2018 Appointments

Appointments effective July 1, except where noted.

Sorted by Announced Date

Brauer to serve Coolspring/Ramsaytown

Announced: 06-03-2018

About Donald R. Brauer
Donald R. Brauer was born and raised on Long Island, NY. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Navy and served as a ship's electrician aboard a rescue/salvage ship operating along the coast of Vietnam during that war.  After returning home, he worked as a laborer, factory mechanic, janitor, and graphic artist.

After receiving Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, Don attended Franciscan University and later Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  Before retiring in 2017, he served the churches of the Juneau Charge/Indiana Dist., Johnstown: Calvary UMC/Johnstown Dist., and McMasters/Turtle Creek UMC/Greensburg Dist.

Don married his wife Debbie 30 years ago in the same month and year that he graduated from Franciscan University.  They are the parents of two adult children, Abby and Paul.
About Coolspring/Ramseytown Charge

Gordon to Serve Sykesville: Grace UMC

Announced: 05-20-2018

About Drew Gordon
Drew was born in McKeesport and grew up on the South Allegheny side of Elizabeth in Allegheny County.  He’s bounced around Pennsylvania and West Virginia during his 28 years as a radio broadcaster. A self-described “big kid,” Drew began his service to Christ as a Sunday School and Bible Study leader, primarily for youth and young couples, and would team with his wife Jenny to help with Vacation Bible Schools.  He noticed God’s call to something more, when he started taking classes at Indiana District Lay Servant Ministries School.

Drew has been active in Lay Servant Ministries as both a student and a teacher and has served as a speaker, teacher, singer and musician in United Methodist churches for the last 14 years.  After becoming a Certified Lay Speaker, he felt further called and encouraged to serve as a Local Licensed Pastor. He attended the Spring Licensing School in Manorville and received his certificate in April 2018.

Drew married his best friend Jenny in June 1996, and they have three children (hers, mine and ours) Robert, Emily and Andrea, and one granddaughter, Melody.

 
About Sykesville: Grace UMC


Grace United Methodist Church has a long history on East Main Street in Sykesville, Jefferson County. The first building was completed in 1887. The present brick building was erected in 1895. Many changes have been made through the years, including building a parsonage in 1904, a brick annex in 1920, and handicapped restrooms in 2012..

The church members are very active in the church and the community through many organizations such as Salvation Army (compassion fund, Treasures for Children and the Kettle Drive at Christmas), Lion’s Club, Red Cross blood drives, and area food pantries. The church is currently helping a couple get a ramp so he can get in and out of his house. The UMW hosts an Election Day Salad Lunch, an annual soup sale, and a Spring Banquet that include the whole community. A weekly Discipleship Bible Study has been led by the pastor. Due to pastoral changes in Sykesville, the local ministerium has not been active, but efforts are being made to include the other three denominations in joint efforts such as re-starting  the food pantry in Sykesville, community projects, special services, etc.

The church is praying for more children and their families to come to the church to learn about God and become disciples. It offers weekly Children’s Sunday School and special events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Winter Carnival, and Operation Christmas Child.

 


Ent to Lead Glasgow Larger Parish

Announced: 05-13-2018

About Harry "Mick" Ent
Harry “Mick” Ent has been appointed as the Senior Pastor at the Glasgow Larger Parish on the Johnstown District.  Since July 2017, Mick has been serving as the Preaching Associate at the Parish and is excited about stepping into this new role.  Mick, wife Pamela and daughter Sandy have been living at Treasure Lake in DuBois, Pa., but will move into the Parish parsonage this summer.  Both Mick and Pam were raised as Methodists – during the early years of their marriage, they attended an Independent Christian church where Mick taught Sunday School and preached at evening services and nursing homes.  In 2012, the Ents returned to the United Methodist Church and as Mick was feeling a call to preach, he began taking Lay Servant Classes.

As a member of the Hazen UMC on the Indiana District, Mick served as a Local Lay Servant with the Good Shepherd Parish, preaching every Sunday in any two of its six churches from June 2014 to July 2015.  After Mick became a Certified Lay Speaker, he served the Grampian Charge as a Supply Pastor for the next two years. Mick completed Licensing School in Spring 2017 and has been taking classes through the Course of Study. 

