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. 
 

A. Flower Appointed to Greenock

Announced: 05-29-2022
About Andrew Flower
Andrew was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania.  From an early age, God began speaking and moving in his life.  Growing up in a pastor’s home, Andrew watched and learned from his father, Rev. John E. Flower, Jr., while fostering a deep love for God and his own heart for ministry (even though he spent many years resisting God’s call).  At the age of 12, Andrew powerfully experienced the Holy Spirit’s transforming grace, as he received Jesus into his heart at Jumonville Camp.  Throughout his upbringing, Andrew’s family was privileged to serve many churches throughout Western Pennsylvania.
 
Upon graduation from New Brighton Area High School (2004), Andrew earned his B.A. in Adult Fitness from Malone University (Canton, OH; 2008), his B.S. in Music Industry Studies from Bethel University (Mckenzie, TN; 2012), and his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (2019). 
 
Andrew’s pathway into pastoral ministry has led him on many exciting endeavors.  Yet, in October 2020, Andrew received a phone call that turned into his first  appointment in ministry at the Bentleyville United Methodist Church.  Andrew is currently a Certified Candidate working through the Ordination Track towards Provisional Membership, with the goal of pursuing Full Elder’s Orders in the United Methodist Church. 
 
Andrew continues to seek God and lead his family as he fulfills the everyday adventures of God’s call.  He is more than blessed to have his wife Sarah accompany and support him in ministry.  Sarah is a graduate of Grove City College, the University of Pittsburgh, and currently teaches middle school English in the Avonworth District.  Andrew and Sarah have been married for six years.  They have a son, Caleb (4), who radiates the joy of the Lord. 
 
When not involved in the life of the church, Andrew can be found spending quality time with his family; passionately engaged in hunting, fishing, and many other outdoor/fitness pursuits; and relaxing with some great music, great friendly conversation, and, as always, a great cup of coffee in hand. 
    
About Greenock United Methodist Church
Greenock United Methodist Church is a growing congregation in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County. Greenock is a prayerful and loving congregation, where welcoming all into God’s family is the foundation of everything they do for the Kingdom.  Greenock believes in taking everything to the Lord in prayer, giving thanks for God’s abundance.  They strive to create a place where Jesus Christ can always be found through the presence of the Holy Spirit.  They have a strong belief the church is more than worship in the sanctuary, and they take that belief out into the community. Greenock is a casual, friendly and caring church.  Rest assured that Greenock UM Church loves you and welcomes you. They believe in "Outrageous Love and a Radical Hospitality."
 

Lawler Appointed to Avery UMC

Announced: 05-01-2022
About William Lawler
William is a native of Claysville, PA and graduated from McGuffey High School. After graduation he attended Median School of Allied Health and received a diploma in Physical Therapy Technician. He grew up attending Claysville United Methodist Church in the Washington District, where he served on the SPRC Committee as well as the outreach committee. He also sang in the choir and served as an usher as well as a worship leader. In 2003 Bill became a certified Lay Speaker.

After getting married Bill attended Liberty United Methodist Church where he served as SPRC Chair, lay leader and worship leader. Currently, Bill serves on the Washington District Lay Servant Ministry Committee, as well as the Washington District Connectional Ministry Team, and as the UM Men’s leader.

Bill was told from an early age that he was eventually going to be a minister, but ran from his call believing he was not prepared to be a pastor. Prior to becoming a pastor, he worked as an EMT, Job Developer for Intellectually disabled individuals, a Physical Therapy Tech and in the oil/gas industry as an Operations Manager. It was in his last position when he again heard God calling him and while meeting his wife for lunch, he asked her what she felt about him becoming a minister.  She replied, "I have been waiting for you to ask me that."

In 2018, Bill attended Licensing School and is currently enrolled in the Course of Study at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Since 2017 he has served the Fairview/Nebo charge in the Washington District.

Bill has been married to his wife Karin since 2001 and in September of 2022 they will celebrate 21 years of marriage. Bill calls Karin his best friend and his partner in ministry. Together they have two children -- daughter Charley (14), whose interests include reading, playing basketball and bowling, and son Lehman (10), whose interests include helping his uncle on the farm, driving tractors and bowling.

Bill’s interests include cheering on Charley at her basketball games, attending bowling tournaments with Charley and Lehman, spending time with his family, going fishing, gardening and going to the Amish country in Ohio.

Bill says that his family has never been closer than when he finally answered Gods call.
 
About Avery United Methodist Church
Avery United Methodist Church, when organized on Nov. 12, 1832, was known as First Methodist Protestant Church.  It was a member of the Ohio Methodist Protestant circuit that was formed in May 1928 in Pittsburgh, PA.  The first building, erected on West Beau St. in Washington, PA, was destroyed by fire in 1851.  The second building was erected across the street through the generosity of Charles Avery, a leading Methodist Protestant layman from Pittsburgh.  At the dedication of the building in 1853, the name Avery Chapel was given.  Age took its toll and in 1957 the congregation voted to relocate to the community of Gabby Heights, North Franklin township.  The church was constructed and consecrated in 1959.  The debt was retired and the church dedicated in 1964. 

