Jerry McGrath

Jerry McGrath

E-mail: jerrymcgrath@lititzumc.org Gerard (“Jerry”) M. McGrath Jerry has served in the Eastern PA Conference since 1990. Jerry is married to Karen, and they have two young daughters, Katherine, and Marguerite (“Mei-Mei”).

Gerard (“Jerry”) M. McGrath Jerry has served in the Eastern PA Conference since 1990, when he was appointed to the Morrisville UMC as associate pastor. In 1993, he was appointed to Manheim: Salem UMC as associate pastor, then his longest pastorate thus far took place at Prospect UMC from 1997-2006, where under his leadership worship attendance increased significantly as the church began to reach out to young adults in the Prospect Park area of Delaware County. He introduced multi-media worship to the congregation, and helped them to develop a mission and vision statement based on the acronym HOPE (Hospitality, Outreach, Praise, Education). During this time, Jerry received additional training in the areas of conflict management, emerging church, equipping church, and preaching to a post-modern world. In 2006, he was appointed as senior pastor of Lincoln Park UMC near Reading. Here he helped the congregation develop a vision statement based on The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, and established a behavior covenant. Jerry received further training in interim ministry and clergy coaching. Jerry is married to Karen, and they have two young daughters, Katherine and Marguerite (“Mei-Mei”). Jerry grew up in the Roman Catholic faith, but was positively influenced as a youth and young adult by his older brother-in-law, the Rev. Truman Brooks, senior pastor of West Chester UMC, and became a United Methodist. He attended Temple University and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer).

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