Mick brings a lifetime of experience including over 20 years of working in the building maintenance department of the DuBois Regional Medical Center.  Mick also served four years in the United States Air Force (1960 to 1964).
 
About Glasgow Larger Parish
The Glasgow Larger Parish (Beaver Valley, Blandburg, Fiske, Pleasant Hill and Utahville) is located in the northern tier of the Johnstown District.  These five small churches have a big heart for sharing Christ’s love with their communities. Whether it is Vacation Bible School, a Community Thanksgiving Dinner, a Women’s Day Apart or welcoming campers from nearby Prince Gallitzen State Park, the people of the Glasgow Larger Parish are committed to providing ministry in this beautiful corner of God’s world! The Parish has several Lay Servants who help to bring the word of God to the “3 Side” (Fiske, Pleasant Hill, Blandburg) and the “2 Side” (Utahville and Beaver Valley).  Although each of the five churches maintains its own church building and reaches out to its communities, the Larger Parish provides opportunities for shared ministry.

Henderson Appointed to Uniontown: Asbury UMC

Announced: 05-06-2018

About Donald Henderson
After graduating from Asbury College in 1982, Don Henderson met and wed Lori in the Oil City area. Don was commissioned as a Surface Line Officer in the US Navy. After five years of service and three children, they returned to Oil City and served the Bethel/Plumer charge while Don studied at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. After seminary, Don and Lori served the Shawnee Charge in Bedford County for 13 years. In 2006, they moved to the Good Shepherd Parish in Indiana District, where they have served since. Their three children are married and have given them four granddaughters. Another grandchild is due in July. 
 
Don and Lori's ministry has emphasized a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In their view, evangelism and discipleship are of utmost importance in the church. Empowered by prayer, praise and understanding of the Bible, their churches have sought to reach out globally and locally in missions. Through prayer, teaching, preaching, hands on work and leadership, Don and Lori seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
About Uniontown:Asbury UMC
The church was the central point of the original Redstone Circuit of 1784. The widow Ann Murphy moved to her farm about one mile west of Uniontown in 1781.  There was occasional Methodist preaching in Uniontown by Robert Worster and John Todd between 1777 and 1784.  When Richard Owings laid out the nucleaus of the Redstone circuit in the fall of 1783, its starting point was the Murphy home and when Jon Cooper and Samuel Breeze arrived in 1784 to organize the Circuit, Uniontown was the place they commenced.  Asbury was the site for the first three district conferences west of the mountains in 1788,1790and 1792 .  Today Asbury has a traditional morning worship and an informal Sunday evening service where a meal is served to the community.
 

Lindahl to Serve Templeton Charge

Announced: 05-06-2018

About Craig Lindahl
Craig Lindahl was born and raised in Bradford, PA and from the age of two weeks attended church at the Cole Avenue Evangelical Covenant Church.  When he was eight, his family became members of the Asbury United Methodist Church.  At the age of 12, during a week of youth events at Camp Mission Meadows in Dewittville, NY, Craig gave his heart, mind, and soul to Jesus. It was about this same time that his father, Ron Lindahl, entered the process to receive Elder’s Orders.
 
While in Bradford, Craig spent the bulk of his time in outdoor pursuits with Boy Scout Troop 448, and in musical activities, including Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, the Bradford Citizen’s Band, as well as musical festivals and local entertainment endeavors.  Craig continues this activity as the percussionist for his Charge’s praise band “The Eldertones.” 
 
After graduation, he attended Clarion University and later served two years as Camp Conestoga Boy Scout Camp TREK director, leading their high adventure experience.  Next, Craig began a career with the sporting goods chain Eastern Mountain Sports. Starting out as a seasonal sales associate, he worked his way up to managing a store in Pittsburgh. However, the Holy Spirit was speaking to him and guiding him away from a career that suited his love for outdoor adventure.  While attending church with his soon to be fiancé at Strongsville United Methodist Church, he finally listened to and accepted his call. He told God, “I give in, I’ll be what you want me to be.”

