Open Doors, Open Minds, Open Hearts
What do we believe?
We believe everyone has a faith journey. You are welcome here wherever you are in your journey, whether you are a lifelong churchgoer, a new believer, or simply curious.
We believe every person’s life has value and dignity.
We believe a compassionate church community helps us grow in faith.
We believe in the trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe all scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, correcting, rebuking and training in righteousness.
We believe in salvation as a gift of grace, achieved through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe God calls us to be his hands and feet in the world, helping our local community, and beyond.
Our Mission Statement:
To be an inclusive, Christ-centered
compassionate community of faith
seeking to grow as authentic disciples of Jesus Christ
who love God and welcome all people.
History of Mergers:
In 1826, The First Methodist Episcopal Church formed in downtown Easton, PA. Over the next few decades, First helped spawn Methodist congregations on the southside of Easton (Christ), in the Glendon area and the west ward of the city (Calvary). Also ministering during this period was the Trinity Evangelical Brethren Church in downtown Easton. Each congregation experienced rapid growth through the 1800s and first half of the 1900s. But as the 1970s brought major shifts in societal thinking, each congregation experienced the beginnings of decline. The city’s growth and the changing communities around each congregation brought a landlocked position which squeezed the potential for growth out for each.
In 2001, Calvary and Glendon, through a merger, built the present structure on Green Pond Rd near the border of Palmer and Bethlehem Townships. Nearly 10 years later, First UMC (which had merged in 1971 with Trinity) also merged with Calvary and today we are Green Pond United Methodist Church, a growing congregation with a vision and mission that is inclusive of the community we are located in and the downtown community of Easton where our roots are.
Green Pond UMC is now served by the Rev. Scott Friedgen-Veitch. He comes to Green Pond with his wife, Lori.
Rev. Scott Friedgen-Veitch
I am celebrating my 17th year in ministry his year, and am proud to be the Pastor of Green Pond United Methodist Church, my current appointment here in Easton Pennsylvania. I have pastored 6 United Methodist Churches during my tenure in ministry, been a chaplain at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, achieving 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education. And have earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from Eastern University. As you might guess, I lead a blessed life.
Though my spiritual journey began as a child, attending the Dutch Reformed Church, I met and married my wife Lori who is a life-long United Methodist. As an adult, she has always encouraged me to exercise my Christian walk. As a member of West Chester United Methodist Church, under the Leadership of Bishop John Schol, I was invited on a mission trip to Zimbabwe, where I got my call into ministry. It was on that mission trip with 40 pastors, my friend Jerry and myself, where God began to plant the seeds that I might go into ministry.
While in Zimbabwe, we made repairs to the children’s orphanage in Old Mutare, attended programs at African University, and engaged the people of Africa. I feel a bond with them that is strong and lasting. During a walkabout in the shanty-town of Sacuvo, I was asked the question of my life. I was walking with our guide and interpreter ahead of our group, and while meandering through the ramshackle alleyways, we came upon a clearing where three ladies were sitting on a bench, resting in the shade of a tree. They said something in Shona (their native language) that l did not understand. I asked my guide “What did they say?” Though he was reluctant to tell me, he said that they asked if “Am I there to help them?” These words echo in my head to this day.
God talked to me that day through those three women. And that has been my mandate from God ever since, “To help expand God’s Kingdom”. God has now placed me at Green Pond United Methodist Church, and it is my finest appointment. We are a people with a heart for the Lord, a heart for each other, and a heart for others. We are on a “God” trajectory. I hope you will join me and this great Church Family here at Green Pond United Methodist Church, to take your spiritual journey to its next level.
I am delighted to be a member of Green Pond United Methodist Church. In 2018, I became the Minister of Liturgical Arts at the Green Pond United Methodist Church in Easton, Pennsylvania, and this summer I answered the call to being the Associate Pastor of GPUMC. The faith journey has been filled with many adventures and experiences that have brought my spiritual walk to be coordinated with my professional and artistic aspirations. My formal education began with receiving two degrees from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Cook College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts. In May 2015, I was honored to complete a Master of Divinity at Drew Theological School, in Madison, New Jersey.
It is also my mission and call to teach high school seniors Integrated Visual and Performing Arts classes with a focus on Social Justice at the Payne Tech campus of Essex County Schools of Technology. During my 15 years of teaching experience, I have directed the pep rallies as the Advisor for Student Council. The director of the Dance Troupe and the Drama Club; while coordinating the Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Diversity and PRIDE Week programs. I am most proud being the Advisor for the GSA: Gay/Straight Alliance, advocating for inclusion, equality and social justice for all LGBTQ students and staff members.
I am the Founder and Artistic Director of Acrodanse Theatre Company from 1990-2005, which became the champions of the McDonald’s Gospelfest “Praise Dance” competition in 1999 and the company repeated this title in 2000. I sang with the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus for 10 years, beginning in 1998. Currently, I sing with the Lehigh Valley Chorale in Pennsylvania (Director, Ed Milisits). A fun fact for my life, was the time that was the Head Cheerleading Coach for Rutgers University and Princeton University (rivals), at the same time! In 2015, I married my husband John Gary-Fryer at the Church of the Village, in New York City. We spiritually adopted our son Malik in 2018. We reside in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania with our beloved Huskies, Liberty and Justice. Although my first language to God is dance, when necessary, I pray that the Holy Spirit will allow me to use words and songs to share the Word and the Love of God.
"I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again, you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful." ~Jeremiah 31:3-5
Youth and Family Coordinator
I am very excited to be the Youth & Family Coordinator at Green Pond UMC. I am a lifelong member of the church and have been in this position since August 2016. Currently, I’m also a stay-at-home mom to my daughter Mia. Prior to taking on my role at GPUMC, I was an elementary school counselor for 7 years and an elementary school teacher for 3 years. I’ve always enjoyed working with kids and their families. God has given me a passion to influence the lives of children and I feel blessed to be able to fulfill this passion at GPUMC. Aside from this work, I also enjoy participating in mission projects with our church, watching anything on HGTV or DIY network, and spending time with family and friends. My husband Brad and I love spending time on Fenwick Island, DE and we travel to the beach as often as we can! Life isn’t always easy and planned the way you may think, but when we take time to be thankful for what we do have and take time to do what we love, it can be fulfilling and wonderful!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6