Welcome home to a place in downtown Peoria where you can connect and grow

We're easy to find in Downtown Peoria

Set your GPS: 116 NE Perry Ave., Peoria, IL
We're in walking distance to the Convention Center, Peoria Public Library, the Federal Building and even a great little coffee shop.

"I believe you'll find us to be a place where you can find the love and grace of Jesus, and the encouragement of a church family and friends. This is a place where we are all challenged to make a difference."

Rev. Dr. Tim Ozment, Directing Pastor
Go HIGHER with the many worship opportunities at First.
We're going WIDER, beyond the walls of the church.
Getting CLOSER means learning to care.
Go DEEPER with opportunities to connect with others.


Saturday, December 14, 6 PM
Sunday, December 15, 11 AM, 6 PM

Celebrate the birth of Christ through music and the spoken Word featuring special guests, Yvonne Greer and Greg Batton.
This year's event features the world premier of a choral setting of The Kerry Christmas Carol by  Dr. John Orfe.   

Music at First

Music is an important part of our DNA at First. Join us here to find out what is coming up and how to get involved with our excellent music programing.

The Foster Gallery

The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts was established to nurture mutual understanding and appreciation of the connection between art and faith, and to develop and strengthen relationships between artists, the community, and the church.

Our Missions Strategy

Starting with the transformation of our own community, we stretch our hands out across the world to be a part of sharing the Good News and resourcing communities around the world.

Forms, Reports, & Church Calendar

Here's your convenient connection to forms you might need to connect with specific areas of our ministry work and our church calendar. You'll also find pdf downloads of reports and information that enhance your encounters with our various areas of ministry.


We have a mission and a ministry that is strengthened by the generous gifts of our people. Click here to learn about our giving options, including convenient digital giving.

The Herald

Check out our monthly print publication, The Herald, for stories about the heart of our ministry work together. Click this page to download the digital pdf version.

Our English as a Second Language Program Is Seeking Volunteers

Click here to find out how you can help our immigrant population.

christmas backpacks
for kids on the border

FUMC will be sending backpacks with gift items to children waiting immigration to the United States. This includes children who are waiting at the Mexican border, as well as children already staying near the border in the US. Deadline for contributions is December 1. Download an informational pdf below.


If you are in need of assistance, click here to find out about the services we provide and information about other resources for help.