EMBER Youth Ministry

 Ignite the Fire for Christ, and Burn it Bright

 A Student Ministry at CUMC

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Dr. Darrell Greenawalt

Lead Pastor

814-432-3019 Ext. 303

PASTOR'S BIO

I am Rev. Dr. Darrell Greenawalt (folks call me Pastor Darrell), I have been serving Christ United Methodist Church, Franklin, since July 2018. I grew up attending Nixon UMC, south of Butler, where I graduated from Knoch HS. I earned a BFA in art history/photography from Ohio University, returning to WPA in 1989 after earning a MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Recently, I completed a DMin program in Pastoral Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary, focusing on fatherhood.

My 30-year ministry career began at Jeanette: Gethsemane UMC. I later served Lander UMC, South Greensburg UMC, Girard/Lake City UMC’s, and Saegertown UMC, before moving to Franklin.

I married Sharon in 1998 and am the very proud father of four boys: Nathan, Aaron, Noah, and Toby. Our family enjoys hiking, biking and traveling.

During my ministry, I have served on the Sessions Ministry Team, the Superintendency Committee of the Greensburg District, the Erie-Meadville District Committee on Ministry, the Episcopacy Committee, and on the board of directors of EUMA (The Erie United Methodist Alliance).

Most importantly, I am a follower of Jesus Christ and desire to become more like Christ every day. As Romans 1:11-12 says, I am anxious to spend time with the folks of Christ UMC that we may mutually encourage each other. May the Kingdom of God be advanced by the work we will do together!

Romans 1:11-12 NIV
“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”

Rev. Sam Wagner

Associate Pastor

814-432-3019 Ext. 307

PASTOR'S BIO

I joined the staff of Christ Church in 1996 as a part-time Director of Music Ministries. During those early years, I worked bi-vocationally in various positions within county and state government. From an early age, I loved the function and dynamics of the local church. My passion is singing and playing in concert ministry, but more so in the worship planning and leading. I love to help others encounter the presence of God through active participation. In the intervening years, I received my license to preach from the United Methodist Church, and was appointed as the Associate Pastor of Christ Church in 2009. I subsequently completed my Course of Study at United Theological Seminary, during which time I left my work with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2011 to serve as Associate Pastor in a full-time capacity. I am responsible for overseeing the worship life of Christ Church, providing a leading role in pastoral care, and helping lead and shepherd alongside our lead pastor. In addition to my training at United Theological Seminary, I attended Clarion State College and Penn State University, receiving degrees in Business and Agriculture. My wife, Kim, is my closest partner in ministry – and in life. We are the parents of two adult children; Bethany and Matt, who are married to wonderful spouses. We also have three grandchildren, and we live near Tionesta, PA. I enjoy the out-of-doors, particularly working on our small farm which has been in our family for over 125 years, family gatherings, and quiet, unhurried time reading and working with my hands.

Colossians 3:16-17 NIV

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Lead Staff

Amy Dick

Administrative Assistant

814-432-3019 Ext. 300

AMY'S BIO

Amy lives in Franklin with her husband Joe and pets Lizzie and Louie.  They share 5 children and 5 grandchildren.  Raised in Fayette County, PA, Amy has a life-long relationship with our Savior.   

 

Serving as Administrative Assistant since 2011, she enjoys keeping things flowing at Christ Church as well as spending time with her family and friends. 

Anne Bakker

Director of Outreach Ministries

814-432-3019 Ext. 311

ANNE'S BIO

Anne received her bachelor’s degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA.  She has lived in Franklin for the past 24 years with her husband, Clarence, where they raised their two children, Riley, and Maddison. 

Anne is the daughter of a retired United Methodist pastor who taught her early on that the greatest relationship she would ever have is with the Father.

She has enjoyed many years as a restaurant owner and caterer, and for the past 13 years, has worked closely in the social service field, working with children and families.  She has been the Outreach Director at CUMC since 2019 and has found such joy working with her church family and building many new relationships.

Amy Smith

Director of Children’s Ministries

814-432-3019 Ext. 305

AMY'S BIO
Amy have been involved with Children’s Ministry for 18 years, the last 3 at Christ UMC.  As a Children’s Director, she oversees ages 0 through grade 6, by coming along side parents by providing God’s Word to all ages.

Her husband Brad and she have been married for 36 years. Amy is a mom of 5 children and and 6 grandkids.  She really enjoys her family gatherings, and does little scrapbooking on the side.  

Amy says her heart melts to watch a child pray or  have that “A-ha” moment, when their little minds get IT.  Thank You Jesus!!

 

Geoff Spaid

Director of Youth and Young Adults Ministries

814-432-3019 Ext. 301

GEOFF'S BIO

Geoff has been serving here at Christ United Methodist Church since June 2020. He grew up in Franklin, PA, graduating from Franklin Area High School. Geoff attended Grove City College where he earned a dual B.A. in Communication Studies and Christian Ministries. During college and working for Appalachia Service Project, Geoff grew a heart for ministering to youth and young adults.

In his spare time, he likes to spend time outdoors, watching a movie, or playing games. He is an avid fan of the Washington Capitals. Geoff enjoys good fellowship with others and, most importantly, with God.

Nick Billingsley

Technologies Director

814-432-3019 Ext. 310

NICK'S BIO

Nick has been on staff with our church since June 2019. He has spent most of his life attending Christ Church, dating clear back to his days in the nursery as a baby. More recently Nick graduated from Franklin High School in 2012 and Westminster College in 2017, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Out of college he worked in the business world, but felt a calling to ministry. He enjoyed volunteering on the Tech Team whenever needed, and when the tech position at our church opened up, he made the decision to join our team full time.

 

Nick enjoys staying active and working out, as well as just about anything relating to sports. In addition, because of his Grandpa Steve, he enjoys spending free time doing electrical jobs of various sorts.

Support Staff

Julie Lake

Finance Secretary

814-432-3019 Ext. 302

Amy Wimer

Treasurer

814-432-3019 Ext. 302

Scott Chmiel

Head Custodian

Kim Wagner

Pianist

John Post

Organist