2022 Appointments

Appointments effective July 1, except where noted.

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Lake to Serve Nebo/Fairview Charge

Announced: 06-19-2022
About David S. Lake
David Lake was born in Franklin, Pa. and graduated from Franklin Jr. Sr. High School, where he felt his call to ministry during his senior year. He then attended Mount Union College (now the University of Mount Union) and upon graduation continued his education at United Theological Seminary.
 
David and his wife Leanna met while working together the during summer of 1981 at Jumonville. They were married in April 1989 and have two adult children: Andrew and Abigail.
 
David has served as pastor of Waynesburg First United Methodist Church since 2016 and will continue in that role, while also leading church staff in developing cooperative ministries with the Nebo and Fairview Charge. His has also served appointments at Charter Oak, Herminie, Greenock, Kane First, and Irwin First UMCs.
 
During his 38 years of ministry David has served on the Kane District Committee on Ministry, Greensburg District Committee on Ministry, Conference Board of Ministry, Washington District Trustees and is currently on the Washington District Committee on Superintendency.
 
Active in the community where he is appointed, David also serves on the Board of Directors of Conerstone Care Community Health Center as vice-chair, West Virginia Institute of Spirituality as the chairperson of the Board of Directors, and Chairperson of the Greene County VOAD.
 
He enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and gardening (He is a Penn State Master Gardener.) and has been a keeper of Honeybees for over 23 years.
 
About Nebo/Fairview Charge
Nebo and Fairview United Methodist churches are both small membership congregations in rural Greene County.  Nebo Church was founded in 1877 and Fairview Church in Graysville was founded in 1848.  Although Fairview and Nebo have always been small in numbers, their strength is in their commitment to God and the communities they serve.  Preparing and delivering Christmas fruit baskets, food drives for the local food pantry, bible programs with the West Greene grade school, and a service in the park, where the community is encouraged to attend, are just a few ways Nebo and Fairview continue to be the hands and feet of Christ in the community.  Fairview and Nebo take great pride in their churches being “a training ground” for pastors, helping them to grow, then praying for them as they move on to where God calls them to serve. They are humbled that God would use them to equip spiritual leaders in Western Pennsylvania and in the world.  Together, Nebo and Fairview are joyfully serving the Lord in hopes of changing lives with the Good News of Jesus Christ. 
 

Penvose Appointed to New Hope Charge

Announced: 05-15-2022
About Jacob Penvose
Jacob was born in West Virginia and moved to Pennsylvania early in his childhood. Since moving to PA he has lived his entire life within the rolling hills of the Western Pennsylvania Conference in DuBois and was raised in the UMC.  After graduating from high school, his path took him on the long road to becoming a licensed mental health therapist.  While working towards his license in mental health, he began working for a community mental health agency. 

Despite following that part of his call, Jacob felt that there was more that God was calling him to do.  From the end of July to August 2021, Jacob attended licensing school for pastoral ministry.  Currently, he is an associate pastor with the New Hope Charge in Jefferson County, PA.  However, Jacob’s eventual calling is hopefully as an ordained deacon within the United Methodist Church combining pastoral ministry with his work in mental health.    
 
About New Hope Charge
The New Hope Charge is located in the northern part of the Indiana District. It is comprised of the Sykesville: Grace, Pleasant Valley and Falls Creek United Methodist churches. The churches work well together as they bring the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to their communities

R. Smith Assigned to Coolspring, Ramsaytown UMCs

Announced: 05-15-2022
About Robyn Smith
Robyn has been bringing God’s Word to God’s people for over 35 years through worship, youth, kid’s ministry and teaching Sunday School. Over the last two years she has been sharing Sunday morning messages with her home church. She feels finding new ways to share Jesus is her calling, because there is a lost world searching for something and God wants every Christian to do his or her part to bring them the truth of Jesus through the Word of God!

Robyn’s father was a “lifer” in the Navy, so Robyn was raised on many islands throughout the world before returning to the United States as a teenager. She met and married her high school sweetheart, Rick, and they have been married for 43 years. They have two children who have married and blessed them with six grandchildren.
 
About Coolspring UMC/Ramsaytown UMC
Coolspring and Ramsaytown United Methodist Churches are located in the northern part of the Indiana district. Their ministries include a women’s group and a men’s prayer breakfast.
 

Dixon Appointed to Emerickville

Announced: 05-01-2022
About Ann L. Dixon
Born and raised in Salamanca, New York, Ann moved to Pennsylvania for a job in St Mary’s, PA. She then attended DuBois Business College majoring in Accounting - Business Administration. After graduation she worked at North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission for almost 29 years. To supplement her income she also worked at several retail department stores. Ann is currently working at Ross Dress for Less.

Ann’s first pastoral assignment was as a supply pastor at the Grampian Charge. As a Licensed Local Pastor she was appointed to Sigel UMC and then Tylersburg UMC. She is currently serving as the associate pastor at the Good Shepherd Charge. 

Ann’s ministry passion has always been mission work. She has served with teams in Guatemala since 2009.  Projects in Guatemala included concrete flooring, roofing, constructing beds, installing stoves, as well as medical and humanitarian aid. The mission trips to Guatemala were life changing.

Ann and her husband Scott reside in Falls Creek, PA along with their fur babies Zac and Zoe. They have three granddaughters in Virginia.
 
About Emerickville UMC
The Emerickville UMC is located outside of Brookville, PA and is very close to Route 80. The congregation enjoys a welcoming, family atmosphere. They are involved in the community, serving meals at an area nursing home and housing development. The congregation seeks to deepen its faith through worship, Sunday School and Bible study.
 

Drew Gordon Appointed to UM Charge for Christ

Announced: 05-01-2022
About Drew Gordon
Born in McKeesport, and raised in the Elizabeth area, Drew is enrolled in the Course of Study program at United Theological Seminary. He retired in July 2019, after working as a radio broadcaster for 30 years throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

Drew served in music and youth ministries for 14 years, until he followed his call into ministry after becoming a Certified Lay Speaker. He graduated from Licensing School in April, 2018 and was appointed to Grace UMC, Sykesville the following June. In January 2019, he also began serving to Pleasant Valley UMC, Reynoldsville.  In July 2021, Drew was appointed Senior Pastor for the New Hope Charge, which includes Sykesville/Grace, Pleasant Valley and Falls Creek United Methodist churches.

Drew believes that a ministry can grow through work in the communities that he serves. He's a member of the Sykesville Civic Improvement Association (formerly the Lions Club); on the board of the Helping Hands Food Pantry, serving Reynoldsville, Sykesville and Falls Creek, and also works with the Reynoldsville/Sykesville Ministerium.  Drew continues to serve on the Indiana District youth and anti-racism teams, and enjoys teaching in the Indiana District Lay School. He also serves as producer and contributor for the Western PA Conference Anti-Racism Team's weekly podcast. "Meet in the Middle".

Drew works with his wife Jenny on deaf ministry. The two have been happily married for nearly 26 years. Their anniversary is June 2. The Gordons have four children and three grandchildren.
About UM Charge for Christ
The UM Charge for Christ is located in the Indiana District and is comprised of the Elderton, Mt. Zion and Cochran’s Mills congregations. The churches are dedicated to outreach ministry in their community; particularly to children through VBS and an after-school program.
 

J. Krishart To Serve Greater Blairsville Parish

Announced: 05-01-2022
About Jennifer A. Krishart
Jennifer Krishart was raised in Emmerickville, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Brookville Area High School.  She received a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Clarion University, and an MDiv from the Methodist School of Ohio. She has served in a variety of service ministries, including working at the Clearfield Woman’s Shelter, Chaplain at Camp Mountain Run, and pastoral care at Lakeside United Methodist Church.  Currently she attends Plains United Methodist Church in Plains, PA near Wilkes-Barre, assisting with Sunday School and working in the mental health field.

