About Us

Our Story

  • First United Methodist Church Mission Statement: "To make NEW and MATURING disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

  • History of First United Methodist Church Tomah Wisconsin

Methodism has been active in the City of Tomah for 152 years. In 1854 the Reverend C.W. Kellogg began home services and in 1856 the first congregation was established; in 1861 the first building was erected. In 1894 a nave was added and in 1912 a basement. The Wisconsin Conference records for 1860 show the Church reporting 20 members and giving $3.50 for the mission program of that year. The value of the building was $1,500.

The present church represents several mergers involving two churches in outlying areas and one city church. On November 6, 1966, a merger was consummated with the Valley Junction Methodist Church; on June 18, 1967, a merger consummated with the Tunnel City Methodist Church; and on June 25, 1967, a merger consummated with Emmanuel Evangelical United Brethren Church of Tomah.

The General Conference of April 1928 merged on a national level the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church into a new body – The United Methodist Church.

On November 15, 1964 at the close of the 11:00am service, approximately 200 people gathered for the ground-breaking service of the First United Methodist Church on Butts Ave. the cornerstone was laid on August 8, 1965. On this day the first services were held in the new church with he District Superintendent, the Reverend Herbert Thompson, delivering the message. A membership registration was made of all in attendance and placed in the stone, over 525 people attended the services.

In May 2010, the First United Methodist Church broke ground for a new addition expanding the space for welcoming, hospitality and small group ministries as well as adding accessible restroom facilities office space for staff.

What We Believe

  • Basic theology

  • Open Sacraments, We serve communion the First and and Third Sundays of the month. We use bread / gluten free wafer and grape juice so that all can receive the sacrament.

What It Means to Be a United Methodist

United Methodists Believe

United Methodists affirm the historic Christian faith as summarized in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.

· We Believe in the Triune god, the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

· We Believe every person is a beloved child of God.

· We Believe in the church as the community called to be instruments of God’s presence and coming reign in Jesus Christ.

· We Believe the Bible reveals the Word of God.

· We Believe in the final triumph of God’s reign of compassion, justice, generosity and peace.

United Methodists are Rooted in God’s Grace

Jesus calls his followers to action when he gave the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19a). This is the mission of The United Methodist Church – “To make NEW and MATURING disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We achieve this through vital congregations that equip and empower people to be disciples in their home congregations and in communities around the world through The Four Areas of Focus:

1. Developing principled Christian leaders.

2. Creating new places for new people and revitalizing existing congregations.

3. Engaging in ministry with the poor.

4. Improving health globally.

To learn more, contact Pastor Krysta Deede or visit umc.org.

Life Events

  • Funerals, please contact the church office for scheduling a funeral or visitation from Pastor Krysta. She performs funeral services at our church and other locations.

  • Weddings, contact the church office and talk to Pastor Krysta for scheduling a wedding at our church.

  • Baptisms, contact the church office and talk to Pastor Krysta for scheduling a baptism at our church. Baptisms performed at our regular Sunday Services.

  • Pastor Krysta will have another Confirmation Class when there are enough students to conduct one, for more information call her at the church office.


Rev. Krysta Deede, Pastor



cell 262-352-4353

Lori Reiff, Administrative Assistant



Danielle Anderson, Director

Noah's Ark Christian Learning Center


Pastor Claudia Deede

Care Connections

Ministries Coordinator



Tori and Mike Jones



Church office 608-372-4543



October 2021 Newsletter.pdf

Pastor Krysta Deede

Hello Everyone,

We will continue to worship IN church at 9am through the fall. Masks are Required. Parking lot services will continue in the parking lot as well a virtual services on line. All CDC guidelines will be followed.

October 10th 6pm to 7:30. Bad Girls of the Bible, Cost of book is $12.00 Next three week segment will be January 2nd, 9th and 16th 2022.

October 16th 9 am to 3pm Saturday, "Exploring our Journey Toward Prayful Living", Register by October 8th cost $20.00

October 28th 6:30 pm Coffee with the pastor. At Starbucks.... No RSVP needed Just come for a visit.....

Family Church will continue on line on Wednesdays nights at 5:45pm

Prayer Group is the second Tues of each month at 9:30 am

Join Me for Prayer Time every Wednesday on Facebook at 6pm.

Second Harvest food give out, is the First Tuesday of each month at 3:30pm to 5pm until food is gone. in Recreation Park on Butts Avenue anyone is welcome to come and get food. Questions call 211

Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry is open Monday thru Thursdays. 372-6737... Web site is Neighbor for Neighbor also in the phone book. They are now asking for Cold cereals, boxed meals and peanut butter. To Volunteer please call the pantry number above. Do to Covid they are not taking bags or egg cartons. Wal Mart will take your bags at the door.

FUMC Breakthrough Prayer


Open the floodgates of your power to transform the path of our church and community with unity, hope and vision. Guide us to respond with compassion as we strive to serve your diverse people on our life journey. We trust you do more than we can ask or imagine. Amen

Church Group Prayer at 11:05 am or pm