Hey great to have you check us out here on the web! We want to encourage you to come join us for Sunday morning worship. We worship on Sunday's at 10:25 a.m.! Although we're still in transition, we'll find our way together, so stop on by and join us as we celebrate the Spirit together. You're new to Vermillion? Don't know anyone? Rick has only been with us since July 1, 2011. Rick has served United Methodist churches at Arlington & Lake Preston, Harrisburg, SD and Minot Vincent in Minot, ND, and Faith UMC in Fargo, ND and until a year ago worked as a Chaplain in Yankton, SD at Sacred Heart Hospital; while there he worked primarily with the two Avera Nursing Homes. Rick and his wife Becky have been married 32 years and have 3 grown children: Ryan (Kristina) Pittenger live and work in Sioux Falls, Brandon Pittenger lives and works in Williston, ND, and daughter Kristen lives and works in Minneapolis, MN.
Greetings from the Pulpitt,
"God drew (Pulled) me up from the desolate pitt, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure." Psalm 40: 2 (NRSV)
Here's my story:
I was born on Christmas Day, at 12:06 PM into a pastor’s family. My Dad, Dick, served as a United Methodist Pastor in the Dakotas Conference and my Maternal Grandfather, Herman, was also a Methodist Pastor down in Kansas. After my ordination my mother, Ruth, also entered the diaconate ministry, and mom’s only sibling/sister married a United Methodist Pastor; so you see I’m surrounded – but there was no pressure. :)
I attended church as a youth, sang in church choirs in Huron and Sioux Falls, was involved in youth ministry in high school; went on several Youth Caravan’s. I sang with the All American Bi-Centennial Singers in 1976 and the group folded that fall. So, in the fall of 1976 I attend Dakota Wesleyan University. While there I was active in Band, Choir, Theater, Religious Life, Student Government and worked in the food service for breakfast (back in the dish room).
After my second year I felt he nudge for parish ministry; I was made aware of a position in Claremont, Hecla and Houghton, SD. I was called the Parish Visitor which was a fancy name for a Youth Pastor; which was my primary focus. The second summer there, I had an epiphany while driving just north of Watertown on Highway 20. It was beautiful drive, soft rolling hills that seemed to go on to the horizon in the west. I had driven through some dark storm clouds and heavy rain. I was in awe of God’s splendor as it was laid out before me. I got to thinking about my life, where I was headed, going back for a 2nd year and all. I did what certainly others have done. I asked God to “give me a sign”. Seriously, it was like a scene from a movie… to the north of me, dark clouds and rain; to the south of me, dark clouds and more rain and lightning. However, straight ahead was a brilliant scene – clear sky and brilliant streams of light sifted through the clouds as if to say. “Rick, you are on the right path!”
Becky and I have been married for 32 years, having served churches in Arlington/Lake Preston; Harrisburg, SD & also Vincent UMC in Minot and Faith UMC in Fargo, and Becky has taught elementary school for 25 years and is now the children's librarian at the Yankton Community Library.
We have 3 grown children Ryan (29) and his wife Kristina live in Sioux Falls, SD; Brandon (27) lives in Bismarck, ND; Kristen (25) and lives in Minneapolis, MN.
I’m very blessed and am looking forward to many good years of ministry together with you,
Check out our updated Webpage: vermillionumc.com
Rev. Rick Pittenger
Pastor of First United Methodist Church
16 North Dakota Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Church Phone: 605-624-2179
Royce Miller has been our office manager since last August and our Treasurer since February. If you're ever at the church from 10am to 3pm during the week, drop by and introduce yourself! He's an Episcopalian, but he's not so bad. Royce enjoys fonts like Times New Roman and computer games like spreadsheets.
Royce is also our 'webmaster,' so if you have questions, comments, or complaints about the website, just let him know :D
Chris has lived in Vermillion since 2003. Having gotten his Bachelor of Music Education degree from USD, he is now back at the university for masters degrees in choral conducting and collaborative piano. Between degrees, he taught 5-12 band and high school choir in Scotland, SD and high school band in Sioux Center, IA. Chris continues to teach voice, piano, sax, clarinet, and flute lessons both in Vermillion and Sioux City, while staying busy playing piano for the USD theatre department and accompanying soloists in the music department.
Angelica is volunteering in Mizak, Haiti through First United Methodist. She works with Living Media International, a non-profit that works with education and community development at many different levels, starting with the New Life Primary school and running all the way up through adult creole literacy. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry please feel free to contact her via her blog, at:
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Jerry is a life-long resident of Vermillion, and has been working as First United Methodist's custodian and all-around handyman for about five years. Everything is clean and ship-shape at church because of Jerry!