In 1994, in the 97th year of our existence, the congregation of First United Methodist Church, under the clear leading of God’s will, obediently voted to relocate the church and build a new church on the hilltop we now presently occupy. A prophetic vision was given by the Lord from Isaiah 54:2… “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes…” God told us He would bring people from the North, South, East, and West. Right before    our very eyes! We are seeing the prophecy unfold before us! Weare living the dream! God’s hand is upon us, and His Presence is strong in our midst.

 

We changed our name! That’s right, after over 100 years of being First (United) Methodist Church, the Holy Spirit lead us to “Grace on the Hill – A United Methodist Church.” The new name reflects not only our new location but the “new thing” God is doing here. We emphasize the grace of God around here a lot – God’s grace can reach anybody, save anybody, change anybody, and empower anybody to live for Christ! Plus, we are on a hilltop, so “Grace on the Hill” is who, what and where we are!

 

Awesome new Children’s wing and Student Ministries area! In late 2007, we dedicated our new children’s wing called “Faith Junction” to the glory of God! This 20,000 square foot facility is state of the art and reflects our desire to reach children with the Gospel and disciple them into becoming mature followers of Jesus! At the same time, we renovated almost 10,000 sq. ft. into an awesome worship center for our youth!

 

Inter-Denominational? While we are very committed to our Wesleyan heritage, we believe denominational lines create barriers that keep the unchurched and dechurched away from God’s house. Therefore, we stress new life in Christ for anybody and de-emphasize our denominational particulars. Perhaps we are being more like our founder John Wesley and the early Methodist movement by winning people to Christ, discipling them in Small Groups, and sending them out into the world to be salt and light and hope.

 

A church for Anybody! Indeed, there is a lot of excitement and momentum at “Grace on the Hill”. The people here state with humility and sincerity, “We are not trying to be a church for everybody, but we do want to be a church for anybody!”

WHAT WE BELIEVE

About God the Father 

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He is one God who exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, referred to as the Holy Trinity.

Genesis 1:1,26,27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

 

About Jesus Christ 

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He was born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead in bodily form after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-15; 14:10-30; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15

 

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. Living a Spirit-filled life provides the Christian with the power to live a fruitful and victorious life. He also gives us spiritual gifts.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 3:16;Galatians 5:25

 

About the Bible 

The Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160

 

About Human Beings 

People are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. Yet because of the Fall of Adam and Eve, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin.

Genesis 1:27; Isaiah 53:6a; 59; Romans 3:23

 

About Salvation 

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by accepting Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life, meaning a new quality of life, begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9;1 John 5:12

 

About the Church 

We believe the Church is the world-wide Body of Christ. It is comprised of all believers of all nations and races, who have been united through the blood of Jesus. God has also called these believers to be part of a local church family.

Matthew 16:18; Hebrews 10:25; 12:22-24; 1 Peter 2:9

 

About Eternity 

People are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; 14:2-3; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15

MEET OUR STAFF
Rev. Weyman McGuire – Senior Pastor
 

Pastor Weyman was born in the Philippine Islands and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma.  He served in the Army for 3 years. He studied at Cameron State University where he received a BA in Math. He went on to get his Masters of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary.  He has been married to his wife Kay for over 47 years and they have five children and 12 grandchildren. Pastor Weyman has been an ordained United Methodist Minister for over 41 years. He cites his favorite Bible verse as I Samuel 2:20- “God honors those who honor Him”. His favorite saying comes from John Maxwell; “Success is when those who know you the best, love and respect you the most”.

Gus Clouse – Administrative asst to pastor
 

Gus has been on staff at Grace since 1990. In his tenure, he has served in many roles including youth pastor, director of activities, and currently as the Assistant to the Pastor and Recreation. Gus works tirelessly to help our members and visitors stay connected to one another. When it comes to building relationships and community among the people of Grace on the Hill, Gus has a gift. Gus touches hundreds of families through our recreation ministry which includes soccer and basketball leagues for children

Gus is married to Glenda Clouse. They have two children, Nathaniel and Shurree. When Gus isn’t working at church, he is most likely looking for yard sales or enjoying his favorite sports team, the Cincinnati Reds.
Lois Hedrick Harrison Cathers – administrative secretary
 
Lois has been a member of our church staff for 21 years and is married to David Cathers. Lois graduated from Corbin High school and has three children, Karen Harrison White, Rick Harrison and Michael Harrison. Lois also has two step children, Chris Cathers and Michael Cathers. She has six grandchildren and three step grandchildren.

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Charlene Ledbetter Creekmore Harmon – secretary
 
Charlene was born in Robbinville North Carolina and graduated from Kiser High school in Dayton Ohio. Charlene has two sons, Shane and Jason. She has two grandsons, Matthew and Colton. Charlene is a retired school teacher.

Luke Osborne – youth pastor

 

Luke and his wife Sherry have been happily married for over 2 years and have just introduced their newest member Lacey. They have been serving in our church since they were teenagers, and are so excited to continue to serve and minister the youth of our church and community. Luke was born in Chicago, IL but has been raised in Corbin since 1996 this is where he calls home. He graduated from Corbin High School in 2010 and still enjoys attending sporting events to cheer on the Redhounds. His hobbies include playing guitar, watching the Cubs play baseball, time with his wife and daughter, and of course time with Jesus! Luke loves Jesus and wants the whole word to know, not only what Christ did for him, but what he can do for others. His favorite bible verse is Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”

Michael Hall – pastor of worship/ media
 
Michael is the new pastor of worship and media at Grace on the Hill. Michael retired from touring professionally to pursue ministry. Michael leads worship for traditional and contemporary worship services. He is also involved as a worship leader for Emmaus and Celebrate Recovery. Michael also plays a very active role in church revivals and church platform building to bring unity into the church.
Jessica Hall – children’s pastor
 
Jessica has been serving in children’s ministry for a number of years. She left her full time career as a cosmetologist to pursue children’s ministry full time. Jessica has always had a compassionate heart for children. She feels that her calling is to love and nurture children into strong, compassionate people. Jessica will tell you that there is no other place she would rather be than with children.
Amy Cummins McEndree – children’s pastor
 
Amy has attended Grace on the Hill for 21 years. She is a graduate of the University of the Cumberlands with a degree in Human Services and a minor in Youth and Family Ministry. She has been involved in our children’s ministry for over 4 years and looks forward to serving the children of our community for years to come.
Lance Gaudet – maintenance
 
Lance was born in Nashua, NH and graduated from Eau Gallie High School in Florida. Lance graduated from Cumberland College and Union College.

Tracee Lotz – Little Lambs Director

Margeret Wyatt Mills – Little Lambs asst. director
 
Margaret has been a part of Grace on the Hill or First United Methodist in one way or the other her entire life. She has been a positive image to all the children of the church just ask anybody.