The Greater Blairsville Parish will be Jennifer’s first appointment. She has a passion for Jesus and for caring for people.

Jennifer has been married to Matthew Krishart since 2017.  They enjoy being with family, travel, camping.  She enjoys reading in her spare time.
About Greater Blairsville Cooperative Parish
The Greater Blairsville Cooperative Parish includes First UMC in Blairsville, Black Lick UMC and Hopewell UMC. “Connect Church,” a Sunday evening worship service held at First UMC, is also an important congregation of the Parish. The congregations of all the churches work well together bringing the love of Jesus Christ to the community and are gifted in hospitality and making people feel welcome.
 

Jenny Gordon To Serve Triple Blessings Charge

Announced: 05-01-2022
About Jenny Gordon
Jenny Gordon has served as the Indiana District Director of Lay Servant Ministries, the Secretary of the WPAUMC Board of Laity, and is serving as the Indiana District Lay Leader.  Her secular ministry has included working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness to help then find hope in their recovery process. 

Jenny grew up in the UMC in the Indiana and Kane District and started her personal relationship with Jesus Christ at Wesley Woods church camp.  Jenny’s husband Drew is a Licensed Local Pastor and they have been at the New Hope Charge, which includes Grace UMC Sykesville, Pleasant Valley UMC, and Falls Creek UMC.  Jenny and Drew have four children and three grandchildren.  Jenny has been involved in ministry with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as she is the parent of deaf adults and is fluent in American Sign Language and teaches ASL classes in her community.

Jenny completed her undergraduate degree in Human Resources Management at Western Governors University, and will complete her Master’s in Management and Leadership this year.  She is currently working through the Candidacy process with a goal to earn a Master of Divinity degree.
 
About Triple Blessings Charge
The Triple Blessings Charge is located in the Indiana District and is comprised of the Rural Valley, Whitesburg and Smicksburg United Methodist churches. Each congregation is involved in ministry in their respective communities, but they also work very well together for worship and fellowship.
 

Phillips to Serve Lower Burrell: Bethel

Announced: 04-03-2022
About Clint Phillips
Clint grew up in Arnold, northeast of Pittsburgh along the Allegheny River, and lived there until shortly after he married his high school sweetheart, Karla. Clint was called to ministry at a young age, but he pursued other passions in college. After he and Karla were married in 2002, they moved to Latrobe, PA where they started a family and began attending Bethany UMC. It was there that he would soon know his calling once again.  

Clint began his college work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1997, but after time off from his studies, and 10 years in retail management, he answered the call into ministry. He returned 13 years later to finish his BA in theater and graduated in 2014. He then attended United Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity in 2017. Clint started ministry as a local pastor in 2014 and became a provisional member of the Western PA Conference in 2018. He was ordained as an elder in the UMC in June 2021.  

Clint served as a youth pastor for three years and an associate pastor at Bethany United Methodist for two of those years. Since then he has served at Greensburg Trinity and Jeannette First Charge and Punxsutawney Cross Town Ministries. Clint is currently serving as the pastor at Mt Zion in DuBois, PA. Clint has also served on the Conference Young Adult Committee as well as Trustees, Building and Locations and Youth Committee Chair in the Indiana District. Clint is also a member of the Order of the Flame, in connection with World Methodist Evangelism. 

Clint has a passion for music and theater arts and enjoys using them in ministry. He also has a great love of children's and youth ministries. In addition to his wife of 19 years, Karla, his family includes their 13-year-old daughter Sarah and their 9-year-old son Isaiah. 
 
About Lower Burrell: Bethel UMC
Bethel UMC  is an active Christian community of faith that is joyful in praise, loving in relationships, and caring in service with a strong emphasis on building relationships with God and with one another. The congregation is committed to  responding to God’s grace and generosity in Jesus Christ by passing it on during worship and through a wide variety of ministries, missions, small group settings and fellowship opportunities that reach out to touch and make a difference in the lives of people of all ages.

The church offers programs that focus on children, youth, young adults, families, men’s and women’s fellowship, Bible study and service. They are proud of their unique ministries, including the “Let It Shine” blacklight puppet ministry, vouchers for shoes provided to local schools to support families in need, support to an orphanage in Zimbabwe, rummage sales, various music ministries, camperships to help with the cost of attending United Methodist summer camps, an annual Christmas party for individuals with special challenges from our community and beyond, and handmade nativity sets provided to all children of the church over the course of their elementary years.

Jack to Serve Fay-West Cooperative Parish

Announced: 03-20-2022
About Charles Jack
Chuck Jack grew up in the mountains of Fayette County on a small farm near Confluence, PA.   He was nurtured by many wonderful Christian mentors while growing up in Johnson Chapel United Methodist Church. After graduation from Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School, he attended Dickinson College and the Candler School of Theology.

Following seminary Chuck returned to the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference and served his first appointment at Creighton.  Later he served Knox and Mt. Joy in Clarion County for 15 years. He has also served Alum Bank, Homestead Park, and most recently Brookville Evangelical United Methodist Church.

During Chuck’s second year at Brookville, he became engaged to Gerry, from West Mifflin, and in 2018 they were married. Chuck will “retire” on July 1, 2022, however because he loves being a minister and wants to continue to serve the Lord with all his strength, he's accepting an appointment to the Fay-West Cooperative Parish.

Chuck has two grown children. His son lives in Altoona with his wife and three children, while his daughter and son-in-law live with their three children in the Boardman, Ohio area. Chuck can’t wait to see what God has in store of the next chapter of his life.
 
 
About Fay-West Cooperative Parish
The churches of this newly formed cooperative ministry – Belle Vernon: First; Concord; Dawson:  Philip G. Cochran Memorial; Fairview Chapel; Fells; Little Redstone; Monessen; Newell; Perryopolis; Smithton: Winnett; Vanderbilt, and Webster--- serve communities in parts of Fayette and Westmoreland counties. The congregations have worked together in various configurations for many years; they have decided to formalize the kindred spirit that already exists among them.
 
Belle Vernon First United Methodist Church:  The Methodist Class in Belle Vernon was organized in 1830, being the oldest religious organization in the community.  In 1834 the church was made a part of the reorganized Redstone Circuit.    The current church building was dedicated in 1908 and the congregation is involved in a variety of ministries and community service. 

Concord United Methodist Church:  Early records indicate that in 1830 a group of Methodists from the Fells Church were meeting together in the Concord vicinity. In that year the last of the subscription schools of Rostraver Township, Concord School, was built.  This was the first meeting place of the congregation.  Today the church is known for the candy they make and sell to raise money for the church ministries.

Dawson:  Philip G. Cochran Memorial United Methodist Church was organized in 1870, or before, when the town was named Bloomington.  A frame building was built in 1872 and dedicated by Rev. Charles Smith.  Mrs. Sarah B. Cochran presented the church with a new brick building in 1900 in memory of her husband.  She replaced it in 1925-27, with an English gothic structure, with complete educational and social facilities.  A devoted Methodist, Mrs. Cochran made it possible for the Board of Bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church to hold their semi-annual meeting at the Dawson Church in April 1916.  Today the church is reaching out to the community with a new community center.

Fairview Chapel was organized in 1828 with about 40 members.They used a stone schoolhouse for a year for their meeting, then a frame church was built in 1829.  A windstorm took the roof off of that building in March, 1929 and the current brick structure was built and dedicated in the fall of 1929.  Today the church is best known for its delicious turkey dinners.

