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The Rev. Glenn L. Ethridge The Rev. Glenn L. Ethridge is senior pastor of Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA.

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The Rev. Glenn Ethridge

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Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Decatur, GA

The Rev. Glenn Ethridge is senior pastor of Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA.

Glenn is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and earned a master of divinity degree from Yale University, where he received the Norenberg Prize for Preaching. Currently he is a candidate for a doctor of ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Before coming to Oak Grove in 2007, Glenn was the senior pastor of Cannon United Methodist in Snellville, GA, and has served United Methodist parishes in Evans, Blue Ridge, Starrsville, and Gainesville, GA. 

Glenn and his wife, Catherine, are the parents of two sons.


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The Rev. Glenn Ethridge (UMC)
The Rev. Glenn Ethridge, senior pastor of Oak Grove United Methodist in Decatur Georgia, sits down with Peter Wallace to discuss the challenges and blessings of a community of faith, reaching out to the youth of a congregation and a host of other topics. Join us for a thoughtful conversation on Faith.
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The Rev. Glenn L. Ethridge

Spiritual Friendships

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4

All Saints' Day

October 31, 2010

The Rev. Glenn Ethridge (UMC)

One of my favorite aspects of ordained ministry is the friendships developed over the years.  As a United Methodist pastoral family who served in itinerant ministry for 23 years, we have developed a network of friends across our conference that feeds our need for social contact and our need for what I call spiritual friendship.  Spiritual friendship is more than acquaintance; it is an ongoing relationship in which we nurture one another's souls.  In spiritual friendships, divine affairs and human affairs intersect in such a way as to create moments of grace.  Although the Apostle Paul uses different language, he often speaks of spiritual friendship.  When he refers to Christians he has met in his missionary journeys, he calls them brothers and sisters in the faith.  He expresses deep appreciation and affection for these spiritual friends, and so do I.

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