Steven J Gruver

Phone (814) 938-7500

Mailing Address
150 Graf Street
Punxsutawney, PA 15767

First U M Church
Senior Pastor


Rev. Steven J Gruver   Clergy Bio
Born & Raised / Education:  Steve was born and raised in McKean, PA, just south of Erie, PA.  He attended General McLane High School, graduated from Asbury College with a BA in Bible / History and attended Asbury Theological Seminary, graduating with an MDiv in 1993.
Pre-Church Work Experience:  Steve worked in his father’s auto repair, for Asbury College, Kroger and Sergeant & Greenleaf Manufacturing while attending college and seminary.
Appointment History & Church Service:  Steve served as Associate Minister at Bradford 1st UMC from 1993-1996, as lead pastor at Townville & Troy Center UMC’s from 1996-2002, as lead pastor at Pittsfield: Otterbein UMC (Including multisite – with Tidioute UMC for 3 years with a Co-Pastor) from 2002 – 2017, and presently at Windover Hills UMC from 2017-2020.
He has served on various community boards and been active in camping ministries.
Passion / Gifts for Ministry:  Steve has a passion to lead a modern congregation in connecting with God through modern worship, through Discipleship and through mission and ministry to those in the community who have not discovered God’s love for them.  Steve longs to see new people come to Christ and for their lives to be transformed by His presence.
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Family & Personal Interests:  Steve is married to Elizabeth and they have 5 adult children, all married and 4 grandchildren.  We love to travel, spend time with grandkids, go to the beach and motorcycle the country together.  Steve plays guitar, bass and has played in classic rock bands.