Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at FUMC  is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Chris young

    senior Pastor

    Chris Young has served as senior pastor of this church since June, 2015.  He is a 1990 graduate of Mississippi State University and a 1993 Master of Divinity graduate from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Chris loves to preach, teach, and spend time with Becky, who he has been married to for 29 years. Feel free to contact Chris or look him up on Facebook or Instagram!


    @philly1stpastor on Twitter

    E-mail: cyoung@phillyfirstumc.org

    (601) 656-1376

  • Ryan mcgough

    Associate/youth Pastor

    Ryan McGough has served as the associate/youth pastor at Philadelphia FUMC since 2016.  He is a 2010 graduate of Jackson State University and a 2016 graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary. Ryan has a passion for being in relationship with others and helping others to grow in their relationship with God. He has been married to his wonderful wife Anna since December of 2018. 

    If you would like to contact Ryan please find him on Facebook.


    Instagram: anchoredphilly

    @rymagoo on Twitter

    E-mail: rmagoo@phillyfirstumc.org

    (601) 656-1376

  • patt fiedler

    Director of music

    E-mail: pfiedler@phillyfirstumc.org

    (601) 656-1376

  • Jill byars

    director of children's ministries

    E-mail: jbyars@phillyfirstumc.org

    (601) 656-1376

  • sheila bount

    office manager


    Sheila Blount is the Office Manager for the church. Sheila has been a valuable part of this church's ministry since 1996. She and her husband, Joey, have two sons, John (Anna) and Joseph, and one grandchild, John Travis. If you have a question, ask Sheila!


    E-mail: sblount@phillyfirstumc.org

    (601) 656-1376

  • lindsey stuart

    director of weekday Children's Ministry

    Lindsey is the director of our Weekday Children's Ministry program. 


    E-mail: lstuart@phillyfirstumc.org

    (601) 656-1417