The building can be intimidating, but the people are friendly and diverse! If you are coming on a Sunday morning, there should be a smiling greeter to welcome you and help with any special needs, such as where to find child care or a restroom.

11am – Traditional service featuring inspiring music by our amazing choir and organist set in our majestic sanctuary. This service contains all the hymns and liturgy of the United Methodist tradition as well as uplifting messages from our senior pastor, Tim Jarrell.

We also have Sunday school classes for both adults, and youth, and nursery care for those under 6 at 9:45am every Sunday throughout the year.

Piloting With First Methodist

Austin Avenue and First Methodist Waco are two churches that have a rich history of working together. In fact, they both started from the very first church ever planted in Waco, and were at one point the same church. Because of the calling of these two churches to reach Waco better placed by the Holy Spirit, Austin Avenue UMC and First Methodist Waco have partnered together until November 11th. Because of this partnership, the times of services and services available have changed. The new services include:

All services offered by First Methodist

Sunday Morning (At Austin Avenue UMC):

  • 9:30 AM
    • Contemporary Worship Led by Rev. Ryan Barnett
    • Adult Sunday School at Austin Ave
    • Nursery Care for those not yet in Kindergarten
  • 11:00 AM
    • Traditional Worship  Led by Rev. Brandon Frenzel
    • Nursery Care for those not yet in Kindergarten
    • Children’s Sunday School for grades K-5
    • Youth Sunday School for grades 6-12
    • Adult Sunday School (including college and young adult)


Wednesday Night Programs (At FUMC on Cobbs dr.):

Midweek Classes

Bible Bonanza

Youth Bridge



We have communion on the first Sunday of the month during our Traditional service. You do not have to be a member of the church, or even a Methodist, to take communion with us. All are welcome at Christ’s table.


In our Traditional service, some people wear suits, some people wear jeans. Come dressed in whatever way you are comfortable. Like the old song says, “it doesn’t matter what you wear, as long as you are there.”

Getting here

We are located on Austin Avenue between 13th and 14th street. Our address is 1300 Austin Avenue. You can get directions here. Parking is on the southwest side of the building. The entrance on that side is handicap accessible.




Austin Avenue is a church with strong connections to the downtown Waco community. Our calling is to spread the good news of God’s grace in Christ Jesus through both our actions and words. We strive to stay faithful to the tradition of the United Methodist Church while being modern in our approach to ministry. If you would like more information, read our newsletter, send us an e-mail, listen to our Sunday morning radio broadcast on 92.9 FM, or watch our Sunday morning live worship stream on UStream.TV.

Our preference, of course, is that you join us for worship on Sunday mornings.

Traditional Worship: Sunday Mornings at 11 AM