next steps logoFirst United Methodist Church is a church with a mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We believe that those who choose to live as Jesus’ disciples will express that love through Loving, Learning, and Living.

Everything we do as a church flows through that simple vision – Loving, Learning, Living. Our actions as a church are also reflective of those things we highly value: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk Taking Mission and Service, Extravagant Generosity, Thoughtful Prayer, and Biblical Study.

Our staff is dedicated to seeing that the mission and vision of the church is realized each and every day.

As a church we have a mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world.

Will you join us?


Meet Our Staff

John Huff

Senior Pastor

John Huff

John grew up in Scipio, Indiana, and is an ordained elder within the United Methodist Church. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Indiana University and received his M. Div. from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He is married to his wife, Jennifer, who is an ordained deacon. Pastor John’s passions in ministry are centered on connecting people to Jesus Christ within and outside of the church. He loves being in the outdoors and enjoying nature. He loves listening and playing music as well as spending time with family and friends.


Adam Duell

Director of Student Ministries

Adam Duell

Adam Duell grew up on the east side of Indianapolis and is a 2015 graduate of the University of Indianapolis. He has been an active leader in student ministries with the United Methodist Church for nearly 10 years.

Adam has a passion for brining multiple generations together in the church. He believes every person, regardless of age, has something to teach us about God's love.

Adam is also passionate about games, sports, and puppets.


Rick Peele

Music Director

Rick Peele

Rick was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana and has resided in Hagerstown for over thirty five years. He and his wife have five children and two grandchildren.

His passion for music was heavily influenced by his very accomplished pianist and organist mother. He plays the guitar, trumpet, and loves to share the joy of singing.

He owns and operates a landscape contracting firm based in Hagerstown, Indiana. He enjoys tennis, chess, and perennial gardening.


Carol Meyer

Office Secretary

Carol Meyer

Carol Meyer is a native of Cambridge City, Indiana and lives in Hagerstown. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Bob, and has two daughters (Amy, Joy) and a son (Scott) plus seven grandchildren.

She is a Ball State University graduate. As an active member of the church and UMW women's organization, she serves as a Sunday School teacher and has been the church organist for 43 years. Her hobbies include attending craft shows, reading, flowers, playing piano and organ.