Franklin First

Leadership Team

Meet Our Team!

Our leadership teams employ their personal gifts in leading & guiding Franklin First and its congregation in applying the word of God in our everyday life as a church community.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6  

Franklin First  History

Pastor Laura Saunders

Franklin First UMC has a rich history in the Franklin, Ohio community and has been shining God's Light "Under the Green Steeple" since 1798.


“Remembrances Under the Rainbow”
Franklin First Historical Stories

For eight years, FFUMC member Robert Bowman has written a historical article to be featured in Franklin First’s Steeple Bell newsletter.   He has taken this labor of love and compiled all the articles into one booklet to share with our members. 

The articles are arranged into five sections:
• Church Building History Items
 • Circuit Riders & Past Ministers Stories
 • Congregation Members and Groups
• Community Events & Organizations
• General Methodist Denomination Items

The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

Pastor Laura and husband Lee are native to northwest Ohio but have enjoyed residing in Franklin since 2017. They have three children, and love to spoil their grand and great-grandchildren. Both are dog lovers and like to get involved in their community.

A graduate of the Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio, Laura is a second career pastor and has served churches in Wauseon and Milford, Ohio. She particularly enjoys leading Franklin First because this modest-sized church has a mighty heart for its Franklin neighbors.

What does it mean to be a United Methodist Church?

Theresa Fultz

Office Administrator

Stop by the office to see to Theresa.  She is happy to answer questions and help.  Her office hours are 9- 2:30; Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  Email:

Franklin First United Methodist Church

Church Council typically meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. 

All are welcome to attend.  

Please confirm the meeting time with the office in case of need to reschedule.


​​​About Franklin First

At Franklin First Church, we believe that when we try and live life by our own devices, we are selling ourselves short. God has so much more to offer

Life can be hard. Different voices are calling us in divergent directions. Which path do we follow? God’s voice is the voice of Truth, and our mission is to work together to recognize God’s leading and apply it to our lives. We also seek to share that Good News in ways that bring blessing to others. 

You are invited to join us as we explore God’s Word and reach out to serve our neighbors. At Franklin First, we find purpose by opening ourselves to God’s love and mission.