Our Mission & Vision


“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).


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.

Meet Our Pastor

Rev. Cathy Thacker is an Ordained Elder in the Florida Annual Conference. She has served churches in Lockhart, Taft, Winter Park and Lake Alfred. Cathy is married to her childhood sweetheart, Rusty, and they have two adult children. Ben is a chef at Disney and has a daughter, Opal, 12 years old. Sara is married to Mark Reiter and they have a daughter, Sadie, 9 years old and a son, Caleb, 6 years old. They live on the eastern shore of Virginia. Cathy was a Certified Public Accountant when God called her to full time ministry. She received her Master of Divinity from Asbury Seminary Florida Campus in 2003. She has served on the leadership team of the Florida Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation as well as the Two Year Academy for Spiritual Formation, as Chairperson of the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits and she currently serves as a member of the East Central District Committee on Ministries. She loves seeing people accept Christ and grow in their relationship with Him. She has been on mission trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and Zimbabwe. She loves cooking, baking, reading, the beach and spending time with her 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


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 www.umc.org..