Since that time, Craig married Cyndy Crook, who is a high school science teacher. They have two children Emma (12) and James (7).  In 2006, Craig graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Business Administration. In 2007, he graduated from Licensing School, and began serving the United Methodist Charge for Christ based in Elderton, PA as the associate pastor. 

On June 1 of this year, Craig will graduate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and a Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry.  He will begin his Provisional Membership in the Conference in June as well.  Craig serves as the Armstrong County Ramps Program Coordinator and as a Dean of the Western PA Conference Algonquin Canoe Camp.
 
About Templeton Charge
The Templeton UMC charge consists of three churches -- Templeton, Widnoon and Kellersburg. Located north of Kittanning in a beautiful country setting,  Cherry Run Family and Youth Camp is only a few miles away. There is an active and supportive laity team that helps to bring God’s word and love to the congregations and community. The people are very active in several outreach programs in the community, including lunches for the sick and elderly, pancake breakfasts, Creekside dinners, and Christ Stock, a homeless outreach program, and are involved in several worldwide missions trips as well. They have a growing youth group, along with an adult Sunday school and bible study group that meets weekly. The vision is to meet the needs and minister to our community and spread God's living word to all. 

Kociban to Serve New Allegheny River Charge

Announced: 04-29-2018

About Deborah Kociban
Pastor Deb, currently pastor of the Templeton/Widnoon/Kellersburg charge, will begin serving as senior pastor of the newly configured four-point Allegheny River Charge, effective July 1. 

Raised in Montoursville PA as a United Methodist by a United Methodist mom and a Christian Science dad, who became a United Methodist the year she was confirmed, Deb said she sadly drifted away from the church while attending college. She earned a degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she met her husband George, and worked as a lab technician. It was not until their daughter Whitney, born in 1985, was 5 years old that she returned to church as a member of Laketon Heights UMC in Penn Hills.  There she served as a member of the gospel choir, liturgist, Sunday school teacher and youth group leader.  As a youth group leader, Deb sensed God calling her to be a pastor.

So began a six-year journey as an evening student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while working full-time in a cancer research lab at Allegheny General Hospital until 2007.  She completed her Master of Divinity degree and served as a student pastor at Muhleman Memorial UMC. "I give God all the credit for getting me and my family through those years and I thank God for George and Whitney who supported me and loved me along the way," says Pastor Deb. 

Before moving to the Templeton Charge last year, Pastor Deb served the Wesley Charge in McKeesport, PA as a full-time elder from 2007 to 2017. 

"I believe that as a people of Christ we should always operate out of a center of love of God and love for one another," says Pastor Deb. "With this centering of our lives together there will be adventures of ministry, joyful worship, Spirit-filled disciples and loving community."

About Allegheny River Charge
First United Methodist Church of Kittanning is the newest member of the 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 begun to incorporate some of the ideas and ministries gained through our work with AFCOC.  The congregation looks forward to welcoming their new pastors as they take their new step into the future!
 
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 host 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). 

Schall to Serve Allegheny River Charge

Announced: 04-29-2018

About Brenda L. Somerville Schall
​Brenda Loraine Sommerville-Schall, who has served as pastor of the Germany UMC since January 2018, will begin serving as associate pastor of the newly configured four-point Allegheny River Charge, effective July 1. 

Brenda was an active lay member in local churches, teaching and leading Sunday School for many years. In the past 12 years, she has served as a lay speaker in local churches.

She 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. They live in Elderton with her husband's father, who will be 100 years old on May 21, and her dog Noel. 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 and she can’t wait to be part of this new charge.
About Allegheny River Charge
First United Methodist Church of Kittanning is the newest member of the 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 begun to incorporate some of the ideas and ministries gained through our work with AFCOC.  The congregation looks forward to welcoming their new pastors as they take their new step into the future!
 
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 host 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). 

