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New Appointment: El Dorado First United Methodist Church

I have been appointed to serve as the lead pastor at First United Methodist Church in El Dorado, KS beginning July 1. The news was announced at El Dorado and Resurrection West on Sunday. El Dorado is a city with a population of about 13,000. It is located just off I-35 about 30 minutes east of Wichita. It is the county seat and most populous city in Butler County. First United Methodist Church was organized in 1869 and is thought to have been the first church in Butler County. The current church building was built in the 1920’s. They have a traditional and contemporary worship service on Sunday morning with a combined average worship attendance of 150 to 175.

I am excited about being the lead pastor at a congregation and using what I have learned at Resurrection to be a part of renewing the church. At the same time, I will miss all the great people on staff and in the congregation at Resurrection. I am looking forward to getting to know the people of the congregation and community in El Dorado and together take the next faithful step.

I plan to write more about the transition in the days ahead, so check back for more updates. If you have specific questions or would like to share a conversation, please feel free to email me at

10 replies on “New Appointment: El Dorado First United Methodist Church”

Congratulations, Pastor Andrew! I’m very happy for you, and I know you’ll do a terrific job back in Central KS!

Congratulations Andrew! What a wonderful opportunity to take what you have learned at Church of the Resurrection to bless a new (old) congregation. Blessings in your transition.

Congrats and welcome to the Wichita East District. We’ll hold you in prayer as the cabinet continues to discern where best to use Nicole’s gifts for ministry, and look forward to having you in the area.

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