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Rev. Joe Gist assigned as New Senior Pastor

Posted: October 4, 2017

Hello! I’m Pastor Joe Gist of First UMC Leonard. Thank you for exploring our church website. If you come with questions about the United Methodist Church, the congregation, our ministries and mission, I pray you can find the answers you are looking for. If not, I invite you to contact me personally to help you with the answers you seek.

I came to First Church in July of this year, and though I’m still getting acquainted with the Leonard community and the surrounding area, it already feels like home. If you’re new to the area, I can tell you there are good folks here—very friendly and welcoming. And you’ll find the congregation of First Church to be warm and welcoming as well, folks who love God and love their neighbors. If you’re looking for a church to attend, give us a try. We have Sunday School and study groups for every age level and a vibrant, Christ-centered worship service. And if you’re looking for a church where you can serve God by serving others, in the community and in the world, this is the church. We’d be delighted for you to be our guest this Sunday.

If you’d like to speak with me personally, just give me a call, text or email me. You can find the church contact info and office hours on the “Contact Us” page. My cell number is 469.867.1173. Give me a call. I’d be glad to talk with you.




Pastor Joe

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Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”