Our Mission

The people of Arlington United Methodist Church are putting our faith in action by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our Leaders

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31


Rev. Larry Woodruff

Rev. Larry Woodruff grew up in Memphis, graduating from Kingsbury High School. After graduating from Lambuth University and Methodist Theological School in Ohio, his professional ventures have led him to various appointments in West Tennessee and West Kentucky, as well as the Memphis, metro area.

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Stephen Racine Student Pastor

Stephen Racine grew up in Covington Tn, and went to college at Delta State University (Home of the Fighting Okra!) and studied Song Writing and Marketing. Stephen is Married to Lindsey Racine and has a son named Atticus! He enjoys fishing, playing music, duck hunting, spending time with family and playing with his Dog Cope. He believes that church should be fun and full of fellowship! Lindsey and Stephen are awaiting the birth of their second Child, Eva, due in June!


Jordan Wells Music Director

Jordan Wells, a native to Memphis area, received his Bachelors in Music from Middle Tennessee State and is currently working on his Masters in Music from the University of Memphis. Along with his deeply rooted passion in Music Ministry, Jordan is an active performer and director in the Memphis area, having music-directed productions at Germantown Community Theater and Harrell Theatre in Collierville, Tennessee. Jordan is also a multi-OHSM nominated music director for his work with multiple high schools
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Rilla Nagle Office Assistant

Rilla Nagle is a native of Memphis, TN. She is married to Wesley Nagle and has a daughter, Reece that is a high school senior. Rilla enjoys time with family and friends. She also enjoys cooking and singing.


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9


Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Colossians 3:13


Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

John 14:23

Our Beliefs

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:

We describe God in three persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13.
* We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
* We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
* We believe that God is loving. We can experience God’s love and grace.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13.
* We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
* We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God.
* We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. (Christ and messiah mean the same thing—God’s anointed.)
* We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
* We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13-14.
* We believe that the Bible is God’s Word.
* We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
* We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).
With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.


  • Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.


The Lord’s Supper (Communion, Eucharist)

  • The Lord’s Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
  • The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.
  • By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
  • We practice “open Communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.

* We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.
* We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
* We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.
Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.
* We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.
* We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
* We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.
* We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
* We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
* We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ.
* We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
* We believe that the kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.
* We believe that wherever God’s will is done, the kingdom or reign of God is present. It was present in Jesus’ ministry, and it is also present in our world whenever persons and communities experience reconciliation, restoration, and healing.
* We believe that although the fulfillment of God’s kingdom–the complete restoration of creation–is still to come.
* We believe that the church is called to be both witness to the vision of what God’s kingdom will be like and a participant in helping to bring it to completion.
* We believe that the reign of God is both personal and social. Personally, we display the kingdom of God as our hearts and minds are transformed and we become more Christ-like. Socially, God’s vision for the kingdom includes the restoration and transformation of all of creation.

Loving God. Loving People.

Want to worship with us?

We welcome you to the heart of Arlington to worship and share in our faith community. Please join us on Sunday morning worship and small group study.