Leadership for a changing landscape!

Our laity and clergy join together to be the church to one another, our community, and our world. 

We are generous folks who like to say "Yes" to ministry. There is plenty of room for you to join with us!

Derrick Ouellette


My family and I feel blessed to serve such a loving and open church as First United Methodist Church – Sterling City. We have, without doubt, felt the welcoming love of Christ from the congregation ever since we began here, and we are hopeful that our time here will be promising and fruitful.


Prior to coming to FUMC SC, I served as pastor of Highland Lakes UMC in Buchanan Dam, TX.  And while finishing my seminary studies Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, I served as the Youth Director at Pflugerville UMC in Pflugerville, TX.  In addition to my work within the church, I have been serving in various positions since 2002 in the Texas Army National Guard. Through my service in the National Guard, I have been able to travel around the world and see many sights that I would not have normally been able to see. Most recently, I was called up in 2013 to serve in Afghanistan as an Army Aviator. Shortly after returning home from Afghanistan, though, I began to feel God’s call upon my heart. Through much prayer and discernment, I eventually surrendered to His calling and began walking the path of ministry. Naturally, I have since switched from being a pilot in the Army National Guard to serving within the Army Chaplain Corps.


Since our marriage in June 2007, my wife and I have led an exciting and adventurous life thanks to the Army, and soon after the birth of our son, Davis, in March 2012 we became eager to share our adventures with him as well. All-in-all, we feel blessed to have each other, and we work hard every day to support and nurture one another. God has truly blessed me with such a patient and loving family to be by my side.


If you are new to the area, or looking for a church to call home, I invite you to give us a try. My guess is that you will also experience Christ’s love in the people of FUMC SC just as I have since arriving.  I hope to see you one Sunday, but until then may the peace of Christ be with you!

Rev. Andy Smith

District Superintendent

Rev. Andy Smith brings 25+ years of pastoral leadership ministry experience to his duties as West District Superintendent. Andy is a gifted servant leader and a preacher's kid...his father is Jerry Jay Smith, a long-time pastor and leader in the former Southwest Texas Conference. You can reach Andy at www.umcwayoutwest.org, asmith@riotexas.org, or 325-486-1500.

Rev. Robert Schnase

Bishop of the Rio Texas Conference

Recently, Bishop Schnase returned to his geographical roots after serving as the Missouri Conference bishop since 2004. He and his family have deep roots in our conference. Prior to his election to the episcopacy, Bishop Schnase was a fruitful and beloved local church pastor in several appointments. Bishop Schnase is also a prolific author of numerous books that are widely available and leader of leaders in our connection. To learn more about Bishop Schnase, visit our Conference website at www.riotexas.org or  his personal website - www.robertschnase.com.