Our MissionOur Mission is to make disciples for Jesus Christ by sharing our loving relationship with him through all our actions in worship, nurture, education, evangelism, and outreach.
- Bible – We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God. Through its pages, we learn, not only who God is, but how he would have us live.
- Trinity – We believe in the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Salvation – We believe that salvation comes by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).
- Sanctification – We believe that each believer is justified by faith, but then the ongoing work of living a sanctified life is through the action of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
1890 – first church built on this site. Destroyed by a hurricane in 1940.
1945 – Initial construction of the present building.
1962 – Education building added
1974 – New sanctuary built
2015 – Sanctuary nearly doubled in size, and Music Suite added.
We have a close connection to the founding of Methodism. John Wesley, founder of Methodism along with his brother Charles, joined James Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia in (present day) Savannah in 1735, just two years after Oglethorpe landed. John and Charles, ministers of the Church of England, led a lively renewal movement within the Church which turned into an organized Methodist movement in the Colonies in the 1760s. John Wesley is perhaps best known by the words attributed to him that you see to the right. He may not have said these precise words, but they were embodied in his many sermons.
Links to United Methodist Church Websites
Words from John Wesley
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.
Rev. Joey McDonald
PastorOrdained in 1998, Rev. Joey served in three charges in South Carolina before coming to us in 2010. Together with Mickaylla, his wife, they have 5 boys between ages 15 and 21.
Rev. Joey: “During our time here at Bluffton we have grown together as a family and in the Lord. The church has been a source of generosity, love, prayers, and blessing.”
Rev. Becky McCorkendale
Associate PastorBecky was a member before starting her journey to be a minister. She was licensed in May, and we were thrilled when she was appointed as our Associate Pastor in June, 2016. Becky and her husband, Chris, have been married since 1993 and have three amazing teenagers; Christopher, Becky, and Michael.
Ella W. Davis
DIrector of MusicElla has served us since 2004 directing Chancel Choir, Cherub Choir, and Praise Team as well as coordinating the Wesley Ringers. She arranges performances at BUMC of outside groups as a service to the community and to assist in worship.
Studying at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany, and Duquesne University, she taught school vocal music, and served as director of The Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus before moving to Bluffton in 2001. Read more about Ella’s distinguished career.
OrganistGreg has served as organist in various churches for 49 years in Ohio and in the Low Country. He studied the organ privately and has been a member of the American Guild of Organists since 1967, serving in various leadership positions in the Canton, Ohio Chapter and in the Low Country Chapter.
Greg resides in Bluffton with his wife Pamela. He has two daughters and three grandsons. Read more about Greg.
Office AdministratorPat has been our Office Administrator since 2004. Her school studies focused on administrative office skills with her first job at Alcoa. After her children were all in school, she worked part-time in a real estate office and then as a “Temp”, going from place to place. Being a temp helped her to learn a variety of skills.
The church office and the pastor’s study are on the Calhoun Street entrance to the Fellowship Hall.