About Us

Our congregation is made up of families of all ages who share together in a unique blend of Christian service.

“Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closes to us in the community of faith.” (Galatians 6: 2, 10, The Message)

Waverly First UMC is a very caring congregation that strongly believes in reaching out beyond themselves to spread and apply the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Here you will find a warm welcome and ample opportunity to grow in your relationship with Jesus and His Church. I am very pleased to be able to pastor such a great group of Christian families, and we welcome you to join us.

Rev. Mark Milhouse — Pastor

The mission of the Waverly First UMC is to show the love of God through our faith in Christ by serving the spiritual and physical needs of our congregation, community and the world.

Through our United Methodist connection, that reach extends worldwide. Thus we are enabled to live out Christ’s Great Commission of going into all the world as we embody John Wesley’s teaching that the world is our parish.

Whether you reside in west central Illinois or if you are just passing through our area, please know that our hearts, our minds and doors are always open and ready to receive you.

We Believe…

  • With Christians of other communions we confess belief in the triune God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This confession embraces the biblical witness to God’s activity in creation, encompasses God’s gracious self-involvement in the dramas of history, and anticipates the consummation of God’s reign.
  • We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ.
  • We share the Christian belief that God’s redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal experience and in the community of believers.
  • We understand ourselves to be part of Christ’s universal church when by adoration, proclamation, and service we become conformed to Christ.
  • With other Christians we recognize that the reign of God is both a present and future reality.
  • We share with many Christian communions a recognition of the authority of Scripture in matters of faith, the confession that our justification as sinners is by grace through faith, and the sober realization that the church is in need of continual reformation and renewal.