2019 Appointments

Appointments effective July 1, except where noted.

Sorted by Announced Date

Brett Dinger Appointed to Lakeside UMC

Announced: 02-17-2019

About Brett Dinger
Pastor Brett has been serving as a United Methodist pastor in the Blairsville Area since July 2009. During his appointment, Brett led the formation of a new cooperative parish and the cultivation of Connect Church, a new place for new people. Prior to his appointment in Blairsville, Brett was active in his home church (Ohl UMC) before serving as a youth pastor in Brookville. He graduated from Brookville Area High School and Slippery Rock University, with a degree in Community Programs for Americans with Disabilities. After college, Brett attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently a participant in the Lewis Fellows, a leadership cohort offered through Wesley Theological Seminary. 
Brett’s ministry passions include preaching, teaching, small group ministry and leadership development. Brett loves to come alongside and empower leaders to fulfill their God-given callings and dreams, even if it means taking big, risky leaps of faith. Additionally, Brett is active with Cherry Run, a family-oriented church camp and serves on the District Committee on Ministry and Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. 
If you can’t find Brett doing any of the above mentioned ministries, there’s a good chance he’s either taking a nap, watching one of our local sports teams or enjoying his beloved family. Speaking of which, Brett is accompanied in ministry and life by his best friend and wife Joanna (married 10 years) and their joy-filled daughters Reagan (9) and Carmyn (4). 
About DuBois Lakeside UMC
Located in Clearfield County in the City of DuBois, Lakeside celebrated 125 years of ministry in the name of Jesus Christ in 2018.  The church worships with two traditional services Sunday morning.  The church has active youth, evangelism, and outreach programs. Lakeside has an energetic children’s program and a Mother’s Day Out Preschool.  Lakeside strives to “Share God’s Love Everyday with Everyone” through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Kendra Balliet to Serve Luthersburg Charge

Announced: 02-17-2019

About Kendra Balliet
Kendra Balliet’s calling to ministry was not her first vocation. For the first 20 years, Kendra was a teacher. She knew she would not always stay in the classroom, but she figured she would remain in education, probably moving to administration. She has remained in both, just in a different context.

Kendra is provisional elder and earned her MDiv at United Theological Seminary with a concentration in leadership and revitalization. She also graduated from Clarion University of PA with a BS in elementary education and a MS in special education. Kendra was raised in Brockway and DuBois. She still has ties to the area as her mother, stepfather, and grandmother reside in DuBois, and her stepmother and brothers reside in Jefferson County.

Kendra has been appointed to two four-point charges as the senior pastor and is currently serving at the Clymer Charge consisting of Clymer First, Diamondville, Tanoma, and Starford UMC. She has served the Mahaffey Area Larger Parish and has served as an interim supply associate pastor for Moorhead UMC and the Luthersburg Charge.

Kendra’s husband, John, serves as the senior pastor of the Harmony Charge in southwestern Clearfield County. Kendra’s three children and John’s two children are all grown, leaving them empty nesters. 

About Luthersburg Charge
The Luthersburg Charge consists of three rural small membership churches in the DuBois area: Home Camp, Luthersburg and Salem UMCs. The churches are involved in outreach through offering community dinners, supporting an area free clinic, providing support to transients, and supporting a food pantry. One of their greatest strengths is the love and support of our members and the people in our community and their desire to do God's will. There are many prayer warriors the congregations who have made an impact in the life & ministry of the church.