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Rev. Dr. Tish Green

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 Doctor of Ministry from Duke University in 2024, her Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in 2016, and holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University. Pastor Tish was appointed to First UMC 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

After three years of ministry at First UMC, Pastor Adam's last Sunday with us will be June 16, 2024. He has been approved as an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and accepted a new appointment at Odessa First and Wellington United Methodist Churches in the Kansas City area.

We are grateful for Pastor Adam's work on Family Ministries, Congregational Care, Missions, and Worship. You can celebrate his ordination and ministry with us on June 15, 11am at First UMC.

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Deborah Cambron

Office Manager

Paige Laiben

Modern Worship Leader

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Tom Wells


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Jeannie Thornborrow

Nursery Lead

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Julie Holland

Children's Ministry


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Alex Kester

AV Tech/New Worship Leader


Mark Trautwein


Pastor Tish

Virtual Career Day Video

for Festus Intermediate School


Modern Worship - Sundays 10am

Traditional Worship - Saturdays 5pm


113 Grand Avenue, Festus, Missouri 63028

Rev. Dr. Tish Green ~ Rev. Adam Kaul

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