About Us

Lyle Holland

Senior Pastor

Lyle is the husband of Linda, father to Maggie and Bennett, and a follower of Jesus! He is an Alabama native, born in Birmingham and raised in Decatur. In more than 25 years of pastoral ministry, Lyle has served as an associate on a large church staff, pastored small and mid-sized congregations, and was sent to a Birmingham suburb to start a United Methodist Church from scratch. As senior pastor of Jacksonville First United Methodist Church, Lyle’s primary role is to lead the congregation to effectively make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Andy Curtis

Associate Pastor

Andy is a devoted husband, loving father, shameless music geek, and dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Melanie have three beautiful daughters: Lexi, Casey, and Mady. He began serving in ministry in 2008 as music and youth minister at Asbury UMC in Fort Payne, Alabama. Since then, he has answered the call to pastoral ministry, graduated from Memphis Theological Seminary, and is now excited to be serving at Jacksonville First United Methodist Church. As associate pastor at JFUMC, Andy's primary roles are to oversee the spiritual development of the youth ministry, as well as model, teach, preach, lead and equip the congregation, so that together we might transform the world through loving God and loving people. 


Stacie Johnson

Director of Children's Ministries

Stacie is the wife of Matt, and mom to two four-legged fur babies, Riley and Rusty. Stacie's ministry path started in 2006 in our own daycare, Kids 1st, as the afternoon four year old teacher. She later moved into the Kids 1st office until she felt the calling transition into children's ministry. She has been part of the Children's Ministries here at JFUMC for more than 6 years. As the Director of Children's Ministries, Stacie loves every child as if they are her own and loves being able to walk alongside them as they grown in their walk of faith. Stacie enjoys creating fun and exciting opportunities for the children at JFUMC to learn about God's amazing love.


Jennifer Thomas

Kids 1st Coordinator

Jennifer is the wife of Tommy; mother to Sara, Gabriel, and Zoey; and daughter of her King, Jesus Christ! She has been an employee of Kids 1st since 2001. During her time at Kids 1st she has served as an Assistant Teacher and a Lead Teacher in both the Toddler and Nursery classrooms. In 2010, she took on the role of Kids 1st Coordinator.In this role, Jennifer's primary goal is to oversee the Kids 1st staff and the day-to-day activities of the daycare, while showing and teaching the love of God to every child and family she comes in contact with.