We are Grove Ave. UMC. We exist with a mission of “reaching people with Christ, one person at a time.” Our vision for this church and the neighborhood we serve is “to be a loving community of disciples, striving to be: 1) a diverse community by building relationships with all; 2) welcoming to all who come in the door; and 3) boldly living a life led by the Spirit of the Risen Christ.”

We offer two services every Sunday, a 9:00 am service with a live contemporary praise band and a casual atmosphere. At 10:45 am, we host a traditional service with organ music, liturgy, and hymns. Throughout the week we sponsor Bible studies, United Methodist Women’s group, a Men’s gathering, a food pantry, and other activities. Throughout the year, we host a variety of community events – often in our large parking lot – such as Easter Egg Hunts, Trunk or Treat, Farmer’s Markets, and music ministries.

We sponsor numerous local, national, and global ministries, and we are actively engaged in our community – and always looking for more opportunities to be involved. Through various ministries we have partnerships with our fellow Moxham churches and many local non-profits.

Most importantly, we are a congregation of people seeking to bring glory to God’s name! We do so through the title of “United Methodist,” as we give great effort to embody our Wesleyan heritage of grace – God’s out-pouring love!

We hope that you feel welcomed and loved as you visit this page and this church! God is at work here at Grove Ave. UMC, in the Moxham neighborhood, and in Johnstown City; we are blessed to be a part of it. To God be the Glory forever and ever. Amen!


Pastor Carol Hickman