Grace United Methodist Church • 1245 Juniper Avenue • Crete, NE 68333 • (402) 826-2215 •
150TH CHURCH ANNIVERSARY - Sunday, September 29, 2019

GUMC celebrated its 150th Church Anniversary at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, September 29, 2019

Our Anniversary Scripture supporting theme:
Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) "For it is by grace you have been saved through faith."

We were honored by our Keynote Speaker: Ruben Saenz, Jr., Resident Bishop
United States South Central Jurisdiction Great Plains Episcopal Area

Ruben Saenz Jr. currently is the resident bishop of the Great Plains Area, which includes the Great Plains Conference in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

Prior to his election during the 2016 South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Wichita, Bishop Saenz was considered the key point person to the bishop and the cabinet of the Rio Texas Conference, based in San Antonio, in designing and implementing ministries to fulfill the conference’s mission. He serves in the role of director of connectional ministries and executive director of the Mission Vitality Center in Rio Texas.

Born in 1961 and a native of Rio Grande City, Texas, Saenz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and was a high school teacher and coach in Rio Grande City for six years until he began working full time at a small business that he and his wife started in 1984.

In 1993, they sold their business and moved to Dallas, where he began studies at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. When he earned his Master of Theology degree at Perkins, he was presented with the Perkins Faculty Award for the student who best exemplified the goals and mission of the school. In 2009, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins.

During his pastoral career, Bishop Saenz served churches in Dallas, El Paso and Edinburg, Texas. In those congregations, he addressed the issues of generational, social and systemic poverty that plague the region. In El Paso, he led the congregation to create and implement the Levantate – Get Up computer literacy program, targeting single mothers who were unemployed because of factory shutdowns so they could enter the job market at a sustainable wage level.

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