The Friendly Church! Offering Christ's friendship, living as Christ's friend.
Centenary United Methodist Church
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Friendly Church

Our Pastor

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Pastor Jerry and Jackie Grace
Pastor Jerry Grace has been a United Methodist pastor for thirty-five years. During his service in the US Air Force, he was called into the pulpit ministry while stationed in Greece, where he was baptized in the Sea of Corinth by the base chaplain. After being honorably discharged he briefly taught secondary science then entered Wesley Seminary, graduating with a Masters in Divinity in 1985. Since then Pastor Jerry has served United Methodist Churches in the Baltimore Washington Conference and also served in the British Methodist Church on the Bodmin, Padstow & Wadebridge Charge in Cornwall, England for two years. He and his wife, Jackie, have been married for 40 years and have one grown son. Jackie’s father was born in Shady Side so they feel right at home serving at Centenary.
 
Pastor Jerry's passion is preaching the Word and teaching scriptures in way that is both easy to understand and is applicable to Christian living. He uses humor, skits and exciting object lessons during worship to bring the Bible to life. He especially likes to do fun children’s sermons. He believes children are not the church of tomorrow - they are the church of today. Pastor Jerry & Jackie often worked with youth over the years. Both have backgrounds in secondary education as well as experience planning and running retreats. When they were younger, they directed a week of Beginning Sailing Camp at West River for several summers. They love all ages of people, both young and the young at heart. A healthy church is a multi-generational church that works together in harmony.
 
Pastor Jerry grew up on the North East River in Charlestown, Maryland. He and Jackie, whose hometown is Annapolis, met at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel) in Westminster, Maryland where they fell in love and decided to get married. After 35 years in the ministry, Pastor Jerry officially retired on June 30, 2016. He was asked to serve Centenary for a year as interim pastor so he started on July 1, 2016. He enjoyed retirement for about eight hours during which time he was sleeping. For this year he intends to give the best he has to offer from his many years of experience to the people of Centenary and the community of Shady Side.