The mission of the Alexandria First FMC is simple: Love God & Love People. We seek to show others the love that God has shown to us in any way that we possibly can. Whether it’s offering someone a listening ear, a word of encouragement, a helping hand, or even just a smile, we seek to be Jesus to everyone we encounter.

Our Pastor…  …believes that every follower of Jesus is called to minister to others. That’s why we believe that our primary function as leaders is to equip all the saints for works of service (Ephesians 4:12).

Rev. Rick Martin, Pastor
As the pastor of the Alex First FMC, Pastor Rick oversees all the ministries of the church, from our Sunday service to small groups & outreach. Rick has been in full time-bi-vocational* ministry since 2003, but he has served in other various positions prior to his ordination as an elder in the Free Methodist Church- USA in 2006. He attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, where he received his certificate in Adult Bible Studies.
Rick lives in Alexandria, with his wife Julie. They have four children, all who are grown up: Richard, Stephanie, Michelle & George.
Rick also serves on the North Central Conference North Region Ministerial, Education and Guidance Board.
Rick enjoys reading, fishing, coffee, camping, mentoring young leaders & helping others.
*Our pastor has chosen to be bi-vocational, which means he is a full-time pastor that works outside the church. If you are curious why he does this, please contact him, he would be glad to speak to you.
From a Historical Prospective
Historical Methodism started in 1729, at Oxford University, John and Charles Wesley and two friends began meeting together several evenings a week to read, chiefly from the Greek New testament. By 1735 their group had grown to more than a dozen.
These young men were all zealous members of the Church of England (the Anglican Church), with a stated objective: to be “downright Bible Christians.” They were orderly in conducting their lives and regular in taking the sacrament of Communion. A young gentleman of the university observed this and jokingly remarked, “Here is a new set of Methodist sprung-up.” He was referring to a group of first-century physicians in Rome who were called “Methodists” because of the orderly way in which they practiced medicine. The name stuck.
John Wesley quickly became the recognized leader of the Methodists, and by 1739 a spiritual awakening had begun. Wesley preached, taught and wrote with unusual ardor and effectiveness. Thousands were stirred by the message and born again to a new life in Christ. Wesley organized converts into cells to meet regularly for prayer, to read the Scriptures and encourage one another.
By the end of Wesley’s life, in 1791, the movement called Methodism had made itself felt in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It has also become a powerful force in the religious life of the new nation in America.