Pastors’ Message



If you are visiting our website for the first time, we greet you in the name of our Risen Lord!
We are just beginning the season of Easter, which proclaims to us God’s power to bring life out of the very worst that happens to us. We invite you to find the power of new life here at Birmingham First and our new campus, Berkley First!

Over 2,000 people will attend Easter Sunday services here at Birmingham First United Methodist Church, but Easter Sunday is only the beginning. We have wonderful worship, amazing choirs, rich mission witness and powerful sermons every Sunday. We are known for warm hospitality. If you are new to the greater Birmingham area, you will find a warm welcome here.

This Easter season is significant for another reason. A personal reason. The five weeks after Easter will be my final five Sundays leading worship here. On May 21, I will retire and join my wife, Bishop Laurie Haller, in Des Moines, Iowa. I’ve thought hard on what I’d like to say in this brief time. My sermon series will be as follows:

                                               I’m Still Growing!

April 23:     What I’ve Learned About Grace
April 30:     What I’ve Learned About Growing
May 7:        What I’ve Learned About Faith
May 14:      What I’ve Learned About Love
May 21:      What I’ve Learned about Following Christ

While I am departing, two excellent new ministers will be coming to Birmingham First. I hope you will make your way here to welcome them. My hope that you will take that first step and “taste and see” what awaits you here!

Gary Haller
Senior Pastor