Located in the heart of the Gabby Heights neighborhood and across from Trinity West Elementary School, Avery is a spiritual center for people who live and work in Washington, PA. Avery values relationships with each other and with God. At Avery, community is created by exploring questions of faith and growing in our understanding of God. Avery is alive and well today, embracing Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors and making disciples of Christ. 
 

Walters to Serve Washington First UMC

Announced: 04-24-2022
About Lori Walters
Lori Walters was born the youngest of six children, which is a large part of her identity. They are a very close family which stays in contact daily.  Lori graduated from Brooke High School (go Bruins!) in Wellsburg, WV and earned her teaching degree in English and Drivers’ Education, as well as a BS in Industrial/Hospital/School Safety, from West Liberty University.  It was there that she met Whit, and on May 26, 1984 she says she had the best day of her life when they married.

The Walters have three adult sons, Quinn, Cam, and Will; a granddaughter, Kailee (13), a grandson, Beau (8), his sister, Tessa Rae (3), and a baby girl expected in June.  They also have a cat, Dustbunny.

Lori has two passions in ministry:  the elderly and children.  "I love helping those who are facing the close of their life here on earth to finding comfort in the promise of the life in paradise to come," she says.
"With children, I love introducing an incredible Savior in Jesus Christ.  I worked for 26 years at The Day School at The Children’s Institute with children with special needs.  The last 6 years, I worked in an Autism classroom.  I believe that experience was a call from God which prepared me for ministry."

In 2012, Lori attended Licensing School and entered Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She graduated in June of 2018 with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained a full elder in 2021. She has served as pastor of Greenock UMC since 2018 and previously served five years as senior pastor of the Charleroi First/Speers and Dunlevy UMCs, and at the Federal/Midway Charge.

"Whit and I are very happy to be in ministry to serve God Almighty and are excited for the many new adventures that are before us," said Pastor Lori.
 
About Washington First United Methodist Church
Located in downtown Washington, PA across from the Washington and Jefferson College campus, First United Methodist Church has its roots in the early Methodist movement in the area. It grew out of a Methodist Episcopal Society organized on the Redstone Circuit in 1784 at the Thomas Lackey home about two miles southeast of Washington. Preaching began in the town in June 1793 and the first Class in town was organized in March 1794. A log church was built in 1801 and Bishop Francis Asbury preached there in 1809. Other buildings were erected in 1816, 1848, and 1875. An education unit was added in 1959. Liberty, Avery and Jefferson Avenue churches grew out of the congregation.

Today, the church offers a traditional worship service, Sunday School, small groups and Vacation Bible School. It actively supports the Salvation Army in Washington with a "Love in a Bag" program providing care bags through the local schools. They also support the Community Circle Food Pantry, collect blankets and food for We Care Street Outreach at Jefferson Ave. UMC, and serve at the Washington Christian Outreach on the 5th Sunday of the month.  Outreach to college students includes a Mid-Winter Blues Buster event. The church is working to expand its youth ministry.

Schanely Appointed to Sharon Area Co-operative Ministry

Announced: 02-20-2022
About Kelley M. Schanely
Kelley is a native of Eighty-Four, PA and a graduate of Ringgold High School. She graduated Penn State University in 1996 with double major in Journalism and Political Science. Her home church is Edwards Chapel UMC in the Washington District. She held various leadership roles in her home church such as Youth Sunday School teacher and Mission Committee Chairperson.

Prior to attending seminary, she worked in advertising and marketing.

Kelley attended seminary at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and graduated with a M.Div. with a specialization in Church Leadership in 2009.  She was commissioned a Provisional Elder in 2009 and ordained in 2011.

She has served the Redstone Parish (Little Redstone, Newell and Star Junction UMCs) in the Connellsville District, Dubois: Mt. Zion in the Indiana District and is currently serving Washington: First UMC in the Washington District. She has served on various committees on the district and Conference levels and currently serves as Co-Chair for the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM). Kelley also serves on the Conference Zimbabwe Partnership committee. She participated in the Zimbabwe Immersion Program for six weeks in 2014, and in 2017 was blessed to return to Zimbabwe serving as an adult leader for ZIM Camp with amazing youth from around the Western PA  Conference.

Kelley’s guiding scripture is Micah 6:8 and she most identifies with the Parable of the Prodigal Son. She has a love and passion for small congregations and believes small congregations can do mighty things by the power of the Holy Spirit. While she has learned to not to take herself too seriously, she does take the church’s mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ very seriously.
 
