Putting Love First


Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana! With a physical presence that dates to at least 1845, First United Methodist Church is considered the oldest Protestant church in Lafayette. The original church building was located at the corner of Washington and Congress Streets, and was actively used through 1924. Then, in 1925, our growing congregation relocated to its current location at the corner of Lee Avenue and Main Street. Later, in 1958, an educational wing was built to further the church’s ministry. Thus, for going on 175 years, First United Methodist Church has sought to be a place in the community where God’s love and grace are experienced by and offered to all.

Come dream with us as we continue our journey of “Putting Love First” by serving God and neighbor in the Downtown Lafayette community and the world.

Our Purpose

Putting Love First

Our Vision

Putting Love First, we seek to be a fully inclusive community of faith, transforming lives and Downtown Lafayette through the grace of Jesus Christ.

The Mission of the United Methodist Church

To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


2020 Vision is a five-step initiative towards spiritual and missional growth at First United Methodist Church. Over the course of the next year, we will be focusing on new ways that we can worship, pray/study, serve, give, and share the love of God through the ministry of this faith community.