WHO WE ARE

Granger Church


We are all God's children.


Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.

What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him,

for we will see him as he is.     

1 John 3:2


OUR BELIEFS

We are on a journey


We are Followers of Christ

     The thoughts of one leader in the early church were true in the first century and remain true, especially in 2020 and the Covid-19 crisis. The world does not yet know what will be. The Followers of Christ do not yet know what will be. This is not the first global crisis and it will not be the last. Christ Followers will trust God will reveal what we are to be when God deems the time. Until that time, we trust in God.

     Granger UMC knows this is a time of swift changes, disrupting traditions and feeling pressed to adapt. It is also a time to hold onto the principals that define Christ Followers. While our in-person worship services have been suspended, Granger UMC leaders have not been idle. Our top priority is re-forming the culture of this congregation.


For information on The United Methodist Church go to https://www.umc.org/en



OUR VALUES

We are family



God calls us to Love one another.


God calls Granger UMC to:


  •  Live a life devoted to Jesus Christ, the head of the Church.
  •  Love God, neighbor and self.
  • Offer acceptance of all people after the example of Jesus Christ.
  •  Prayerfully seek God’s will and lift the world into God’s care.
  •  Trust in the Holy Spirit and those God raises up in the congregation to lead.
  •  Create an oasis of Peace in a chaotic world.



By the Grace of God...


By the grace of God, we will live into this culture.


Though the times are swirling with uncertainty, of this we are certain; God’s Will shall be revealed to those who are seeking to walk the Way of Christ. We invite you to walk with us as we follow Jesus Christ.


By the grace of God, we will live into this culture.





WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

Come as you are


 

We want you to come just as you are. When you walk through our doors you may see people in suits and ties, but you will also see people in jeans and t-shirts. We want to make sure when you visit you are comfortable and that is all that matters to us. As long you are come through our doors, we want to make sure you feel loved and welcomed. If you ever need anything, always feel free to connect with us. We love to hear from our new visitors. We have visitors parking out front if you wish to use these spots. Then head to the front door which leads to the santuary,

OUR AWESOME TEAM

Get to know the Granger Church staff



Reverend Bruce Hartley

 

Rev. Bruce, moved into Granger Twp. in July of 2017. His ministry trek includes appointments in Ohio communities - Elyria, Strasburg, Mount Gilead, Lakewood.

Rev. Bruce and his wife Janet have been married since 1981. They have two daughters — Susan, who lives near Akron with her husband Nick and three daughters, and Megan, who lives near Columbus with her husband Dustin and daughter.
Rev. Bruce longs to introduce others to God’s Kingdom and desires the local church to reflect The Kingdom of God. He is dedicated to designing worship that is relevant, small groups that are soul-nourishing, and service that is transforming.
Recent books he has read include:
* Einstein and the Rabbi, Naomi Levy
* The Influential Mind, Tali Sharot
* Canoeing the Mountains, Todd Bolsinger
* Off the Clock, Laura Vanderkam

Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult (mind and heart provoking regarding how we perceive others)
Podcasts that trigger his  imagination:
Rob Bell, Malcomb Gladwell, and Naomi Levy.
The Superpower he would like: Unconditional love…always
   @revbrucehartley  

  revbrucehartley




 

Elaine Konyha

 

Office Manager

 

 

“ I wonder if the people who come to GUMC—visitors, members, pastors, friends—might be looking for room at the inn?” - Elaine greets you at the office online, on the phone and in person with a smile. She    began her career at GUMC in 1981  and considers herself blessed by the people and pastors she has known and served over the years. Elaine and her husband, Guy, have two children. Anthony and his wife, Emily, who live in Brunswick with their 2 children and Elise who  lives in Medina with her 2 children. Elaine’s       perfect day is any day that includes time with any or all of them!

 

 

 

Lynne Rench

 

Director of Music


Lynne serves as our Director of Music and Organist.  Throughout her 26 years as organist, pianist and choir director at GUMC, she has embraced many different genres of music. There is not a single style of music that I disapprove of - yes she has found some rap she enjoys. The most important aspect of her job is to provide the congregation a vehicle to joyously praise God!


 

Doug Patty

 

Custodian

 

Doug serves as our Custodian. He has a passion for serving God and engaging in fellowship with others.

 


Ellen Codding

Treasurer

Laura Vallen

Financial Secretary