Stephanie York Arnold Senior Pastor

Stephanie Arnold has been serving in a local church through the United Methodist Connection in North Alabama since 1999. She has been at First Church since June 2010. Stephanie married Steve Arnold, a metallurgical engineer in the steel industry, in June 1999. They live in Vestavia Hills with their two children Georgia and Sawyer who are both in elementary school. Stephanie enjoys horseback riding, running, and cooking. Because Stephanie was Big Al at the University of Alabama, she obviously says “ROLL TIDE!” when it comes to sports teams. Her favorite vacation destination is somewhere with a new culture to explore and learn, ample opportunities to relax and soak in peace, a place for her eyes to gaze on different and beautiful landscapes, and definitely somewhere with GREAT food! Her favorite part of First Church is the DIVERSE community.

R.G. Wilson-Lyons Pastor

R.G. Wilson-Lyons has been serving as a pastor in the North Alabama Conference since 2006 and was appointed to serve at First Church in June of 2016. R.G. is married to Mary Page Wilson-Lyons who is the Strategic Initiatives Director for the Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham. They live in Crestwood with their preschool daughter Nina. R.G. has been an Alabama fan for his whole life but also pulls for the Duke Bluedevils in basketball as he is an alumni of Duke's Divinity School. R.G. loves to play most any sport, but especially basketball, tennis, and disc golf. He is also an avid hiker and camper and his favorite vacation destinations are places that have mountains to climb. R.G.'s favorite part of First Church is its desire to wrestle with what it means to be a faithful church in downtown Birmingham.


An historic church in the heart of downtown Birmingham, First Church Birmingham is an open place for ALL to worship, grow, and serve. We are a diverse congregation made up of people from all over the Birmingham metro area and beyond.


                  You are welcome here!


First Church Birmingham

518 19th St North
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 254-3186


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