We believe God made us and calls us to live according to HIS WILL and WAY—in harmony with God, with others, with the environment and world around us, and with ourselves. This harmony is contingent on our choice to trust God and live like Jesus—loving God and others. This is the WAY that leads to an active faith, authentic relationships that fulfill us and give us satisfaction and joy, stronger families, and a stronger community for everyone.
Pursuing Excellence – Our God is an awesome God who never settled for mediocrity.
Taking Responsibility – Seizing opportunities to serve and care when they are presented.
Building and Keeping Margins – Being healthy and having room to deal with life in positive ways.
Choosing to Trust – Choosing to believe the best even when we don’t know all the facts.
Humility – Deliberately putting the concerns of others first that we might serve other best.
Alignment – Working together in ways that advance the Kingdom of God and fulfill our purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ and changing the world.
Worship among ‘people called Methodists’ began in the Stewartstown community around 1820. Our present congregation is the result of many mergers and realignments of Protestant denominations, in particular the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Methodist Protestant Church and the Methodist Church South. Stewartstown United Methodist Church formally began September 15, 1955. Through the years, Stewartstown UMC has believe it has a song to sing, a Light to shine, a story to tell, and a Savior to share.
Pastor David McDowell has been on staff at SUMC since 1980 serving as director of youth ministries from 1984-1995 and from 1995-present as Music Pastor. He was raised in Stewartstown before he went on to Lebanon Valley College where he earned a degree in music education. He earned a masters degree from the University of Southern California as well as completing his studies at Fuller and Lancaster Theological Seminaries. He was ordained as a deacon in 1999.
Besides rooting for any team from the city of Pittsburgh or for the USC Trojans, he enjoys many outdoor activities such as skiing, volleyball, and biking. He also likes to build things although he will never build a house again!
His call to ministry is to help others grow in the grace of Christ and to allow others to help him do the same. Aside from his commitment to following Jesus, his main goal in life is to keep his lower windows clean despite the presence of two beautiful dogs.
Sandy Pietrowicz has worked with children’s camps, choirs, ministry, and music instructions for many years. She holds a BA in Music Performance and has directed our children’s Spark Choir since 2009. She began leading our Children’s Ministry in the Spring of 2016.
Sandy trusts in God’s leading and strives to develop a partnership in ministry with the parents of the children who come to grow with us spiritually. She is also committed to maintaining our Safe Sanctuary policies to create a fun, wholesome, and safe environment for our children led by caring and faithful adult leadership.
Mr. Schwinn was born in Baltimore, MD. He resided in Essex and Middle River, MD until May 2010 when he moved to Stewartstown. Gary retired from the United States Air Force in December 2012 after 37 years of military service. Gary and Denna have been married for 36 years and have two children. Gary has 3 grandchildren and is expecting a 4th grandchild in November. Gary enjoys playing with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, metal detecting, woodworking, motorcycle riding, playing guitar and song writing. Gary enjoys his part time employment at SUMC and loves being around people that are working in the many ministries of the church. Gary’s life verse in Philippians 4:13.
Connie Zetterman is a member of Stewartstown UMC and joined the staff in July 2009. She lives in Stewartstown with her husband, Charlie. She enjoys the diversity that each day brings in the life of the church and is blessed to be about to assist with the various programs throughout the year. Connie has a daughter, Allison and son, Ehren.
Jason joined the staff of SUMC in June 2019 as the Director of Student Ministries. As an undergraduate, he attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministries. Feeling called to continue his education, he completed a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Northwest Nazarene University in 2008. Since college, Jason has worked in both ministry and mental health settings where he gained experiences and a variety of perspectives from the relationships that he’s built along the way.
Jason is married to his beautiful wife, Stephanie, and they have two awesome children, Mackenzie (8) and Michael(15 months). Aside from his family, he enjoys blogging, sports, drinking way too much coffee, and reading. He and his family feel blessed to be able to serve the youth and their families of this wonderful congregation.