Welcome to theWalnut Grove website. I am glad you have chosen to spend a few moments looking around, discovering our church family. As I describe Walnut Grove to people, I use words like ‘community’ and ‘family.’

We are a group of people committed to following Jesus. That means we worship him with vigor and joy. That means we encourage prayer in church and throughout life. That means we love people outside the church through generosity, invitation, and compassion.

Our hope is that all people will feel loved and welcomed at Walnut Grove. And once here, we pray that people will meet God and as a result of meeting God, give their lives to Jesus Christ. We want that for you. Come as you are. Check us out, but more importantly, seek the truth of God that can only be known when one knows Jesus.

While you are browsing our website, you will learn about our programs and get a glimpse of who we are, but only a glimpse. To fully understand us, come to a worship service or to a small group and feel the up-close, in-person fellowship that comes when people share time together with the Holy Spirit present. Enjoy the website, then come. We’d love to meet you and know you.

will find us inviting and welcoming – but then again, as the  Pastor, I’m probably biased! 

If you come, we promise not to single you out, and we promise you a comfortable place alongside folk just like you as we seek to follow God and where God leads in our personal lives and in our life together as a church.

We believe that every congregation that lifts up Jesus as Lord and Savior needs to help people CONNECT with God, each other and the community; open opportunities for folks to SERVE Jesus as we share his love with our community; create opportunities to learn and GROW in our faith; but the most important is to provide a place for us to WORSHIP in a way that effectively reaches our hearts and our minds.  This isn’t rocket science. It’s just the basic stuff we all need as we seek to follow where God leads.

Check us and this website out, and then come visit us for worship. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call or email me.

Doug Flinn, Pastor



On Sunday, September 25, 3:00pm in the afternoon, the Walnut Grove Church will have a church conference at which the church will vote to either disaffiliate with the United Methodist Church and join the Global Methodist Church, or remain in the United Methodist Church.  All those who attend Walnut Grove are invited to attend the meeting, however, only those who are professing member of the Walnut Grove UMC will be able to vote.  PLEASE PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR!  

Also, please be in constant prayer for our church and pastor as we make this very difficult decision.  We realize that not all wish to disaffiliate, and that's ok.  IF the church chooses to disaffiliate, but you wish to remain a United Methodist, please email the church or Pastor Doug with your name, address, phone number and email address so we can assist you in finding a United Methodist Church to connect with.

Fall sermon and series

On September 25, 2022, Pastor Doug will be sharing a sermon entitled Jesus the Stranger, Guest and Host based on Luke 24, the Road to Emmaus.  This will be a service of praise and Holy Communion.  

On October 7, we will have a One church One Service Sunday.  Pastor Doug will be speaking on the importance and responsibility of being a church member.  We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Baptism and receive new members into the life of the church.

On October 9, Pastor Doug will be out of the pulpit in order to officiate his son's, Jonathan's, wedding.  Madeline  Lowery and Nancy Musselman will be leading a service of praise and testimony.

Beginning October 16 thru November 20, Pastor Doug will begin his Fall sermon series entitled Colossians:  Christ Alone.  Every generation needs to experience both a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ and the cost and joy being his disciple. This six-part series breaks down those needs, as seen in Paul’s letter to the saints at Colossae—and to saints everywhere.  Join us this fall as we search for what God wants to teach us through the book of Colossians.


Prayer Group Forming

We see Walnut Grove as a place where prayer in the beginning and foundation of all the church is and does.  We envision prayer NOT as a part of our church strategy;  it IS the strategy for growth and living out hat God intends for the church.  We envision prayer as the way people reach beyond what they can do themselves and rely on God’s power to do more than they could ask to even imagine.  To this end, pastor Doug will lead a weekly prayer gather every Monday morning at 9:00am.  If you would like to be a part of this prayer focus, plan on joining us beginning or call Pastor Doug for more details.

Church Disaffiliation

For the last past several years the United Methodist Church has been on the brink of schism over, generally, differing theological understands, and, specifically, over human sexuality.  The Ad. Council of the WGUMC has recommended that the Walnut Grove Church disaffiliate from the UMC and join the GMC.  this decision was not made without discussion, discernment and  tears.  For many of us, the UMC has been our spiritual home for many years, and so the decision to recommend disaffiliation was s difficult one. But the leadership of the church feels it is vitally important to be part of a denomination that holds to similar theology, doctrine and practices.  Under the "Newsletter and Documents" page, there are 3 articles concerning disaffiliation: a summary of our August 7 congregational meeting, the benefits of remaining UMC and the benefits of disaffiliation and joining the Global Methodist Church.  If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please contact Pastor Doug.  You may click the link below to take you to our disaffiliation page. We will update this page as we receive more information.

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Contact Information

Walnut Grove United Methodist Church

  • 13502 Township Rd 80
    Kenton, Ohio 43326
  • Phone (419) 675-1368
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Regular Schedule


  • Traditional Worship Service
    – 9:00 AM
  • Sunday School for All Ages
    – 10:00 AM
  • Contemporary Worship Service
    – 11:00 AM


  • Morning Prayer with the Pastor
    – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM


  • Bible Study (Beginning Sept. 14)
    – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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