Ronald E Gardner

Mailing Address
717 Muir Rd
Blairsville, PA 15717-7459

First U M Church
Associate Pastor

New Florence U M Church
Associate Pastor


born 4--5-1948  graduated high school Machine shop course 1966 enlisted in US Navy (Aviation) graduated USN Airframes/Hydraulics  class "A" school 
work history   Extrude Hone Corp. building hydraulically operated electrically controlled specialized deburring machines,  Coal mine  electrician, returned to Extrude Hone Corp. after 11 years in coal mines, attended several electronic and computer classes, and was involved in the engineering, building, and service departments.  Extrude Hone was purchased by Kennametal and 4 years later 40% of the work force was eliminated I was one of the last to go (after spending time in India training others to do my job)  Worked for Lockheed/Martin  AeroSpace for a short 9 months or so then Hydro Carbide for 4 years before retiring . 
    I became a Certified Lay Speaker many years ago and was encouraged to become a CLM just prior to leaving Extrude Hone Corp.Somewhere around 2007. I was /am Lay Leader at Mt Tabor UMC, West Wheatfield Charge Mt Tabor averages 15-30 attenders/members ( pretty wide average) we were a 3 point charge then split and were on our own now back to a two point charge  ,Mt Tabor and Robinson. I was assigned to Bolivar congregation , New Florence Charge in 2012 ( I think) . 
    My administrative skills are actually non existing . I was born to be  a pastor, according to a few people in my history anyway. My gifts for ministry are...…..caring, sharing, helping, I have a good voice for speaking GODs Word , and I hope encouraging. 
     I always well….. mostly feel refreshed after sharing GODs Word whether corporate or privately I enjoy family, being retired, kayaking, skiing .  My wife and I have six children sorta. We were  foster parents for more than 20 years during which time we adopted three children and have three biological children and many foster children from time to time. We have nine grand children two in college and the remaining seven under 11 a good range. With this much "diversity" things don't always go the way one would anticipate but we indeed ARE BLESSED.