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                     First United Methodist Church - Stamford, CT      

                             42 Cross Rd. Stamford, CT 06905        


The First United Methodist Church of Stamford, Connecticut welcomes all who seek peace and fellowship within an atmosphere of hospitality, forgiveness, and …



First United Methodist Church has been an important part of the Stamford community for over 200 years. Our history dates back to 1788 when circuit-riding preachers formed the society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Stamford and class meetings were held in private homes. In 1813, our first church home was built, a small frame house in what is now downtown Stamford. In 1858, a new church was built at the corner of Main and Washington Avenues, which boasted the largest auditorium in Connecticut. Our congregation worshipped there for the next hundred years, when it moved to its current location in 1961.

The bell at the entrance to our church is a visible link to our past: for 101 years, it rang out at the old church location, for weddings, special occasions, to alert the city to the burning of Town Hall, and to mark the end of the Civil War. Today, it stands as a reminder of our long history in this community.

Part of that long history has been serving the community's needs as they have changed and grown. Food drives, working for social justice, mentoring children, organizing interfaith initiatives to serve people with AIDS/HIV, donating land for affordable housing for the elderly -- in these ways and many more, First United Methodist Church continues to carry on 200 years of tradition in the Stamford community.




Rev. Dr. Douglas A. McArthur, Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Douglas A. McArthurDr. McArthur, an ordained elder in full connection in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, has served in ministries in Westchester and Nassau Counties, NY, and in Fairfield County, CT for the past 18 years. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Andover Newton Theological School.

Dr. McArthur also received graduate certificates in Pastoral Psychotherapy and Marriage and Family Counseling from Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute. Prior to his ordained ministry, Dr. McArthur was a missionary for three years in Iwakuni, Japan. He is married to Eileen Birchett McArthur and they have three children.



Sara Ofner, Interim Assistant Pastor for Congregational Nurture
Sara OfnerSara recently graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinity degree, and is pursuing ordination in the United Church of Christ. Previously, Sara has served churches in Colchester and New Haven, CT, and has served as a Chaplain at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has also worked in the non-profit sector in New Haven, Los Angeles, and Boston.

Prior to her work in ministry, Sara received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Millikin University and a Master of Music degree in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.



Patricia Grimm, Director of Music and Organist
Sara OfnerPat has served congregations through music ministry for more than 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from Duquesne University, a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Kent State University, and a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the Hartt School of Music. She is currently completing Ph.D studies in music history and music theory at the University of Connecticut. She also holds the Choir Master certification from the American Guild of Organists..

In addition to serving in music ministry, Pat is a founding member of the Cypress Piano Quartet and is an active freelance accompanist and chamber music performer. She and her husband Al have two sons and a daughter-in-law and have called Connecticut home since 1993.