Dear Church Family,
On February 1st the Administrative Council met with Rev. Marlin Fenn, District Superintendent. He informed us that Bishop Jones has appointed Rev. Jason Smith to be Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Katy, TX effective July 1st. We are thankful for all God has done through Jason at Athens First and look forward to seeing what God does next through him and in our church!
Over the next few weeks we will be working with Rev. Fenn and Bishop Jones as they prayerfully consider our next senior pastor. Once he or she is selected, we will let you know in an email like this.
Administrative Board Chair
From Pastor Jason
"Serving as the pastor of Athens First United Methodist Church for the past 6 years has been an honor and privilege. You have blessed my family and me during our time with you. Athens has been a wonderful place to raise our children and we are grateful to have been a part of this amazing community. You celebrated with us when my youngest daughter was born here and you grieved with and supported us when Amanda's mother passed away. You have been a second family to us in the ups and downs of our lives.
Most of all I am so grateful for all the support this church has given in my leadership. We have done amazing things together! In my time here we created a clear vision for our church, updated facilities, crafted three unique worship experiences, made a discipleship pathway to unite our education experience, our gym has become the community event center for Athens, and we built a much-needed facility and paid it off in under 3 years! You all are on a roll and on the move and I have been grateful to be a part of the work you all have done. This work will continue in and through this time of transition.
Thank you for making this home! We are excited to be back in the Houston area near our families and to begin a new chapter with everyone at Katy First. Our time here is not done--we still have 4 months here and plenty of work to do together! "
Rev. Jason Smith