Pastor – Dr. Gary Glanville “Dr. G”
Dr. G is the lead pastor at Swartz Creek and joined the team in 2015. He is married to Lisa (2nd grade teacher in Romeo) and together they have four adult children (the younger two are married – each with a toddler). Dr. G has served in Michigan since 1980. He thoroughly enjoys preaching and teaching, has a terrible sense of humor, loves folks of all ages, enjoys connecting with teens, is passionate about spending time in prayer and God’s Word each day, and has a desire to see the church stand relevant with the culture without compromising the faith.
Associate Pastor – Rev. Aaron Kesson
Aaron is passionate about connecting the church with the community by engaging culture with the good news of Jesus Christ. Life transformation and God’s grace mark his ministry with people, wherever they are in their faith journey. He and his family (Wife-Maria, Sons – Andrew and Joshua) are active in the community in many ways. He was appointed by Bishop David Bard to serve as Associate Pastor at the United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek and Pastor of the Durand United Methodist Church in 2017. Aaron has been in pastoral ministry since 2004, ordained an Elder in the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2011 and in 2012 endorsed as an Army Chaplain by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency. Aaron has served churches in Blissfield, Lambertville and Manchester, Michigan in addition to serving Soldiers and their families in the U.S. Army Reserve.
When he’s not in the office, Aaron is often at a local coffee shop, restaurant or park engaging in conversation and building relationships with the community. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, reading and anything outdoors. It is not uncommon to see a cup of coffee in his hand throughout the day. He invites anyone to stop by for a cup of coffee and conversation anytime.
Life Verse – 2 Timothy 4:5
“But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.”
(New Living Translation)
Adult Education & Youth Director – Brian Kelley
Brian is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems. After working in Midland for Dow Chemical for 8 years, Brian came to UMCSC in July of 2003 to lead the youth ministry program. He is also a musician playing the trumpet, guitar and a little bit of piano. He is a big sports fan (especially Michigan Football and Basketball and the Detroit Tigers) and enjoys playing sports as well. He leads the Tuesday Night Adult Basketball program at the church and is an active runner, having completed several marathons.
Brian has been married to MaDonna since 2003 and they have three children, Sam (born April 13, 2005), Anna (born February 12, 2009) and Eli (born December 6, 2012). MaDonna is a Kindergarten teacher at Elms Road Elementary in Swartz Creek and is a fabulous singer. Brian and MaDonna are both members of the praise team.
Brian is passionate about providing as many youth as possible with opportunities to experience God in various settings. His biggest hope is to see our teens have the chance to know God in unique ways and then be touched enough by His love that they can’t wait to serve Him for years to come.
Music Director – Richard Moreland
Richard Moreland has served as Director of Music at Swartz Creek United Methodist Church since 1972. He conducts eight different ensembles from age 3 through adult including choirs, hand bells and an instrumental ensemble of band and orchestra instruments. At the request of several orchestra members, Richard began orchestrating selections from The Faith We Sing with the goal of making these pieces accessible to instrumental soloists and ensembles from duets to full orchestra. The results can be found on Cokesbury.com under Digital Music.
Richard is married to Hope. They have two children, Laurel Graves of Swartz Creek, and Randall Moreland of Miami, Florida. They have five grandchildren, Lisette and Livia Moreland of Miami, and Brendan, Delaney and Jackson Graves of Swartz Creek. Brendan, Delaney & Jackson spend a couple days each week with Nana and Papa.
Richard grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska and came to Michigan to be near Hope’s family. For 27 years he taught middle school band for Swartz Creek Community Schools. He and his wife have co-written several Christmas plays for Group Publishing. Rich’s hobbies include walking and hiking, composing and arranging music (with several published works) and playing computer games.