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May 31 – 1st Sunday After Pentecost

Romans 8:22-27

Sermon Title: “Sighs Too Deep For Words“

“What do you do when you want to pray to God but don’t know what to say? Paul addressed this spiritual dilemma in his Letter to the Romans: ‘Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.’ (8:26) We still depend upon the Holy Spirit to intercede for us when we need to connect with God but are overwhelmed by the circumstances of our lives. Today’s scripture provides a path for this spiritual practice.”

More about our Senior Pastor, Greg Batson

The Reverend Greg Batson began serving as Senior Pastor of Foothills UMC in La Mesa, CA on July 1, 2017. His previous appointments include serving as the President and CEO of the California-Pacific United Methodist Foundation in Pasadena, CA (2013-2017), Senior Pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Tustin, CA (2009-2013), Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Burbank, CA (2004 – 2009), and as an Associate Pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, CA (2000-2004).

A native of Greene County, Georgia, Rev. Batson grew up in a small, rural community between Atlanta and Augusta. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Economics in 1986 from Emory University in Atlanta. He then began an eleven year career as a corporate banker with SunTrust Banks in Nashville, TN and The Bank of New York in New York City. In 1997, he decided to follow his call to ordained ministry and returned to school. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2000, and then moved to Southern California with his family to begin his ministry.

Rev. Batson is married to Tania Trotter Batson. A native Californian, Tania grew up in Nashville, TN. She also graduated from Emory University where she and Greg met. Tania has worked professionally as a classical soprano and more recently as Director of Special Events and Major Gifts for Pacific Symphony in Orange County. They have three sons: Thomas (19) who is attending Boston University; Daniel (14) who will be a Freshman in high school; and Wesley (12) who will be in the 7th grade. The family enjoys travel, camping, playing and watching sports, performing in theatrical productions, and serving their church and community together.

More about our Associate Pastor, Kristie Grimaud

The Reverend Kristie Grimaud served as Pastor of Chapel of the Hills UMC in Descanso for three years. Pastor Kristie previously served in children’s, youth and family ministry at St. Paul’s UMC in Coronado for five years before answering her call to ordained ministry. She received her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in 2017. Pastor Kristie also received her Master of Arts in Writing from Oklahoma City University in 2001 and was an adjunct professor at several community colleges in Oklahoma.

From Birmingham, Alabama, Pastor Kristie met her husband, Andy, a native San Diegan, in Oklahoma City when he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. After his Air Force career, the family moved to the San Diego area. Andy is a Project Engineer at a local aerospace company in Poway. They have three sons: Micah (15), Cameron (11), and Logan (10).