I’ve been a lifelong resident in South Eastern York County. I graduated from Kennard-Dale High School which is part of the South Eastern School District.
My family was active in the then Methodist Church. I grew up in Prospect UMC and took the membership vows of commitment after going through Confirmation Class. Prospect UMC is linked with Crossroads UMC and makes up the Gatchelville / Crossroads Charge in the southern part of the York District.
Throughout my childhood and high school years I was very active in the church family. I was very involved in the MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship) and was Sunday School Superintendent starting at the age of twelve. I learned to appreciate and thirst for God’s word by reading the scriptures daily to prepare the devotions for Sunday School. I was an officer in the youth group throughout my teenage years.
At the age of twelve I began working on Maple Lawn Farms, Inc. in New Park. They were involved in orchard and small grain production. Out of high school I became the production manager for the small grain operation and was very involved in the workings of the orchard. I was employed with them for more than twenty-five years. During this time I began to pursue God’s call and grow in my faith.
Around 1980 I became a Lay Speaker in the York District. God opened many doors of opportunity for me as a Lay Speaker. I had many opportunities to fill the pulpit and teach Sunday School throughout the York District. During this time I was a Youth Leader for Prospect UMC and Crossroads UMC. I also became active in Lay Witness Missions throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania. My involvement in LWM was as a witness, but also as a Youth Coordinator.
In January 1989 I went on a working retreat with the United Methodist Church to Cuernavaca, Mexico. That experience changed my life and that year I met Jean. We were married in September and she became stepmother to my son, Drew. Drew was five years old.
In 1995, God called me to be a part-time pastor at Potosi Mt. Zion in Glen Rock. During that time I continued working on the farm for one year. Then needing to cut working hours, I worked at a Car and Truck inspection station as a mechanic and service manager in New Park. In 1999 I was called to full-time ministry and began pastoring at Mt. Nebo / Mt. Olivet Charge. Mt. Nebo is in Delta, and Mt. Olivet is located near Fawn Grove. During my appointment at Nebo / Olivet, I attended the Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary. I completed the Course of Study at Wesley in July, 2004.
My life has been one of discovering the wonderful guiding hand of God upon my life. With prayer and excitement I look forward to walking the path God has planned in the years to come.
--Pastor Dennis McCleary, "PD"