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 came to us 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.

Welcome...our new 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 is completing his Master of Divinity at Eden Theological Seminary May 2021. He is a certified candidate on the Elder track in the United Methodist Church. He is an Eagle Scout and loves the outdoors.


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

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Kaul as Associate Pastor of First UMC effective July 1, 2021.

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Office Manager

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Facilities Manager

Paige Laiben

Modern Worship Leader

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