Meet Our Leaders

Acts 20:28 ESV
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit
has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood

Rev. Dr. Eliseo A. Mejia

Lead Pastor

We stand on our knees, utterly amazed at how God's grace guides our footsteps.

Our pastor Dr. Eliseo A Mejia is married to Cathy Mejia (Suzuki violin teacher), and they enjoy life with God’s three gifts: Almita Grace, Catherine Ellie, and Elias Eliseo.

As a family, they enjoy bicycle rides, play games, listen to music, swim at Carnico Lake and in the ocean (the Pacific's waves), discover new places, and family fun Friday nights.

Cathy has a heart to worship God, and her beat is on missions. Their children are the next generation that will take the gospel further than anyone can ever imagine. Our pastor has a passion for seeing people embracing the cross, communities transformed by the gospel, and generations of influential leaders growing new ministries, and fresh expressions of the church. 

He is a pastor, missiologist, and church planter leader. He earned a master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Both Eliseo and Cathy grew up in El Salvador, with parents committed to serving God. 

The Mejia—Elias family.

Heidi Smits

Children's Director

Heidi is the Children’s Director at Paris First United Methodist Church. She grew up in this church and started working with children at a young age. Her mother and her friend were in charge of the children’s ministry when  she was a child. Heidi  has always been involved with planning, attending, and helping with children activities, even at young age. She began teaching the JC Kids Sunday school class when she was a college freshman., and became the Children’s Director in 2008.  She now coordinates all children’s activities and makes sure there are teachers for Jr. Church. Heidi is a mother of 4 children and married her high school sweetheart, Neal, in 2005. Heidi has been  employed at Bourbon County Preschool and Head Start since 2010.