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Etheridge’s Epistle

Published monthly, this is a short letter to the congregation, written by our Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Bill Etheridge. This letter usually has a Biblical challenge or study within it.

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This is a quick link to our church calendar of events. Click the picture above to view a list of upcoming special services and events. A live calendar is also available on this page.

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Photo Stream

Visit this link for photos and videos of church events.

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Soul Cafe

Make your reservation for Soul Cafe, our Wednesday night congregational meal. Reservations should be made by Tuesday at noon. Click the picture above to view the menu and make reservations.

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Missions Both Local & Abroad

Serving the community

Trussville First United Methodist Church contributes to and supports missions both local and abroad. For information about how to become more involved, please contact Cindy Nielsen at:

Our worship leaders

Meet the staff of Trussville First United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Bill Etheridge

Senior Minister
At the age of 15, God called Bill Etheridge to be a preacher. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1979. In 1983, he received his Master of Divinity from Emory and completed his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia in 1990. Bill married his wife, Becki, in 1995 and they have three children, Will, Wesley and Mary E. Bill and Becki love spending time with their family, but are also avid dog lovers! They have three dogs – Angel, Sam, and Coco. After living in Georgia and Florida as a young child, Bill’s family moved to Sylacauga, Alabama in 1969, a place he considers his hometown. He considers that His mother, Betty, still lives there today. Bill loves being a preacher and feels it has been a great privilege to serve in the North Alabama Conference.

Rev. Joe DeWitte

Associate Minister
Joe grew up in a small town in North Carolina. After high school, his family moved to Edenton, North Carolina, where his parents, Lois and Marvin, still live. Joe graduated Cum Laude from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a B.A. in psychology. He went on to study at Duke Divinity School, (GO BLUE DEVILS! 2015 National Champs!) while serving as a student pastor. There he met and married Amy, from Newport News, Virginia. They graduated together in 2009. This May Joe begins doctoral studies in church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He will graduate, with a lot of grace and God’s help, in May of 2018. He’s interested in church revitalization and leadership. Joe’s personal interests include reading and anything outdoors, (fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, vegetable gardening, riding his Harley, etc.). He’s a sucker for dogs and includes Abigail, (black lab) and Annabelle, (golden retriever) when naming members of his family.

Drake Roberts

Director of Youth Ministries
Drake found his way to the Methodist Church in 6th grade growing up in Sylacauga, AL. After High School he attended Birmingham-Southern College where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree studying printmaking. He also discovered his calling to Youth Ministry while working with the BSC Chapel program and interning with a local Birmingham youth group. After nearly 10 years of working in Youth Ministry he considers it a true blessing to find himself working with the Youth of FUMC Trussville. In his spare time you will find Drake playing Overwatch on the PS4, catching up on English Premier League Soccer (Go Arsenal), drawing, or going on adventures with his family (sometimes in the front yard…sometimes a little bit farther down the road. Drake and his wife Christine are blessed to share their life with their two sons, Malachi and Rowan. They also have a very big and shy Collie named Chance who you might hear howling if you’re ever near the house.

Beth Burden

Director of Children’s Ministries
Beth loves children and believes that children’s ministry instills a love for Christ and provides the foundation for a lifelong relationship with Him. After volunteering in Children’s Ministries for many years, Beth became Director in 2007, and she has since attained her Para-certification in Children’s Ministries. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, for the excitement of knowing that the Lord has specific plans for every child. Beth and her husband Russ have one amazing daughter, Sarah. She enjoys spending time with her family, and would just about rather be at the beach than anywhere on earth.

Andrew Harbison

Director of Modern Worship
Andrew is very musically gifted and loves leading Grace Vision. He not only sings and plays the electric guitar, but he also plays the mandolin, the saxophone, drums, bass and the piano. He has served at several churches in the area. We are blessed to have him and his wonderful wife, Hayley, as part of the FUMCT family.

Dr. Karen Marrolli

Director of Music Ministry
Karen comes to us from the United Church of Christ in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she was the Director of Choral Ministries from 2010 to the present. She developed children’s and youth music programs, as well as conducting sanctuary choir rehearsals and services. She has an undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition and a Master Degree in Sacred Music and Choral Conducting, both from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Karen earned her Doctoral Degree in Musical Arts, with a major in Choral Conducting and a minor in Music History, from Louisiana State University in 2010. We are excited to welcome her as our first full-time Director of Music Ministries.

Amy Gulledge

Director of KidsFirst Daycare
Amy has been involved with Kids First for twelve years, first as a lead teacher, then as the School Age Coordinator. During this time, she helped Beth Burden with Children’s Sunday school classes. She also recently retired from Trussville City Schools after twenty-eight years of employment, which included an aide in Exceptional Education and the preschool classroom. She and her husband Richard have been married for thirty years and have two daughters – Felecia and Gabrielle. They have one dog, and four cats. Her hobbies include being crafty, beginner crochet, and Zentangle art.

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