What We Believe

The standard doctrines of the United Methodist Church

Are contained in two foundational documents from our heritage, the Articles of Religion of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Confession of Faith of the Evangelical United Brethren Church. When these two bodies merged in 1968 to form the United Methodist Church both documents became part of the Book of Discipline.

Our History

The Russell Springs First United Methodist Church was first established in 1907 in the home of Mr. & Mrs. William Vaughan with 16 members and Rev. Robert Lee Talley as pastor. Services were held at various places before the first church building was built. Russell Springs was on a circuit with 5 other churches until 1948 when it became a station church with membership totaling 346. Over the years we have had 32 pastors, with Dr. Timo Karvonen being our current pastor. Three church buildings have been built over the last 100 years. Land was purchased in 1910 to build the first church. The second church was built in 1924. The existing church was built in 1967. In the last few years the current building has been renovated and we have added The ROCK (Reaching Out in Christian Kindness) which serves as our Family Life Center. The church has grown by leaps and bounds, not of our own doing, but through the strength of Christ. Our doors and hearts are open to everyone.

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

Dr. Rev. David Calhoun

Dr. Rev. David Calhoun

Senior Pastor

Dennis Price

Dennis Price

Associate Pastor

Sherri Robertson Coffey

Sherri Robertson Coffey

Office Administrator

Our Beliefs & Values

The Constitution of the United Methodist Church contains Restrictive Rule #16, Article I, which states that “the General Conference shall not revoke, alter, or change our Articles of Religion or establish any new standards or rules of doctrine contrary to our present existing and established standards of doctrine.”

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[The Book of Discipline 1996, p. 26] Article II says the same concerning our Confession of Faith. In others words, they are here to stay! As long as there is a denomination known as the United Methodist Church these two documents will continue to be the standard of what our church is to believe. They form the core of our expression of the Christian faith.

So, what do they say? Glad you asked! But, instead of trying to reprint all 25 Articles of Religion and the 16 articles in the Confession of Faith as they appear in their entirety (and in 18th century English!) we have attempted to summarize these documents into “WE BELIEVE” statements. We have used more contemporary English in hopes of making them more “believer friendly.” A few of the articles, such as whether or not the United States is recognized as a sovereign nation, we have intentionally omitted. We have instead tried to catch the core of what it means to be a Christian in the United Methodist Church. Copies of the actual documents are available through the church office if you are interested.

We have also included scripture references after each statement. We believe the Bible is the primary source for “doing theology”. John Wesley referred to himself as a “man of one book” and he wanted the Methodists to be “Bible Christians”. He sought a scriptural Christianity energized by the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit, and we are committed to do the same. Finally, we don’t claim to be the exclusive holders to the keys to the Kingdom nor do we by any means believe our doctrine to be perfect. But we do serve a perfect God who will one day help each of us to “know fully, even as I am fully known.” (I Corinthians 13:12) We do hope that reading, reflecting and discussing these core beliefs will help you to establish anchor points for your faith on your continuing journey as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. We join with John Wesley in proclaiming what we hope is the desire of us all when he said, “I want to know one thing – the way to heaven!”

We Believe

In one true, holy and living God who is the maker and preserver of all things. He has revealed Himself as the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – three persons of one substance, power and eternity.

Genesis 1&2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

We Believe

In Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man. He is the Word made flesh, born of the virgin – Mary – by the power of the Holy Spirit. He suffered, was crucified, died and buried to reconcile us to the Father and to be the perfect sacrafice for our sins. There is salvation in no other name.

John 1:14; Acts 4:10-12; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Colossians 1:15-20

We Believe

In the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave as an actual event in recorded history. He arose with an actual body, ascended into heaven and will return again to earth as the final judge of all persons.

Matthew 28:12-22; Acts 10:39-42

We Believe

The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son. He is our Helper, Teacher and Guide, and the one who dwells in the lives of all true believers. He provides power to be witnesses of the good news of Jesus in all the world.

John 14:15-18, 26: 16:13; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18

We Believe

The Holy Bible is the word of God and contains all things necessary for salavation. The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and it alone is the ultimate rule and guide for living the Christian life.

Isaiah 40:8; John 20:31; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12

We Believe

That all persons are sinners by nature and are helpless to change their condition through any human power or ability. We are put into a right relationshop to God by faith in Jesus Christ alone. Salvation is a gift of the grace of God and is available to all who as an act of free will respond to God’s offer of salvation.

