Meet Our Staff

Gary Main

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Pastor Gary Main, the son and great-grandson of Methodist preachers, began his ministry at the age of 19, serving as a student pastor during his college and seminary days in his native Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and Phillips Graduate Seminary and moved to Nebraska following seminary. He has served several churches across the state, as well as district Superintendent in Grand Island. He comes to Gretna after serving eight years as Senior Pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Kearney.

Pastor Gary met his wife, Chris, while he was serving as pastor in Neligh. They just celebrated their 27th anniversary. Chris was a real estate title searcher for Vintage Title & Escrow in Kearney. They have four grown children who live in Kansas City, Beatrice, and Omaha. Their first grand-child is will be born in August.

Wherever Pastor Gary has served, his ministry has always been characterized by a caring pastoral presence, inspiring worship and sermons, and working with the laity to grow and strengthen their churches numerically and spiritually. He is excited to join his gifts with those of the Gretna United Methodists so that together they can reach out into this community to show the love of Christ in every way possible.

Beyond his ministry in the local church, Pastor Gary currently serves on the Great Plains Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the Committee on Investigation. Pastor Gary loves being in the ministry, but in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading and travelling.

Anna Howard

Director of Christian Education
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Anna graduated from Hastings College with a degree in Theater Education with a Christian Ministries Minor.  She then went back to school at College of Saint Mary to receive an endorsement in Elementary Education.  She has been involved in Children and Youth Ministries since college, teaching Sunday School, leading Vacation Bible School, directing Wednesday Night programming and leading worship in Praise Bands.  She loves ministry and organizing fun activities for children and youth.

Anna lives in Lincoln with her husband Ben and their black goldendoodle Harley Quinn.  They enjoy watching comic book and sci-fi movies and show (X-Men, Batman, Dr. Who etc.) and cooking shows.

Amy Jensen

Office Administrator
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Amy moved to Gretna 8 years ago with her husband and daughter.  She has worked in the non-profit industry for over 10 years.  During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading and working at Vala’s.  Amy enjoys seeing the church members when they come in to volunteer!