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New name, new pastor for Roanoke Methodist church

Roanoke First United Methodist Church has received a new name and a new pastor. Reverend Matthew Colburn has joined to serve at Roanoke’s First Methodist Church, after the church disaffiliated from the United Methodist denomination earlier this year.

Rev. Colburn grew up in Decatur, Alabama as apart of the United Methodist Church at St. Luke UMC. He first felt the call of Christ during his freshman year of high school at Camp Sumatanga at a youth camp called “Behold.”

Colburn then went on to graduate Auburn University with a degree in Secondary Social Sciences Education, and from there earneds his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Asbury Seminary. He first served at Mt. Zion UMC in Cullman, Alabama for three years, before serving as the associate pastor as Alex City FUMC through the pandemic. Afterwards he chose to leave and join the Global Methodist Church for it’s “traditional, orthodox interpretation of Scripture and passion for disciple making and mission.” This choice has lead him to Roanoke’s First Methodist Church as it’s new pastor.

“I am excited to begin this new journey with you all here in this wonderful community of faith at Roanoke First Methodist Church! It is a privilege to be your pastor,” Colburn said.

Roanoke First Methodist Church meets Sunday mornings with contemporary table church at 8:45 a.m., Sunday School at 10 a.m., and traditional worship at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.

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