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ABOUT US

Established in the 1870s, we are a Christ focused church rich in tradition and pillared by the community.

Church Staff

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Curtis

Matthys

PASTOR

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Curtis Matthys is a Pasadena, Texas native who has previously served at First United Methodist Church Pasadena, Grace United Methodist Church in Palestine and First United Methodist, Port Neches. He grew up in First UMC Pasadena and was active there through a great deal of his life. He married his wife, Mary Ann in 1977 and they have two adult children, Amanda and Michael, both who are married, and one granddaughter, Chloe.

Matthys went into the ministry as a second career after working more than 30 years in retail. He has a passion for discipleship studies that help people have a deeper understanding of God's word and how to bring it to the community.

 

Curtis received his Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art from Southwest Texas (now Texas State, San Marcos) in 1978 He received his Master of Divinity, Cum Laude, from Perkins School of Theology, SMU in 2012. 

 

In his spare time, Curtis loves baseball, cycling, and hunting. He is also known to tackle a few building projects, the most recent being a 128 sq. ft. tree house for Chloe.

 

“I have always been active in the Methodist Church. I have taught Sunday School, served on church, district, and conference committees and participated in youth and mission ministries. In 2007 I answered a call to ordained ministry and started seminary in 2008. I love to help others grow in their faith and relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I believe we do that best by loving God and loving our neighbors. I also strive to continue growing in faith and the knowledge of God revealed in the gospel.”

 

– Pastor  Curtis

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Carol Christall

STAFF

Carol Christall is a lifetime resident of Freestone County member of the Dew Methodist Church. She has raised her family here and resides with her husband, Bobby in Dew.

Carol is who you will speak to when you call the church. She single-handedly takes care of church office business with grace and love.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:

Our Christian Beliefs: God

God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons.

Our Christian Beliefs: Jesus

We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrate God's redeeming love. 

Our Christian Beliefs: The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, it's the Holy Spirit at work.

Our Christian Beliefs: Human Beings

Genesis 1:27 asserts that we've been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create.

Our Christian Beliefs: The Church

The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. 

Our Christian Beliefs: The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.

Our Christian Beliefs: God’s Reign

The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope. 

COMMUNITY HISTORY

The first families in this community migrated from Alabama in the 1850s. Originally known as Avant or Avant Prairie, the settlement became Sunshine after the Sunshine Methodist Church moved here from Harrison Chapel in 1870. In 1869 W. S. Compton, one of the early settlers, and D. A. Self, local merchant and dentist, donated land for this community cemetery. First burial was that of a young girl, Missouri A. E. Humphrey (1869-1871). Other early graves date from the yellow fever epidemic of 1873. The town was renamed in 1885 when Dew Post Office opened. The name "Drew" was requested to honor a local resident, but postal officials misread the application. A market center for cotton farmers of the area, Dew had a cotton gin and several stores. Rural delivery replaced the Dew Post Office in 1909. A land donation by Wiley Black in 1901 enlarged the graveyard, which lies adjacent to Dew Methodist Church where funeral services are held. Historical Marker Text, 1977.  Marker location: at the SW corner of US 75 and FM 489 in Dew.

COMMUNITY THEORIES

The Nurturing Community

We believe we have a responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals. 

The Social Community

We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God's sight. We reject discrimination and assert the rights of minority groups to equal opportunities.

The World Community

God’s world is one world. We pledge ourselves to seek the meaning of the gospel in all issues that divide people and threaten the growth of world community.

 
 
 
 

Peace, Love and Joy are Waiting for You

FIND YOUR FAITH

Are you here today because it is time for you to dedicate or re-dedicate your life to Jesus Christ? 

Your heavenly father misses you! Please know that you are truly loved, no matter what.

God is not mad at you. He isn't counting your sins and holding them against you. He wants, so much, to have a personal relationship with you that He sent Jesus, His only Son, to shed His blood, die on the cross, and then be raised from the dead.

 

He did all that so that you can be set free from the bondage of sin and the fear of death, and enter into eternal life.