Church Life

Church Life, that allows members to review their contact information, access a church directory, schedule one-time or recurring giving, view giving history and pledge commitment, and access the church calendar.

Contact Us

Our offices are open Monday through Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed 12:00-1:00 p.m. for lunch), Thursday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Telephone: 512-478-5684, Fax: 512-478-6169
First United Methodist Church
1201 Lavaca St. Austin, Texas 78701

Event Hosting

FUMC is located across Colorado Street from the Capitol Building at 12th and Lavaca. Our campus includes the historic Sanctuary and Chapel buildings and the Family Life Center at 13th and Lavaca. FUMC makes its facilities available to the Austin community for funerals and a variety of community-based events and meetings.


Upon uniting with this Christian community, we respond to the question: “As a member of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?”


It was 1840, and in Austin, the newly designated capital of the Republic of Texas, a dozen or so Methodists were listening to the new preacher, the Rev. John Haynie, a 52-year-old former mercantile store owner from Knoxville, Tenn, who received his preaching license in 1811.

How to Join

Are you interested in joining FUMC? Prior to joining the church, we ask all to participate in a First Steps class to learn about Methodist beliefs and the ministry of FUMC, meet the pastors and other members, and ask questions.


Church leadership includes our Administrative Board, Executive Team, Coordinating Team, and Committees serving various ministries of the church.

Plan Your Visit

New Here? Learn more about how to prepare for your first visit to First United Methodist Church: service times, childcare, Sunday School, and more.


First United Methodist Church provides full transparency to our finances with financial summaries posted monthly. This page provides additional forms that may help in your ministry with the church.


First United Methodist Church of Austin exists to build a community where all people are invited to know God’s love and sent to join God in transforming the world. To accomplish this, we must strive to provide a safe and secure place of worship for all congregants and protect sensitive populations, including children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Below are some programs and policies that support church safety.


Our First Church staff is here to serve you. Please refer to the following list of staff to find the most appropriate person to help you with your needs. If you are still uncertain about whom to contact, please do not hesitate to ask. Extension numbers can all be reached through our main office phone at (512) 478-5684

Who We Are

Founded in 1840, First United Methodist Church of Austin (FUMC) is an inclusive faith community of Christian believers in the heart of downtown. We balance traditional worship services with progressive theology. More than a neighborhood church, we are a church for all of Austin.