Our Staff


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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.

Email: pastordave@yorkumc.org


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Kelly Obermeier Administrative Assistant

About :  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: office@yorkumc.org 



                    Alanna Furst 

Choral Choir Director

About Alanna: Alanna Furst recently graduated with a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Kent State University, where she was a member of Kent State Opera and the New Music Ensemble.  Prior to her work at Kent, she earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Case Western Reserve University.  Since 2011, she has been a member of Singers' Company, a semi-professional chorus based in Akron, Ohio.  In her spare time, Alanna enjoys playing video games, watching movies and television (especially animation), reading fantasy, sewing, and attending comic and anime conventions.  She currently lives in Stow with her husband, Daniel, and a very sweet cat named Peepers.


Pianist - Gayle Maly

In loving memory of our dear sister in Christ, Gayle, who passed away June 17.  We pray for her family and loved ones.

About Gayle: Gayle has been married 55 years she has three kids, four grand kids, and four great grand kids.  She was a nurse for 51 years. Music has been her avocation, since the age of five.

Her Favorite scripture is Romans 8 :28:

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."