Fells United Methodist Church has been known as the “Lighthouse on the Hill” since the congregation was founded in 1785.  Pioneer Beazell and Fell families held early Methodist worship services in their homes in 1785.  Seven years later, with an increasing congregation, the two families spearheaded the building of a log cabin church.  On land donated by General George Washington, the stone church was constructed in 1834.  Washington was grateful for tools and leather supplies donated by Benjamin Fell to his soldiers serving at Valley Forge.  Fell opened his home for the men to repair and make shoes.  In 1967 the new Fells church was dedicated a short distance away.  Today the “Lighthouse on the Hill” is where people open their hearts to God’s presence in their lives.  But it is also where they open their doors to the needs of their community.  Fells UMC is both a house of prayer and a center of hospitality: where we bringing God’s light to the people of our area.
 
Little Redstone United Methodist Church:  Methodist meetings were held in early 1850’s in the Baptist Meetinghouse, a Schoolhouse, and in the homes of Nathaniel Stephens, Robert Stephens, and Hugh Ford.  The Society organized as a congregation on January 14, 1857.  Land was purchased a brick Church was erected in 1857.  Today the church is part of the Christ 201 Parish and is a light to this rural community.

Monessen United Methodist Church was organized in 1979 through the merger of Monessen First United Methodist Church and Monessen Grace United Methodist Church.  Recently they have been working closely with Webster United Methodist Church; the two congregations get along very well and enjoy working on joint mission projects including supporting the Rostraver Food Bank.  Monessen is active in “Little Things for Little People” program sponsored by the Belle Vernon Ministerial Association.  A woman from Monessen said, “The church isn’t just a building to us, it's our home.  It’s where we raise our families and where we worship as a family and draw near to God."

Newell United Methodist Church grew from worship services held in the Newell Public School building by both Methodist and Presbyterian ministers.  The land for the church was donated by the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company.  The church that was built in 1908 was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the 1950s.  The open worship space allows for a variety of powerful and different worship experiences to take place.
 
Perryopolis United Methodist Church, located in the territory of the Redstone Circuit Monongahela District, a Methodist Class was organized in the community before the laying out of the town in 1814.  Services were held in a schoolhouse and in the State Bank Building on South Liberty Street.  In 1832 the first church was erected within the southwest quarter circle, where the Methodist cemetery is located.  This church served until the current church was erected on Independence Street in 1888.  Today there is an active youth ministry as part of this church.
 
Smithton:  Winnett United Methodist Church had its beginnings in a Sunday School started by Joseph Hough,  at the local Mineral School in 1882 and from revival services held by Reverend Winnett at what was then the Free Methodist Church of Smithton.  The church lot was donated by J. O. Williams. In 1885 the Church was built and dedicated.  The founding fathers honored Reverend Winnett by naming it the Winnett Methodist Episcopal Church. 
 
Vanderbilt United Methodist Church:  The historical record of this church traces back to the Redstone Circuit before 1800 to the Joshua Dickerson home within a mile of the church building.  Today Vanderbilt is known for its music and cantatas.
 
Webster United Methodist Church was organized in 1840 and its first building was erected in 1966 as part of Rostraver Circuit.  The current church was built in 1910.   Recently they have been working closely with Monessen United Methodist Church. The two congregations get along very well and enjoy working on joint mission projects including supporting the Rostraver Food Bank.  Webster is active in “Little Things for Little People” program sponsored by the Belle Vernon Ministerial Association.  A quote from a Wester woman, “Although we are small, we are mighty and faithful in our love for thee.”
 

Meier to Serve Oakmont UMC

Announced: 03-20-2022
About Beth Meier
Beth Meier grew up in North Huntingdon, PA, attending Christ United Methodist Church with her family.  Her church family played a large part in the growth of her faith.  In high school, she began to experience a call to ministry. While attending Grove City College, she majored in Biblical studies, preparing to further her education in seminary.  Shortly after graduation, some major hurdles prevented her from continuing to pursue her call. 

Many years later, God continued to persist in calling her to ministry. She attended Licensing School, and began her first appointment at Saltsburg United Methodist Church in 2015, adding New Alexandria United Methodist Church 18 months later while attending Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  In 2019, Beth was appointed to The United Charge for Christ, a three-point charge in Elderton, in the Indiana District, where she presently serves. 

The mother of three grown children and grandmother of three boys, Beth enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog, biking, playing tennis, and being outdoors.  She also enjoys leading worship, sharing in ministry inside and outside the walls of the church, and interacting with and welcoming people of all ages, backgrounds, and places.  Together, we are the Church!
 
About Oakmont United Methodist Church
Oakmont United Methodist Church is a vital congregation in a quaint community on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. Easy access to downtown and the Pennsylvania Turnpike make it an ideal place to live. Two notable landmarks are the Oakmont Bakery and Oakmont Country Club, home of numerous U.S. Open golf tournaments. The stated purpose of this church is: to grow in our dedication to the worship of God, the teaching of God’s word and the caring ministry of Christ.  We do this through Jesus’ grace, mercy, and love which we share with the world through our daily living. 

Oakmont UMC has a very active outreach in the area through local missions and the United Methodist Women.  Three church-wide events that generate funds for these ministries are the annual church Christmas Bazaar, caramel-making, and the notorious in-house Mystery Dinner Theatre.

Worship is provided in both traditional and contemporary praise and chorus styles.  Preaching and teaching are presented in classical Biblical based formats where the inspired inerrant word of God is proclaimed.  The emphasis is on living in a vital relationship with Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord. A strong effort is made to minister to children, youth and families.  The care of seniors, the grieving and the sick is also a priority.  All in all, the Oakmont United Methodist Church people strive to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ to all people with a sincere heart for the least, the lost and the lonely.

Eisenhuth to Serve Marion Center

Announced: 03-06-2022
About Kyle Eisenhuth
Kyle Eisenhuth was raised in Harrison City, PA, where he graduated from Penn-Trafford High School. He earned a BS in Business Administration from Liberty University and anticipates graduating this spring with an MDiv from Asbury Seminary.  During his time at Liberty, Kyle was active in the pro-life movement. He is proud of his advocacy for pregnant and parenting students on Liberty’s campus.

Kyle has served the United 4 Christ Charge since July. This charge consists of four churches in and near Pleasant Unity and Derry. Kyle’s gifts in ministry include preaching and casting a vision. He has a heart for discipleship and spiritual growth.

Kyle enjoys spending time with friends and family. He also enjoys walking his dog, Bridget.  Kyle is close with his family. His parents reside in Harrison City. He has two sisters: Lauren is a senior at James Madison University, and Sarah is a freshman at Westminster College. Kyle’s grandparents and extended family live in and near Knox and Clarion.
 
About Marion Center First United Methodist Church
Marion Center First United Methodist Church is located in northern Indiana County, close to the Marion Center School District, home of the Stingers. This small, family-oriented church prides itself in working alongside the community. For many years the church has partnered with the local Presbyterian and Lutheran congregations to host a community Vacation Bible School each July. They also open their doors twice a week for a free community clothing cupboard.

Each Memorial Day the church hosts an ice cream social to raise funds for youth camperships and missions. And for the past few years they have been hosting Red Cross Blood Drives twice a year. The church does it’s best to live up to its mission statement, “A church with the heart of Christ, working with the community.”
 

Krishart Appointed Senior Pastor of Greater Blairsville Co-op Parish

Announced: 03-06-2022
About Dawn Krishart
Dawn Krishart is a life-long Methodist. After graduation from Dubois High School, Lycoming College and Penn State, she and her husband Tom joined the US Navy. Following an early discharge, she raised their two sons and, after moving back to Dubois, owned a drying cleaning business, following in her parents’ footsteps.

After answering a call to ministry, Dawn has served in the Indiana District since 2006. She served one appointment with her husband Tom, who was also called into ministry. She has been serving as the Associate Pastor of the Greater Blairsville Cooperative Parish since 2016.

