of his children are musicians and share his love for music.
I am an Elizabethton native. . I have been a Church Organist/Pianist for 46 years. I graduated from University High and attended Milligan College and ETSU. I started piano lessons at the age of eight and organ lessons at the age of eleven. I worked for Cates Music Center from 1977—1998. I have been the owner of David Arney Piano Services since 1998. I tune pianos, teach piano lessons, play for Weddings, funerals and receptions. I am so looking forward to starting a new journey at First United Methodist Church. I am thankful that God has opened before me a door that lead me to worship and share the gift of music. I am excited about the future and look forward to working with everyone.