Everyone is Welcome at Smithville UMC ...

Everyone is welcome and we are excited to invite you to worship with us.   If you do not already have a church home in the Smithville area, we invite you to consider allowing Smithville UMC to fill that void.   We would love to include you as a part of our Church Family.

We have wonderful music, Spirit-filled worship, Biblical, relevant preaching, a fantastic Adult Sunday School selections and friendly folks that would love to welcome you into our community of faith personally.

We are located in the beautiful heart of Wayne County, right in the midst of Amish Country.   It is a wonderful drive, through the glory of God's creation and the fantastic countryside to Smithville; and we are right in the heart of the village.

How We Began ...

Smithville United Methodist Church began on October 8, 1812, as the first religious gathering in Green Township, when sixteen people met in the cabin of Michael Thomas. A Reverend Gray, a circuit rider passing through the area saw the group and exclaimed, "I believe have found my flock in the desert!"  He shared a message and the group shared a dinner of venison and "johnnycakes."

Two years later, this first religious group was organized as a congregation of the Methodist Episcopal Church, under the pastoral leadership of Reverand Thomas Summerville.

Meet the Team


Pastor James Lance was appointed to Smithville UMC in July of 2021.  He graduated from the College of Wooster with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Theatre.  Pastor James has also graduated from Boston University School of Theology with a Masters of Theological Studies and Methodist Theological School of Ohio with a Masters of Divinity.

James enjoys attending the theatre, he like plays, musicals, and the Ohio Light Opera.  James also enjoys archery, reading, and playing board games with friends.  James also enjoys traveling and hopes to do so more in the coming years.


Three of James' favorite things are his cat Macleod, his morning coffee, and subs.  James is currently exploring the wonderful menus of the Carpenters Cup and Sam's Pizza and Heroes.

Aimee began serving at Smithville UMC in July of 2007.   She is a graduate of Malone University (1998) and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Discipleship Ministry with a concentration in Youth and Family Ministry.

Aimee and her husband Scott have been married since December of 2012 and   they share their home with their youngest son, Aidan.

Aimee loves the Lord and desires to serve Him above all else!   She has a passion for telling teens that they are loved by Jesus and that they were created by Him for a purpose!   She also has a deep love of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music.   Aimee loves directing the SUMC Adult Choir and enjoys her time singing        with the Praise Team on Sunday mornings, during Worship.   When she is not at the church, you will find Aimee spending time with her family, reading books, scrapbooking, watching movies and drinking coffee with friends!  

Ministry Coordinator

Administrative Assistant

Cheryl has been serving as the Administrative Assistant at Smithville United Methodist Church since May of 2011.   She brings over 25 years of Church Office experience to SUMC.

She has been marrried to h
er husband Sandy since September 1981.   Sandy and Cheryl have two adult sons;  Jeff (Krissta) and Craig along with two grandchildren.

Cheryl enjoys swimming, traveling and playing card or board games with her family and friends.