The has begun the next chapter in its congregational history, welcoming new pastor, Rev. Dr. William Taylor Noll.
Noll - known to his congregation as Pastor Bill - previously served congregations in Plainfield, Belvidere, Verona and Midland Park and most recently the United Methodist Churchin Washington. He's a graduate of Drew University and New York Theological Seminary. Noll is married to Rev. Fran Lawrie Noll, who serves as the NorthernShore District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church.
"The Cranford United Methodist Church is a wonderful congregation with atremendous outreach to the local community and the wider world. I'm looking forward to serving," the new pastor said.
Cranford's former pastor, Rev. Dr. Edwin F. Hann III and his wife, Rev. Carol Freeman Hann, retired after serving many years in Cranford.
Cranford United Methodist Church has served the community and beyond for 150 years. During these years, the church has continued to rediscover new ways to minister. In recent years the church has added a contemporary worship service, The Christian Connection, a Christian-based afterschool program and, most recently, a garden to feed those in need to address the growing needs of the community.
Cranford United Methodist Church offers contemporary services at 9 a.m. on Sundays in Randolph Hall. This service offers a praise band, an open children’s area within the service and casual attire. A second service is also offered at 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary with traditional prayer, scripture, hymns andchoral music. Nursery care and Sunday school are offered at 10 a.m.