Senior Pastor

Clifton Stringer

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Rev. Dr. Clifton Stringer joined First UMC Lockhart as Senior Pastor in July 2020, and we are delighted to receive him into our church family.

Both as an academic and as a pastor, Clifton is passionate about topics like the existence of God, the doctrine of the Trinity, the incarnation and work of Christ, the relationship between soul and body, and contemplative prayer.

He is an ordained Elder in the Rio Texas Conference, and has previously served United Methodist churches in Austin and Lakehills, TX. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Boston College and a M.Div. from Duke, and before all that earned a BA in English at UT Austin. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading with the kids and driving them where they need to be, reading poetry, playing guitar, going for walks, and having good conversations with friends.

Learn more about Clifton at

  September 2020  
This Week's Events


Online Worship Service
Join us in weekly worship with the flexibility of our YouTube worship service. Links to the current service are published each Saturday night on the home page.

Just click to watch. Remember, though our physical campus is closed, our virtual doors are open.

Subscribe to our mailing list by completing the contact form on the home page and receive twice weekly announcements, news, and invitations to our community gatherings online.
Coffee Hour with Pastor Clifton
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
This live online session is an informal, "drop in" meeting where you bring your own coffee and share face time with the pastor and other members of our faith community.

Google Meet link distributed weekly via email. Sign up for our mailing list by completing the contact form on the home page.
Adult Sunday School Online
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
This adult Bible Study is a live session led by Sharyl Ruiz, and conducted through Google Meet.

Meeting codes are shared via email each week. Please complete the contact information on the home page to join our mailing list.


Glad Baggers Mission Team
9:00 AM
Join this energetic hour of service at the food bank, bagging groceries for the clients of Caldwell County Christian Ministries (CCCM).

We meet at 8:30am to unload the truck, and begin bagging at 9am. Now indoors in the front of the Senior Activity Center on the corner of Bois D'arc and Medina Street.

Enter under the green awning. Masks and gloves required. All are welcome to help.

(updated 9/3/2020 MC)


UMW Prayer & Bible Study-VIA EMAIL ONLY
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
A very popular study group for ladies led by Jody King for United Methodist Women.
Card Ministry Mission-SUSPENDED
11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Ladies card making and papercraft ministry led by Cat Pearson. Cards and gifts benefit area seniors in nursing centers. Fellowship Hall.

Bring a lunch and stay to fellowship afterward.


Online Methodist Gathering (OMG) Bible Study
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
This online series is led by Doug Foster is an overview of scripture seeking thematic clues to big questions.

The Google Meet code is shared weekly via email. Fill out the contact form on the homepage to join our mailing list.
UMYF Online
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
This short gathering of our youth in 6th through 12th grades is led by Youth Director Jeanine Dailey and is held via Google Meet.

Meeting Codes are distributed each week via email. Contact Ms. Jeanine to enroll your child in the program at
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