Pastor Josh Berry
Josh Berry was appointed pastor of Royal Oak Community United Methodist Church in July of 2017 and serves Royal Oak Community full-time, leading the congregation in worship every Sunday, offering pastoral care, and engaging in fellowship with the local community.
Josh strives to live in love, looking to Jesus’ ministry as well as scripture like Ephesians 5:1-2 for examples of how to demonstrate that in everyday life. He encounters the Holy Spirit through the outdoors, music, and spending time in the Word. He makes a conscious effort to connect with God through spiritual disciplines such as daily prayer and bible study. Intentionally setting aside Sabbath time is also important to Josh, and he enjoys using the time to slow down and enjoy some of his favourite pastimes such as watching college football, hiking, reading, and enjoying all things science fiction.
Josh is passionate about youth and young adult ministries, and is excited about Royal Oak Community UMC’s intentional efforts to engage in the lives of youth in the community. He strongly believes that youth and young adults are not just the future of the church, but that they are just as much a part of the church of today as anyone else and deserve to be treated as such. Eccumenical ministries are also important to him, and one dream for his leadership is to continue to express the importance that all people of God must come together to bring about the Kingdom of God.
Josh is a native of Orange, Virginia and received his Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Josh can be reached at email@example.com
Youth Pastor Robyn Allen
Mother, entrepreneur, community volunteer, life-long "Royal Oakian", devoted disciple of Jesus Christ...and now youth pastor! Robyn focuses on reaching young people, building relationships, and engaging them in their faith. She is awesome and loves her church!
Rev. Garry Parker (1942-2016)
On December 17, 2016, our Pastor Emeritus, the Reverend Garry Parker, went home to be with the Lord. He will be deeply missed.
Called by God to ministry and missions in high school, Garry pastored churches in five states and ministered and preached in 30 countries with Luke 4:18-19 as his calling.
Garry served with the United Methodist church for more than 35 years till his retirement in 2003. While at Asbury Theological Seminary (’68) he met and married the love of his life, Sarah. Together they served as missionaries in Indonesia and El Salvador; returning to the U.S., Garry preached and ministered in Massachusetts, Maryland, and California. He pursued doctoral studies in missiology at Princeton Theological Seminary focusing on the great Methodist missionary, Bishop William Taylor. Later in life, Garry still answered God’s call to missions leading work with tribal peoples across Southeast Asia.