Our Pastor

Message from Our Pastor

Welcome to Duluth First United Methodist Church, or the Coppertop, as our church is fondly called. First UMC sits on top of a high hill and is one of the first sights seen by ships as they sail into our harbor, which makes a us a lighthouse of sorts for not only those passing ships, but also for people who are in search of a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

If you are looking for a church home, we invite to consider becoming a part of First UMC. We have music for the music lovers, we have missions for those interested in rolling up their sleeves and toiling in God’s Kingdom, we have fellowship, Bible Studies, and children and youth groups.

We also have dreams and visions of becoming a more vital and healthy church. This is where you can help. We can design the future together.

Again, this is an exciting time to a part of this exciting church. You are invited to become one of the Coppertop’s very own.

God bless you,

Rick Fossum, Pastor

Duluth First UMC


Meet Our Interim Pastor, Rev. Rick Fossum

Unknown-1I was born and raised in North Dakota.  I went to the University of North Dakota and received a degree in accounting.  I served two years in the U.S Army.  My wife and I have been married for forty-two years.  We have three grown children and two grand boys.  This is a second career for me.  I owned my own tax and accounting business before going to seminary at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.  My hobbies are: playing with the grand boys, walking, riding bike, golfing, doing yardwork, and reading. We retired to Lakeville, Minnesota after thirty-three years of ministry to be closer to our two daughters and their families.  This is my second Interim opportunity.

We are looking forward to Rick’s time at FUMC while Bishop Ough’s cabinet prayerfully prepares for our next full time pastor. Our prayers for opportunities to grow and serve continue during this transition. Welcome, Pastor Rick!