Grace United Methodist Church • 1245 Juniper Avenue • Crete, NE 68333 • (402) 826-2215 •


Greetings Grace and friends. Welcome to our June newsletter. Please take a moment to make notes of special items of interests. Again, congratulations parents and 2019 graduates. Every year we have been blessed to celebrate some of the most outstanding and highest achieving students in the state. I am so proud of  them every year. We can expect the hand of God to move greatly in their lives.

To our church members who are educators and administrators in this community, thank you for your level of commitment, expertise and ongoing extra-mile contributions. Through your character and welcoming personalities, you are making a difference. When Christ is our foundation, your work blesses other people in very special ways. Again, thank you.  

Recently, during one of our worship services, I experienced something common among our 10 million United Methodists. Since my arrival to Crete in July of 2013, during sermons, I would often start a Scripture verse then gesture and encourage the congregation to finish it. An example would be "For God so love the world that he gave _____ _____ _____ _____. “ This verse is easy to finish and almost every American, can complete it. It is a very common Scripture verse.  

As the shepherd, teacher, and servant leader of I this congregation, I am giving every Grace member, friend and student on vacation a summer assignment. Grab your Holy Bible and read it. Bring that same Bible with you to Church every Sunday. I will be asking you throughout the summer if you have brought your Bible with you to Church and are you reading it with some measure of regularity. For some Christians Sunday morning is their primary source of Bible time. This is not enough. After 10, 20, 30 and 40 years of biblical exposure all of us should have some measure of familiarity with God's Word. If we do not know God's Word, how can we expect to be the Church, and practice, preach and teach it to our children? Friends of God, I look forward to seeing you every Sunday in worship. Amen!

Dr. Reynolds

Walk with God!


Rev. Dr. Wayne M. Reynolds received his call to preach at age 14 in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Reynolds entered the ministry through Gorham United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois where his father, an award-winning civil rights leader and community activist for 60+ years, Dr. Everett S. Reynolds, Sr., also served as Pastor.

In addition to being a spiritual mentor, leader, police chaplain, coach, and teacher, Dr. Reynolds is proudly a 5th generation preacher within the Methodist Church! Accordingly, Dr. Reynolds has an extremely robust knowledge of the history, character, and scope of pastoring, which spans the entire history of the Methodist Church and throughout the United States of America.

Dr. Reynolds received the Master of Divinity Degree from the Gammon-Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and his Doctorate from the Carolina University of Theology in Manassas, Virginia.

"Football Theology
for Championship Christian Living"

In addition to celebrating God as a full-time pastor, Dr. Reynolds is also completing his manuscripts for two books.

"Football Theology for Championship Christian Living," is tentatively schedule for publication in the fall of 2020. This book covers the interesting history and dynamics surrounding two very popular institutions, football (sports) and religion (church). To this subject Dr. Reynolds brings to bear his hands-on, first-hand experience and knowledge as a former collegiate football player, a national All-American ranking in track and field, his ongoing status as a career athlete in masters track and field, and as a K-12 public school football, basketball, and USATF track coach.

"Homosexuality Reality," will address an issue that continues to compel religious dissension worldwide. As validated by the recent decision of the United Methodist Church to adhere to the traditional teachings of the Bible and the Book of Discipline of the Methodist Church, which clearly do not support homosexuality, with "Homosexuality Reality," Dr. Reynolds will present an accurate, theologically balanced Biblical interpretation of homosexuality that makes sense to the old school fire and brimstone sisters and brothers, while also incorporating the values of a more inclusive and diverse society.

Stay tuned.

USATF Track Official, Umpire
and career athlete

Dr. Reynolds is also a certified USATF track and field official and regularly officiates as an umpire at indoor and outdoor track meets at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and he officiates high school track and field meets sanctioned by the Nebraska School Activities Association. Dr. Reynolds is compliant with both SafeSport and Safe Gatherings requirements to ensure child safety, and to prevent sexual misconduct and abuse, bullying, hazing, harassment, physical abuse, and emotional abuse.

As an athlete Dr. Reynolds competed in 83 USATF sanctioned events, and has placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in 95% of all of his races. In addition to track events, Dr. Reynolds competed in several 5k, 10k, 20k events, a vertical marathon, and various multi-sporting events. Although now retired from competitive running, Dr. Reynolds previously maintained a weekly base-training for track events (100m, 200m, 400m) which added over 20,000 miles on his physique, and his base-training regime for road races (5k, 10k, etc.) and various multi-sporting events added nearly another 10,000 miles. Dr. Reynolds remains a career athlete beyond track and field, and whenever possible he enjoys cycling, rollerskating, basketball hotshot and freethrow events; plus he enjoy throwing the javelin. The benefits of living a healthy and fit lifestyle and not lost on Dr. Reynolds, and he welcomes sharing his insight whenever requested. You'll want to read "Football Theology for Championship Christian Living," whether you're a fan of football or the church, or not. For the most part, no one likes losing, and as you know, winning is a whole lot of fun.


Throughout his ministry of fourty-(40) years, Dr. Reynolds has championed the great work performed by first-responders, including police, fire, emergency preparedness works, healthcare providers, and community volunteers.

In this regard, Dr. Reynolds has also volunteered as a "mentor" to young men as a "Big Brother," and as represented by the photos below, Dr. Reynolds has also volunteered as a police chaplin.

Police Chaplin, City of Lincoln, NE


Police Chaplin, City of Omaha, NE



Dr. Reynolds has a very diverse portfolio of community involvement and public speaking:

Churches and religious organizations: Church Of God In Christ; African Methodist Episcopal Church; Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; AME Zion Church; Baptist Church at the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.; Missouri Synod Lutheran Church; Church Of God; Pentecostal Assemblies of The World; United Church of Christ; Presbyterian Church; and hundreds more.

Ethnic, cultural, and civic events: Dr. Reynolds' participation in multi-cultural organizations and institutions includes: Urban League; NAACP; Portland Public Schools; Omaha Public Schools; Washington State Public Schools; Keynote Speaker at Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration; Keynote Speaker at State of Capitol of Nebraska's Martin Luther King Jr. tribute; University of Nebraska at Lincoln; University of Nebraska at Omaha; University of Oregon Health and Science Center; St. Elizabeth Hospital; Lincoln Executive Club; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.; Oregon Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masons; George Fox College; Hastings College; St. Olaf College; Iowa Western Community College; Northeast Community College; Omaha School of Massage Therapy. While serving as Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Crete, Nebraska, he also serves as one of the Board Members for the City of Crete Housing Authority, and member of the Saline County Drug and Alcohol Coalition.

Domestic and International Outlook: Dr. Reynolds' BLOG is reaching people in Dublin, Xiamen, Sayreville, Nanjing, Beijing, Korea, Matawan, Palto-Alto, Kenya, and Portugal. Domestically, Dr. Reynolds' BLOG is routinely reaching people in California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Georgia, Delaware and Missouri, with over includes 40,000+ visitors to the Breath of God

Dr. Reynolds is currently updating his calendar of sermon topics for 2019. The calendar will be posted here and will be availabe for download.

May the Word of God give you strength, peace and hope throughout 2019 and beyond!


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