Meet Rev Bev

Reverend Beverly L. Marr has been serving our church for five years. This is a second career for her after she was called to the ministry in 1994. She worked in the insurance industry for over 30-years and was an in-plant print manager and graphics/forms management specialist.

Rev. Marr is married to Fred. They celebrate 38-years in 2015 (40-years if you count dating). They have two daughters, one son-in-law, and a grandson. Before the Marrs met and married, Beverly had released twins for adoption and God reunited them after 22-years. In total, Fred and Bev celebrate nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Rev. Marr graduated from Cleary University with a Bachelors in Business Administration, she graduated from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio with a Master’s of Divinity; she was commissioned in 2003 and Ordained an Elder in 2006 by the Detroit Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Her first appointment was with Lincoln Community United Methodist Church in Ypsilanti, MI (2003-2010) and currently serves the First United Methodist Church of Durand, MI (2010- ).

Pastor Bev reports: “Some of my favorite ministry moments have been baptisms and communion; working on weekend events like Emmaus and Chrysalis; being a mentor to those who are discerning God’s call on their lives; helping families to move through the celebration of a loved one’s life with joy and laughter; and most precious are all the “ON-FIRE” disciples of Jesus Christ wherever I may serve. It is amazing the energy passionate disciples of Jesus Christ have to serve and serve and serve. . . I am truly grateful to God for placing me where He needed me and even though the struggles can seem overwhelming at times – oh, is there joy when God’s plan is finally revealed.”

We appreciate and celebrate all ordained ministers who serve our Lord and Savior. We invite you to come and meet our pastor!

Looking for an Ideal Gift


Buy a Gift Certificate from the church office or Pastor Bev for a specific upcoming church Fund Raiser event to give to someone! What better gift is that?!? The recipient & the church both receive gifts!


The First United Methodist Church of Durand participates in an ongoing fundraiser called SCRIPT. This is a program of buying cash cards from a business, a set percentage of the card’s value is given to our church. The amount donated varies according to the retailer. There are no fees or costs of any kind to those buying the cards. The cards are like the gift cards you may have purchased in the past. For example, you may have given an Applebee’s card or a Speedway gas card as a gift. They are simply a convenient, cash-free way of making purchases and donating to our church. For example, if you purchase a $25 Speedway gas card, you will pay $25 and you will get the full $25 to spend on gas.

The coordinators for this fundraiser are Laura Alderman and Carol Mose. They will take the orders and payment, tally the orders, and send them to the Great Lakes Script Center. Orders are filled the next day and will  be ready for you the following Sunday.

You may choose to place your order by filling out a form which you can obtain through Laura or Carol or you may place your order online. You can create your own account by following these steps:

  • Go online at
  • Family Sign-up- Create Account
  • Make up your own user name and password
  • Use Enrollment Code for our church: A724412L2144L
  • Place your order.

If you shop online, you can use a function called Presto-pay which allows your payment to be withdrawn directly from you checking account. You can also pay by writing a check and giving it to Carol Mose or Laura Alderman



10016 E Newburg Rd (corner of Newburg and New Lothrop Roads)
Durand, MI 48429

Service Times

Traditional Worship & Children’s worship/Sunday School
10:00 a.m.

Sunday school – Youth
11:00 a.m.

Youth Fellowship

8 am. 2nd and 4th Sundays




Celebrate recovery

Bi-Monthly Leadership Meeting:

Leadership meetings are held once every two months on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be Tuesday May 26 at 6:30 pm at the church.

All who are interested in helping with the weekly meetings are invited to attend the Celebrate Recovery leadership meetings.

“Celebration Station” and “The Landing”

Currently we offer a CR program for younger children called “Celebration Station”. We would like to add CR’s curriculum for teens, called “The Landing”. Both will meet during the adults’ Open Meeting and Small group sharing time, (7:30 to 9:00 p.m.).

We are looking for a volunteer (or Volunteers) who would be willing to take on the responsibility of running “The Landing” for teens in this area. Both “The Landing” and ” Celebration Station” equip our young people to handle life’s problems before life’s problems happen to them. Please contact the CR Ministry Leader, Ron C. at (989)-277-9076 if you feel led to this ministry.



We are a faith community which is more and bigger than our building. A church is not the building – it is the people, and we are dedicated, joyful, loving people who love the Lord our God SO much we build our ministries around relationships and making disciples for Jesus Christ. Our Vision Statement… Read more



Homecoming Festival

Durand First United Methodist church is celebrating 150-years of ministry with a weekend of festivities. September 25-27, 2015 you are invited to join them for their “Homecoming Festival! Friday night there will be an informal campfire at 6 p.m. and local talent providing entertainment. Bring your s’mores, a dish-to-pass, your talent, and roast a hot… Read more



8th Annual Buffalo Dinner & 6th Annual Tractor Show

Saturday, August 29, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tractor Show 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Blessing of the Tractors – 1:00 p.m. Tractor Drive – Time to Be Announced



Craft Days

Every Second Saturday Sept 2015- May 2016 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. Bring any project you are working on and join the fun! Scrap booking, knitting, crocheting, quilting, etc. Saturday September 12, 2015 This is the first one of the season We will meet in the activity center at the church and are asking for a $10