Our Mission & Vision

Mission:

“The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  (From the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church – 2008, p. 87. Copyright (c) 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission).

Vision:

Our Vision is to LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, SERVE THE WORLD, and INVITE A FRIEND. The Church is a community that worships together, a community that is learning to love each other, and a community that is primarily concerned with serving others outside its four walls.
 

 


WILMA REYES, Senior Pastor

Pastor Wilma Reyes is a Certified Candidate for Ministry with the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is a single mother who raised two children, now members of the United States military: Joel David Castro-Reyes (US AirForce), and  Nicole Marie Castro-Reyes (US Navy). In 2016 she became the proud mother-in-law of Kaitlyn Marie.
Wilma’s involvement in ministry training traces back to 1984, when she became the leader of her high school’s Christian youth program. This was only the beginning of 30 plus years of connection to diverse areas of ministry which included district youth leader, member of the board of a Christian fraternity in college, leader of short term mission trips in the same fraternity, missionary to Peru, teacher in a two-year Christian leadership training program, pastor in Puerto Rico, and later ordained minister in a local ministerial association on the same Island.
Wilma was called to ministry during her first year in college, interrupting her plans to become a doctor in medicine after being accepted in a fast-track medicine program at the University of Puerto Rico. After two years of discerning her next steps, she transferred to a local Bible College where she earned a Bachelors in Pastoral Studies with a minor in New Testament Biblical Interpretation. She continued her studies at a graduate level and completed a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling, majoring in behavioral modification.
Notwithstanding her extensive studies, she understood the Lord had a further calling in her life, and in 2003 joined the United Methodist Church, where she immediately felt at home with its missional focus and social justice tradition. A year later she was awarded a scholarship to begin her seminary studies at United Theological Seminary, Western New York Campus, becoming the Student Pastor at Primera United Methodist Church in Buffalo, NY. After relocating to Florida, she served at First UMC, St Cloud, while continuing her seminary studies at Asbury Theological Seminary where she is currently a senior.
Wilma has worked in the translation of theological materials throughout her life. She translated a four-year curriculum for the Association of Evangelical Gospel Assemblies, and more recently worked with Asbury Theological Seminary as part of the translation team for Seedbed Publishing.
After serving for six years as Administrator at First UMC St Cloud, Wilma received her first appointment to Wildwood United Methodist Church in 2016. There she joined a pastoral team in charge of overseeing the United Methodist Churches at Wildwood and Oxford. 
In 2017, in an interesting turn of events, she was appointed to her home church, First United Methodist of St Cloud, where she was received with open arms by her church family. 

 

Our Church History:

First St Cloud celebrated it’s first century on the year 2010.  We would like to share with you some of our history.

Click here to learn more about First St Cloud’s first years and its development in the city of St Cloud, Florida

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What We Believe:

First Church St Cloud is part of the United Methodist Church. As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.

Two considerations are central to this endeavor: the sources from which we derive our theological affirmations and the criteria by which we assess the adequacy of our understanding and witness.

Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.

United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit. Living in a covenant of grace under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we participate in the first fruits of God’s coming reign and pray in hope for its full realization on earth as in heaven.

The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.

The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Its members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Early Methodists expressed their opposition to the slave trade, to smuggling, and to the cruel treatment of prisoners.
For more information on the United Methodist Church, please visit their website at 
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