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The Local Church

Kennewick First United Methodist Church is part of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Seven Rivers District. Our local church was established in 1902 as the Kennewick First Methodist Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Rev. Ezekiel Rubicam, a pastor from Kiona, who added Kennewick to his circuit. The original church had five members. For three years the congregation met in various places until a banker, W.R. Amon led a drive for funds to build a church. A white frame church building, costing $3,750, was soon erected and a mortgage for $1,214 to build the parsonage next door. By 1920 the original church was too small to accommodate the growing congregation, so in 1923 the new brick Methodist Episcopal church was completed with a bell tower, stained glass windows, and enough oak pews to seat a large portion of the community. It is the grand old building you see today. The church has undergone a recent addition and is planning a new fellowship hall in the near future. Kennewick First UMC celebrated its Centennial in 2002 marking 100 years of ministry and history. Our church continues to be be a hallmark of hospitality in the town of Kennewick, hosting many community groups, school functions, and outreach ministries. Kennewick First United Methodist Church is evolving with the times yet retaining it’s heritage and a firm foundation of faith.

The Global Church

The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.

To learn more about our beliefs, please visit national website umc.org.

The Cross & The Flame

The history and significance of the Cross and Flame emblem are as rich and diverse as The United Methodist Church. The insignia’s birth quickly followed the union of two denominations in 1968: The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

Following more than two dozen conceptualizations, a traditional symbol—the cross—was linked with a single flame with dual tongues of fire. The resulting insignia is rich in meaning. It relates The United Methodist church to God through Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when witnesses were unified by the power of the Holy Spirit and saw “tongues, as of fire” (Acts 2:3).

The elements of the emblem also remind us of a transforming moment in the life of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, when he sensed God’s presence and felt his heart “strangely warmed.” The two tongues of a single flame may also be understood to represent the union of two denominations.

The insignia, one with lettering and one without, was formally adopted by the General Conference in 1968 and registered in 1971 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Since 1996, the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist church has supervised the emblem’s use.

Church Council

Jill Berg

Lay Leader
Church Council Steward

Bob Kelly

Community Ministry Steward

Rich Nelson

Finance & Stewardship Ministry Steward

Lori Butler


Dave Hare

Safety & Security Ministry Steward

Sherry Arnold


Michelle Hare

Staffing/Personnel Ministry Steward