Pastor Michael Padula has been appointed pastor of Tiffin Harmony UMC, 6487 S. Co. Rd 19, Tiffin, OH 44883 effective July 1, 2019. He succeeds Pastor Matthew Garrabrant, who is moving to Otterbein UMC in Navarre.
Michael and his wife Rebecca live in Republic and have 5 grown children. Michael graduated Abilene Christian University with his BA in 1990 and Methodist Theological School with his MDiv in 1996. He has pastored in Attica, Bloomville, Hopewell, Gambier Epworth, Troy Conference, and West Ohio Conference.
His hobbies include, music, baking, and cooking. His ministry goals are: 1) To walk closely with people on the journey of faith; 2) To provide places and spaces for theological reflection; 3) To create opportunities for people to gather around the table – “Food as sacrament and celebration”; 4) To enhance the worship experience with music and rhythm that in turn transmits knowledge that seeps into people’s souls.
Michael’s gifts for ministry are teacher/preacher, liturgist/worship leader, spiritual director/counselor, and evangelism/musician. His gifts, by God’s grace, are means by which a person or a people may be in authentic relationship with self, neighbor, and God.
One of Michael’s personal beliefs is that, “Jesus Christ, real human – the Son of God reveals and demonstrates what God is like. The purpose of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was to put humanity back into relationship with God by setting people free from the evil that holds them in chains.
Everyone please welcome Pastor Michael and Rebecca Padula!