The Journey 
Sunday Evening Worship Experience
Sundays at 6:30 pm
SUNDAYS                                                     WEDNESDAYS
9:15 a.m. Adult Sunday School                        5:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal
10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship                      6:15 p.m. Bible Studies  
10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday School
5:00 p.m. Children, Youth & Adult Classes
6:30 p.m. “The Journey” Contemporary Worship


Our traditional service features   the timeless majesty of one of     the largest pipe organs in Manatee County played by the renowned composer Dr. James Culver. Dr. Culver also leads our thirty voice, multi part choir which offers Manatee County some of the   finest traditional music in the state of Florida. This weekly service offers the historic tradition of the psalter, creeds and sound Biblical preaching. Communion is offered the first Sunday of the month and on holy days.


The Journey is our contemporary service blended with an emerging church experience.  This worship service is a place to make new friends, learn to grow spiritually and discover what God has in store for you.  The Journey is designed to involve you throughout the worship experience, creating community and allowing you to develop your faith.  This service features our praise team playing all the latest songs on Christian radio so you can continue your worship experience throughout your week whenever you listen to the radio. The preaching is interactive so expect the Journey to involve you in ways that traditional worship doesn’t. Sermons will focus on issues that affect your day to day life. Come to The Journey and expect to find the Holy Spirit waiting on you.




We Are

The Church


We believe the church is not somewhere you go, it’s something you are. We know that God is moving through His church, and we want you to be a part of it. There are several ways you can get involved.


Growth: Invite a friend

 Church to us is more than somewhere  we go for an hour each week. It is a  community of people committed to  living life together. It is friends and  family. It is a place where we find  meaning and purpose. People who have  never experienced what it truly means  to belong and have people who deeply  care for you might not understand, but  it is important to us to share what we  have found here at FUMCB.  Inviting  others  to join us in our worshiping,  serving and fellowshipping community  is important to us.

Groups: Join a small group

The small group is at the core of life   for a disciple. A small group consists    of eight to twelve people committed     to helping one another grow spiritually. Sometimes they are someone available to lean on with the ups and downs of life.  Modeled after the twelve disciples of Jesus, a small group is committed to being there for one another as they conquer life’s obstacles together.  We have groups that meet only four to six weeks. This allows you to sample the small group experience without committing to a lengthy time frame.    We also offer long term small groups  for people who want to dive deeper   into life.


Gifts: Join a team

Whether it is a short term mission trip to Africa, Ecuador or Haiti,or participating in an ongoing local project, teams are where faith gets put into action. Teams make a difference in the world outside the walls of the church.  FUMCB offers a number of teams for you to use your gifts to make the world a better place while living out your faith.  We have several short term foreign mission teams, local ministry teams, such as our men’s home repair team and our homeless ministries, that would love to have your help.


Giving: Give online

The Christian life is marked by gratitude.  Gratitude for all that we have been given.  Our families and friends; the wonders of the world around us; the ability to earn a living; our place in God’s Kingdom and our place in Christ’s body, the church.  Our reaction to this sense of gratitude is giving to share the blessings we have received with others.  God is love and we model this love through our giving.

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Romans 12:2
 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Welcome to the E.D.G.E.!  We understand the challenges teens face in their daily lives. We realize they may be close to the edge or balancing on an edge  in their life choices every day. What should you do once you are on the edge.  At this point they can turn and walk away from the edge (God encounter) or jump. We are a group committed to living for Jesus 24/7. We emphasize living a life set apart from the ways of the world and to be transformed in God’s image. God’s word promises an abundant life with blessings and guidance when we chose to follow him. The purpose of every gathering is to help each student find their identity in Christ.
The youth of FUMCB meet every Sunday at 5:00 pm in the youth room on the top floor.  We hope to see you soon.
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Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Bradenton. You are God’s workmanship, created in Christ to do good works! We’ll help you discover the life of high adventure when you surrender all to Jesus.















Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Bradenton.  We are so excited you have taken the time to visit us.  Our church is more than its building.  It is a community of friends and family from every walk of life.  We welcome all to come visit and find their place to belong.
Adam Zele
Adam gave his life to Christ when he was 25 and has been a pastor for almost twenty years (part of that time as a youth pastor).  Adam didn’t start out as a pastor, he attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and began a career in business before God called him into ministry.  After being called into ministry Adam attended Duke University where he earned a Master of Divinity and then a Ph.D. in history and religion.  Adam has lived and traveled all over.  Although he grew up in primarily in Tucson, Arizona, Adam has lived in six different states, but has found a home in Florida since 1988.  Adam has also visited thirty seven states and over forty different countries.  Adam has been married to Virginia for 24 years and has two children, Ana (22) and Josh (18).  When Adam isn’t at the church he likes to read, jog and ride his bicycle.
face1Jim Culver
Music Director

Jim lives in Safety Harbor, FL with his wife, Rebecca and their daughter Liz, who is a junior at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. Their older children are…married and working (Meghan), pregnant (Brandon), working on a Ph.D. (Chelsea), owning his own paint company (Drew) and graduating college (Eric). 

