Pastor Gary N. Ginter
So, who is this new pastor coming your way? Perhaps the best way to introduce myself is to share a bit of my journey into ministry. Born in Decatur, Indiana and raised in New Haven, Indiana, my introduction to church life began as a child. My earliest memories are of attending church with my family. For the Ginter family, church was much more than just something you did on Sunday morning. We were a family actively engaged in worship, whether it was Sunday school, youth group, weekday services, or potluck gatherings.
In 1977 I met the young woman who would be my wife, Nola Thomas of rural Grover Hill. Married in the summer of 1978, we made Middle Creek United Methodist Church our home church, and raised our three children in its pews.
Looking back, at the age of 13, I was granted a vision of myself preaching in front of a congregation of people. Keeping that in the back of my mind, I became actively involved in our local church as I accepted roles as Sunday school teacher, Lay Leader, and served as members of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and the Administrative Council. At the age of 30, remembering my vision, I became a Certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church, filling pulpit on occasion for other pastors.
In 2000 I finally heeded my call into the ministry and began the process of seeking to be a licensed pastor in the United Methodist Church. On January 1, 2001 I was appointed to my first church, St. John’s UMC in Columbus Grove, Ohio as a licensed Local Pastor. Nola and I served St. John’s for over 14 years, during which I completed the United Methodist Course of Study program at the Methodist Theological Seminary in Delaware, Ohio, a five year program specifically designed for United Methodist Local Pastors.
On May 1, 2015 I was appointed to Kingsley UMC in rural Van Wert County. To the Kingsley Church, Nola and I bring a love of God and a firm belief in the Bible, along with an enthusiasm for youth and an appreciation for the saints of the church. We believe that church should be fun and exciting, and offer a sense of humor combined with a deep spiritual belief in God as we tell the stories of the Bible that still impact our lives today.
We invite you to come join us and be prepared for fun, excitement, and warm welcoming fellowship as we seek the Will of God together as a church and as friends.
In His Service… Pastor Gary Ginter