Groves Ministry is great ministry with two churches – Union Grove UMC
and Willow Grove UMC – located in Pittsgrove, NJ.
Groves Ministry has been ministering in this area for over 200 years
with deep roots and thriving.
We have a deep and abiding commitment to sharing the Gospel and to promoting
positive social change through our missions in Pittsgrove area. We are always
looking forward providing transformational opportunities for worship,
offering powerful programs in Christian education and spiritual formation,
and participating in catalytic practices of social justice within the measurable future,
and we believe our ministry to be.
We WELCOME all to come and EXPERIENCE the beauty of Christ:
preparing our hearts to GO and MAKE disciples for Him to all the world.
| EXPERIENCING JESUS
| DEVELOPING DISCIPLES
| ABIDING IN RELATIONSHIP OF LOVE
| SERVING OTHERS
Each ministry and responsibility we participate in is an opportunity for each of us
to ask if we have experienced Jesus, developed disciples, served others,
and abode in relationship of love in our daily lives. At the same time,
on the communal level, these four visions describe what it means for a wider ministry,
and the parish as a whole, to be fully alive in our faith. Here, the activities bring us
face to face with what it means to participate collectively in a way
that is powerful and life-changing.
JOYFUL | Celebrate in our vibrant fellowship in the life we share.
ROOTED | Encourage a spiritual life that makes time for prayer & worship
FAITHFUL | Offer opportunities for education, transformation and ministry to all age groups
LOVING | Engage in abundant and meaningful mission and outreach
COLLABORATIVE | Work together and include others
RECONCILING | Work for justice and peace among all people
TRANSPARENT | Be open about what we are doing and what is happening
WELCOMING | Providing inclusive hospitality and loving pastoral care
EMPOWERING | Lift up diverse ministries and courageous Christian leadership
GENEROUS | Advance our mission by practicing Christ-centered stewardship & giving
Alan S. Darby is a South Jersey native, born in Ocean City and raised in Haddon Heights. He is a graduate of Westminster College (New Wilmington, Pa) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After seminary Alan served as campus ministries staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and has served UM churches in Sharptown, Collingswood, Elmer, Sicklerville and Brick NJ. He and his wife, Beverly, have 3 grown children: Chris, Andy, and Bethany. Chris and Jill have 1 daughter, Andi Jane and one son, Casey Scott. Personal interests include music, sports, reading and spending time with grandkids. Alan’s passions for the church include dynamic worship, nurturing Bible Studies in small groups, developing leadership (especially with youth and young adults), effective evangelism, world missions, and vital service of Christ and His church through Spirit-gifted ministry.