Pastoral Team


Co-Lead Pastors

Rev. Drs. John & Loletuth Kalz are the appointed co-pastors of First United Methodist Church. Ordained elders in the Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church, they bring a passion for people, the church, and God’s Mission in the world. John & Loletuth have three children: Emily, Lucas, and Eliza.   

Pastor Loletuth grew up across Western Kentucky as a pastor’s child.  She is a graduate of Lindsey Wilson College (BA) , Duke Divinity School (MDiv.), and Wesley Theological Seminary (DMin.). Prior to coming to Madisonville, she served as associate pastor at Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville; the pastor at Trinity UMC in Covington, Ky.; and as a mission intern with the UMC in Macedonia, Europe.  

Pastor John grew up on a farm outside Somerset, Kentucky.  He is a graduate of Lindsey Wilson College (BA), Duke Divinity School (MDiv.), and Louisville Seminary (DMin.). Prior to coming to Madisonville, he served as the Senior Pastor at Buechel United Methodist in Louisville, a multi-cultural congregation; as the pastor at Wesley UMC in Ludlow, Ky.; Assistant Chaplain at Lindsey Wilson College; and as the Conference Coordinator for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.  


Assoc. Pastor of Student Ministries

As Associate Pastor of Student Ministries, Ken works with adult volunteer staff and our Student Leadership Teams to oversee our Hands of Christ Student Ministries, which includes the Madisonville Chrysalis Community.

Ken grew up in Madisonville and attended Madisonville FUMC as a child.

Ken is married to Susan who works for the Hopkins County Board of Education. They have two children--Micah, who lives and works in New Hampshire, and Hannah, who is working with Ava Grace School in Guatemala.

Ken has a heart for missions and leads Hands of Christ Mission Teams each year. In addition, he leads our students in many local and regional ministries.

Yasmel Reyes

Pastoral Associate

As Pastoral Associate, Yasmel serves our church in the areas of adult discipleship, outreach to the community, and leads our Spanish-language ministries.   

Prior to coming to First Church, Yasmel served with Ministerios Ebenezer in Louisville, and has also served as a missionary with the Methodist Church of Cuba.  

A lifelong Methodist, Yasmel is a native of Holguin, Cuba.   Yasmel is married to Ariatna, and have they one daughter.