About us

Here at First United Methodist Church of Locust Grove our mission is to Live God’s Way, Share God’s Story and Serve God’s People.  We are part of the United Methodist Tradition  and in this connection we are connected to all the United Methodist Churches in Oklahoma. 

We are a diverse community striving to live out the calling that God has placed on our hearts to Live, Share and Serve all in the name of Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Savior.

To find out about our beliefs please check out what we believe. 


About our Lead Pastor: Rev. Matthew D. Franks

img_6165Hello my name is Matthew Franks (you can call me Matt) I am an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. I grew up in Miami, Oklahoma graduated from Miami High School in 2001.  I then went to work on my Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Oklahoma City University which I completed in May 2005. Then I went to work on my Masters of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary which I finished in December 2009.

img_2752Before coming to my third and current appointment at FUMC Locust Grove, I served as an associate at McFarlin UMC in Norman where I over saw Young Adult Ministries, Missions and Outreach. My first appointment I served as Lead Pastor at Calumet UMC and Red Rock UMC.

I have also served as an adjunct Professor of Theology & Ethics at Mid-America Christian University in their CAGS Program. My first ministry job was Director of Youth Ministries at Yukon First United Methodist Church.

Ashley and I have been married over 10 years and we have two sweet girls.



I can be followed on

Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mattdamethodist

Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mattdamethodist

Instagram at @mattdamethodist

As I continue on my journey I strive to be in: worship, study, service, and fellowship all to honor God, be an example of Jesus the Christ, and to be led by the Holy Spirit.