Ali Berkey to Serve in Oil City Area

Announced: 04-08-2018

About Alison Berkey
Born in Hollsopple, PA, Alison (Ali) Berkey was baptized and grew up in the Lutheran church.   At age 10 she began to sense God’s calling to ordained ministry and participated in various activities within her church.  She attended college at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown pursuing a degree in communications, then earned a master of divinity degree in 2002 from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. 

Unfortunately, the Lutheran Church did not believe she was called to be a Lutheran pastor so she continued searching for God’s calling in her life.  After owning a preschool/ daycare center and being a hospital chaplain in North Carolina, she still felt God calling her to ordained ministry, this time as a United Methodist. 
 
In 2009, she became a member of Belmont UMC in Johnstown. In 2011, she was appointed to Mt. Tabor and Robinson UMC.  She then served a five-point Cooperative Parish that included the Karns City/ Chicora Charge, the Faith Community: Bruin and Fairview campuses and Ridgeville Charge.   Here her gifts for ministry in preaching and teaching God’s Word, as well as her compassion for all people, were lifted up.  Ali’s passion is seeing the best in everyone and championing the gifts God gives us all.
 
In 2014, she married Rev. Wade Berkey and became a step-mom to Natalia, now a junior at Asbury University.  In 2015, nearly 30 year after first hearing her calling, she was ordained an elder. She is currently serving the Allegheny River Charge, consisting of Union Ave, Manorville, and Ford Memorial UMCs. 
 
Her husband Wade is also a United Methodist Elder and will be serving First UMC in Franklin.  They come with their rescue dog Shirley and deaf cat Nilla.  Ali enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, card and candle making, and bicycling with Wade.


 
 
About Oil City: Calvary/Plumer UMCs
The Calvary and Plumer United Methodist churches are very involved in outreach in their communities. Calvary UMC offers a “Back Door Café” twice a month to provide food and fellowship to their neighbors. The ministry developed from the congregation seeing the need to minister to those who traveled down the alley that is located behind the church. The churches collect Christmas gifts for children of prisoners, among other outreach ministries. Music is an important part of worship that includes a choir and praise band. Along with Sunday School, there is an active youth group available for children and youth.
 

Rishell to Serve Ringgold, North Freedom UMCs

Announced: 04-08-2018

About Angela Rishell
Angela (Angel) Rishell was born and raised in Brookville, PA where she and her family were very active in the Brookville Evangelical UMC.  In high school, Angel was active in her local youth group, served as the president of the Indiana District youth, and as a page/youth delegate at Annual Conference every year.  When she graduated high school, she was the District's young adult representative to Annual Conference.

She attended lay speaking school in early high school and preached a few times in her local church.  Camping at Wesley Woods was also a big part of her life every summer as it helped to shape her into the Christian and leader that she has become.  When she was too old to be a camper, she became a volunteer counselor at her favorite MACD/Sack camp.
Despite her active involvement in church and youth group, she felt called and was determined to become a veterinarian, which led her to Penn State to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.  While she was in college, she attended Exploration, where she received her call into ministry.  With the intention of going to seminary after college, she finished her degree from Penn State and graduated from the College of Agriculture in May of 2014.  That summer she married Ryan Rishell and began seminary at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in the fall. 

In April of 2015, Angel started her first appointment as the associate pastor at the Good Shepherd parish in Indiana District, where she began learning how to be an effective minister.  In September of 2017, Ryan and Angel welcomed their beautiful daughter, Gracelyn Noelle into the world.  As a family, they are excited to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit as they take on their next opportunity in ministry after Angel graduates from seminary in June.

As of July 2017, Angel is the chairperson of the conference Commission On the Status and Role Of Women (COSROW) and has been meeting regularly with her team to help lead the church for the equal opportunity and involvement for all of God’s children and to provide opportunities of healing for women who are being or have been sexually harassed.
When Angel is nervous or hesitant about the new opportunities laid out before her by God, she is comforted and encouraged by the words of her late grandfather, who was a United Methodist pastor, “If He calls you to it, He’ll call you through it”.
 
About Ringgold Charge
The Ringgold Charge includes Ringgold UMC and North Freedom UMC. The small-membership churches are about five miles apart in a rural area of Jefferson County along PA Route 536 west of Punxsutawney.

