Global Missions

International Missionary Support and Ministry

Rev. John Calhoun
General Board of Global Ministries of the Methodist Church
Kiev, Ukraine

Rev. John is the Coordinator of International Ministries, providing guidance and leadership training along with Bible study for international students in Kiev.

Megan Ginder Melicharova*
United World Mission
Prague, Czech Republic

Megan is the leader of discipleship programs in the local Czech church; also involved in outreach programs for young adults who have grown up in a predominantly atheistic country.

*A daughter of First UMC

Jamaica Ministry

Support for the restoration and maintenance of Watsonton Methodist Church to encourage the spiritual education and well being of the children and members of the Lionel Town, Jamaica community.

Sierra Leone Initiative


The Sierra Leone Initiative is a ministry of the Susquehanna Conference to provide medical clinics, schools, theological training, trade schools and other resources to assist recovery from the ravages of war. Our partner congregation is the Methodist Church in Kissy Brook-Moyiba.

International Student Ministry in Ukraine

English language Bible study and worship for international students living in Kiev, many of whom were displaced by war in eastern Ukraine. This ministry is overseen by missionary John Calhoun and takes place at the Methodist Church Center in Kiev.

Raising Hope, Inc.—Ukraine


A registered 501c3 nonprofit, Raising Hope provides Christ’s love and hope to orphanages and other institutions, children, and families in need in Ukraine through various means of support.

Uganda Children Support


In 2013, First UMC partnered with the Children’s Heart Project, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Members hosted 2 young boys from Uganda along with their mothers while the boys had surgery for Congenital Heart Disease at Hershey Medical Center. Feeling that God led the boys, Edwin and Naushad, into the life of our church family, we have committed to help with their educational expenses in Uganda.