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Who We Are

"Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other."  Romans 12:4-8

As a church, we are a group of people who belong to Christ not just on Sundays but on an eternal, ongoing basis.  Many of our members choose to tithe their time to McCordsville United Methodist Church in many different ways.  Here are just some of the very essential parts of our body.  We are ever so grateful for everyone at McCordsville United Methodist Church and invite any and all to join us in the many opportunities for service that exist among us.


Get in touch

Our office hours are on Thursdays from 9:00AM until 1:00PM and at other times by special appointment.  Each Thursday our Pastor and Administrative staff is there preparing for our Sunday service.  Please feel free to call or drop in during this time if you are in need of prayer, counsel or other Church services.

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Daniel Payton

McCordsville United Methodist Church welcomed Pastor Daniel Payton Nov. 2, 2014.

Daniel Payton is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ who loves to see the truth of Christ shared through word and deed. He also has a passion for his family and church. Pastor Payton has generously given his time and talents to many Indiana communities, and he will continue a long-standing tradition to ensure that McCordsville United Methodist Church will be an integral part of the McCordsville community and beyond.

Pastor Payton has served as pastor of Lanesville United Methodist Church, Zoar United Methodist Church and Patoka United Methodist Church, and recently as Lead Pastor of Riverside United Methodist Church – all in Indiana. He has particular skills in the following areas:

  • Pastoral care
  • Evangelism
  • Conflict resolution
  • Vision casting
  • Preaching/teaching God’s Word
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Administration
  • Personal relations

His education and coursework include a Bachelor of Arts: Biblical Literature and Urban Ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Pastor Payton was ordained through the United Methodist Church in Indianapolis on May 31, 2014.

A family tradition is being carried out as Pastor Payton is a third generation United Methodist pastor. His brother, father, and grandpa are all United Methodist Church Ordained Elders. While in high school, he started a Youth Ministry in Loogootee, Indiana (where he lived from the age of one), that quickly grew to 80 teens meeting twice a week. In his college years at Indiana Wesleyan University, he started a Young Adult Ministry, ministering to the homeless population of Marion, Indiana.

When not spending time with his family which includes wife Sarah, young daughter Emily, and dogs Elmo, Zoey and Oscar. Pastor Payton likes to build personal computers and keep up to date on anything technological. You might also find Pastor Payton at a local concert hall or theater as a lover of the arts. Although admittedly, not being musically inclined by playing an instrument or carrying a tune, he enjoys listening to all genres of music.

Pastor Payton loves to witness the creativity shared by family, friends, church members and the community, especially as it relates to helping those in need and enhancing our relationship with Jesus Christ. 



Lay leadership

Sarah Barry

An effective lay leader functions as the primary representative and role model of Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life.  The lay leader works with the pastor to fulfill the mission and vision of the congregation.

Our lay leader, Sarah Berry, has more than fulfilled this and the other visions of our congregation since accepting the position in 2014.  In her role as a church leader, Sarah has also been very instrumental in the acclamation of our new pastor to the church.  Our pastor relies on Sarah to assist with any activities at the McCordsville United Methodist Church. 

The lay leader also engages in spiritual practices that build a relationship of attentiveness to God’s will and direction.  Sarah has accomplished this through ministries that build discipleship such as our annual Vacation Bible School, teaching of children's Sunday school and consistent participation in Bible study and book reading groups.

Besides currently serving on the church council, Sarah’s prior church engagements have been with the finance committee, worship committee, the pastor parish committee (previous chair), interim president of the United Methodist Women’s group and co-chair of the Lord’s Acre silent auction.  Sarah also, at present, coordinates our team of volunteers for weekly liturgist, sings in the choir, contributes to our fellowship dinners, and frequently participates with the Outreach/Service/Missions committees, along with greeting our visitors with a warm and welcoming smile.

It was the familiar, friendly feel of “home” that attracted Sarah to McCordsville United Methodist Church in 2003.  It was the warm familiarity of the small, rural Ohio, Methodist church that Sarah, and her sister Trelia Craft, had been raised in that drew her at once.  Sarah joined in 2005 and Trelia followed at Sarah’s encouragement in 2008.  Both are a warm and welcoming presence at the church.  Please don’t miss the opportunity to meet them.

In her lay leadership at McCordsville United Methodist Church Sarah helps to cultivate a home church atmosphere of unpretentiousness, openness and friendliness to church family, guests and newcomers alike.  These being the characteristics of Jesus Himself, and the qualities that she strives in her laity to invite others to know in Him.  Sarah’s choice of lay leadership and her other investment of tithing her time into our church is because as the world proceeds into a more tumultuous future, she recognizes the responsibility of the lay leader in keeping McCordsville United Methodist Church and it’s congregation a solid presence in the community.  Sarah’s involvement in our church have shown that we will always be a haven of comfort and welcome where people of all ages from young to old can come to better know and relate to our living God.

And from Sarah personally comes this; “As we all grow in our personal relationships with our loving God, I pray too that McCordsville United Methodist Church's mission focus will continue to expand, to impact the larger community.  It is wonderful to be part of a church that so generously extends God's love and grace to meet the needs of many others.  One thing becomes clearer and clearer to me, I see that our church is not just working to perpetuate the future of the Kingdom of God, but that we are already firmly grounded in it.  It is here, and we are in it!”



Administrative office staff

Sharon Phillips, Susie Thomas and Trelia Craft

McCordsville United Methodist Church is blessed to have three volunteer secretaries to keep the office running smoothly. With their help, a bulletin is published weekly for Sunday service, our newsletters are written, printed and distributed every other month, mailing lists and calendars are kept up-to-date and church directories are compiled so the congregation can have a handy resource for keeping in touch with each other.



Worship Leader

Tim Murfin

McCordsville United Methodist Church is privileged to have Mr. Tim Murfin as our Worship Leader.  A position he has held since 2014.  Tim and his lovely wife Jill, who most weeks, can be found playing the piano at our church, have been attending McCordsville United Methodist Church since 2012.

In addition to being our Worship Leader, Tim has also held the posts of Choir Director since 2014 and as Chairman of the Worship and Praise Team since 2015. Tim oversees all music for the McCordsville United Methodist Church.

As you can tell, Tim does a lot for our church and for those efforts we are all very grateful.  It is only fitting that Tim finds his life verse in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

Though naturally gifted in music and choir, Tim is a graduate of Welch College in Gallatin, Tennessee where he studied Church Music and Christian Education.  We are blessed to have someone with Tim’s educational background as he has brought us many new experiences through music and hymn that have helped our church to grow.  Not only has our choir box filled but our congregation has increased as people come from all over just to listen to our beautiful choir under Tim’s direction.

In his free time, Tim enjoys spending time with his three sons, playing piano, singing and being a big sports fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Pacers and Cincinnati Reds.  But Tim’s most enjoyable free time is with his adoring wife Jill, who also attends McCordsville United Methodist Church and serves alongside Tim on the Worship and Music Team.  As mentioned earlier, Jill’s beautiful piano playing can be heard most every week as a part of our worship service.  McCordsville United Methodist is so very blessed to have both Tim and Jill.  Please be sure to stop by and say hello.