WUMC Pastoral Staff
Early Methodists in the latter part of the 18th century and the early part of the 19th century were served by Methodist circuit riders (traveling preachers). These were preachers who delivered the gospel in many locations on the early frontier. They would ride from one location to the next on horseback. Early Worthington’s Methodist Camp Meetings were served by circuit rider preachers. A Rev. Mr. Martin and Francis Asbury (who was later named the first Methodist bishop of the church conference) are some of the earliest circuit riders for the Worthington area. WUMC’s first full-time minister, the Rev. J.H. Creighton, was appointed to serve the growing church with a membership of 105 in the 2nd church building. Since then approximately 76 pastoral teams have led the church.
A more complete history of WUMC may be found in the 3-volume series titled “Exploring Our Roots, A Story of The Worthington United Methodist Church” published by the church and available in our church library.