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Senior Pastor

Reverend Raymond W. Amos, Sr.

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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.”

4.12 Ministries Youth Minister

Doug Hulshult

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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.

Children's Minister

Jennifer Bradley

Originally from Greeneville, TN, I moved to Elizabethton in 2008 shortly after completing my Master’s degree in Special Education. I am currently a special education math teacher at Hampton Elementary school where I have taught since 2008. I married my husband, Wesley, in May of 2009 on a kayak trip on the Nolichucky River. I am an avid kayaker, biker, and runner. Most of my free time is spent doing one of these three things! I have no children of my own, other than two spoiled cats, but I do consider all of my students both at school and church my kids. I love them dearly and can’t see myself in any other profession! My goal in Children’s Ministry is to plant a love for Christ in each child and nurture them as they grow to find their place in His church.

Adminstrative Assistant/Video Tech

Robin Gray Folse

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A carter county native, coming to us from her beloved Roan Mountain.  She is often called the "Face/Voice of the church" sincee most likely it will be her face or voice that will greet you if you come by during the week or give the church office a call.   Robin joined the church staff in December 2006.  She worked previously with the State of Tennessee at Roan Mountain State Park for 18 year with her last position there being  park accountant. 

Robin strives to be just as her title states, Administrative Assistant.  If you need help, she will assist you to the best of her ability.  Her favorite duty is performing work with  "graphic art" area working with the bulletin and power points.  She prides herself as always willing to lend a ear and possibly throw in her two cents.  She strives to greet everyone with a smile, letting everyone know not only does FUMC love them, but more importantly God does.  

She also helps in keeping the church website up to date and can be found in the balcony during services working as our video tech. 

Financial Secretary/Newsletter Editor

Vickie Shipley


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Got News?!?  To submit Newsletter Information contact Vickie by emailing:  Deadline 20th

Vickie and her husband, Sam, have been dedicated members of First United Methodist Church for years serving their church in numerous ways.

Vickie came to us as previous Postmaster.  That job required many of the same characteristics and skills needed to be successful as FUMC Financial Secretary.  Upon retiring from the US Postal Service, Vickie was not ready to just stay at home.  She has a true passion for work; especially the work of her church.  She graciously volunteered with FUMC as a counter and office assistant.  She was called upon to fill in as subsitute Administrative Assistant.  This ignited a fire to serve The Lord with her talent of attention to details, love of organization and working with numbers.   She accepted a postion as Administrative Assistant at Addilynn UMC in Bristol, TN. 

In 2019 FUMC growth was a true blessing.  Growth is great, but also requires more attention of staff.  FUMC SPRC and Finance Committees made the wonderful decision to add a position of Financial Secretary.  These committees also knew the perfect match to fill the slot of this new position....Vickie Shipley!

Vickie shows a true passion for this position and looks forward to  opportunities to use her talents to benefit God’s work through our church.  She sees the position as a chance to conqer financial challenges, new ideas, and striving for ways we can grow in Christ.

Vickie is also a volunteer to the FUMC family doing an amazing job as keeping FUMC up-to-date by being our newsletter editior and publisher.  She does an incredible job.  Seeing this task as a way to give back to her church family and her Lord through her creativity of a beautifully layout of church events documenting memories for the church. 

Maintenance Supervisor

Lynn Carroll

Our favorite behind the scenes man, Lynn Carroll.  If there is a problem needing attention; he is the one who the church relies on to fix it.  He keeps the church clean and everything in tip top shape.   We are truly blessed by his work ethic and knowledge.  We couldn't have a nicer guy in this position. 

Maintenance and Custodial

Bob Carroll

FUMC is blessed to have a fantastic staff. Several staff choose to serve as volunteers. Bob is one of these amazing people that volunteers his time.   There are many famous brother duos, we are blessed to have the Carroll brothers, lending their talents to maintain our buildings and keeping everything in good shape.   Thank you Bob for all you do.

Minister of Music

Catherine Edwards-Bunton

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David Arney


Tom Tull


Susan Heaton

Sound Tech

Austin Canter

FUMC is blessed to have such an incredible sound guy.  Reliable and one of the sweetest young men you will ever meet.  Austin has been part of the FUMC family for years, active in our youth program and now often mentoring and chaperoning youth events.  It is a blessing to know the younger generation has such a great young man to look up to .  Austin holds a job while attending ETSU working toward his degree.  On Sundays and during most FUMC events you can find him in the balcony maintaining our sound for the sanctuary and the recording of the services.  Thank you Austin for you dedication.  

  July 2021  
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