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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 will graduate with her Doctor of Ministry from Duke Divinity School in May 2024. 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

Pastor Adam has been approved for ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in June 2024. A graduate of Mehlville High School, he 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 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 Congregational Care, Missions, and Worship.

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Deborah Cambron

Office Manager

Paige Laiben

Modern Worship Leader

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Tom Wells


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John Lambert


Judy Hughey


Jeannie Thornborrow

Nursery Lead

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. Tish Green ~ Pastor Adam Kaul

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