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New Pastor Appointed to Gruene UMC

Rev. Dan Harrington

We are so excited to announce that Bishop Schnase and the cabinet have appointed Rev. Dan Harrington as the new senior pastor of Gruene!  His first Sunday will be July 2nd, so we will want everyone to come and welcome him.

Dan has just the right heart and “vibe” for Gruene…and his passion for Jesus oozes out of him!  We know he will be perfect for this place.  Dan is married to Maria and they have three children: Lyla (7), Jonah (5), and Jesse (3).  He currently serves as associate pastor of Northern Hills UMC, located on Loop 1604 in northeastern San Antonio, where he has primary responsibility for preaching and leading that church’s contemporary worship service. He is a musician (whoohoo!), having pursued a previous career as a singer/songwriter and performing under the stage name of “Foscoe Jones.”

Recognizing the unique nature of Gruene and how important this transition is, the bishop has asked Pastor Karen to continue serving the church in a limited role during the initial months of this transition.  At his request, she will take primary responsibility for leading the church’s upcoming capital funds campaign to reduce debt and will also oversee Pastor Brock’s residency with Path 1.  Bishop Schnase expressed his gratitude for Karen’s willingness to take on these responsibilities at Gruene as she begins her full-time duties starting new faith communities and revitalizing existing churches throughout the Rio Texas Conference.

We are excited that Pastor Karen can finish the things that are important to her and that the church will be able to welcome Pastor Dan and his family soon!  It’s the best of both worlds…God is so good!  If you have any questions you are welcome to talk to anyone on the Staff Parish Relations Team or Pastor Karen

Stephen Stokinger, SPRC chair

Team Members: Joel Freeman, Becky Harrell, Joanie Scott, Lonnie Bane, and Claudia Woods