Romans 3:23; 5:1-2 & 6-11; 6:23; 10:9-11; Eph. 2:8-9

We Believe

All who put faith in Jesus Christ and the salvation He alone can give are born again and, therefore, citizens of the Kingdom of God. They are made new creations by the power of the Holy Spirit, freed from the  curse of sin, and enabled to be faithful servants of God and others. As believers we can fall into a life of sin by an act of our will through a rebellious and disobedient heart toward the known will of God. Forgiveness is available to all who turn from their sin and desire to live a new life following Jesus Christ.

John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 1:6-7; 3:5-10 

We Believe

The church is the community of all trye believers of Jesus Christ. All Christians need to be a part of the fellowship of a local congregation where the word of God is preached and the sacraments are administered. The church exists for the worship of God, to proclaim the good news about Jesus to all the world and to help believers mature in their fatith so they can be in ministry in the church and mission in the world.

Matthew 16:18-19; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:11-16 

We Believe

The sacraments are signs of God’s love and grace for us and of our profession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. In the practice of the sacraments, by the mystery of faith, we experience the grace of God in our lives and are strengthened in our faith. We observe two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion (or the Lord’s Supper).

Matthew 3:13; 28:18-20; 26:26-30

We Believe

Baptism is a sign that we are followers of Christ and marks us as belonging to the family of God. It is a sign of the new birth. We practice the baptism of children but do not believe it is sufficient for salvation. All persons, at some point in their lives, must accept for themselves God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ.  

Matthew 18:3-4; Luke 18:15-17; Romans 6:3-4; Ephesians 4:4-6

We Believe

The Lord’s Supper is a sign of God’s love toward us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It also reminds us of the way we are to love each other. We are to participate in Holy Communion in faith and with a sincere desire to live a new life following Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:17-29

We Believe

That followers of Jesus Christ are to continue growing in their faith and are to seek to be in ministry and mission in and through their local church. Christians are set apart of “sanctified” to live lives that are both fruitful and faithful to the will of God. A person who is sanctified is freed from the power of sin and seeks to live a holy life which is defined as loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and loving others as you would yourself. 

Mark 12:28-31; John 15:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; 1 Peter 1:13-16; Hebrews 12:14

We Believe

It is the will of God for all Christians to join together regularly for the public worship of God. Worship is essential to the life of the church and the regular gathering of the Christian community is necessary for Christian fellowship and growth.

Acts 2:46; Hebrews 1-:24-25

We Believe

That all persons will stand under the final judgements of Jesus Christ.

We Believe

In the resurrection of the dead.

We Believe

Those who are in a right relationship to Jesus Christ will live forever with God in a place the Bible calls Heaven, and those who reject the gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from God in a place the Bible calls Hell. 

Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-31; 1 John 5:11-12; Revelation 22:12-17

We Believe

Those who are in a right relationship to Jesus Christ will live forever with God in a place the Bible calls Heaven, and those who reject the gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from God in a place the Bible calls Hell. 

Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-31; 1 John 5:11-12; Revelation 22:12-17


Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

Russell Springs United Methodist Church is located on Jamestown Street, one block from Main Street, downtown Russell Springs.

226 Jamestown St, Russell Springs, KY 42642

What time is your worship service?

Our worship services are updated on our events page.

How long do your services last?

Most services last about an hour. Check our events pages for more information.

How do people dress for church?

Dress at RSUMC is casual, however, you will see a variety–everything from suits and dresses to jeans and even shorts during the summer months.

Do you have Sunday School?

Yes. Check our events page for dates and times. Classes are available for children, youth and adults. Nursery care is provided for children under the age of two.

Are children welcome in worship?

Children are always welcome to remain in the sanctuary with their parents. We also offer Kingdom Kids (a service for children preschool thru 2nd grade that provides worship and a message geared for children) during both morning services. Nursery care is offered for children under age 2.

Do you have a mid-week service?

We do not have a traditional mid-week worship service. We do have various Bible studies, Student Life (our youth program), choir practice, and in the Spring and Fall we have a program for children called Friends. See more about our events here.

What is the ROCK?

The ROCK is our Family Life Center, located behind the main church building. The name is an acronym which stands for “Reaching Out in Christian Kindness”. This multi-purpose building is used for a variety of ministries such as fellowship meals, outreach events, and has a full basketball court as well as a walking track. The ROCK can be rented for events such as birthday and anniversary parties.