Pastor Greg, as he prefers to be called, was born in Hagerstown, Maryland and has been a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) his entire life. He is considered a “second-career” Minister; earning his Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary. He is recognized as having “standing” with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Pastor Greg’s life experience enhances his ministry to all ages. He started a business at 20 years of age; Ott’s Horticulture Center, after earning a Horticulture degree and later a Business degree. He was self-employed for 18 years before being "called" into vocational ministry, when he was accepted into Seminary. He is the father of three adult children, experienced divorce late in his first marriage, and is currently married to Debra Ott. Between the two, they have 5 adult children and 2 grandchildren. Life is busy and filled with new adventures everyday. They enjoy gardening, working in their greenhouse, and working together to see what new things they can create with God's help.
Pastor Greg's “call” into ministry was affirmed at the closing worship service during a week-long church camp with teenagers. Entering Seminary at 37 years of age, Pastor Greg is considered to be a “second-career” minister. His passions in ministry include: youth (specialize in teens), leading church retreat and conference programs, Men's ministry, and creative ministries for the future to further God’s Kingdom. He is very active in ecumenical relationships and ministries with other Christian and Faith organizations; understanding that reconciling with God, through Jesus Christ is not limited to one denomination or faith tradition. He is passionate about justice issues, mental health awareness and struggles identified within the mental health field (i.e. PTSD, Moral Injury, bullying, etc.). He embraces Outreach and Mission work throughout the local community, as well as around the world.
(Personal note: I have a personal commitment to reach out to those who have been hurt by the Church ~ any Church. If you are one of those who has been brushed-off or pushed aside, I would love to connect with you and see how God is active in your life. Together, one day at a time, walking in the Light of God with Jesus by our side, we can make this world a better place for all of God's Creation. May Peace and Grace be with you, Pastor Greg)