Juniata United Methodist Church



We Are The Church

We believe the church is not somewhere you go, it’s something you are. We know that God is moving through His church, and we want you to be a part of it. There are several ways you can get involved.

Outreach Ministries

Outreach Ministries 

We believe that advancing the church by giving back to the community in God’s name through our church.

Kids Worship Background Template

We believe that the children & youth department is a key part of our church.  So please check out all the activities that we offer the children and youth.


Group Ministries

A way for different groups to meet outside the normal setting for ministries. All are welcome.


Prayer Ministries

Please feel free to fill out the form in this section for our church to pray for the mind, body and soul of any person.

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Join Us

Praise Service 8:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Traditional Service 10:45 a.m.

Oct 4, 2015
Who Are You?
Series: Who Are You?
"10-4-2015 Message Audio".
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Our Leadership Team

Purpose Statement:
To build a community where ALL persons are knowing, loving and serving God as deeply committed Christians.
TR Hardic

Pastor TR Hardic

Hi I am Pastor TR Hardic. I have just recently joined the Juniata Church family being appointed in July of 2015 to serve this wonderful community. I am a
Licensed Local Pastor having completed my Course of study Work at Wesley

Theological seminary in Washington DC. I have been in Pastoral ministry for the past 7 years and prior to answering my call I spent 25 years working as a Registered Nurse. I worked in many areas of nursing being taught many different

things that I have been blessed to have learned, now that I am caring for people in a different manner. I have been married to my wife Lisa for 32 years and have 2 grown sons, Nate 28 and Jared 26. My passions in ministry mission/outreach,

youth and worship. I believe that we were created to worship God and my soul is at most peace when I lift my voice in praise to the creator. I believe that faith in action is what God calls us to. Called to be the hands and feet of Christ as we

reach out to our neighbors both near and far. I believe church to be a verb rather than just four walls we gather in each Sunday. Jesus came to serve not to be served and I believe that he calls each of us to do the same. Blessings to all.


Lynne Palazzi – Administrative Assistant

Lynne has been married to her husband Mike, for 27 years. They started their marriage with a challenge all its own. Their blended family consists of 8 children. Over the years they have managed to get each and every one of their children through high school and/or college. They are blessed with 18 beautiful grandchildren and 1 very active great grandson. Other than their family, the end of the days’ joy comes from their 3 miniature dachshunds.



Sue WenzelDirector of Children’s Ministry

Sue grew up in Mishawaka, IN and graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1997 with a BS in Public Affairs.  Sue and her husband, Drew, have five children: Joey, Gracie, Maggie, Gregory, and Paige.  She moved to Altoona from Chesapeake, VA in 2009 because her husband grew up in and wanted to return to his roots in Juniata. Sue enjoys running and swimming, and is training for a triathlon and half-marathon this year. We’ll  keep you posted on her progress. Aside from being a stay-at-home mom, she notes this to be the most rewarding job she has ever had.  Sue loves teaching the kids about God’s love, making messy crafts, and coloring with glitter crayons.

SNYDER, CRAIG; (Staff)63Craig SnyderCustodian

Craig Snyder Sr. was born and raised in Altoona. He is married to Crystal and has two sons Craig Jr. and Bruce. His hobbies include spending time with his son Bruce and going to his football games. He enjoys spending time at Juniata UMC and helping with Sunday School. He loves serving the church in his role as janitor.


Matt Yerty – Treasurer

Matt’s information to come.

WENZEL, SALLY; (Staff)104

Sally Wenzel – Chancel Choir Director

Sally’s information to come.


Dennis Peterman – Praise Team Coordinator & Children’s Choir Director

Dennis’s information to come.


Judith Hershey – Church Musician

Judith’s information to come.

EICHELBERGER, CharlotteCharlotte Eichelberger – Church Musician

Charlotte’s information to come.

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Online Giving

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
  2 Corinthians 9: 7

Online Giving
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Check Out What’s Next

Juniata United Methodist Church has a variety of activities and ministry opportunities and we invite you to check out what is coming up next. Feel free to call and find out more about an activity.  All are welcome.

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Stop By And Say Hello

We would love you to join us or just stop by and say hello.

Our Address: 808 North 4th Street, Altoona, PA 16601

Phone: 814-942-6062

Email: juniataumc@atlanticbbn.net


Office Hours:
Monday: 9 am to Noon & 1 pm to 3 pm

Tuesday: 9 am to Noon & 1 pm to 3 pm
Wednesday: 9 am to Noon & 1 pm to 3 pm
Thursday: 9 am to Noon & 1 pm to 3 pm
Friday:  9 am to 2 pm

Pastor TR Hardic’s Office Hours:

Tuesday: 1 pm to 4 pm
Wednesday: 9 am to Noon
Thursday: 4 pm to 7 pm
Friday & Saturday: By Appointment

Our History

Juniata United Methodist Church is an old established church with a new identity. In  2004, three United Methodist Churches in the Juniata area of Altoona  (Gethsemane, Wesley, and Otterbein) came together to form a new church called  Juniata United Methodist Church. 

These three  churches have over 300 years of combined ministry in the Altoona area through  the Methodist Episcopal, United Brethren in Christ, Evangelical, Evangelical United Brethren, and United Methodist denominations. Through two mergers (in 1947 and 1968), we are now United  Methodist in denomination. 

We are a Trinitarian church of the Wesleyan, Otterbein, and Albright traditions, proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior for all people. We believe that God’s love, centered in the sacrificial death of Jesus is sufficient for all the needs of our time, especially for the forgiveness of sins confessed by repentant seekers of hope, peace, and love.

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