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

Graves are Empty Spaces

“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices so they could embalm him. Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?” Then they looked up, saw that it had been rolled back- it was a huge stone - and walked right in…”  
Mark 16:1-4

Gandhi wrote that “to conceal ignorance is to increase it.” The stone was rolled back revealing what was once locked inside. And the great reveal of Easter is essentially an empty space. A space that we long to see for ourselves, a grave emptied out. It is revealing an emptiness that has spoken to believers for centuries. Death is now an empty place. Revealed as powerless to hold life forevermore.

We see this truth revealed to us in many ways as creation reawakens in the beauty of spring. Transformations abound around us. What once appeared lifeless, reveals new life that was about its business unobserved in the cold of winter. In the dawn of a new day, stones are rolled back and new life is apparent for all who have the eyes to see it.

So much of the source of life is hidden from our view for a bit. Yet that does not mean that it does not exist. In fact, faith is our handle on what we can’t see. Jesus told us not to be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open and everyone will know how things really are. Stones are rocking and rolling, allowing us all peeks into things we haven’t seen before. All cool. But know this, in this season of spring and a return to new life…life wins. Graves are empty places. Even mine, even yours! Thanks be to God…

Oh happy day,

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!