Who Are We?


Red Oak First United Methodist Church

Red Oak First United Methodist Church is located at 600 E. Hammond St. We hold two services on Sunday morning, one at 8 am and one at 10:30 am. We welcome all visitors as we work to build a community across the generations. 

What We Believe

As a United Methodist congregation, we believe that our lives as followers of Jesus are not just about how God comes to us but also about how God works through us.

Personal faith is very important and is to be lived out in concrete ways in the world.  The love we receive through our relationship with Jesus Christ compels us to love our neighbor and ourselves just as we are unconditionally loved and offered ample grace.

Methodism is founded on a history of intellectually engaged believers who hold themselves to the standard that Jesus set for us. We are to be the Body of Christ in the world and we are not asked to check our brains at the door.

Methodism is not a doctrine heavy denomination, which means that Methodists sitting next to each other in worship, or working next to each other on a mission trip, may not agree on substantive issues. While we have a passionate faith with strong convictions, we also recognize that the world is not always black and white.  We ask questions, wrestle with difficult issues, and respect our brothers and sisters who may believe differently than we do. We believe we are stronger because we are not all alike.

Our Mission

To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:19-20)

We invite you to join us as we grow together in Christ!



Rev. Dr. Ronald C Bupp, Pastor

“Pastor Ron” has been the lead pastor at Red Oak First since 2016. He is an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church; supports an Evangelical theology and is an expository preacher. Pastor Ron has a Doctorate from Ashland University Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and an MBA from Ashford University. 


Mr. Tim Marsden, Director of Music

Tim is an accomplished professional musician, singer, and artistic director. Tim is also the Choir and Vocal Director for the Red Oak High School. Tim leads our choir and praise band and is our Worship Leader.


Ms. Becky Neff, Assistant Music Director

Becky is an accomplished professional musician, singer, and artistic director. Becky plays piano at our worship services and is the director of our Bell Choir. 


Ms. Jennifer Bupp, Administrative Assistant

Jennifer manages the church office and is also the financial secretary for the church. Jennifer has a strong background in retail operations and customer service which serves the church well in all areas. Jennifer is active in the Adult Choir and many of the church missions.  


Ms. Jennifer Abbott and Mr. Glynn Gulling, Church Custodians

Jennifer and Glynn are Nishna Productions clients and are employed by the church as custodians. Hard working and friendly, Jennifer and Glynn bring cleanliness as well as joy to the church