First UMC of Fort Branch & Blythe Chapel
Sunday, April 21, 2024


      I am John Baylor, Jr. and I would like to welcome you and tell you a little about myself.  I was appointed as pastor here in June of 2014.  Even though I was raised in the United Methodist Church, I am an ordained Elder in the Free Methodist Church which is a sister denomination to the United Methodist Church.  I began pastoral ministry in 1998 and was ordained Deacon in 2000 and Elder in 2002.  I have served three churches prior to moving to Fort Branch.  I served two churches in Illinois, the Birds Free Methodist Church and Albion Free Methodist Church.  I moved to Indiana in 2003 and served the Tennyson Free Methodist Church from July 2003 until June 2014.
     I married my wife, Anita in 1994 and we have three children.  My daughter Shelby is 17 and a Senior at Gibson Southern HS.  My son J.T. (John III) is a 8th grader at Fort Branch Community School and my daughter, Charity is a 6th grader at Fort Branch Community School.
     Our family keeps quite busy with our family, our churches, and our jobs.  Not only do I serve these two churches part time, but I work for Kenny Kent Collision in Evansville as an Auto Body Estimator.  My wife works for H&R Block Boonville as a Tax Professional from late November through mid April.
     We are very excited to be appointed to this Charge and are encouraged about the growth and changes we are already seeing.  We would love to have you come and check us out to see if this the place God is leading you as you seek to serve Him with your life.  We sincerely believe God brought us here and He is active and on the move!  I genuinely hope that you will prayerfully consider making Fort Branch First or Blythe Chapel your church family.
Rev. John Baylor, Jr.
     We want to welcome you!  I am Melissa Foster and consider it a blessing to be doing a little bit of God's work each day.  I have been working in the church office since January 2006.  I, too am a transplant to Gibson County.  My hometown is Rensselaer, located in the northwestern part of Indiana.  
     I have been married to love of my life, Kelly since 1988.  Together we have two wonderful sons--one here with us and one now in Heaven. We've added a beautiful daughter-in-law and the three most adorable grandsons anyone would be blessed to call family!
     You can find me most mornings in the church office and I will be happy to speak with you!  I can try to answer your questions or if you just want to stop by for a friendly chat...I would love to spend some time getting to know you better.  Welcome to Fort Branch First UMC!

Fort Branch First

100 West Vine St.
Fort Branch, IN
Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Church Office hours:
     Tuesday & Wednesday
CCLI # 2446518
LIVE STREAMING # 20701562 

Blythe Chapel

8141 S. 450 W.
Owensville, IN
Worship: 9:00 a.m.