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George Ragsdale
​Executive Director of Children, Youth and Missions at FUMC


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Hometown: Roswell, NM
College: McMurry University
Years in youth ministry: over 30 
Years at FUMC: 15
Email: grags@firstmethodist.org
Phone: 225-383-4777 ext. 251

About Us

What's with the 225?

The area code for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area is 225. Revive225 is a ministry born out of the vision of First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 


After conducting a study of the population within a three-mile radius surrounding FUMC, we realized that as a church situated in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge, we needed to be better neighbors.


When did this whole thing begin?

Our first season of Revive began in 2015. We hosted 468 volunteers from January to July and established relationships with 15 families in our community by doing home repairs and other acts of service. It was an incredibly successful start, but we know there was still much work to be done.


When does Revive operate?

We operate primarily during the summer months when students are out of school. But we also host mission teams during the weeks of fall, winter, and spring breaks. The last week of Revive is generally at the end of July or first week of August, and then we pick back up in November or December. FUMC also hosts multiple church-wide workdays throughout the year.