Dawn’s passion for ministry is reaching new people for Christ. She continues to find ways to share the love of Christ through the ministry of the church. Outside of local church ministry, Dawn serves on DCOM, BOM, and the Parish and Community Development committee. Dawn has been a Rotarian for 17 years and continues to be involved in each community she serves.

Her family includes two married sons, two grandsons and one great-granddaughter. Sadly, Tom passed away on January 14, 2022. Dawn’s present goal is to become an associate member of the WPA Conference this year
 
About Greater Blairsville Cooperative Parish
The Greater Blairsville Cooperative Parish includes First UMC in Blairsville, Black Lick UMC and Hopewell UMC. “Connect Church,” a Sunday evening worship service held at First UMC, is also an important congregation of the Parish. The congregations of all the churches work well together bringing the love of Jesus Christ to the community and are gifted in hospitality and making people feel welcome.

Lenox to Serve Indiana: Trinity UMC

Announced: 02-20-2022
About J. Patrick Lenox
Patrick Lenox was born and raised in Crawford County, PA. in a Christ-centered home. He worked with his parents on their small farm and in their hardware store. Family was hugely important in his life.

Pat graduated from a small high school before going to Alliance College and Edinboro University of PA, earning Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and in secondary math education respectively. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. Pat is married to Grace and they have two adult daughters.

Pat received his call to pastoral ministry during college. He has a deep passion for helping people come to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and become increasingly faithful disciples. He has been privileged to serve in longer-term appointments serving at: Bradford First as associate pastor from 1989-93, as lead pastor at Russell/Akeley from1993-2002; at Glenwood from 2002-2014 and, since 2014 as the Kane District Superintendent. He has served as Dean of the Cabinet since July 2018.

In every appointment Pat seeks to encourage all believers to let the Holy Spirit use them to share with others the love and salvation they themselves have received from Jesus Christ. 
 
About Indiana: Trinity United Methodist Church
Trinity UMC is located in the heart of Indiana, Pennsylvania and has a heart for making disciples. Worship experiences have included an informal Saturday evening service, traditional Sunday morning worship, as well as  a Korean worship service hosted by the church on Sunday. The congregation is involved in the Family Promise Transitional Housing program. They support the Ramps of Hope ministry in the Indiana District, CROP Walk, a food cupboard and a food distribution site in the community, and a Back to School Bash.  On a global scale, they support many facets of ministry and outreach in Haiti. 
 

Wellner to Serve NE Somerset Cooperative

Announced: 02-20-2022
About Erica B. Wellner
Erica Wellner grew up in the little town of Saxonburg in Butler County and was raised in the Cabot United Methodist Church. After high school she earned a degree in Elementary Education at Slippery Rock University. During four years of substitute teaching, she discerned and answered her call into ministry through mission trips to Louisiana and Paraguay.

Erica attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky, where she earned her Master of Divinity degree along with a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation. She began full-time pastoral ministry in January 2015 after graduating from Asbury Seminary.

Erica's passions and gifts for ministry are, in no particular order, missions, preaching and teaching, spiritual formation, Wesleyan small groups, and working with clergy and laity from other denominations. She has taught at and co-chair Lay Servant Ministry School and has served on the board for Wesley Woods for five years. Erica has  also helped to create a weekly podcast with two Lutheran pastors for several years. She loves to attend and support the children and youth of the church and local community at their different events, such as the local fair, band and choral concerts, and sporting events.

Erica is single and is the proud parent of a sweet terrier mix, Miss FeFe, whom she adopted shortly after beginning full-time ministry. Miss FeFe will be 12 this October, and while she’s a bit of a senior dog, she still acts like a puppy and loves to meet new people.
 
About Northeast Somerset Cooperative Ministry
This is a new cooperative ministry in Johnstown District which consists of four churches: Central City, Scalp Level Trinity, Shanksville, and Windber Calvary. This is an exciting time for the churches.
 
Central City UMC is deeply committed to meeting the needs of community members through a variety of soup meals and “Love Give Away” events that provide household essentials and clothing offered without price in a yard-sale format. The congregation is dedicated to supporting UM camping ministries.  In addition to supporting many local ministries such as the Central City Food Pantry, church members of all generations go all in to plan, host and participate in their yearly VBS program, attracting children from other local churches and offered each week during the Lenten season.  Most recently, the church became aware of their reputation as a church trusted to faithfully pray for the people of Central City.They plan to be even more intentional in those efforts.
 
Scalp Level Trinity UMC was established as an Evangelical congregation in 1866.  The current building is its fourth, the third building having been destroyed in the 1977 flood.  Upon the previous building’s loss, the church moved to a site of about 10 acres on a nearby hill and has become known as “Christ’s Lighthouse on the Hill.”  The church’s building and grounds are used for a variety of community activities including Scouts, soccer practice for the local high school, and as a location for supervised parental visitations for child services.  The church’s mission is based on Matthew 25:40 – that when we care for those in our community, we are encountering Jesus in everyone we serve.  The church’s annual coat drive has given away more than 2,000 coats to area residents in need. It's annual school supply drive has collected materials for many local school districts, and the annual Christmas food drive has provided necessary supplies for multiple area families. 
 
At Shanksville UMC, worship is a vital practice of this faithful community.  They became known more recently for being a vital resource in the response to the September 11 terrorist attacks and providing comfort to the families of the Flight 93 victims, as well as local emergency responders.  Currently, they financially support many vital, local and international ministries such as the Berlin Food Pantry, Operation Christmas Child, collections of toys and gifts for local families in need at Christmas and Heifer International.
 
Calvary UMC is a community-minded congregation located in the heart of the Windber area. It is known for its hospitality to many outside groups that operate and meet within its walls, including Cub and Girl Scout groups, Christian Counseling Associates, AA, Al-Anon, GED classes and, most prominently, the Windber Area Community Kitchen or WACK.  WACK serves hundreds of meals twice a month to anyone in the community who wishes to come and be nourished, body and soul.  In cooperation with local schools, this vital ministry also serves area school children by providing “WACKpack” meals for weekends and health essentials such as toothpaste and toiletry items. In addition, Calvary hosts a Tea Time fellowship and Prayer Shawl ministry that includes members from other area churches.  They continue to step up in mission efforts, recently partnering with other local UM churches for outreach events such as Trunk r Treat, Easter Egg Hunt and the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box project. Internally, they support both local and international missionaries and both clergy and laity members are active in the Windber ministerial group.
 

Heckman to Serve Paradise UMC

Announced: 02-06-2022
About J. Mark Heckman
Born in Brookville, PA, Mark graduated from the Punxsutawney Area School District. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of PA, a Master of Education Degree in School Administration from California University of PA, a School Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Edinboro University of PA, and a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.  Currently, Mark is in the Doctor of Ministry program through Global Awakening Theological Seminary of Family of Faith Christian University. 

Mark spent 25 years in public education as a music teacher, elementary and secondary school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools in New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to accepting the call to pastoral ministry, he served the church for over 25 years in positions such as director of music and organist in churches in New York (Goshen) and Pennsylvania. 

Mark first entered the pastoral ministry with an appointment to the Punxsutawney First United Methodist Church where he served as the Associate Pastor and Director of Outreach and Youth Ministries.  He currently serves as the Senior Pastor for the Greater Blairsville Cooperative Parish on the Indiana District. Mark is a Provisional Elder in the WPAUMC, and upon completion of the Conference’s residency program, he will appear before the Board of Ministry this spring for examination and approval as a fully ordained Elder. 

God began to move powerfully in Mark’s life following an early-morning encounter with the Holy Spirit.  Mark’s spiritual gift of healing demonstrates God’s anointing on his life and the manifestation of God’s Spirit in the world today.  God’s love can be seen through the healing ministry that God is developing in Mark, all pointing to God’s glory.  Mark ministry passion and calling are based on Matthew 10:7-8.  Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!  Mark believes that all Christians are to share and demonstrate the gospel in every opportunity God puts before them and to freely help others find and employ their own spiritual gifts, so that through the Church, a hurting world can find a loving God. 

