McIntosh UMC is the United Methodist congregation located in McIntosh, FL. It was organized on September 8, 1885 and exists to make disciples through loving the Lord, loving each other, and serving the world.
We strive to offer opportunities to worship, serve, grow, and fellowship as a community. We are also dedicated to being involved in our local community, sharing the love of Christ and making Christ’s love known.
Pastor Al Bryan Albryan99@gmail.com
Dorothy and I are extremely happy to return to McIntosh UMC as part-time pastor. I was the pastor her from 2003 to 2009, then took an appointment to First UMC in Lake Alfred. After that I went into extension ministry in hospice, four years in Clearwater and two years in Buffalo, my home town. By a miraculous chain of events I was able to return to the place I now consider home. I have been in ministry since 1976, serving in another denomination until 1995, then made a gradual transition to the United Methodist Church where I was fully assimilated. I received may Master of Divinity from Christ the King Seminary outside of Buffalo, NY and later took courses in Methodist history, polity and theology as well a preaching from Asbury Seminary in Orlando and Candler school of theology in Atlanta. I have had other adventures along the way including volunteer fire fighter, Red Cross disaster volunteer and Air National Guard chaplain, finishing with the rank of Major. I am passionate about evangelism, preaching and care of the sick. My favorite chapter of the Bible is Matthew 25, which centers on “When I was hungry, you gave me to eat…Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, that you do unto me.” I always appreciate feedback and suggestions. Blessings to all.
The United Methodist Church
The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our history begins in the mid-1700s with the ministry of two brothers in England, John and Charles Wesley. Their perspective on faith and approach to discipleship attracted followers, especially in the “new world” of America. Eventually, the group in America grew so large that they organized themselves December 1784. The current church organization came into being in 1968 when The Methodist Church and The United Brethren merged.
John and Charles Wesley
John and his brother Charles experienced a spiritual transformation in May 1738 and began to lead a renewal in the Church of England. The Methodist movement soon spread to America. John was a “practical theologian.” Instead of faith being purely an intellectual experience, he was adamant that our understanding of faith must influence our actions in the real world. Charles was a musician who told the story of faith through over 6,000 hymns! Some of his most well-known as popular Christmas carols. For more on the Wesleys’ distinctive theological influence, please visit this page on the UMC site.
The Message of Grace
The Wesleys and the denomination that came about due to their leadership is known most for its understanding of grace. We believe that grace is both God’s unmerited love for us as well as God’s work in and through our lives. We believe that all persons are of sacred worth and value and that God has tasked us with joining God in making sure that all people know of the salvation that can be found in Jesus. For more information on United Methodist beliefs, please visit this page on the UMC site.