Ringgold UMC is well-connected to its community and is family-oriented. The church supports various local organizations and ministries, including a food pantry, clothing ministry, ramp-building, and VBS for area children. 

North Freedom UMC offers material and monetary donations to food banks and nearby outreach stores, financial support for local people as need becomes known; a medical equipment outreach, participates in local mission projects and offers an annual Thanksgiving dinner.

Wade Berkey to Serve Franklin First UMC

Announced: 04-08-2018

About Wade Berkey
Wade Berkey was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, attending the Belmont United Methodist Church and graduating from Richland High School.  It was at Belmont that Rev. Wilson first recognized God’s call upon Wade’s life. 
 
Wade entered the work-world as a draftsman—when draftsmen used real pencils, T-squares, and triangles!  One of the gifts of a draftsman is to be able to conceptualize a project before it is built or even designed.  After a successful career as a draftsman, a move into production management, and graduating from Robert Morris University with a degree in management, Wade came to the realization that God was indeed calling him to ministry.
 
In 2004, Wade accepted his first appointment in the church as a student pastor.  He attended Asbury Theological Seminary and graduated in 2010.  He was ordained an elder in 2012.  He is currently appointed to First United Methodist Church in Kittanning and has previously served in the Grampian UM Charge, Karns City/Chicora UM Charge, and Faith Community Charge in Bruin, PA.
 
Wade’s gifts for ministry include preaching and teaching God’s Word, prayer and intercession, administration, and visioning—being able to conceptualize ministries even before they have been “built”!
 
Wade is the father of a beautiful daughter Natalia, who attends Asbury University and is in her junior year of studies. Natalia has served on mission teams in Zimbabwe, Egypt, Beirut, Lebanon, Arizona, and Haiti. Wade is married to Ali, and as a clergy couple, they serve God not only in their churches, but in their lives together. 

Ali will be appointed to Calvary and Plumer United Methodist churches in Oil City.  Wade enjoys spending time with Ali, their rescued dog Shirley and their deaf cat Nilla.  He also enjoys bicycling, photography, cooking, and listening to music.
 
About Franklin First UMC
First UMC in Franklin is a hub of ministry, spiritual growth opportunities and hospitality! Small groups are the foundation of spiritual growth, as well as Sunday School, Junior Church and Bible Study. The church hosts a free community dinner every month to provide food and fellowship to their neighbors. The church is also very involved ecumenically with other churches in Franklin and works cooperatively with two nearby United Methodist churches. They host a cooperative Sunday School class on Sunday mornings and Vacation Bible school each year.  Both United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men have active and engaging groups within the church. The church's overall vision is "to help people, within the congregation and without, to find Jesus as their Savior, Lord, and "best friend" in life's journey, and to grow as disciples for doing mission and ministry in the local and global community. These purposes unite the  congregation in a commitment to ongoing worship, sacraments, learning, prayer, spiritual discipline, service and loving relationships.”
 

Ken Duffee to Serve Evans Memorial UMC

Announced: 03-25-2018

About Kenneth Duffee
Rev. Ken Duffee believes he has been “crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20). He also believes that "the Holy Spirit animates the church and we receive power from Him to be His witness to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). It’s, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty (Zec.4:6). Ken has not yet grown to the point of “[delighting] in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.” However, he knows that “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Co 12:10).
 
Ken trusts in the Lord his God, but also realizes that some trust in horses (Ps 20: 7), so here is the horse that he rides: Rev Ken Duffee entered pastoral ministry in 1994 as a student pastor and was ordained an elder in 2004.  Ken’s education and experience have prepared him to bring leadership and administrative skills to the church along with engaging preaching and teaching skills that help to nurture and develop congregations. Along with visionary leadership Ken also provides a personal witness to the community by living out his Christian values and principles.

