Topeka First United Methodist Church was the very first congregation to call Topeka home. For over 160 years we have sought to be a community of Jesus followers who connect, grow, and serve for the good of the city. We have chosen to stay downtown and serve Topeka in the best way we know how, by being beacons of God's love and grace in our community.

Our primary focus as a congregation is to help people grow as Disciples of Christ. In other words, we seek to empower people to be the best versions of themselves while giving them the tools they need to be a beacon of Christ in the world around them. If that sounds like something you are looking for, this might be the right place for you. 


Meet Our Staff

Jeff Clinger
Lead Pastor

Jeff has been lead pastor at Topeka First UMC since 2015. Jeff grew up in Tonganoxie, Kansas where he graduated high school. He then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University. After graduating he married Heather Clinger and the two moved to Evanston, Illinois to attend Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary.


Jeff is a fan of all kinds of music. He enjoys reading, is a runner, and a fan of KU basketball. He and his wife Heather have two kids, Hannah and Joshua.

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