Mark serves the Church with Michele, his wife of 30 years.  They have two adult children: Elizabeth is a music specialist in the Curwensville Area School District, and Luke is a Computer Science and Engineering major at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
 
About Paradise United Methodist Church
Paradise United Methodist Church is located in the Greenlick Valley in Bullskin Township, in Fayette County. It was created in 1874 when a pastor drove his horse and buggy to lead a Sunday School. A church was built in 1876 and has been thriving, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ ever since.  

The ministries of Paradise include a monthly food pantry, bi-weekly backpack blessings, weekly bible studies, United Methodist Women, a men’s dart-ball team, plus Sunday School classes for all ages. The church offers two worship services each week, one traditional and one contemporary.  Even though the pandemic they continue making disciples for Jesus Christ and sharing Him through weekly worship and through their webpage.  
 

McQueen to Serve Brookville Evangelical UMC

Announced: 02-06-2022
About Loren A. McQueen
Loren McQueen considers it a privilege to serve in the Western PA annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He grew up in a pastor’s home, as his father Gail McQueen served many years in Western Pennsylvania.  "I am grateful for the influential ministry of the churches of my childhood and the impact they had upon my life.  God also worked in my life through the ministry of Cherry Run Camp Meeting, being challenged there to give my all to the Lord." he said.

Loren graduated from New Brighton High School, attended Asbury University, and Asbury Theological Seminary.  Between college and seminary, he worked as a farrier and his apprenticeship continued through his time in seminary.  He considers this as a blessing with many life lessons learned.  It was in that time that he answered the call into the ministry. 

Loren has served in the local church since 2009, first at Rockbridge UMC in the Kentucky Conference while in seminary.  Upon moving back to Pennsylvania, he served the West Liberty Charge and the Eastbrook Charge of the Butler District.  His passion for ministry is in preaching and teaching the word of God.  The driving force is in sharing the good news of the gospel which brings transformation to the hearts and lives of people. Loren also enjoys sharing life with other disciples in ways which help them grow into the full stature of Christ.  Making disciples and being an agent of renewal for churches has a strong pull on Loren's heart. 

Serving the body of Christ is also a passion of Loren's wife Sara.  They have three daughters: Caroline (5), Abigail (3), and Kathryn (10 months).  As a family they enjoy outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, bicycle riding, swimming, and riding horses.  We also enjoy gardening, music, singing and reading together as a family.  Loren enjoys working with horses, woodworking, reading history, playing the piano, and playing the trumpet.  The McQueens are excited to continue being in ministry with the people called Methodists.   
 
About Brookville Evangelical United Methodist Church
Brookville Evangelical United Methodist Church is located in the county seat of Jefferson County in the southern area of the Pennsylvania Wilds.  The church has renovated after a devasting flood in 1996 and today has a very active children and youth program, with more than 60 children and youth participating in Sunday School and the after-school program.  The church has a strong history of local and global missions including trips to Paraguay, Red Bird Mission, and Wesley Woods.  At the heart of all they do is passion for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 

Senior Appointed as Lakeside Associate

Announced: 01-16-2022
About Peggy Senior
Peggy Senior was appointed as associate pastor of Lakeside UMC in DuBois, serving part-time, effective Feb. 1, 2022. 

Born and raised in the DuBois, PA area., she has worked in banking, real estate and insurance and has owned her own business, a commercial and residential cleaning service, for the past 17 years.  Peggy has two married daughters and four grandchildren, as well as a cat, three grand-cats and a grand-dog. Peggy says her interests vary based on the time she has available. Her business takes a great deal of her time. She enjoys watching her grandson play football and her granddaughter being a cheerleader.  The older grandchildren have varied interests and she is involved with them as often as possible.
 
About DuBois Lakeside Associate
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 strives to help people become the people that God created them to be. They believe that life with Jesus is the best kind of life, and make it their mission to help all people know God, love God and others and serve the world. Lakeside offers a traditional worship service every Sunday at 8 a.m. and a more casual service at 10:30 a.m. that is also live-streamed. The church has active youth, evangelism, and outreach programs, 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. 
 

Wells Named Allegheny River Lay Minister

Announced: 06-27-2021
About Terri Wells
Terri Wells grew up in Penfield, Pennsylvania in a family that didn't attend church. She says she has not walked a perfect path in this life, and "I praise Jesus for hanging on to me and not letting me go, even when I was trying to make my own way without him." 
She earned a bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice, with a minor in Psychology, from Penn State University and has worked in retail store management, as Asst. Deputy Warden of Treatment for Clearfield County Jail, Correctional Counselor for Indiana County Jail, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist, for TSS, as a bank teller, a caseworker for Jefferson County Children and Youth and Indiana County Children and Youth, and a forensic Interviewer of children of sexual abuse. She currently is the Foster Care Coordinator for Indiana County Children and Youth.

Terri attended Penfield United Methodist Church, starting at the age of 10 and was confirmed as a member of that church at the age of 14. In 2006, she transferred her membership to the Smicksburg United Methodist Church. She has served the church as Admin Council leader, Women’s Group Leader, Vacation Bible School Leader, Youth Group Leader, and Sunday School leader.  She sang in the choir at Penfield for over 20 years. 

Terri married Ron in 2006 and he is her best friend. She has two adult sons from her first marriage. Keith Crawford is married to Lisa and they have two children Madelyn and Kodi. He is a former Marine and Air National Guard veteran and teaches at a State Correctional Facility in Eastern PA. Jason Crawford, his wife Kim and their sons Cullen and Liam live in Wiesbaden, Germany. He is on year 18 for the 82nd Airborne Paratroopers in the Army. 

Ron has a daughter Alicia Moore, who is married to Pat and they have two sons Peyton and Tanner. Ron also has an adult special needs son, Nathan Wells, who resides in a group home in Black Lick. 

Terri says that with all her life experiences and achievements, she values the next chapter of her life as "the greatest opportunity that I could ever have, to dedicate my life to sharing the love of Jesus Christ. I am so excited to explore the word of the Lord with my new brothers and sisters in Christ. To allow God to work through me and use me to bring souls home to him." 
About Allegheny River Charge
First United Methodist Church of Kittanning is the newest member of the four-point Allegheny River Charge.  The congregation dates back to 1816 and it was one of the original circuit rider churches—a circuit that some believe was 300 miles long!  The church has a rich history in the community, celebrating 100 years in the current building in 2009 and the 200th anniversary of the church in 2016.  Today, the church is actively involved with the Ramps of Hope Ministry, ministry to the aging population with a monthly lunch and program, a vibrant Bible School and Sunday School programs. 

In 2017, the church spent time with John and Christine Zimmerman of About Face Church Outreach Consultants and has incorporated some of the ideas and ministries gained through their work with AFCOC.  
 
Ford Memorial United Methodist Church is a small membership church making a big impact in the community.  The church houses a food bank as well as a care and share clothing shop twice a month.  They provide a free meal to the community on Thursday evenings as well as a free Thanksgiving meal at noon. The local LEO club from the school district helps serve these meals.  The church has active UMW and UMM groups.  The UMM partner with the Cub Scout pack that uses the church facilities to do projects together.  They also participate in Light Up Night, presenting a Live Nativity to help the community hear the reason for the season.  Ford Memorial hosts the ministerium's Lenten meals and services annually.  Members participate in Ramps of Hope and Christstock (a local free event for the community).
 
