Sharing God’s Love in
Cross Plains For Over 135 Years

Our Mission

The mission of the First United Methodist Church of Cross Plains is to lead people into growing relationships with Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

At First United Methodist Church of Cross Plains, we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ by serving and reaching out to all people with the grace of God and the love of Christ through our words and deeds; connecting people to God and neighbor; offering relevant worship services to engage the heart, soul and mind; and teaching people about the love of God made known in the Old and New Testaments and perfectly revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Our Team

Meet Our Staff

John Woodard


John and Leslie Woodard became our pastor family on July 1, 2021. John has been in the ministry for the United Methodist Church since January of 2013, serving at Maypearl FUMC then De Leon & Morton Chapel churches prior to his appointment to Cross Plains and Cisco.

Before answering the call to ministry, John worked as a Master Electrician in the DFW area. Leslie retired as an elementary school educator after 30+ years of service. They met at United Methodist Youth Fellowship at Handley UMC in Fort Worth, where they both grew into many different roles of service.

John is very interested in continuing the mission-oriented relationship that our church has with this community and the world, serving those in need whenever and wherever possible. He is committed to making and nurturing disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and furthering the awareness of how close we are to Jesus and the kingdom of heaven.

Stacy Montgomery

Stacy Montgomery

Music Director / Youth Director

Stacy and his wife Brenda began serving in the music ministry of FUMC in Cross Plains in December of 2015. Stacy and Brenda joined the church family at FUMC in July of 2016. Stacy works on the family ranch in Cross Plains. In 2013 Stacy felt the call to ministry in music. He served as interim music minister in another church before accepting the call to ministry at FUMC. Stacy brings a love of worshipping our God through music to his service with the church.

Arlene Stephenson
Arlene Stephenson
Church Secretary / Family Life Coordinator

Arlene has been very active for many years as a volunteer in the Cross Plains community the wide variety of ways involving children and adults. She has also been very involved within the church over the years, including teaching all primary and elementary levels, helping with youth programs, leading activities and directing Vacation Bible School, and serving on various committees. Arlene was also part of a national UMC team charged with developing elementary curriculums. She has also spent many years working in a wide variety of written and verbal public relations activities. Arlene also publishes the FLAME, our monthly church newsletter.

Linda Reed
Linda Reed
Nursery Attendant

Linda brings her love for children to her ministry as our nursery attendant. She has served in this position for many years, and many of the children that she once cared for in the nursery are now adults with their own children.

Our History

A Rich Past and a Promising Future

The Cross Plains Methodist church was organized in 1886. Initially, the church met in the log home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Neeb. As the church grew, a tabernacle was built near Turkey creek for revival meetings, and in 1911, the church building was moved to the corner of Highway 36 and Main Street. In 1924–1925, a new church building was built at the intersection Avenue D and Southeast 1st Street. In 1980, the congregation moved north to our present location at 1000 N. Main and began worshiping in a new church building.

Cross Plains Church History
Cross Plains Church Wildfire

Then Disaster Struck

Then, on December 27, 2005, disaster struck. A wildfire swept through the city of Cross Plains destroying 110 homes and numerous outbuildings, barns, shops, and commercial buildings. Among the buildings destroyed were our church building and the parsonage. However, the fire could not destroy the church. Thanks to generous outpourings of love and assistance from members of the church, other churches, and people across the nation, our present church building was built and dedicated on August 16, 2009.

Our church has a wonderfully rich history and an even more promising future.

We are the body of Christ, and as we worship here, we are joining in worship with all those families who have worshiped here through the past 136 years, those who have worshiped as Methodists since the time of John Wesley, and all those throughout the ages who have worshiped the resurrected Jesus Christ.