A Tribute to Pastor Brian Greco
On December 17, 2014, Rev. Brian Greco, affectionately known as Pastor Brian, went home to be with the Lord. Pastor Brian served CKUMC from 1994 to 2012. It was his first church as an ordained elder and he was one of CKUMC’s longest serving pastors.
During his tenure here, we grew together. Pastor Brian began the 8:45 am Sunday Worship service; introduced us to and led year-long Disciple programs; encouraged Lay Shepherding Groups, many of which remain active; and supported the development of the Praise Band. He was also actively involved in the building of Faith Hall, whose purpose was to nurture and grow the Church ministries, including this breakfast. He encouraged us to explore new ways to minister to our neighbors. In fact, one of the last programs initiated by Pastor Brian was to host the Hope Mobile Food Bank in partnership with the Monroe Township Ministerium.
Pastor Brian’s family became our family. We rejoiced in the birth of Rachel, Jacob and Angela, and shared in watching them grow. Indeed, we expanded the parsonage to accommodate his growing household. Lois and the children are forever part of the CKUMC family.
We shall always recall the fond memories we shared with Pastor Brian. He was an avid Yankees fan, in a land of Phillies’ fans, and tolerated much good natured ribbing about “his team.” We will remember him proudly sporting his leather Yankees jacket!
Pastor Brian was loved by the youth and accompanied many of our teens to their driver’s test. He even taught some of them to drive. And who can forget dunking him in the dunk tank at one of our Annual Cookouts.
As a spiritual leader, Pastor Brian pushed us to continually seek ways to spread our wings in ministry to our local and global community. He encouraged each of us to be “more” and to use the gifts with which God blessed us.
We were truly blessed to have known Pastor Brian and privileged to have been a part of his faith journey. While it is hard to believe that journey on earth has ended, we know that heaven is rejoicing that it has a new member of its baseball team!
We love and thank you, Pastor Brian!