Manorville United Methodist Church, located along the beautiful Allegheny River at 800 Water Street, was built by volunteers in 1932 during the Great Depression.  Manorville was established as a Methodist Episcopal church in 1889.  It remains a church of volunteers dedicated to mission and service.  Each summer, the entire church participates in Vacation Bible School.  Members are also active in reaching out to the ailing and needy in their own community and beyond.  They annually hosted the Conference spring Licensing School and held the District lay school for many years.  Their beautiful flower gardens, free lunches and dinners with informational and musical programs make Manorville United Methodist a vital member of the community.  Manorville recently added a Casual Church service once a month and have upgraded the facilities to include TV and wifi in the sanctuary and fellowship hall for a variety of new opportunities.
 
Union Avenue United Methodist Church was started as a house church in 1880 and was located in various buildings until locating where it stands today at 421 Union Avenue.  Over the years the church held many weekly revivals and had an outreach youth program for 25+ years.  In more recent history, the church is known for reaching out with mission projects.  The United Methodist Women’s group is very active and provides opportunities for the church to reach out and help others in need through buying Christmas gifts for children who’s parents are incarcerated, collecting mittens, hats, and scarves, building UMCOR kits annually, and providing kids bags to the local ER (along with the rest of the charge). 

Coats to Serve Faithful Followers Charge

Announced: 06-13-2021
About Michael Coats
Michael was born and raised in New Jersey, and did not grow up in the church. A season of difficulty, followed by a season of blessing lead Michael to turn his attention to the Lord at the age of 36. His first love was music, and Michael continues to sing and play guitar as part of his ministry. Prior to being called into pastoral ministry, Michael was a warehouse worker, appliance salesperson, and part-time musician/country band leader.

Michael accepted his first appointment in 2015, as a youth pastor at First UMC of Punxsutawney. From 2016 until 2021, Michael has served the Buffalo Charge U. M. Churches in the Butler District. He is excited to return to the Indiana District to begin serving the Faithful Followers Charge in July 2021.

Michael lives with his wife Debbie, who is the most excellent cook he knows. They have four cats: Jenny, Lexie, Chloe, and Brick.
About Faithful Followers Charge
The Faithful Followers Charge includes Knox Dale, Meade Chapel and Port Barnett United Methodist churches. All three small membership churches are located in Jefferson County and have been part of the same charge since 2005. They participate in community ecumenical services and ministries and support the local food banks. They also support participants on mission trips and help those in need. 

Knox Dale, once part of the United Brethren Church, was organized in 1860 by Reverend J. G. Steiner, a practicing physician and a minister of the Pennsylvania Conference. Meade Chapel was part of the Erie Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and dates dates back to the same period, with the first building erected in 1871. Both churches are on Knoxdale Road. Post Barnett is in the borough of Brookville and was once part of the Methodist Episcopal Erie Conference. 
 
 

Schall to Serve Kiski Charge

Announced: 06-13-2021
About Brenda Schall
​Brenda Loraine Sommerville-Schall, who has served as pastor of the Germany UMC since January 2018 and associate pastor four-point Allegheny River Charge. Brenda was an active lay member in local churches, teaching and leading Sunday School for many years. She served as a lay speaker in several churches before serving as a pastor. 

Brenda was married for 30 years to David Sommerville when he died unexpectedly in 2011. At that time, she said, "I asked God to help me through this and I would do whatever he asked of me, so here I am. The Lord has been good to me."

The mother of two and grandmother of five married  Chester Schall in October of 2016.  Brenda felt God’s call early in her life, but “made many excuses as to why it was not time.” Born in Muncie, Indiana, she lived most of her life in Buckhannon, W.Va. with her mother and seven younger brothers. 

She said she loves mission work and visiting with people and youth have a special place in her heart. Brenda said her desire is to be and do what God wants of her. 
About Kiski Charge
First United Methodist Church, Vandergrift is a small town church with a small membership but a mighty heart, often referring to itself as the little church that could.  The congregation is very strong in their mission and outreach, holding Dollar Dinners, distributing free lunches, housing the local food pantry, participating in combined Rise Against Hunger packaging events since 2013, and other local mission opportunities as they present themselves.  Vandergrift has a strong history of participating in ecumenical services and events. Vandergrift is continually growing in their love of God and service for the Kingdom.
 
New Beginnings United Methodist Church outside of Apollo is located in a rural setting. This church is blessed to have the space and the heart to host events that invite the community to the church, including Trunk-or-Treat, a Living Nativity, and an Easter Egg Hunt.  An outreach ministry to the high-rise building in Apollo includes providing quarterly meals to the residents.  New Beginnings has been the organizing force behind the Rise Against Hunger packaging events that have been happening since 2013. Up to nine churches have participated in some years. Growing in mission and ministry they are seeking to be an active force for the Kingdom of God

Jackson to Serve Creekside/Tanoma

Announced: 05-30-2021
About Lois Jackson
Lois Jackson was born in Vandergrift, PA, and raised in the Church of God and eventually became a member of Widnoon United Methodist Church. She graduated from Elderton High School and is now enrolled in United Theological Seminary.

Lois has worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for her late husband’s construction business. During this time, she created and sold candles and soap at home parties and online sharing the light of God’s love to others.

While at Widnoon UMC, Lois served God by teaching adult Sunday School, leading praise, and worship, while holding several positions on church council including Lay Leader. Lois was also an active member of United Methodist Women as local secretary, program resources and Indiana District Communications and Treasurer.

God called Lois into the ministry after her husband of 37 years passed away. God uses our suffering to help others; he does not waste anything. After completing Licensing School in 2017, Lois was appointed to Valier Charge working with people in ministry by preaching, teaching Bible Study, hospital visits including Pittsburgh and home visits taking communion to shut ins. Lois also serves on District Location and Building Committee

Lois has two grown sons, two lovely daughters-in-law, a grandson and granddaughter. Interests include traveling, going to Sight and Sound Theater, walking, bicycling, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys teaching candle and soap making classes at Jumonville CAT Camp. 
About Tanoma UMC/ Creekside UMC
Tanoma United Methodist Church is in a rural area of Indiana County between Indiana, Marion Center, and Clymer. The church has a more than 100-year history serving an agricultural community. The congregation enjoys doing mission projects like Samaritan’s Purse and supporting a local family at Christmas. The church participates in Son Day in the Park, a weekend Christian music festival in Clymer held in August. The church has a vibrant adult Sunday school class. Prayer and sharing God’s love is a mission and way of life for this community.

Creekside UMC has long been active in community and regional outreach ministries and more recently also has focused on the  spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, and devotional Bible reading.  Small groups and new Sunday School groups have been formed. 
 

Lorraine Knapp to Serve Penfield UMC

Announced: 05-30-2021
About Lorraine Knapp
Lorraine was born in Elkland PA and raised there until she was 11 years old, when she moved to live with her paternal grandparents in Munderf PA. She graduated from Brockway Area High School, and attended Penn State University as an adult student, earning an associates degrees in Business  Administration and in Physical Therapist Assistant, and well as Bachelor of Arts degree. She has  worked for over 20 years as a physical therapist assistant and currently works as an ESL teacher, which she enjoys very much. She will attend Licensing School this summer.

Lorraine was married for 37 years to her late husband Gary Knapp. They were blessed with three children and two grandchildren.
She enjoys spending time with family, reading, crafting, cooking and baking.

She is in love with God and his work and is looking forward to serving in her first pastoral assignment at Penfield UMC.
About Penfield United Methodist Church
Penfield United Methodist has been around since the 1870's. When the original church showed signs of deterioration in the upper structure, the congregation moved to the downstairs for worship. A new church was built in 1973 and is currently in use for worship. Originally a Methodist congregation, it united with Evangelical United Brethren churches in the area in 1968 when the denominations merged to become The United Methodist Church. 

