New FUMC pastor wants Methodists to reconnect

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia’s new First United Meth­odist pastor, Danny Niedecken, has a simple message for Mexia’s Meth­odists: Come back and get reconnected.

Niedecken and his wife, Gretchen, moved here in June, but they’ve had a connection to Mexia for nearly a decade. Eight years ago, they bought land near Lake Mexia with an eye to retiring there someday, and two years ago they built a home on their property. When authorities in the Methodist conference asked Niedecken to come pastor in Mexia, it seemed like the right next step.

“Lo and behold, this year we get moved here and we get to live in our own house,” he said recently. “A lot of things in (the move) are providential that we didn’t plan on and have worked out very well.”

They have another tie to this area in that one of their four grown children is a physician in Groesbeck.

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