Patrick Evans Choir Director
Patrick Evans returned to his hometown of Birmingham after 27 years away in 2015 to become Chair of the Department of Music at UAB, joining the staff of First Church in July of 2016. He also came home to be near his family, especially his niece and nephew, Olivia and Kendrick. A church musician since the age of 14, Patrick has worked primarily in urban congregations which sought to create an open, welcoming table for the neighborhood around them, instead of a closed fortress, and loves that this is the path that FUMC has chosen. He is excited to play a part in continuing First Church's long tradition of excellence in music. He's also glad to be close to the Gulf beaches, which are his favorite vacation destination.
Blake Hobbs Loft Worship Leader and Graphic Design
Blake Hobbs has been leading music in worship since 1999 and began working on videos and graphic design in 2005. He joined the First Church staff in December 2008 where he now incorporates both of these skills on our ministry team. Blake is married to Jennifer and they have two dogs Bailey and Roxie. When he's not at work, Blake enjoys playing disc golf, poker, basketball, fantasy football, music, and photography. Blake cheers for The University of Georgia and also always cheers for his Fantasy Football team "Shake'n Blake." He enjoys vacationing at the beach or any big city. Blake's favorite thing about First Church is that it teaches people to really struggle with who God is and the idea of how big God's love actually is!
Cathy Shelton Organist
Cathy Shelton joined the First Church staff as organist in November 2016. She began playing for worship services at age 12 and has played organ and piano in United Methodist and Presbyterian churches in most of the years since then. She taught music in Alabama public schools for 34 years, most recently at Hoover High School. Cathy is excited about being a part of the vibrant music and worship at First Church and feels at home in a church committed to inclusion and social justice. Cathy met her husband, Rick, at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). They live in Westover, where they raised their two sons, Scott and Andrew. Cathy enjoys playing chamber music, reading mysteries, vacationing in the Smokies, and tinkering with websites in her spare time.
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