Pastor Mike Schutz
Mike Schutz, Senior Pastor
Mike is a native of Baltimore, MD. Raised in a loving home, Mike first realized God loved him when a neighbor invited him to Vacation Bible School. He gave his life to the Lord as a teen, and has seen God's faithfulness and grace throughout his life. Mike's passion is creating a healthy environment for every person to become who God created us to be.

Prior to coming to Avon Grove in December, 2002, Mike served as Chaplain, Director of the Center for Spiritual Development and Associate Professor at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. At Eastern Nazarene he directed the college's many spiritual life programs, including: traditional and contemporary worship services, Bible studies and discipleship groups, missions trips to Central and South America and Europe, student ministry teams, and campus and community ministry. His teaching responsibilities included courses in Christianity and contemporary culture, spiritual formation, youth ministry, and marriage and family life.

He has spoken throughout the United States and Europe on issues of young adult spiritual formation and faith development, postmodernism, parenting, and healthy marriage and family life. Rev. Schutz was the founding director of the Brickley Counseling Center on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College, and has over 25 years experience as a pastoral counselor. During his ministry career, Mike has been active in numerous cross-denominational ministry efforts, working with Protestant and Catholic believers to share God's love and grace, and to promote biblical principles of evangelism, peace, and social justice.

Mike was educated at Eastern Nazarene College, The Ohio State University, Boston University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston College, Andover-NewtonTheological School, and Nazarene Theological Seminary.

At Avon Grove Mike's ministry includes preaching, teaching, pastoral care and counseling, leadership, and community connection. He is actively involved in the Avon Grove Ministerium, and serves on the board of The Garage Youth Center in West Grove
Mike is married to Esther, who is a high school music teacher at Avon Grove Charter School. They have two great young adult children.
Jason McGehean
Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry

Jason grew up in Egg Harbor Township, NJ  and attended the Northfield Church of the Nazarene. He made a commitment to Christ as a teen and always knew he wanted to do some kind of ministry.

    When Jason was a senior in high school he went on a visit to Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, MA. That was the only college that Jason applied to. That was a decision that would change his life forever. In college, Jason played four years of baseball, got involved with student government, chose Physical Education as his major, met his wife Becky and most importantly got serious about his relationship with Christ.

    After graduation both Jason and Becky moved to Pittsburgh, Pa to start up a youth program of a church plant. A great experience for two years of their lives, they then felt God calling them to a new ministry.Jason and his wife Becky came to serve as Youth Pastor of the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene in 2003. It is here that Jason is able to serve the teens of the community and their families. 
Jason is a physical education and health teacher at the Avon Grove Charter School and coaches baseball for Avon Grove High School. Jason and Becky have two daughters, Madison and Mackenzie.
 Pastor Heather Riley
Heather Hyde, Associate Pastor for Children and their Families
Pastor Heather has been serving at Avon Grove since 2005.  She has loved watching children and families grow in God's love over the last 9 years.  Pastor Heather coordinates our Sunday morning experience for children, organizes and leads the awesome volunteers and teaches a Caravan class during the school year.  During the week, she serves as after-school director for the Academy.  In the summer, Pastor Heather is involved in tennis and worship camp and directs our Vacation Bible school which is our multi-generational outreach experience.  Pastor Heather loves serving at Avon Grove.
Pastor Heather has experienced many miles stones since moving to West Grove.  She was ordained in 2009 on the Philadelphia District and married Jackson Hyde in 2012 at Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene.

Annamary Padilla,

Director of The Bridge Compassionate Ministry Center



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  • Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene
    240 State Rd
    West Grove, PA 19390
    Office Phone - 610-869-9500
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    240 State Rd.
    West Grove, PA 19390
    Office Phone - 610-869-9530