Our Pastor

Pastor J.R. AtkinsThe Pastor of Grand Valley United Methodist Church is reverend J.R. Atkins. “Pastor J.R.” began serving Grand Valley UMC in July of 2020, right in the middle of the COVID Pandemic. Over the last year, he has lead the church through online worship, outdoor worship, and finally back to in-person worship in our beautiful sanctuary.

Pastor J.R. was born and raised in Texas where both of his parents were teachers. He attended Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He also holds an MBA from the University of Pheonix, Dallas Campus. Prior to becoming a pastor, J.R. spent his adult life in sales and marketing and ran a social media agency for 12 years.

In 2012 he received his call to ministry and attended Emory University, Candler School of Theology in Atlanta where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 2018.

Pastor J.R. is married to Stacey Goom Atkins who holds a Masters of Theological Studies and serves as a Spiritual Director. J.R. has a son, Coleman, who lives in Denver and works as a personal trainer for bodybuilders, and is himself a professional bodybuilder.

J.R. would love to get to know you over a cup of coffee or tea. Please use the contact form on this site to set up a visit.