I am Ron Hartman and I am honored to be appointed as your pastor. I serve in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church as a fulltime local pastor. I come to you from a 6-year appointment at North Kannapolis United Methodist Church. I began as a youth Pastor at Roberta UMC, then moved to Pastor at Woodleaf UMC, the Hominy Charge (Piney Mountain/Davis Chapel UMC and North Kannapolis UMC.
I will begin my tenure as the President of the United Methodist Rural Advocates of Western North Carolina July 1.I have served as the Chairperson for the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members for WNC as well as the Treasurer for the UMRA, Metro District Committee on ordained Ministry and on the Western North Carolina Board of Ordained Ministry Executive Committee. I have served as a Chaplain at CMC Northeast and Park Ridge Hospitals. I have been privileged to be the part of a Thriving Rural Community in the Hominy Charge as a partner church pastor.
I am a second career pastor having been an Industrial Engineer in a previous life. I hold a BS in Engineering, a Masters of Theology, as well as being a graduate of the Basic Course of Study and Advanced Course of Study at Duke Divinity School. I have completed an Internship and Residency in CPE at CMC Northeast. I have completed the Missional Wisdom Academy as a part of the second cohort in WNC. I consider myself a life-long learner.
I am married to my best friend and the love of my life Jackie. We have 2 sons and 8 grandchildren. I find great joy in cheering for my children and grandchildren in their endeavors. I enjoy music of all genres, riding motorcycles and working on old cars or motorcycles.
I believe we need to find ways to grow in our relationship with God and with our neighbors. In doing this we need to take care to do no harm. As we grow, we will find ourselves doing all the good we can as an extension of God’s grace and love toward us, our love for Him and our neighbor. I believe if we treat everyone as one of God’s beloved children we will not judge but we will be compassionate. We can see the love and grace of God directed to us through Jesus Christ by seeing all of God’s children as fine children of great worth to the Father. By following the example of Jesus for our life we will make disciples as we share this love with all of those around us.
I hope that the Jesus in me will meet the Jesus in everyone I meet so that the kingdom here and now will be increased. This will set us up for the eternal kingdom. In this we find peace and life. I look forward to serving Christ in my new community at Pine Grove and Friendship. Thank you for receiving Jackie and I.