Our Pastor, Rev. Scott Elliott
Scott’s office hours are:
Sundays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Pastor’s Office Phone: 740-393-1736
Pastor’s E-mail: email@example.com NOTE: Scott is on sabbatical from April 8 to July 23, 2021. Pastor Mearle Griffith (below) is the acting pastor while Scott is away.
Our Office Manager, Christine Risser
The church office is open:
Monday through Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, except for holidays, vacation days, and/or emergency weather days.
Office Phone: 740-393-1736
Office Manager’s E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Assistant Office Manager, Liz Lutwick
Our Pianist, Christa Brady
Our Custodian, Scott Mickley
Rev. Dr. Mearle L. Griffith
Resident Pastor of Community Outreach
Rev. Mearle Griffith serves First Congregational United Church of Christ as a volunteer Resident Pastor of Community Outreach. His responsibilities include representing FCUCC on community outreach such as working with Interchurch Social Services and other mission fields. We are so grateful he has volunteered to do this work! Pastor Mearle is also serving as the acting pastor of the church from April 8 to July 23, 2021 while Pastor Scott is on sabbatical.
Pastor Mearle earned a Master of Divinity degree from The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Rust College for service to the Church and World.
Before “retiring” Mearle worked at all levels of The United Methodist Church for more than 45 years. He has led churches in extensive growth in mission and outreach. He has pastored local congregations in Iowa, Illinois and Ohio, including North Broadway United Methodist Church in Columbus, Church of the Saviour in Cincinnati, Earlville Cooperative Parish (UCC and UMC) and Berwick United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa.
Pastor Mearle also served in denomination-wide leadership as President and CEO of the United Meth- odist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries; as Associate General Secretary with the General Council on Ministries and as Director of Communication for the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He received the Herbert Manning Service Award from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary for distinguished service.
In addition, Pastor Mearle was the founding Executive Director of the Iowa United Methodist Founda- tion and has also chaired development committees of the boards of Rust College, Methodist Theological School in Ohio and United Theological Seminary. Pastor Mearle has experience with United Methodist related children’s homes and senior living organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Asbury Communities, based in Germantown, MD and has served on the devel- opment staff of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.
Pastor Mearle resides in Mount Vernon with his wife Mary Jane Batchelder Griffith, a retired educator. The couple have two adult daughters, Maria and Marci and two granddaughters, Mary Sophia and Ava Jane.