Welcome to First United Methodist Church in Leonard, TX!
Serving God by building
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Meet the Pastor

Joe Gist

Senior Pastor

Who am I?

Senior Pastor of First UMC Leonard since 2017

About My Family

My wife Kathy, a teacher of 40 years, my son Seth, a 3rd year student at Collin College, and I are finding the community of Leonard to be a great place to live and serve Christ.

Favorite Bible Verse

Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Why I’m in ministry

I am in ministry because of the calling God placed on my life.


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.”