Indian Falls United Methodist Church
Meet the Pastor
Meet the Pastor
Hello and welcome to the Indian Falls United Methodist Church website!
My name is Pastor Karen Grinnell and I would like to invite you to search our
website which only gives a taste of all that we do in the name of Jesus
Christ as we make disciples and serve in his name.

I have always been active in a church, growing up in the
Stone Church Presbyterian Church in Bergen, NY,
attending the Brockport Presbyterian Church during college,
and eventually meeting my husband, Keith, at the Batavia
Presbyterian Church. We have 2 grown children, Steven
and Elizabeth, who are both married and living away from
Western New York.

My first career was as a junior/senior high school math teacher in the LeRoy and Oakfield school districts after receiving Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Mathematics from SUNY Brockport. I always thought I would return to teaching when my children were older, but God had other plans. I began seminary part time in the 1990ís and graduated in 2003 with a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio at a satellite campus in West Seneca, NY. I was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2006. I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Degree with a focus in Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.

My previous church appointments include Alabama and Basom, Lockport Emmanuel, and Middleport United Methodist Churches (all in Western New York). In addition to pastoring, I also lead Faith Sharing Groups for Northeastern Seminary at their Buffalo campus.

I enjoy reading, traveling, and crafts in counted cross stitch and scherenschnitte (German paper cutting), though I donít have much time for that these days!

We hope you will join us for worship on Sunday mornings, for a class during the week, or for one of our special events. We are a very active congregation seeking to share our love of God with each other and with the world as we grow in our faith through the power of the Holy Spirit.