United Methodist Church of Mantua
United Methodist Church of Mantua

Who We Are

Where you are family!

We are finding our way to God. We see Christianity as a journey and an experience that is best done in an authentic Christ centered community.

We are a community of friends investigating a relationship with God, some of us for the first time. We are on a journey to share that story and the hope it brings, and to sojourn together towards Christ.

Our Services

Service Times

  • 09:15am - Traditional Service
  • 09:30am - Sunday Morning Bible Study
  • 11:00am - Contemporary Service
  • 11:00am - Sunday School for All Ages

What to Expect

What are services like?
The United Methodist Church of Mantua provides two regular worship opportunities every Sunday: 9:15 – 10:15 AM By far the largest of the two, characterized by a pre-planned order of worship, featuring the church’s choirs and a children’s message. Organ music accompanies traditional hymns from the UM Hymnal and praise songs from the “Faith We Sing” songbook. Robed clergy (between the first Sunday in October and Memorial Day, then it’s jackets and ties for the summer) lead in preaching, prayer, and praise. Child care is provided. 11:00- 11:55 AM Instituted just a few years ago, this service runs concurrently with the Sunday School hour (11:00 – 12 noon), and was designed primarily as an incentive to parents who may not wish to attend Sunday School themselves, but might like to worship (of course, everyone is welcome). This service is a contemporary version of the 9:15 service: clergy are not robed, nor are there choirs or a children’s message (children are in Sunday School). Our Praise Team leads the congregation in singing contemporary Christian music as well as some old favorites.

What is the community like?
Our Church community is warm and welcoming. The United Methodist Church of Mantua offers a variety of opportunities to get involved and get connected. We offer Sunday School for all ages, Music Opportunities in our vocal and instrumental choirs, our contemporary praise band, and our coffee house ministry. We have a Family Fun Ministry and a Camping Fellowship that provide activities throughout the year. Our youth group is active in our both our local and faith-communities. Plus much more! Stop by to visit us. Strangers become friends here.

What if I'm not a Christian?
We are all on a faith journey. Some of us may be at different spots on the path, but as a faith community, we are traveling together. There are no perfect people here, but we would love the opportunity to tell you more about Jesus, and what He has done in each of our lives. We welcome all seekers, no matter where they are on their journey of faith.


Doug  Baitinger

Doug Baitinger

Pastor Doug was born in Bridgeton, NJ. He attended Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Through Grade School he attended Bridgeton Christian School and graduated from Cumberland Regional High School in 1981. Doug attended Messiah College and majored in Biology and was certified to teach Biology in 7th – 12th Grade. In his senior year God called him into the ministry at a youth retreat from his church. In 1985, Doug attended Eastern Seminary in Philadelphia, where, after three years, he earned his Masters of Divinity in 1988. In the first year of seminary, Doug was the Student Assistant Pastor at Hancock’s Bridge UMC. During the next two years, he was a Student Local Pastor at Carney’s Point and Deepwater UMC’s. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1987 and an Elder in 1990. His connection with Mantua at that time was through Rob Tomer who was the pastor at that time. Rob and Viv Rodeffer were in charge of the case studies and to this day, Rob refers to him as “Little Dougie”. Doug served Central United Methodist Church in Linwood from 1988 – 1995 where he met and married his wife Pam. Justin was born in Linwood in 1995. In 1995, they moved to Franklinville to pastor the Franklinville Church and Porchtown Church. It was there that Tyler was born in 1997. Doug and his family moved to Marmora in 1999 where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University in 2002. Doug and Pam adopted Kristin in 2001 from South Korea. Doug remained as the pastor there until 2008. During his ministry, he has been active in district youth events, mission trips to Russia and the Dominican Republic. He has served on the Conference Episcopacy Committee, Board of Directors for Camps and Conferences and volunteer directs a week of Camp, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and District Committee on Ordained Ministry.

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