Pastor Gary Simmons
Leading our church since July 2015, Gary is an Elder in the United Methodist Church who has served in various full-time ministry capacities for forty years. After growing up as a native of Lansing, Michigan, he moved on to earn a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Divinity Degree.
Pastor Gary states, “I feel a special passion for sharing the truth of the scriptures in a way that is relevant to life and challenges and deepens each person’s journey as they seek to understand better how to follow Jesus Christ as the Savior and Leader of their life. My wife, BethAnn, and I love living and serving in the Ithaca community. And our two corgis enjoy assisting in monitoring neighborhood security.”
Phone: (989) 875-4313
A long-time member of Ithaca Living Hope Church, Mark currently serves as Assistant to the Pastor and church custodian.
"I have lived in Ithaca most of my life, but my journey into new life in Christ began in the summer of 1993 after I graduated college and began attending Ithaca UMC. Through the faithful discipleship of many godly men in the local church the Bible came alive personally and God has been gracious to provide many ministry opportunities over the years - from Sunday School teacher to youth ministry to lay speaking. My greatest joy comes from sharing God’s word through small group Bible studies, preaching inside and outside the local church, including monthly chapel services at Carson City Correctional Facility. The Scriptures are living and powerful and I enjoy seeing the Holy Spirit continue to touch and transform lives as people discover timeless truth in fresh ways."
Phone: (989) 506-7996
Gary Simmons (Pastor)
Mark Monroe (Assistant to the Pastor, Custodian)
Keegan Hartman (Chair, Worship Leader)
Benjamin Jae Bates (Secretary, Communications)
Jim Bowen (Finance, Staff-Parrish Relations)
Joelle Gibson (Lay Leader, Family Ministries)
Glenda Konecny (Hospitality)
Scott Merchant (Trustees, Building & Grounds)
Anna Rittersdorf (Children's Ministries)