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

Greetings, Brecksville!

Greetings, Brecksville!
It’s hard to believe the day is finally here that I get to be your pastor! I came to meet with your Staff Parish Relations Committee in March to see if we would be a good fit together, but God has been placing Brecksville UMC on my heart for months. My husband Rus “teases” me that when I pray, God responds often audibly. (I don’t know how to explain that I know it’s God’s voice, I just do.) Well, last fall I began to have the sense that things were going to be changing for my ministry—I had no idea what this was to look like, but I knew in the next year things would look different. I began to pray, and one day in September I heard the name “Brecksville.” Rus had just started working in Independence, so after taking the kids to visit him at the restaurant we drove past Brecksville UMC. Joseph (our 9-year-old) asked, “Mom, where are we going?” I simply said, “To look at a church.”

Then I started seeing and hearing “Brecksville” all over the place:

- A bumper sticker on the back of a black Passat (the same car I drive) while driving in Strongsville.

- Driving on interstates I’d driven a thousand times, the signs for “Brecksville: this way” and “Brecksville: this many miles” would stick out e.v.e.r.y. t.i.m.e.

- Teens mentioning to me when they were playing Brecksville in sports: football, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse (they never did this before!)

- Going through an old Memory Box and finding a note about meeting at Brecksville UMC for Chrysalis team meetings.

- When it was announced that Pastor Clark was moving to Hudson, I had three clergy colleagues—at separate times—ask me, “Are you going to Brecksville?”

When I (finally) met with Pastor Steve (the District Superintendent) and he asked if I would be interested in coming to Brecksville UMC, I laughed out loud. He was a bit taken aback until I told him how God had already laid the name “Brecksville” on my heart months ago.

To me, all these little signs together show that God is constantly at work in our lives. It just takes an open heart to know and open eyes to see. Where do you see God already at work in your life and at Brecksville United Methodist Church?

I am confident God has placed us together in this next season for a reason. I don’t know what that reason is yet, but I am praying for guidance and knowledge, and I ask that you will pray with me. How is God calling us to work together in the future?

Thank you for welcoming my family and me so well! I’m excited to see what God can do with us and through us as we work together to bring God’s kin-dom on earth!

Take care,

Pastor Heidi

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
                                                                                                    - Philippians 4:6-7

Getting to Know the Welch Family

Getting to Know the Welch Family

Where did Pastor Heidi grow up?  Conneaut, Ohio.

And where did Pastor Heidi go to school? She has a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Youngstown State University. 

How did Pastor Heidi and Rus meet?  Rus’s parents were Pastor Heidi’s pastors in Conneaut, but that’s not where the story begins.  Ask her about it!

What ages are the Welch family children? Joseph is 9 and loves music, math and dance.  Cornelia (Corrie) is 5 and loves princesses and the color pink.  Their dog, Hans, is 5.  (Corrie says “Like me!”)  The kids will be attending Chippewa School this year! 

Where has the Pastor Heidi served previously?
Medina United Methodist Church
Johnsonville Grace United Methodist Church
Steam Corners United Methodist Church

What does Rus do for a living?  A professional chef, Rus works at Crumb & Spigot in Chagrin Falls.  He has also been a food and fashion photographer, and a contributor to the magazine Edible Cleveland.  

Be forewarned! Rus tends to fall asleep during sermons.  He blames it on his late hours working as a chef, especially on Saturdays. But, both of his parents were pastors and he developed the gift of knowing what the sermon was about—even with his eyes closed—because his mom would quiz him after service.

Summersault or cartwheel? Pastor Heidi says “definitely summersault.”  She  is looking forward to exploring Brecksville with her family, especially the hiking trails.  Rus and Joseph love making new friends and have already met several of the neighbors. The Welch’s look forward to meeting you, too!

About Rev. Heidi Welch

Pastor Heidi was in her third year of service at Medina United Methodist Church when she was ordained by the United Methodist Church. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Youngstown State University and a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Her ministry experience also includes Johnsonville Grace and Steam Corners UMCs.

In service to the Conference, Pastor Heidi has served as District Representative to Commission on the Status and Role of Women and the District Committee on Ordained Ministry, both in the Canal District.

Pastor Heidi is married, and has two children, Joseph and Cornelia. The family includes a boxer named Hans. Her husband, Rasul's, parents were Heidi's pastors when she was growing up - but that's not how they met. Ask her to tell you the story sometime!

Pastor Heidi says, "I'm excited to see what God can do with us and through us as we work together to bring God's kin-dom on earth!"