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About Our Pastor

Pastor Dennis Adams is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

He has previously served churches in Coudersport and Houtzdale/Madera also in the Susquehanna Conference. He joined our congregation in July of 2007 along with his wife Carol and sons Scott and Eric.

When Pastor Dennis isn't busy visiting members, he can be found singing in the choir or helping with the youth group. He isa member of the Hummelstown Rotary Club, and was the president for two years. Carol enjoys participating in choir and helping out with the youth group, along with the local food pantry and the Grantville Area HUB.

Their son Scott and his wife Jenna live in East Hanover Township, Dauphin County. Their son Eric and his wife Carissa and son Braydon live in Palmyra, Pennsylvania.

 

 

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Church History

This United Brethren class was organized in 1848by members of Sherk's Church living in Mechanicsville. On August 9, 1849 at Sherk's Campmeeting, the Quarterly Conference was held and John Henry, William Runkle, Henry Sherk, Michael Sherk and John Walmer were appointed as trustees to erect a meeting house at Mechanicsville. Henry Staub and Solomon Von Neida were then the pastors. Michael Sherk donated a lot of 57 1/2 square acres upon which a brick church was build in 1850. The deed is dated June 19, 1852 and the land cost the trustees 10 cents.

In the year 1865, in honor of General U.S. Grant, victorious leader of the Union Army in the Civil War, the name of Mechanicsville was changed to Grantville. A second building, a frame structure was erected in 1892-93 at a cost of $7,700. The pastor at the time was Rev. H.M. Miller, who later became well known in Quincy Orphanage interest. The sanctuary was 40 by 64 feet and the Sunday School room was 33 by 26 feet. The cornerstone was laid on September 4th, 1892. Only a few years after its completion a severe storm twisted the structure. Though repaired to some extent then, it remained a menace to safety until 1921. It was then renovated and refurnished at a cost of $6,500. Re-opening services where held June 18, 1922

The fourth major building program in a 100 years was ready for dedication on May 6, 1951. The project included a modern basement under the entire existing building. Under the church auditorium was a large auditorium divisible into seven classrooms. Under the previous sunday school room and new entrance were a nursery, primary room, furnace room and restrooms. The sanctuary and Sunday School room were completely redecorated and, a new chancel, choir sections, organ and indirect lighting were also added. The exterior of the building was repainted an entirely new tower and belfry was erected and topped by a stainless steel cross. The grounds were re-graded and landscaped.

In 1960, St. John's Evangelical United Brethren trustees purchased the present parsonage on Short Drive from Faith United Church of Christ. It was dedicated on Sunday, November 20th, 1960. The former parsonage was sold at public auction to Mr. & Mrs. Richard Sattazhan.

In 1966 the well-known local artist, William Rohrbeck, was commissioned to paint the 12-by-4 foot Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" to be hung in the overflow area. The painting is a memorial from the family of the late John D. Sandy and was dedicated by the Rev. William Boyer.

On April 23, 1968 the Evangelical United Brethren Church united with the Methodist church to become the United Methodist Church. In 1970 the basement was renovated and a kitchen was installed along with other improvements.