Christ UMC is led by a combination of pastors, staff, and ministry leaders, as well as council leaders and congregation members.
Rev. Lisa Petty
Welcome Rev. Lisa, JC Croy, and family!
JC and I are thrilled to be in Salt Lake and excited to meet new people!
JC now works at a bike shop as a mechanic and is loving it! He is semi-retired from the HVAC world where he spent 30 years running a family business and working for others in new construction and remodels. He is handy with most things mechanical. He and Wesley, our oldest son, rebuilt several transmissions and engines on cars we've owned over the years.
Wesley lives in Battlement Mesa, on the Western Slope of Colorado where he works for a roofing and framing company, while his younger brother, Kalib finishes High school in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
We come to Utah as empty nesters with a close eye on our young ones making their way in the world as new young adults.
I, Lisa, am a fourth generation Methodist preacher, which means I have a deep appreciation for tradition, and a love of the new and innovative. Churches and the space we serve has changed since the time of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement. No longer do preachers ride on horseback from town to town and preach in fields to whoever gathers. However, we do still preach to the gathered, usually in a building, but not always.
I hope that as we gather on Sundays to worship, this is just a short time for us to spend together being built up and prepared to be sent out. The real mission and work of the church happens during the week when we all go our separate ways and put more love into the world with our words and actions. If what we are doing is any less than this, we are failing. Perhaps this is why the church universal seems to be shrinking. We've forgotten our jobs.
Each Sunday I will try to remind us of what we are called to do: Love God and love our neighbors - ALL our neighbors. As simple and hard as those two things are, they are our mission. I'm glad to be here in Salt Lake serving the people of this community and beyond.
Pop in the office, drop me an email, or give me a call. I'd love to connect over a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, a board game, or something you may be interested in.
Onward to kindness my friends,
Rev. Bruce Kolasch
Pastor of Congregational Care
This is a picture of Reba and me at Yachats, OR, which is one of our favorite places to be. Our six grandkids here in Utah make life good! I love serving God’s people at our church through visits, music and the little services we do at Highland Cove and the Wellington. I enjoy good food and a good glass of red wine.
Pastor Bruce is on Sabbatical through the end of October.