With a rich 150-year history, the congregation's goal is to continue to be a solid presence in their  area. They believe that to grow as Christians, they need to read God's word and to feel connected to Him, have a relationship with Jesus and work together doing good works. The congregations provides monthly support for two children in Africa, has paid for over 70 smiles for kids that cannot afford the operation to correct cleft palates and currently sends close to 200 Operation Christmas Child boxes to children in need worldwide. They send Christmas cards to  soldiers and also buy Bibles to send. The church prepares many funeral meals for families in the community. 

The congregation is small, but we needs their church to continue on their journey and to help so many others find their path as well. 

McConnell to Serve Sigel UMC

Announced: 05-30-2021
About Alex McConnell
Alex McConnell is a native of Brookville, PA , where he currently resides with his wife Rachel and 5-year-old son Grayson.  Prior to being called to ministry, Alex served on active duty Air Force and in the PA Army National Guard.  He is currently employed as a counselor with the Department of Veterans Affairs with specialties in treating combat trauma and marriage and family therapy. He has been serving as an associate at Brookville First UMC. 

Alex has experience with youth ministry, and diaconal work outside of the church.  He has a passion for helping people to be the hands of feet of Christ through discipleship.  Hobbies include hunting, hiking, and camping with his family. 
 
About Sigel
Sigel United Methodist Church is a small congregation in the rural community of Sigel north of Brookville on Route 949. The church was organized by Mr. and Mrs. Washington Kahle under the leadership of Reverend James Gilfillan, pastor of the Corsica Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Erie Conference in 1854. By 1863 the congregation had grown to 28 and that year the first Church was built of white pine logs and was erected on the Washington Kahle farm. It was known as Ebenezer Church. The next Church was dedicated on May 16, 1992. 

Peightal to Serve Germany UMC

Announced: 05-30-2021
About David Peightal
Pastor David Peightal grew up in Blairsville, Pa. While a senior in high school, he joined the Army as an active duty Combat Engineer. He was stationed in Germany, Fort Knox KY, Houston TX as a recruiter and conducted three combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His time in the Army taught him invaluable life lessons. 
 
After his discharge from the Army, Pastor Dave attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, graduating In 2018 with a Bachelor of Sociology degree with a minor in Psychology. In 2020 he completed the United Methodist Licensing School at Manorville UMC. He is currently enrolled in Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he is focusing on Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care. His continuing education plan includes returning to IUP for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. 
 
In 2018 Pastor Dave participated in a joint mission trip of the East Ohio and Western PA  conferences to Puerto Rico to assist in hurricane disaster relief. While there he had an amazing spiritual awakening. God had healed the past and filled him with the Holy Spirit to answer his calling.

Dave serves on the Indiana County Veterans Providers Board, is a Chaplain in the Blairsville American Legion Post 0407, assists in Military Honors funerals, and is active in many mental health and faith-based addiction recovery groups. God has called him to be a voice, an advocate, and to walk beside other veterans and those who suffer from mental health and substance abuse disorders.
 
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Pastor Dave enjoys family time, fishing and swimming with his wife, Dawn, and their five daughters and two adult fosters. Pastor Dave and his family live by the motto; “when God blesses you, you build a larger table. Not a taller wall.” He also enjoys going to basketball and softball games with his family and his quiet time with his hobbies in the evening. 
 
He is dedicated to following God’s plan and calling on his life. And he prays every day that God continues to use him, to mold him, and help him reach others. God has given Pastor Dave several gifts and abilities. He believes it takes the whole church to be the positive catalyst for Christian change He has called us to be in our communities.
 
About Germany United Methodist Church
Germany UMC, in a rural area north of New Florence on PA Route 259, has about 300 members.  The congregation  grew out of a class on the Erie Methodist Conference's Indiana Circuit with Elliott Robinson as Class leader from 1841 to 1853. The church was built in 1853 and it was placed on the Black Lick Circuit, which was organized that year. In 1887, Germany became part of the Bolivar circuit,  later was on a charge with New Florence, and was again on a charge with Bolivar from 1966-2010. 

McQuown to Serve Good Shepherd Parish

Announced: 05-23-2021
About Glenn C. McQuown
Glenn McQuown is a retired elder who served 16 years as chaplain at the State Correctional Institution in Forest County. He served rural churches before his ordination as an elder and since then has been in extension ministry, serving at Truck Stop ministries in Pennsylvania, as a crisis counselor and later in child services in Clearfield and Centre counties, before joining the PA Dept. of Corrections as a program manager/chaplain at SCI Forest. 
About Good Shepherd Parish
The Good Shepherd UM Parish was formed in the 1990s from the former Hazen Charge with the following churches—Allens Mills UMC, Hazen UMC, Munderf: Zion UMC and Richardsville UMC. All are located in northern Jefferson Co, near Brookville and Brockway.  The addition of Edeburn UMC and Donahey UMC, located in Jefferson & Elk Co near Clear Creek State Park and Marionville, were welcomed into their family in 2013, making a six-point parish. The churches together are involved with community VBS, church activities and picnics, ministering to local campers, supporting food banks and missionaries around the world. 

Missions have been a big part of the Parish in the past with local teams building ramps and helping with home repairs in the local area and in the U.S. after hurricane disasters.  God has blessed the churches with these mission opportunities over the years.
 

Nelson to Serve Bradford First UMC

Announced: 05-23-2021
About Rick Nelson
Rev. Rick Nelson was born and raised in Fairmont, WV. He attended college at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV where he met his wife Barbara and majored in Elementary Education. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC.

Rick, his wife Barbara and their daughter April currently live in Brookville, PA where he has served as Senior Pastor of the Good Shepherd UM Parish since 2018. Rick has been a United Methodist pastor since 1986 where he began serving in the Virginia Annual Conference.  In 1992 Rick moved to the Western PA Annual Conference and was ordained as an Elder in 1994.

During most of his ministry Rick has been involved with The United Methodist Committee on Relief working for The UMCOR - Katrina Aid Today program from 2006 – 2008. Rick served as WPA Conference Disaster Response Coordinator for many years.

Rick believes in the “God image” in all persons and seeks to discover and foster that image in all people. He believes in reaching out through mission with the love of God sharing that nothing separates us from the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
About Bradford First United Methodist Church
Located in northern McKean County, Bradford First’s mission is to reach the Bradford area by growing disciples through worship, reaching into the community, and children’s ministry.  Bradford First offers two different styles of worship, contemporary and traditional.  Both services continue to draw people into a heartfelt relationship with Jesus.

The church reaches into the community through their food pantry and strong ties with the local feeding ministry, The Friendship Table.  They also reach out to the church worldwide by supporting a sister church in Condega, Nicaragua through prayers, conversations, and finances.  One of the growing areas for Bradford First is young families.  The families are drawn in through children’s program. The church focuses on providing age-appropriate learning environments and having a fun.
 

Hetrick to Serve Summerville Charge

Announced: 05-16-2021
About Dianne Hetrick
Dianne Hetrick was born and raised in Brookville, PA and attended the Calvary Church of the Nazarene.  She is a graduate of the DuBois Business College and has worked as an administrative assistant at the Brookville Area School District for 22+ years, as well as in the healthcare environment and emergency management.
 
Dianne answered the call to ministry while attending the Ohl United Methodist Church and completing Lay Servant Ministry classes.  She became a Licensed Local Pastor in 2020.  She is currently enrolled in course of study at West Virginia Extension COS at Spring Heights, WV.  She currently serves in her first appointment at the Sigel UMC.
 
Dianne appreciates the opportunity to reach out to others with the Word of God.  She and her husband Dean live in Ohl, PA.  They have a blended family of three children and six grandchildren.  Dianne enjoys reading, playing games, and spending time with her extended family.
 
About Summerville Charge
The Summerville Charge consists of two churches: Kingsville and Summerville. Located near Penn’s Woods, Clear Creek Park and the Clarion River, both  churches are within an easy drive to some of W. PA’s most beautiful creation. As a Charge, the churches conduct Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunrise services. They also cooperate with the Summerville Ministerium for a unified Thanksgiving service.

