Welcome to Brecksville United Methodist Church

Have you heard about Brecksville United Methodist Church?  We are a medium-sized congregation right on the square in downtown Brecksville.  We are all about sharing lives of faithfulness, mutual support, spiritual growth, and service to the community.

Our doors are open to everyone. Whatever your gender, age, race, background, vocation, orientation or belief system, we invite you to come and experience God’s grace with us!

If you’re not active in a local place of worship, come and spend some time with us!

Peace and Blessings, Pastor Clark

If You Love Someone...

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”   - John 20: 17

“If you love someone, set them free.” Lots of places offer this advice, and the idea is attributed to many different advice givers. We often say this when one of our friends is experiencing some kind of loss or change in their lives. I think this kind of counsel is given when we cannot control outcomes and simply turn over our life circumstance to fate. It flies in the face of contemporary culture, where we are often encouraged to never admit defeat, and that we must try and try again, because all is not over until the fat lady sings.

Jesus said to Mary, “Do not cling to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”

All through life we find instances when we walk away from where we should be. Temptation grabs a hold of us or we just simply wander off. It should be evident to us that we have a very hard time hanging on to God, but God ever has hands on us.

Jesus cannot be contained. He isn’t ever firmly within our grasp, hoarded away for our own salvation. One of the loudest expressions of an empty tomb is that he is loose, uncontained, out in the world ever before us. And I remind you once again, he knows our names.

So, once again in this season of Easter, we watch while creation reawakens all around us. New life springs from the apparent tomb of winter, and we venture out into a brand new creation. We must remember that in order to experience the new life God has in store for us now, we must set the past free. It seems to me that we are in a constant state of saying good-byes and hellos. And through all of it, God has a firm hold on us and all whom we encounter. And I pray that is always enough for you, as it is for me.

Praying through transitions,

Pastor Clark


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat at his feet. He held up a sign which read: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by could see the new words.

Soon, the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footstep and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?” The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said, but in a different way. I wrote, ‘Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.’” Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky to have their sight.

It is difficult to write this last article. There is so much to say, and much that will remain unsaid. However, this little story sums things up for me. We have learned the power of words. We know that those words can help build new realities and find ways to welcome everyone into our fellowship. We have also experienced how words can cut and do damage. Yet through it all, the words we have shared together has helped to forge a hopeful reality for this congregation. You are a beacon of hope for a culture that seeks ways to be open and caring to all people. It is no longer good enough to state the obvious, but we must continue to interpret the love and acceptance of Jesus to folks who are yearning to hear this good news. How you say it matters. Keep the faith.

I count myself fortunate to have walked in faith with you these last eight years. I believe that the world has changed because of it, that the Holy Spirit showed up here, and that together we realized a bit more of the kingdom in our time and place. Everything else, I shake off my sandals, and encourage you to do the same.

Walking on…

Pastor Clark

About Pastor Stein

Pastor Stein is a graduate of Kent State University with a BA in Telecommunications. In 1992 he was ordained Deacon from Methodist Theological School in Ohio and then as Elder two years later. He comes to Brecksville United Methodist Church from Hope Ridge United Methodist Church, serving in the same capacity since 2003. Previous appointments include Granger, Aurora, and Boardman United Methodist churches.

In service to the Conference, Pastor Clark has been Chair of the Editorial Board, served on the Board of Communications, the Leadership Committee for Communications, the Akron District and Western Reserve District Committees on Ministry, and has been Chair of the Board of Trustees for the East Ohio Conference Peace with Justice Project.

Pastor Clark is married, has four children, and loves to spend time with his family as well as being in the company of other people. His passions include music, movies, sports and fishing, or a good fish story!