"Sharing the love of Jesus with the next generation, from the heart of Downtown Mitchell".

 

 

OUR CORE VALUES

  • Grow in love of God and Neighbor (Matthew 22:37-40)
  • Reach new people (Matthew 28:19-20)
  • Heal a broken world (Luke 4:16-21)

 

OUR VISION

  • Enhance our ministry to children and youth
  • Empower people for service and ministry
  • Encircle our community with small group ministries
  • Expand our outreach using technology
  • Enrich our worship experience to reach more people for God

 

C5 THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE

Come... as you are. (Matthew 4:18-20 & Luke 5:27-28)

Connect... with God and other people. (Matthew 22:37-40)

Care... for one another. (John 13:34-35 & Galatians 6:2)

Create... the kingdom together. (Matthew 11-9 & Luke 17:20-21)

Celebrate... what God is doing. (Judges 2:10)

 

SUNDAY WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sunday Traditional... 8:30 am

Sunday School (all ages)… 9:45 am

Sunday Blended... 11:00 am

 

WEDNESDAYS DOWNTOWN

EAT . WORSHIP. GROW

Meal... 5:15 pm

Worship... 6:00 pm

Children's Activities (K-5th)… 6:00 pm

 

YOUTH GROUP

Gather... 6:45 pm

Worship... 7:00 pm

Activities and Small Groups... 7:30 pm

Dismiss... 8:00 pm

 

7:07 BREAKTHROUGH PRAYER

Almighty and Empowering God...

With humility and praise I come to you. My prayer is for your church, Downtown Mitchell First United Methodist, to be open to a new and empowering breakthrough of your vision and Spirit.

Fill each of us with hope and trust for your work to be accomplished in us and through us. 

Make real in my life a willingness to release myself to your service.

Allow me to see any barriers in my heart or mind that block me from welcoming you and all people, into our church.

Finally... I ask that my eyes be opened to see the breakthroughs you have for this church. It is truly my prayer that our church be transformed.

Amen.

 

Our Pastors

Portraits by Dave Stucke

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Keith Nelson
Lead Pastor

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Jerry Stravia
Connection Pastor

 

Our Staff

Carolyn Knight
Children's Ministries

Short Larson
Office Manager


 

Jerry Stravia
Youth Ministries

Irma DeSmet
Office Secretary

John Clagget
Sunday Support


 

Deb Kirkpatrick
Sunday Nursery

Dan Grewing
Facility Manager

 


 

Jerika Hanson
Wednesday Nursery

Kim Lofgren
Bookkeeper


 

Meet Our Pastors


Keith Nelson 

Keith is the Lead Pastor of Downtown Mitchell First UMC. He is originally from down the Interstate a ways just north of White Lake. He completed his M.Div. at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago and has served the United Methodist church as an ordained elder for 30 years as a chaplain, pastor and district superintendent.

Keith joined Downtown First in 2016, and it has grown dramatically since. He enjoys reading, running, and playing with the family dog Sophie.

He lives with his wife Nancy and together they share two adult children, Richie and Melissa.


Jerry Stravia

Jerry is the Connection Pastor, a relatively new position at Downtown First UMC. Before life in the church, Jerry was an infantryman in the U.S Army and a college wrestler.. He is currently working on his M.Div. at Sioux Falls Seminary.

Jerry joined the Downtown First team in 2016. He is an active public speaker, writer, and loves to be outdoors. 

He lives in Mitchell with his wife, Rebecca, and their four children; Regan, Jerry Joe, Gracie, and Finley.