Markus Wegenast

Lead Pastor

Markus Wegenast

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I was born in the Black Forest area of South Germany and grew up in the Black Forest city of Freudenstadt .  I loved being active in the community and my Methodist home church, participating and leading in ministries such as the brass band, the youth group and the young adult choir. I experienced a call into full time ministry in my late teens.

After graduating from college and a year of mandatory federal social service I entered my pastoral education. I served as pastoral intern for one year in four congregations in the Stuttgart, Germany area and then transitioned into the seminary years at the Theological school of the United Methodist Church in Reutlingen, Germany.

I was active in various congregations of the Reutlingen area and served as a seminary intern in an inner city church of Berlin, Germany. In 2001, I went to embark on an abroad adventure and enrolled at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois for one year. This is where I met my wife Carrie. I moved to the United States in 2004, when I got married. We both started serving churches in Wisconsin in 2004.

So far I have served part time at the Johnson Creek UMC and as solo pastor at the Waterloo UMC.  I was ordained in 2008 and have served as a senior pastor of Community UMC in Waterford from 2010-2014. In the summer of 2014 my wife Carrie, my son Hans and I moved to Appleton and I started my time as the new senior pastor here at First UMC.  Since then our second son, Owen, has been born and is enriching our family beyond measure.

I feel privileged for my family to experience the hospitable warmth of First Church and invite you to come and find it for yourself.

 
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SUN
Sunday School
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
6th and 7th grade Sunday School
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Meditation-Embraced
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Rehoboth Worship Service
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
JAN

30

MON
Lawrence Class
12:30 PM to 1:40 PM
Strong Bodies
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Lawrence Class
1:00 PM to 1:40 PM
Encore Strings
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Strong Bodies
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Circles of Support
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Prayer Meeting via Zoom
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Scout Troop 6002
6:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Scout Troop 2
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Grace Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
JAN

31

TUE
Alanon Meeting
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
AA Meeting
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
FEB

01

WED
Invitation to Christian Living
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Lawrence Studio Class
12:30 PM to 1:40 PM
Strong Bodies
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sonshine Singers
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Bass Clef Rehearsal
6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Pioneer Club
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Youth Group and Classes
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Basic Christianity
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Invitation to Christian Living
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Wesley Handbell Rehearsal
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
FEB

02

THU
Men's Noon Bible Study, Romans
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
AA Group Young at Heart
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Strong Bodies
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
TOPS
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
FEB

03

FRI
Kiwanis Meeting
6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
FEB

04

SAT
Circles of Support
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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