CRESTVIEW — Crestview First United Methodist Church has a new senior minister, the Rev. Michael Precht.


CRESTVIEW — Crestview First United Methodist Church has a new senior minister, the Rev. Michael Precht. 



Precht has been serving as a full-time elder in the United Methodist Church since 2007.



For the last five years, Precht has lived in Brantley, Ala., where he served two churches. Prior to that appointment, he was the associate pastor at St. Francis UMC in Cary, N.C. He also served as an intern or short-term fellow at First UMC, Montgomery; Aldersgate UMC, Durham, N.C.; and Hyde Park UMC, Tampa.



Precht was the program director and co-founder of the Mere Christianity Forum Inc., a ministry on Furman University campus, and he served many years on MCF’s board of directors. MCF recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Vista House, an intentional Christian community of which he was the first resident.



He graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2003 and from Duke Divinity School with a Master of Divinity.



Precht and his wife, Jennifer, are Montgomery, Ala., natives. Their family includes Laken Johnson and two daughters, Elsa, 5, and Evelyn, 2. The family also shares their home with Guinness the Wonderdog.