There are big changes at the First United Methodist Church in Stevenson, and new pastor Danny Lee is looking forward to seeing what God has in store for the growing church.
“It’s a wonderful church,” Lee said. “The people are extremely friendly and conscious of being a part of the community. Our congregation is small, but we are seeing some new faces and seeing a lot of folks come back.”
Lee is a graduate of the University of Alabama and became pastor of the church in June 2015.
He and his wife, Christina, have three children, Storm, Juliana and Hunter.
Christina is the director of the child nutrition program for the Cherokee County School System.
Lee has been in ministry for the past 25 years.
“I was pastor of the Mentone United Methodist Church for four years, but most of my background is in music and youth ministry,” he said. “I play trombone, piano, drums and guitar. I love writing country and gospel songs and I’ve recorded a couple of albums, but mostly for my own enjoyment.”
His love of music fits in perfectly with Lee’s job as operations manager for WKEA-FM, WMXN-FM and LAKE 105.7.
“I produce commercials, interview artists and handle programming,” he said.
He also does a weekday morning show on K98 from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. and the football scoreboard show on Friday nights immediately following Scottsboro High School football games until midnight.
“Preaching is totally different than music and radio,” he said. “I’ve been teaching and preaching my whole life and I love it.
“I’m excited about this church,” he said. “I want our main focus to be on growing spiritually and reaching out to the community and surrounding area with the love of Christ."
That is also important to the church members.
“We had a planning meeting to think of ways to reach out and benefit the community,” he said, “and we decided to have a block party to get things started.”
The block party is a free event and will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Recording artist Melinda Chaney will be the special musical guest.
Melinda has been a performer most of her life, singing her first solo at age 3.
According to melindachaneymusic.com, “She sang in her first country band at age 13. She has performed with numerous school, community and church choirs from middle school through college. Melinda has performed in background choirs for Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas accompanying Vince Gil, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. In early 2012, Melinda and her husband formed a band and started worshiping through song. Whether she is opening for American Idol finalist Phil Stacey or headlining her own concert, Melinda’s performances are full of fun and energy.
“Melinda's songs are about life, worship and praise,” the site said. “Some of her songs are deep and spiritual while others are light and fun. Melinda’s songs show her wide range of influences, from Martina McBride to '80s rock to classic hymns. Her music can be classified as Contemporary Christian, Christian Country and Christian Rock. She released her debut EP, Glory to God, in December of 2012 and her latest EP, You Gave Me Life, in spring 2014.”
Pastor Lee and a special praise band will also perform.
“We are going to have a large inflatable water slide, games, prizes and lots of free food,” he said. “There will be hot dogs and hamburgers and free food coupons from local restaurants.
“We want you to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a fun afternoon with us,” he said. “This is a family event and everyone is welcome.”
Church services are each Sunday morning at 11 a.m.
“Our attire is ‘come as you are,’” he said. “We’d love not only for you to come visit, but to be a part of what God is doing at our church.”
For more information, visit stevensonfumc.com.