Who We Are

At our core we aim to be a church that shares the message of Jesus with the city of Columbus, and beyond. We are a community of individuals striving to encourage each other in good works and personal growth. We work to live by God’s Word, the Bible, and the example shown in the life of Jesus.

Our Values

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

We believe the Bible is God’s Word shared through man (2 Timothy 3:16). It  helps us understand who God is and how He asks us to live. The Bible is our key source of theology, and the first place we look when we have questions.

We strive to let prayer drive who we are. God longs to have a relationship with His people, which is cultivated through prayer. Everyone can pray to God anytime and about anything. Prayer is one of the first and most important things we can do when making decisions. (Phillipians 4:4-7)

We believe that God designed us to live in community with one another. It is only when we are living life together that we can truly grow deeper in our relationship with God and others. We live out that community in large and small expressions where worship, teaching, and fellowship happen. (Acts 2:42-46)

We believe God has called His people to be a servant to others. For us that starts right where we are in Columbus and Bartholomew County. We strive to care for the people here however we can. Check out two local organizations we partner with here. Get Involved  (1 Peter 4:10)

Our Staff

Luke Maggard

Senior Pastor

Luke is the Senior Pastor at Columbus Free Methodist Church. 

Luke Maggard

Luke is the Senior Pastor at Columbus Free Methodist Church. He helps the church wrestle with what God is calling us too and preaches on Sunday mornings. Here is a little bit of info about Luke:

Tell us about your family: I am married to my beautiful wife Kaitie. We have been married for 6 years. We have two great and crazy children, Darren, who is almost 3, and Edie, who just turned 1. 

Where are you from? I grew up in a little town right outside of Detroit Michigan called Melvindale. 

How long have you been at Columbus FM? My family and I moved here in June of 2019 to answer God’s call in ministry.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work and church? I love spending time with my family, watching sports (I am a sports junky), and playing a little bit of guitar. 

What is your favorite food? Give me a good pasta dish and I am in. 

Favorite book other than the Bible? One of my favorites is Prodigal God by Tim Keller 


Favorite Bible passage? “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15b

Barb Tuttle

Pastor of Youth and Child Ministry

Barb is our Pastor of children and youth ministry. 

Barb Tuttle 

Barb is our Pastor of children and youth ministry. She has an incredible heart for the kids of our church and community. She longs to share the love of Jesus with the kids and their families whenever she has the chance! Here is a little bit of info about Barb: 

Where are you from? I am a Colubmus native, lived most of my life here. 

How long have you been at Columbus FM?

What are your favorite things to do outside of work and church? I love spending time with my family, watching movies and going out to dinner.

What is your favorite food?  My favorite food is spaghetti, but what’s funny is that I only like it when cooked at home. 

Favorite book other than the Bible? Monday With My Old Pastor, by Jose’ Luis Navajo. Very Inspirational. 

Favorite Bible passage? Philippians 4:13

Sheila Richarson

Church Secretary

Sheila is our church secretary. 

Sheila Richerson 

Sheila is our church secretary. She acts as the air traffic controller for things going on at the church, and helps Pastor Luke keep his head on straight! We are thankful for Sheila! 

Tell us about your family: I have two sons and two grandsons. 

Where are you from? I am from St. Louis Missouri. 

How long have you been at Columbus FM? 16 years .

What are your favorite things to do outside of work and church? Crafting

What is your favorite food? Chinese Food! 

Favorite book other than the Bible? One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish 

Favorite Bible passage? Philippians 4:13

What to Expect on Sunday Morning

Our Sunday morning service starts at 10:15 am each week, and lasts sixty to seventy minutes. This will be a time of worship through song, prayer together, and hearing an engaging message from God’s Word. All ages and people are welcome to participate in service with us.  

People can come to our church exactly as they are. It doesn’t matter how you dress or look. We strive to greet everyone with open arms just like Jesus greets us. 

When you arrive you can park in the parking lot off of Maple street, and come in the doors by the big windows. 

If you have little ones they are welcome to stay with you during service, or they can join other children in a space that is designed for them. All of our children’s and youth ministry volunteers are background checked and safety trained to make sure all children safe. 

  • The nursery is for ages 0-3
  •  Wee Church for 3-5 year olds is a fun filled Bible story and worship specifically for them
  • 1st-6th graders in Kidz Church 
  • 7th grade and up are a part of worship in the sanctuary 

On the first Sunday of every month we invite 1st grade through seniors to join us in the sanctuary for intergenerational worship. Families are encouraged to experience worship together.

What Does Free Methodist Mean?

Free Methodist Roots

We are a member of the Free Methodist Church USA. This means we use the Bible as our guide on how to live, and we believe in Wesleyan Theology. As a denomination and a church, our mind and actions are focused on the Kingdom of Heaven and sharing that with everyone we can. Our goal is to work together with all Christians to share God’s Kingdom with the world around us. For more information check out our FAQ page

Our History

Columbus Free Methodist Church was founded in 1921, much like the churches in the New Testament: when Godly men and women shared the good news of Jesus and individuals accepted Christ as their Savior. We began after a series of tent meetings were held in downtown Columbus when several men and women became followers of Jesus. Over the decades, the church building has changed, but the body of Christ is still active and alive with its primary mission to reach the lost for Jesus in the city of Columbus and beyond!

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