Ken believes that pastoral ministry should be based on Ephesians 4: 11-13, which instructs pastor/teachers to equip “God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” striving for spiritual maturity in Christ. Ken builds up the congregation by developing small group ministries, and by emphasizing continual spiritual formation through worship, prayer, Bible study, and other forms of Christian training. He also believes that the ministry of the laity is an essential part the church. It is important to focus on developing and empowering leaders, and creating an environment within the church that is inviting, encouraging and supportive of all of God’s people; while, forming relationships within the church that are based on acceptance, forbearance, forgiveness, and love.

Ken’s ministry also focuses on having a visible and supportive presence in the community, because building relationships with the unchurched that reflect the grace of our Lord, Jesus is a key to effective evangelism.   
 
About Evans Memorial UMC
The Evans Memorial United Methodist Church is in the Kane District in McKean County, just south of Bradford in the village of Lewis Run, PA. This vibrant church has a strong history in missions and camping ministry. They do a tremendous job of helping children go to camp and of helping with work at Wesley Woods. They are active in mission projects in their own community, nationally and internationally. The congregation is dedicated to helping others come to know the saving love of God through Jesus Christ. During recent evangelistic services they partnered with other local churches to hold a service in the park. It provided a wonderful time of worship and faith sharing that has brought new people into area churches, including Evans.
 
Evans is a loving, caring, family church that is truly multi-generational with an active Sunday School for all ages. Each Sunday people from the age of two to 92 gather for Christian education and worship before going forth to follow and serve Jesus Christ. Evans is active in the Bradford Area Cluster of UM Churches where they have put together cleaning buckets for UMCOR and help with local prescription drug ministry among other outreach initiatives

Emigh Appointed to DuBois First UMC

Announced: 03-18-2018

About John Emigh
John Emigh’s grandfather was a pastor/evangelist in the Methodist church, so he was raised by a P.K. mother who brought the children up deeply involved in the church.  Some of his best spiritual memories are of the little three-point charge his grandfather pastored (in the Central PA Conference) and of attending many revival services with his grandfather. 

His personal mission statement is: “To get to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.”

After graduating from Allegheny College, John was hired by the DoD as a civilian computer programmer at the Philadelphia Naval Base in and later promoted to instructor in Columbus Ohio.  A few years later he answered God’s call to full time ministry. He is a graduate of Ashland Seminary.

He and Amy are excited to come to Dubois First and join in the work of  building up the Kingdom.  Jesus IS Lord!
 
About Dubois First UMC
The people of DuBois First UMC are involved in the life of their church and the life of their communities. They strive to live up to the United Methodist slogan of “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors,” as well as their Mission Statement: “Model Christ’s Love.”

Sunday morning church services are at 8:15 and 11:00 am. There is a casual service on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 called The Gathering. Their is a dedicated choir, choir director and organist who provide inspirational music on Sunday mornings.

The church is in a very visible location in the heart of downtown DuBois, and has used that visibility to reach out to the community. There is a free community soup supper every Wednesday evening starting with devotions at 4:45 p.m. On the second and fourth Wednesday of each month it is combined with a free clothes closet carrying gently used, clean clothing for people of all ages and sizes. Since 2001, the church has  hosted a community 9/11 service that has been well attended each year. In the past several years, they combined that service with a blessing of emergency vehicles and crews.

The church supports UMCOR and served as the central location for work teams and the distribution of UMCOR cleaning buckets when flooding hit the area a few years ago. They participate in Community Days each June by hosting a children's program and providing a train for children to ride around the City Park. The church also hosts  the DuBois Ministerium's annual Lenten lunches and services. Each Easter morning, they host a community sunrise service at an outdoor location.

Sunday School classes for all ages offer Bible-based teachings. With three adult classes to choose from, there is something of interest for everyone. Youth Group meets each Wednesday evening and our youth help with the Wednesday evening soup suppers. Various bible studies are offered throughout the year.

Since our pre-school, Sonny Days, opened its doors several years ago, the response of the community to a Christian based pre-school has been very enthusiastic. Classes for children aged 2-1/2 to 5 are well attended; in fact, Sonny Days is now offering summer classes.

Prayer is an integral part of the life of the church, with an active prayer chain and encourage our congregation to uphold one another in prayer.
 

