Pastor Dave McGrath
About Pastor Dave: On July 1, 2018, we welcomed a new pastor and his wife, Dave and Karen McGrath to York UMC. They have two teen-aged children, Lee and Julia. Pastor Dave brings a relationally styled, grace-filled enthusiasm to the church along with a passionate love for God and people. Dave attended two years at Syracuse University after high school and completed his bachelor of arts degree in business from Malone College before answering his call into vocational ministry. He finished a five-year course of study at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina in 2012. In the last 11 years, Pastor Dave served churches in Norton and Akron, Ohio before arriving at York UMC. Dave describes himself as both a relational pastor and a teaching preacher. He enjoys building relationships with others as he grows in his own relationship with Christ. Dave moved from New Hampshire to Ohio in 1990. By the time he started at York Church, he realized he has now lived in Ohio longer than he lived in New England. Therefore, when Cleveland sports teams play teams from back east, Dave always roots for the home team! We are happy Pastor Dave and his family are part of our home team here at York UMC.
Favorite Verses: Galatians 5:6: The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Romans 12:9: My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
Kelly Obermeier Administrative Assistant
About our office administrator : Kelly joined the staff of York UMC in the summer of 2017 after serving as the office administrator at North Royalton UMC for the previous three years. She and her husband reside in Medina with their two young adult children. They are unabashedly Disney fanatics and enjoy family trips to Walt Disney World. She believes it is a blessing to be here to serve the people of York UMC.
Favorite verse: Psalm 23
New email address effective July 1: firstname.lastname@example.org
About our Director of Music Ministry: Pat Bowers has been a church organist since the age of 15; choir directing came soon after. She has also directed Bell Choirs, children's choirs, etc… She was organist for many years for the Lorain County Community Chorale and the Avon Lake Oratorio Chorale. Pat has a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory where she majored in Organ Performance and Sacred Music. She is a member of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has served in the capacities of treasurer, registrar, member of the executive committee and various other committees.
Pat resides in North Olmsted with her son, David, (who works for the Physics Department at Baldwin Wallace University), and three cats, Squirt, Penelope and Victoria.
Pat’s favorite non musical activity is going to Cedar Point multiple times each summer and riding roller coasters (especially Millennium Force).
Favorite Bible passage: 2 Corinthians 5:7 "for we walk by faith, not by sight"