Rev. Bruce Merritt, Pastor


I have been a pastor for 36 years having served churches in Scottdale, Tionesta, Claysville, Oil City, and Nixon.  I graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in Psychology and Bible & Religion.  While there I met Glenda who was majored in Sociology and Psychology.  We graduated one weekend, got married the following, and moved to Dayton, Ohio where I completed my M.Div. at United Theological Seminary.  While there I served as an Associate Pastor in Amelia, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati.

I have served on District Boards of Ordained Ministry, Lay Servant Ministries, and education committees.  I serve as a clergy mentor. I have taught at a Sr. Citizens Retreat at Olmsted Manor for many years.  I enjoy gardening, reading, and traveling.  I am excited about being in ministry.

Glenda is active in the Church singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, UMW, Sewing Circle, and other activities.  She does much work behind the scenes supporting the pastor and the Church as she shares her gifts and graces in ministry.  Her work experience includes directing two homeless shelters, drug and alcohol counseling, directing and administering an after school program, and planning program in a local nursing home.  Her hobbies include gardening, traveling, quilting and needlework, crafts, and reading.

Our oldest son, Daniel, is married to Julie—the parents of Marissa (age 6, almost 7) and Cassidy (who will celebrate her first birthday on June 30th).  Daniel works as a certified counselor for St. Anthony’s Point and Julie works for US Investigative Services.

Our middle son, Andrew, is married to Cindy and lives in Mechanicsville, Va.—the parents of Emily (age 6), and Matthew (4).  Andrew teaches 5th grade math, and Cindy teaches 2nd grade at Charles City Elementary School.

Our youngest son Sam, will be moving with us to Fells.  He teaches 3rd grade for Pa. Cyber School and until recently worked at Target on weekends.

We also have a pet cat named Smokey, who while up in years, still acts like a kitten.

My folks (Doris and Bud) and my sister (Celeste) live in Mercer.