Kingsville UMC, located at 71 CL Road, Summerville, seeks to model the purpose of the church “to make disciples, one heart at a time’. Each summer Kingsville holds a community Vacation Bible School. The children actively sponsor a mission project, have game activities, a lunch and do a study led by various members of the church. Music is an integral part of our worship service, with the choir singing each Sunday and actively participating in the activities of the Charge.  There is a full spectrum Sunday School following each Sunday Service with time off in the summer. Fellowship and laughter abound. Various missions both local and international are supported by a generous congregation.

Summerville UMC, located at 154 W. Penn St., Summerville, has ample room for growth. The Summerville Church family is active in the community. In order to magnify their effect for the Lord, they cooperate with other Summerville congregations special services and a community picnic. They also cooperate with Kingsville to have an annual summer picnic, usually at Clear Creek State Park. Adult Sunday school is conducted from September through June, as is weekly Bible Study. The church actively supports three missionaries and many other causes.  They are a singing congregation, often using the Hymnal Plus. Sitting on the banks of the Red Bank River, the luminaries of Christmas Eve are beautiful.
 

Shute to Serve Luthersburg Charge

Announced: 05-16-2021
About Nancy Shute
Nancy Shute is an ordained elder enjoying her first year of retirement after 20 years of pastoral ministry. She has served several churches in the WPAUMC.  Nancy has been involved in helping congregations discern ways in which to enter into co-operative ministries with other congregations and organizations to best serve their local and global communities.
 
Her passions include sharing God’s love with those in, as well as those struggling with, recovery from various addictions, and working with congregations who desire to embark on the journey of discerning who they are called to be in this place at this time within God’s Kin-dom.
 
Nancy lives in the country with her husband Richard. They have two grown daughters Heidi and Leah, as well as three grown grandchildren, Desmond, Grayson, and Violet. They live with their canine fur babies Elvis Joe and Jolene. 
 
 
About Luthersburg Charge
 As part of the Indiana District, the Luthersburg Charge is a rural, three-point charge, located in Clearfield County outside of DuBois on the Rts. 322 and 219 corridor. The charge has a long history of working cooperatively in ministry with each other and within the DuBois cluster.

Luthersburg UMC has been a prominent part of the community with loving and faithful members. Luthersburg UMC is located prominently at the joining of Rts. 322 and 219 in Luthersburg, PA.

Home Camp UMC is located outside of Rockton, PA and is known as the church by the DuBois Reservoir. The church is motivated to be the hands and feet of Christ by serving humankind both locally and abroad.

Salem UMC is located in Brady Township outside of DuBois, PA on Rts. 322 and 219. The church building was built in 2012. The congregaton is actively ministering to multiple generations and is active in local missions.

Al Kimmel to Serve Triple Blessings Charge

Announced: 05-02-2021
About Al Kimmel
With his appointment to serve Whitesburg UMC in retirement, Rev. Al Kimmel says he will have come full circle. He and his wife Barb left that congregation when he entered the ministry and he will now return to serve as its pastor. He'll also serve  as pastor of Smickburg and Rural Valley UMCs on the three-point charge in the Indiana District.

Al was a student pastor in the Indiana District while working a secular job and attending school. He served Mount Union UMC near Barnesboro, then moved to the three-point Marchand Charge near Punxsutawney. With the increase in salary, he was able to leave the secular job and increase his course load at school.

Three years later he graduated from Indiana University of PA with a degree in Journalism and headed for Duke Divinity School. He served a two-point charge while at Duke and believes that he got a great education both at Duke and those two country churches he served.

Upon returning to Western Pennsylvania, the Kimmels served in the Erie-Meadville District at the Pleasantville UMC, then accepted an appointment to the Punxsutawney Crosstown Charge, where they were closer to their families and particularly enjoyed the VBS each summer.  The Kimmels moved to the Herminie/West Newton Charge in 2014, and Al officially retired in 2017.  But after receiving a call from Indiana DS Jim Pond and praying together with his wife, he discovered that God’s call is  still upon my life and he looks forward to serving as a pastor again, with God’s help.
 
About Triple Blessings Charge
The Triple Blessings Charge in the Indiana District includes the Rural Valley, Smicksburg, and Whitesburg United Methodist churches in the eastern part of Armstrong County. The three small rural churches have worked together with other UM churches in a cooperative ministry the past  several years proclaiming the gospel through Vacation Bible School, Kids Club, local mission projects, and helping those in need in their communities, all with their eyes on Jesus Christ. All the churches look forward to what God brings them in the future.

Smicksburg UMC is located off route 954 in Smicksburg. Whitesburg UMC is on Route 422 near Kittanning and Rural Valley UMC is on Main Street of Rural Valley, just east of Kittanning.

In the churches there are active UMW units, adult Bible study groups, prayer groups and Sunday School classes. Rural Valley offers children's church. The congregations work with other churches to support the local food pantry They participate in ecumenical services during Lent, including a Cross Walk of Prayer and a noon Good Friday service. The joy of the Lord is their strength.
 

Wrona To Serve Leechburg First UMC

Announced: 05-02-2021
About Sara J. Wrona
Rev. Sara J. Wrona is a native of Western North Carolina, but grew up in New Kensington, PA. Before entering ministry, Sara worked in the human resource field and in church administration for a Presbyterian Church.  After discerning her call to ministry, Sara first served as an associate pastor for the Allegheny River Charge, then moved to the then three-point Kiski Charge to serve as a co-pastor.  Since 2014, Sara has served as solo pastor of the now two-point Kiski Charge.  Sara completed the Course of Study at the West Virginia Extension of the Course of Study School of Ohio in 2013.

Sara serves on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry as the Licensing School Director and the Local Pastor Registrar.  She is currently the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Olmsted Manor Retreat Ceenter.  In the denomination, she has served with the UM Rural Advocates, the UM Appalachian Ministry Network, and the Rural Chaplains Association. Sara has a passion for justice and outreach ministries and has a heart for being in ministry with all of God's children.

Sara and her husband, Paul, have been married for 33+ years and have three grown children: Rachel, who is married to Jimmy, and twins Katy and Sean. Sara loves her new role as Nanna to her grandson Cannon.
 
About Leechburg: First UMC

LFUMC, where the Welcome is Warm,” is the most northern church in the Greensburg District.  The church's mission is Growing, Loving and Serving in Christs Name.” Considered a Praying Church,” it is known for joyful worship music, singing  Gods praises in and out of the church building.  The Sunday morning worship service is one where all people can discover their faith, experience the joy of Christs love, and grow in their Christian beliefs. During the pandemic, the service has been  available online as well as on radio in parking areas.

The church offers Sunday school for all ages, and a weekly prayer group meeting. They gather to grow in faith, love, and service. They nurture the spiritual growth of the congregation and serve as Christ would in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of their community and world.  The congregation passionately engages in missions; both on a local and global scale, and seeks to do so with prayer, one-to-one support, and outreach activities. They strive to meet people where they are to share the love of Christ through outreach and involvement in community activities.  The building hosts Scouts, the Local Food Bank, Lions and an Al-Anon group. The social hall, kitchen and other spaces are made available for use by community members, other churches and organizations for funeral dinners, family events, and educational activities.  The congregation is blessed by having two high-rise communities within a block of the church and the Leechburg Area School District in their backyard,” as well as three other churches on their street, which is one block from the downtown area.  This enriches opportunities for outreach and involvement with all age groups as well as partnership with local businesses, the school, and the Ministerium.  The congregation remains passionate in using their spiritual gifts to be Christs hands and heart in our church, community and world.  We are ever mindful of:What would Jesus do?”
 

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