As an organist/conductor, Jim’s appearances include St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and on ABC television’s Good Morning America. As a composer, Jim’s choral, vocal, hand bell, piano, organ, and instrumental works have sold over 160,000 copies through 5 publishing houses.  

Jim enjoys humor, painting, yoga, golf, a vegan diet, and long walks.  His passion is to create loving community through music, enhancing our worship and the lives of those who so faithfully volunteer their time and talents.




Donna Skalecki
Administrative Assistant

I became the Administrative Assistant at FUMCB in 2007 when the former assistant (of many years) moved on to help her husband in his ministry. I joined the church in 2009 and have grown through the many studies and Bible teaching the church has offered. I am married with two children and four grandchildren, and enjoy spending time with them. Besides church, I enjoy camping, kayaking, reading, Nascar, junken (that’s hitting the yard sells and Thrift stores), and Christian television shows. My favorite verse in the Bible is “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31.  


Carrie Moore
Financial Secretary
I joined the FUMCB staff in 2014. My family and I moved to the Bradenton area in 2013 from Georgia.  I have been married to my husband, Greg for 25+ years. We have 5 boys, the youngest 2 are identical twins.  The 2 oldest boys, Caleb and Garren, still live in Georgia. Levi, Gunnar and Sawyer are active in their schools and are members of the FUMCB youth group.  I enjoy spending time with my family whether it is taking road trips or a game night.  




Becky McGowin
Preschool Director

I have attended FUMCB since I was a young girl and have enjoyed many of the programs that have been available to me here including, choir, hand bells, bible study classes, youth group, and the Wednesday night dinners.  I have a family in town and scattered across the nation, but I love having my church family here to help me with prayer and fellowship.  I have been working in the field of Early Childhood Education at First For Kids since 2000 and strive to teach our young students about our loving God who created us all.   




Cecil Hulsey
Praise & Youth Leader

I was raised in Howard city Michigan, a very small town. At the age of 13 I was introduced to the art of music. I attended a Christian concert at my local school and decided then I was going to learn all that I could about music. I play many different instruments such as Guitar, Cello, Piano, Organ, Drums, and Bass. Voice is what I would consider to be my favorite instrument. It has the power to move mountains, calm seas, and bring love. My mission as Worship leader is to usher in the presence of the Holy Spirit. So they god can intervene and mix up our lives for the better.

Philippians 4:13, Philippians 3:3, and Romans 12:2 are standards in which dwell in.




FUMCB has a variety of activities and ministry opportunities and we invite you to check out what is coming up next. Feel free to call and find out more about involvement and inviting others to be involved.



30-Day Church Challenge

Is church just a place you come to on Sundays because  “you are supposed to,” or because you like the music, or to see your friends & have some coffee?
 Then you should join us for the 30-Day Church Challenge and discover your God-given potential!
This is an interactive journey at FUMCB on Sunday at 9:15am or at 5:00pm and /or 6:15pm at Wednesday Bible Study. There are small groups meeting at church members homes. Call the church office for more information at 941-747-4406.
Click here for a free copy of 30-Day Church Challenge.
Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday, November 28th 
10 am – 2 pm
Quality Crafts, Handmade Jewelry, Food, Music, Pictures taken with Santa Claus, Face painting, Gift wraping & more!
A fire truck will be here along with a member of the police swat team with the bearcat vehicle. Gifts will be given to all military persons, police, firefighter or EMT who shows up in uniform.
For more information email Jena or Laura at CCFFUMCB@YAHOO.COM or call the church office at 941-747-4406.
 Fellow CRAFTERS you are welcome to rent a table.
Bradenton Community Fine Arts Concert Series
Presented by
First  United Methodist Church of Bradenton
Exciting and free concert series in a beautiful historic setting with great acoustics.  Click the link below to see the artists performing this year.



We would love you to join us or just stop by and say hello.

Our Address: 603 11th Street W, Bradenton, FL 34205.

Phone: 941-747-4406 Click here to contact us by email.

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