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Membership at Mt. Pleasant

Membership at Mt. Pleasant is open to everyone who wishes to join in covenant with God, Jesus and us as we journey and learn to be God's people in the world. In our membership vows, we declare ourselves to be followers of Jesus Christ and promise to uphold His church with our PRAYERS, our PRESENCE, our GIFTS, and our SERVICE. We hope you join us this Sunday in our quest for that promise.


Our Mission


Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world


Our Purpose


Reach out with the Good News

Experience God’s Word

Adore God through worship

Create Fellowship

Honor God through service


Church Leadership


Rev. Stephen King is the Pastor of the Lovettsville Charge, which include Mt Pleasant United Methodist Church and Mount Olivet United Methodist Church. 

Pastor King was born on February 24, 1958 in Chicago, IL. He grew up in Huntington, NY, on Long Island. Stephen went to Harborfields High School where he played soccer and the trombone in the marching band.

He attended Gettysburg College 1976-1980, where he earned a BA in Religion with a

Minor in Biology. He went on to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, 1980-l983, he received a Master’s in Divinity, concentrating in Biblical Studies and Pastoral care.

On October 10, 1981, he married Lisa Maria (DOB 10.1.62) and they have three sons – Adam, married to Kadie, Cameron, and Joshua, married to Jackie. They now have three grandsons, Jack 10, son of Adam, Parker 6, & Aaron 3, sons of Joshua. Joshua is the current pastor at Bethany UMC in Purcellville, VA.

Pastor King likes to play golf and he is a Yankees fan. He enjoys Duke basketball, camping,

gardening and he is an avid reader.

Work Experiences:

Trinity UMC, Disputanta 2014-2019

Madison UM Charge 2008-2014

Glovier Memorial UMC, Waynesboro, VA 2004-2008

Bethany UMC, Purcellville, VA 1999-2004

White Memorial UMC, Shawsville, VA 1996-1999

South Covington UMC 1992-1996

Columbia Furnace = Union Forge Charge, Edinburg, VA 1987-1992

North Indiana Conference 1981-1987

His skills are: preaching, biblical teaching, pastoral care, missions & youth ministry.


Gail Mayner is the choir director and co-lay leader of Mt. Pleasant. Gail was born in CA, raised in the Midwest (IA & IL), attended University of Iowa and finished at University of Maryland with a BA degree in French/Secondary Education.


She is married to Ron Mayner who is a retired microbiologist and is enjoying furniture woodworking now. Ron & Gail have two daughters, two sons-in-law, a son, a daughter-in-law, and six grandchildren.


Gail & Ron have worshiped at Mt. Pleasant since 1980.  As choir director and co-lay leader, Gail assists the pastor in leading worship, conducts choir rehearsals, and enjoys teaching the Bible and participating in small group studies.


  • Favorite Bible verses: Philippians 1:6, 3:10, & 4:4

  • First job: Waitress at diners in West Liberty, IA

  • Favorite things: Time with family & friends, hiking & birdwatching, reading the Bible, singing praises to my Lord.


Brad Bretzin has been serving as the Administrative Council Chair since 2009.  Brad grew up in Portville, NY, a very rural town on the border of NY and PA, not unlike Lovettsville. After graduating from Gettysburg College, Brad served as a Signal Corps Officer in the US Army for 10 years, and has been working as a Systems Engineer in the DC Metro area for over 20 years.


He is married to Jane Bretzin, a licensed Social Worker supporting our community and the greater Loudoun County.  Brad and Jane have three sons and one daughter.


The Bretzin family began attending Mt Pleasant in 1993 where they all have participated in a number of the ministries over the years.  As head of the Admin Council, Brad collaborates with Rev. Forstall, the lay leaders, and the Ministry chairs to plan and organize our church’s resources to most effectively make disciples and care for our Taylorstown neighbors and local Community.


  • Favorite Bible verses: 1Kings 17:9-24, John 4:1-42 & Ephesians 2:10

  • First job: Brad’s first job was painting and custodial work for Portville Schools for two consecutive summers

  • Favorite Things: Watching sports, yardwork/gardening, VBS



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