Oak Grove UMC

Oak Grove UMC


Oak Grove United Methodist Church seeks to create life changing communities through Jesus Christ.


Oak Grove United Methodist Church is a healthy, community-based United Methodist Church located in Decatur, just a few minutes from Emory’s campus. The church offers a full range of programming with emphasis on three areas of ministry: invitation, discipleship and service.

Unique Opportunities in Ministry

The church is particularly interested in students looking to focus on Youth Ministry to serve the large, active and vibrant ministry with middle and high school students. It is an excellent opportunity to help run a well-organized program that offers great spiritual depth and many opportunities to invite youth into a life of service. Oak Grove UMC is also looking for students interested in the contemporary worship life of a traditional church community. The contemporary service is growing rapidly and it is attracting a diverse group of folks. There is much to witness and participate in as this service grows and changes—a great opportunity for any student pursuing ordained, local church ministry.

Site NameOak Grove UMC
DenominationUnited Methodist Church
Location TypeSuburban
Worship Attendance920
Worship Times

Sunday: Traditional 8:30 am and 11 am; Contemporary 9:45 am

Wednesday: Holy Communion 5 pm

Distance from CandlerApproximately 7 miles
Accessible to persons with disabilities?Yes
Acessible via public transportation?Yes
Can women be ordained?Yes
What role do women play in leadership?Women hold leadership roles in all areas and aspects

Weekly Schedule

  • Sunday:
    • Traditional Service: 8:30 am and 11 am
    • Contemporary Service: 9:35 am
  • Wednesday:
    • Holy Communion: 5 pm
    • Midweek Dinner, Children's Choir, and Small Groups: 5:30 pm

The congregation is invited to commit to serving the local community at least once per year through one of the following opportunities: local food pantries, schools, feeding missions, etc. The congregation is invited to commit to serving once every five years, as they are able, on an international mission opportunity, such as a work trip to Honduras, Haiti, Costa Rica, or Liberia.

Meeting the Five Areas of Ministry

Administration: Students will have the opportunity to witness the work of the Finance Committee, which oversees a $2.5 million dollar budget, the Church Council, Stewardship ministries, and other administrative teams and committees that do the administrative work of the church.

Liturgy (Worship and Preaching): Students will participate in worship leadership in both traditional and contemporary worship; students will help plan for both styles of worship. Students will have the opportunity to preach and assist at Wednesday Eucharist.

Mission and Outreach: Students will have the opportunity to help plan mission projects, work on education for the congregation about service locations where the church is sending teams, and participate in local projects with leadership roles.

Pastoral Calling and Congregational Care: Students will visit alongside pastors and on their own as there are members in long-term care and in the hospitals around Atlanta.

Teaching: There will be many opportunities to design and teach adult Sunday school classes, short-term small groups, youth confirmation sessions, and help the Discipleship Team plan annual discipleship opportunities for the whole congregation.

Oak Grove UMC
Associate Pastor Allen Grady
1722 Oak Grove Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404.636.7558

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