Rev. Tish Green

Lead Pastor of First United Methodist Church - Festus/Crystal City

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Pastor Tish was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2019. She earned her Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in 2016, holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry at Duke Divinity School. Pastor Tish was appointed here in 2017 from The Connection, a United Methodist Church that she started in South St. Louis City in 2008. She excels at inviting people into relationship with God through Jesus Christ, creating opportunities for people to experience God in their daily lives, and empowering the church for ministry in the world.


Pastor Tish is a graduate of Festus High School (you may remember her as Tish Laiben) and is married to James Green, a Herculaneum graduate. Their son, Levi, attends Festus Schools, is active with our Youth Group and can often be spotted filling in on drums with our modern worship band.


Pastor Tish is excited for the opportunity to be in ministry in her hometown with a church of such history and high standing in the community. She and her family are enjoying connecting with the congregation and community.

Adam Kaul, Associate Pastor

Adam is a graduate of Mehlville High School, was active in the Youth Program at Concord Trinity United Methodist Church, earned his Bachelor’s in Religious Studies and Theater at McKendree University, and earned his Master of Divinity at Eden Theological Seminary in May 2021. He will be commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church June 2022. He is an Eagle Scout and loves the outdoors.


Pastor Adam’s primary focus is Family Ministries. This includes being the pastoral guide for our Nursery and K-5th grade Holy Moly! programs and leading our Youth and College-aged Ministries. He also works in the areas of Discipleship and Missions, and assist in Worship and Congregational Care.

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Paige Laiben

Modern Worship Leader

Samantha Cathcart

K-5th Grade

All Sunday Services

Scott Hammon

Facilities Manager

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Kayla Hicks


All Sunday Services

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Deborah Cambron

Office Manager

Judy Hughey


Pastor Tish

Virtual Career Day Video

for Festus Intermediate School


Modern Worship - Sundays 10am

Traditional Worship - Saturdays 5pm


113 Grand Avenue, Festus, Missouri 63028