A Bit of History
Since 1856 a Methodist congregation has worshipped God in a church at the top of the hill on Main Street in Shreve and reached out to the Shreve community and surrounding area, the nation and the world.
In 1905, the third and present church was built. In 1956, an education wing was added with an upper floor added to it in 1962. In 2003, the current sanctuary and fellowship hall became a reality when it was added to the 1905 building. A family activity center, completed in 2011, is used by the church family and community.
Who We Are
Making disciples by sharing the Word of Jesus and reaching out in His love continues to be the main focus and mission of this congregation.
At Shreve United Methodist Church we are committed to living lives devoted to Christ and to continually grow more like him. Our services and programs are based on Biblical teachings and we rely on the Bible to guide us through our lives.
“The United Methodist Church believes God’s love for the world is an active and engaged love, a love seeking justice and liberty. We cannot just be observers. So we care enough about people’s lives to risk interpreting God’s love, to take a stand, to call each of us into a response, no matter how controversial or complex. The church helps us think and act out a faith perspective, not just responding to all the other ‘mind-makers-up’ that exist in our society.”*
Our church is committed to helping you grow in your walk with Christ through many different activities and outreach events. We hold sunday school, weekly bible studies, programs for youth, meals for the community and much more. Please take a look around our site to learn more about opportunities to grow and serve!
To learn more about the United Methodist Church as a whole and our beliefs, please follow this link!
*Excerpt from The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The United Methodist Publishing House.
Our Church Services
Each Sunday before service we have adult and youth Sunday School, beginning at 9:30 am. You can learn more about our Sunday School programs, as well as other adult and youth programs, by clicking here!
Our Worship service begins at 10:30 am and is a combination of traditional and contemporary music, prayer, and quarterly communion. Message by Pastor Mike Grant. We provide children's programs before and during the service along with a nursery or quiet room for newborns and toddlers. See this page for more information. Our sermons are focused on the real world application of Biblical teachings and each month are centered around a specific verse(s) of the Bible.
All ages attend our service, ranging from newborns to the elderly. We provide bulletins for announcements and service order with special inserts for our younger attendees. We believe that the Holy Spirit is working in so many ways in all ages of people in our congregation and we encourage anyone who desires to grow in their relationship with Christ to join us for services.
During Holiday seasons we provide services ecuemnially with other churches in the community during church holiday seasons. See our events page for dates and times!
We would love to have you come to a service and see if SUMC is a good fit for you!
Meet Our Pastor
There is no way we can describe who we are in a few sentences, but I will fill you in on a few basics. My name is Mike Grant. I grew up as a pastor’s kid and graduated from Perry High School in Lake County. I attended Otterbein College and Asbury Theological Seminary. In my last semester at Asbury, I started dating a wonderful young lady from Corning, New York named Holly McFall. I spent two years as the Associate Pastor of North Canton Faith UMC, and continued to date Holly long distance.
In 1993, Holly and I became engaged and I was appointed to Amboy church in Conneaut, Ohio. Holly and I got married in 1994. Holly spent the next several years commuting to Cleveland where she received a Law Degree from Cleveland Marshall School of Law. She worked as an Assistant Prosecutor for Ashtabula County in the Civil Division. We do not have any children, though we did extend our family by adding two English Springer Spaniels, Abigail and Victoria. Our lives revolve around our service to the Lord and His people. We ministered for 8 years in Conneaut. In 2001, we were called to serve the Damascus United Methodist Church. Holly continued to work in Ashtabula for the next two years, but chose to quit because of the long commute. We served for 6 years in Damascus and loved the church and the
community. It was a rural community located between Salam and Alliance and during our time there we were blessed to see countless instances of God’s grace and faithfulness.
In 2007 we were called to serve the Poland United Methodist Church. Poland is an affluent community just south of Youngstown. We served there for 10 years, and had a chance to see God work in a lot of wonderful ways through mission, sports, studies, and the Chinese Ministry. Holly had a chance to work for both Mahoning County and Stark County in the Child Support and Enforcement area. Holly is not practicing law right now, but she maintains her license and is open to
working if the Lord opens the right door. We had to say goodbye to Abigail and Victoria and we said hello to Winston, our current Springer Spaniel. He is a rescue and a great companion. If you like dogs, I hope you will get a chance to meet him.
Holly and I look forward to getting to know each of you and being a part of your life in faith. We look forward to serving you and Christ with our lives and hearts.