About Us

Fairbrook United Methodist Church is one of many United Methodist Churches in the State College District of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. For more information about the conference, please visit their website at www.SUSUMC.org.

Our Mission


We recognize our need to be connected to God and we seek to know Him and to discover all that He has for us individually and as a church family.


We believe that we are not meant to walk alone. We desire to build authentic relationships which are rooted in the love of God and that reflect the grace that we have been freely given through Jesus Christ.


We believe that God calls us to draw near to Him through worship, prayer, Bible study, and by acts of mercy and kindness. We are on a life-long journey to exemplify the virtues modeled by Jesus. We rely on the grace, peace and strength supplied by His Spirit to help us follow His example and to grow in wisdom and love.


We believe that we are called to share the good news of God’s love and forgiveness. We desire to enrich the lives of others in our community and the world by serving them and encouraging them in their walk with God.

Our Pastor

Reverend Gene McCallips

Gene McCallips is a Penn State graduate (1973 - Community Development) and he welcomes the opportunity to be in ministry in this area which has such a special place in his life. He and his wife Cheryl (1974-General Arts & Sciences) met here and have enjoyed yearly vacations with their children Michael and Elizabeth at Stone Valley.

He came to the Centre region in 1999 after a twelve year tenure as the pastor of Middlesex UMC, located between Carlisle and Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County. He was born in Lewistown and educated at the Penn State University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.

Gene has special interests in congregational visioning and planning, worship renewal, outreach and personal discipleship. His greatest joy is to see persons come alive in their relationship with Jesus Christ and to begin to minister with the gifts that God has given them!

He has enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and serving on a local planning commission. He enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, tennis, writing, computers, reading with his cat, Waffles on his lap and long walks with his English Springer Spaniel, Casey.

If you would like to contact him, please email him at pastor@fairbrookumc.org.