Rev. Dr. Edward P. Saxman,
Lead Pastor


Arriving at Grove City Grace UMC in 2017, Pastor Ed enjoys any opportunity to journey along side folks seeking to become the person God intended. As a pastor and life coach, he loves working with everyone who is seeking to “make a difference, transform a life, and build the kingdom of God.”

Pastor Ed is married to his college sweetheart, Susan, and they have three adult children and two grandchildren. When he is not immersed in family or faith projects, you will find him running the roads of Mercer county, kayaking the local rivers and lakes or in the garage at his potter’s wheel transforming lumps of clay into works of art.


Rev. Willard Morse,
Visitation Pastor


Pastor Willard Morse is a retired U. M. pastor affiliated with and serving Grace Church as visitation pastor. Having lived in the Grove City area for over 20 years, and having led Worship (& preached) in several area churches, he is well known in the area, and of course he knows many of the area's families.

A frequent pastoral visitor at Grove City Medical Center, as well as local Nursing Homes enables him to express his passion for reminding people that God does care. Pastor Willard also 'heads-up' a group of people who visit shut-ins and nursing home residents - to remind people that Grace Church has not forgotten them.

One of the things pastor Willard is known for - is expressing the words, "I am Blessed!", and he finds the various responses very interesting!


Mary Kay Mattocks, Administrative Assistant


As the church secretary, Mary Kay is often the first person visitors and newcomers come across at the church. She values her position with a positive attitude and constant support to the Grace staff and congregation.

Mary Kay is married with three children and four “busy” grandsons. In her spare time, she is involved in numerous civic, community and church activities.


Jamie Dannels,
Director of Children’s Ministries


As a lifetime member of Grace United Methodist Church, Jamie currently serves as Children’s Ministry Director. She has a love and passion for ministering not only to the children of our church, but also with our families. She loves working the children to create a foundation of faith that will continue throughout the rest of their life.

Jamie is married to her husband Doug and they have 2 children. Jamie also teaches public preschool during the school year. During her summers off she enjoys being with family and friends at the beach or kayaking at their cabin. You can find her curled up with a book whenever she has downtime.


Gary Stembal, Treasurer


Gary became a member of Grove City Grace UMC in 1975 after marrying Connie (Geary). Together they have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Gary’s passion is studying the Bible, Business Ethics, and Music. As a member of Grace, he had served as the leader of the Praise Band for 4 years, Worship leader for 5 years, spoke to numerous Christian events and conducted numerous Bible & Sunday School classes. Currently, Gary is singing in the choir. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Geneva College and Butler Community College.

Gary graduated with a B.A. in Economics at Grove City College, earned his Master’s of Business Administration at Geneva College, and took classes at The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

As treasurer of Grove City Grace UMC, Gary has two foundational scripture verses: Psalm 24:1 - “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” Romans 12:11 - “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”


Patrick Payne, Custodian


Lyn Marsh, Director of Music Ministries


Lyn joined the staff of Grace UMC in August 2016. She serves as Director of Music, which includes Adult & Children’s Vocal Choirs as well as Children’s Chimes & Adult Handbell Choirs. She also serves as the church organist. Lyn lives in Cranberry with her husband, Charles and dog, Lucy. Her 3 adult children still live in the Pittsburgh Area and she has 4 grandchildren. Her grandson Mauro lives in Cranberry and they enjoy visiting Living Treasures Animal Park, Keystone Safari Park and the Pittsburgh Zoo. Lyn is an accomplished marathon runner and completed Dublin, New York City marathons in support of the Leukemia Society. She also qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon in 1994. She also enjoys sewing, knitting and is currently learning to play Harpsicle. She is also currently Director of Handbells at Sherwood Oaks in Cranberry and Director of Handbells for the Circle of Friends Choir based out of Zelienople.

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Kristen Ford,
Director of Youth Ministries


Kristen was born and raised in Grove City! Getting married in 2008 to her husband Ross, in 2011 they welcomed a beautiful gift from God, their son Bryce. Kristen loves spending time with my friends, family and her amazing Youth Group.

She states: “God has truly blessed me in so many ways and I thank Him for raising me here at Grove City Grace Church!”


Dawn Neyman,
Financial Secretary


Wanting to serve the church she grew up in, Dawn joined the staff at Grove City Grace UMC in 2013. Prior to this, she was employed by The Office of Personnel Management and retired in 2012 with 34 years of federal service.

Dawn enjoys traveling and knitting and she is always on the search for a new antique. She shares her home with her Australian Labradoodle, Annabel.


Joe Leone, Custodian