The Rev. Mr. Todd A. Petty
The Reverend Todd A. Petty, who comes from a long line of ordained clergy beginning with his great great great grandfather The Rev. Jonathan Alexander Petty, accepted the call as Park Church’s Senior Minister in 2005. His deep interest in mission has given Park Church a focused and revitalized ministry in the Heartside neighborhood around the church. His leadership in church growth has brought increased energy and innovation to the congregation. Like so many of his colleagues, he is excited by the challenges and opportunities of serving the ever-evolving 21st century church — a church that will not only survive but thrive as it does its best to share a progressive message, build genuine community by including all, and engage its members and friends in meaningful and transformational service to their community and world.
Todd received his Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. At Ohio Wesleyan, Todd majored in Religion and minored in Psychology and Political Science. During the 1989-1990 academic year, he studied at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.
From a blended family of six children, he grew up in Bucyrus, Ohio, and is a loyal, vociferous fan for Ohio State University during football season.
Having celebrated 25 years in ministry, Todd was tapped recently to be a UCC Presidential Fellow, a prestigious honor enjoyed by ten UCC clergy across the country, giving him the opportunity for further study and professional growth. As far as service to the wider church, he served as a delegate to the UCC General Synod in 2007 and 2009. Currently, he chairs the Church and Ministry Committee of the Grand West Association of the Michigan Conference, UCC. Locally, he has served on the boards of several UCC-supported agencies. He is particularly gifted as a mentor to several seminarians from Park Church and the Grand West Association as they begin their ministries around the country.
In his spare time, Todd has found that home improvement projects have turned into a hobby. He enjoys reading and has a special interest in genealogy research — traveling across the Midwest scouring records and cemeteries for clues to his lineage. Year-around walking, with or without his dogs, Luckie and Sydney, is a means of relaxation. Todd summers in Saugatuck, Michigan where he enjoys boating on the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan — an enjoyable past time he shares often with family, friends, and parishioners.