Meet Our Pastor:
About Dave Allen Grady
From his earliest days, Dave Allen Grady has always known the church. He was raised in rural Alabama by parents who were Southern Baptists--with United Methodist grandparents. Eventually he joined First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL as a young teenager. In college at The University of Alabama he spent much time with the Episcopal Campus Ministry but by time he graduated, he was in leadership with the Bama Wesley Foundation.
He took a gap year where he travelled and managed a coffee shop. Subsequently, he began seminary at The Candler School of Theology, where he earned both a certificate in Christian Education and an Master of Divinity degree. While there he worked as Director of Youth Ministries at Briarcliff UMC and helped found the St. Benedict Chapter of the Order of St. Luke at Candler.
Dave's appointive ministry began in the UK. He was on the pastoral staff in the Retford Circuit, near Sheffleld. Upon returning to the North Alabama Conference in 2000, he served as Associate Pastor of Scottsboro First UMC, and then transferred to the North Georgia Conference to marry Susan Allen, who is now associate pastor at Oak Grove UMC in Decatur, GA. For four years Dave was associate minister at Mt. Bethel UMC, where he was responsible for pastoral care and evangelism, and ministered to singles and young adults. He was ordained Elder in 2003, and was soon appointed to serve the St. Luke congregation in South Cobb; he comes to Druid Hills from Avondale Pattillo UMC.
Through his activities as Chair of the Conference Leadership Team in the North Georgia Conference Dave witnesses in the areas of social justice, witness, and advocacy related to ethnicity and gender; in ecumenical and interfaith conversations; and in environmental stewardship.
Dave serves on the Board of Intown Collaborative Ministries, and The Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation. He has also served as a board member to the Georgia Pastors' School and was member of the North Georgia Conference delegation at the 2012 Jurisdictional Conference. He regularly leads workshops around North Georgia to help churches better utilize social media.
Dave believes that church "is a place where we uniquely extend and receive hospitality that surpasses our wildest expectations, and transcends barriers. We experience this in worship and rehearse it daily in the various ways we live out our lives."
Dave and Susan live in the Druid Hills community with their daughter, Joy. For fun Dave likes to travel, golf, cycle, and cook.