Lance Tucker to Serve Oakland Dempseytown

Announced: 03-18-2018

About Lance Tucker
Born in Warren, PA., Lance Tucker was adopted at 6 months old and said he is am blessed to understand what being chosen and raised by loving parents meant. He grew up in the Epworth United Methodist Church in Warren where he was very involved in church youth program and ministries.

"Like many people, I felt I knew best for my life and followed the path that I laid down for many years," said Lance. "I have held many jobs in my life including general contracting, heavy equipment owner/operator, railroad dismantling, logging, trucking, car dealerships general manager, garbage collector, horse farm owner/manager, and sales representative.

"God finally got my attention again and I returned to His presence and developed a relationship with Him. I moved to Lander United Methodist Church where I became very involved in its ministry. As I began to grow in my relationship with our Father in Heaven, I felt God calling me to serve and shepherd His people and I again felt chosen and knew I had to obey and follow."

In 1999, at the age of 40, Lance said he "surrendered to God -sort of- stipulating that if pastoral ministry was where He wanted me, then He would have to open the doors, as my life was very full at the time.  Well, He did. God opened the door for me and I became a Full Time Local Pastor in 2001 doing the Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary, and going on to become an Associate Member of WPAUMC in 2007."

  Lance has served as senior pastor on the Bear Lake/Lottsville Charge, Brockport Charge, Hyndman Larger Parish, and DuBois First United Methodist Church.  He also serves as the Chair of Arrangements on the Conference Sessions Team, as well as head of Conference Safety, and on the Board of Directors for Wesley Woods.

Lance and his wife Amy have a blended family of five wonderful grown children and 14 "not spoiled, but greatly loved grandchildren."

As he and Amy move forward in this spiritual journey that God has placed before them, they look forward to faithfully serving in His love and grace.
 
About Dempseytown: Oakland UMC
The mission statement of the Oakland United Methodist Church is: "We seek to encourage communion with God. We seek to increase commitment to Christ. We seek to serve in the community of faith. We seek to enlarge the Kingdom of God." 

The congregation lives into that mission statement in many ways. Sunday worship is a dynamic, blended service for the multi-generational congregation. The church pariticpates in and supports many missions, both locally and globally. The Annual Missions and Minisstry Auction, which was first held in May 2010 is Oakland's largest fundraising event of the year.  Proceeds are used to support both the Mission Team and Oakland Building fund. The annual goal for the event is to raise $6,000, and it is often exceeded.  

The VEnango-Hatchie Project is going into its 17th year and has helped countless people in the community and across the globe. Its mission is to help elderly and those at risk of losing their homes due to repair issues.  The church also supports the local food bank, hosts a "Celebrate Recovery" group and has an active children's and youth ministry. Oakland UMC is located in the village of Dempseytown in the northernmost area of the Franklin District. 

Chambers Appointed To Bellview Charge

Announced: 01-21-2018

About Linda Chambers
Linda Chambers, who moved to the Punxsutawney area after retiring from active ministry in 2015 and served two years as part-time pastor of the three-point charge Valier Charge, has been appointed to serve the three churches of the Bellview Charge on an interim basis. She began serving on Feb. 1, 2018.

Involved in church life from an early age and part of a Methodist church since age 8, Linda said she didn't intend to become a pastor. "I was a speech therapist and enjoyed that career. God called me into ministry while I was working for the summer at one of our conference camps. Initially, I understood that call to be as a lay person, but later found it to be as an ordained pastor," she explained.

While in seminary, Linda was co--pastor for a two church Charge. Since graduating, she has served at six charges and lived in five districts of our Annual Conference. The local church is where she has enjoyed living and serving. "It is my belief that God calls and uses all of us in ministry to build the body of Christ.  All have a part to play and God supplies what is needed for us to be His body."

Linda and her husband Ken Chambers, who married in 1982, have four adult children and five grandchildren.
 
About Bellview Charge
The Bellview Charge, southwest of Brookville, PA, consists of three small rural churches --Mount Pleasant, Ohl and Stanton UMCs. The churches have historically provide financial support for missions and missionaries; supported a food pantry, and operated Vacation Bible School programs.