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Open Door United Methodist Church emphasizes ‘radical hospitality’

| Ken Garner
Not all members of First United Methodist Church of Pace agreed with leaving the UMC umbrella, including its pastor, Mark Lilly. When the leaders of his congregation elected to “disaffiliate” and rebrand as Grace Methodist Church in November, Lilly and members of his staff accepted the challenge of building a new UMC congregation.
The Rev. Mark Lilly, the first pastor of Open Door Community United Methodist Church, pastored First UMC of Pace before that church decided to rebrand as Grace Methodist Church and leave the UMC umbrella.


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