The primary purpose of the department of Ministerial is to provide, nurture and support to conference leadership, pastors and evangelists as they minister to our small groups, companies, and churches.
We are dedicated to focusing our energies and resources toward finding new ways to share the Good News. As a result, we will highlight those projects and ministries that are evangelistically innovative, cross cultural, and which provide transferable ministry models for our other conference churches.
About Joe Grider
Dr. Joe I. Grider married Dorris Miller some 50 years ago; both are natives of Lexington, KY. They have three adult children: Gregory in Dallas, TX., Twyla in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Shelia Turnipseed in Atlanta, GA.
He matriculated through the maze of academia with a B.A. Degree from Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL., a Master of Divinity Degree from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. and a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Grider has Ministered in three Regional Conferences, South Central, Southwest Region; Allegheny West, and is currently blessed to be back in South Central Conference where he is the Ministerial Director.
His Ministerial Blessings and Accomplishments include; Liquidation of two church mortgages, liquidation of a school mortgage, renovation of three churches, Pastor of the Year Award, Pastor/Evangelist of the Year Award, Community Service Awards, Educational Service Awards; he secured 14-million dollars and erected a Senior Citizen’s Facility and has experienced continual Tithe growth and many Baptisms in all of his assignments.
Dr. Grider is a disciple who has been saved from eternal death because of Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice. Each day, the Holy Spirit is changing him to think and behave more and more like Jesus. His deepest desire is for Jesus to come again and he has given his life to helping others get ready for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
One of his favorite texts is one of empowerment, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13