Kelley is married to Mark and they will be celebrating their 19th anniversary on June 14 this year.  They have two “furry ones”—a tuxedo cat named Pumpkin and a pitbull Izzi. Kelley and Mark’s interests include Star Wars, Doctor Who, and the opera. Kelley also enjoys traveling and is taking a kickboxing class where she is learning to appreciate the fine art of round kicks, wheel kicks and upper cuts. They are both very proud of their nephews Kevin (20) who lives in Nashville, TN and Jason (16).
 
About Sharon Area Cooperative Ministry
Sharon: First and Oakland Avenue United Methodist churches participate in community ministry, support the West Hills Partnership in the city of Sharon and play an active role in ecumenical ministries in the community. The churches are part of the Sharon Area Co-operative Ministry with the West Middlesex UMC and First UMC in Sharpsville. Cooperative ministries include a joint Bible Study, community worship experiences and supporting a community garden. The churches are also an active part of the Shenango Valley Cluster of United Methodist churches where they join together in worship and outreach activities.
 
 

Pryor Named Washington District Superintendent

Announced: 11-07-2021
About Ross T. Pryor
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has appointed the Rev. Ross Pryor to serve as Superintendent of the Washington District, effective Jan. 1, 2022.  Rev. Paul Ritchey, the current Washington DS, will move to the Greensburg District when Rev. Patricia Nelson returns to local church ministry as pastor of Holiday Park UMC after nearly eight years on the Cabinet. 

The Rev. Ross Pryor was born and raised in New Kensington, PA. After graduating from high school, he earned an A.S. in Business Management before heading into the work force. In 2003, while attending Vermont Baptist Church in Creighton, PA, Ross received his call into pastoral ministry. That summer, Ross moved to Johnstown, PA and began attending his home church, Oakland United Methodist Church. It was there that he began his journey toward pastoral ministry in the Wesleyan tradition.

In April of 2006, he received his first appointment, Trinity and Trinity Asbury UMCs in Johnstown. Ross served those congregations and the communities in Johnstown until 2008, when he received his B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In the fall of that year, he began seminary studies at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and graduated with a M.Div. in 2011.

While attending seminary, he was appointed to Speers and Dunlevy UMC, a charge that eventually expanded to include Charleroi First UMC. In 2013, Ross became the pastor of West Washington and Jefferson Avenue United Methodist churches in the city of Washington, PA.  Since 2019, Ross has served as the pastor of Aliquippa First UMC and in 2020, Monaca UMC was added to the charge.  Ross is the proud father of one son, Lawrence, an Army Reservist and college student.
 
Ross has been blessed with the spiritual gifts of teaching and preaching and is also passionate about his role for many years as a youth advisor. Since 2005, Ross has worked with the Conference youth, teaching youth and youth leaders about their Christian journey and how to bring their witness back to their schools, churches and communities.  Regardless of the audience, Ross feels he is called to empower servant leaders and the church body to carry out God’s will through community outreach and discipleship.

He also has held numerous other leadership roles in the Conference, serving as a member of the Episcopacy Committee, the Board of Ordained Ministry, and co-chair of the task force that led the listening posts in preparation for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. 

 
About Washington District
The Washington District, in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, is a place of diversity. Its borders touch Ohio, West Virginia and four other districts and include many small towns, several small cities and a various rural areas. Congregations  are privileged to serve in several college settings, in ministry to homeless people, the elderly, those struggling with issues of poverty and other marginalized individuals. Congregations offer fellowship to all who desire a relationship with Jesus Christ. Mission/Outreach is the heart of the Washington District.

The 78 churches provide a variety of worship styles including contemporary, traditional and small group settings. Serving these congregations are elders, licensed local pastors, retired pastors, certified lay ministers, a deacon and a host of dedicated lay servants. The Holy Spirit is active and present in the Washington District. It is a wonderful place to serve the Lord.
 

Ritchey Appointed Greensburg District Superintendent

Announced: 10-24-2021
About Paul E. Ritchey
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has appointed Rev. Paul Ritchey, who currently serves as the Washington District Superintendent, to serve as the Greensburg District Superintendent. Greensburg DS Pat Nelson, who has served in the post since 2014, will begin serving as pastor of the Holiday Park UMC, effective Jan. 1, 2022. A new superintendent will be named for the Washington District. 

Paul Ritchey has a heart for disciple making and helping people to develop and prioritize the spiritual disciplines in their lives.  He advocates for missional involvement through the church and works with people to help them see beyond the walls of the church to take the gospel to the community.  He continues to assist congregations in overcoming the barriers between church and community, and has built a strong level of trust in the areas in which he has served with local leaders and other churches.

Paul grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and graduated from Westmont Hilltop High School.  He attended Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and graduated with an Associate Degree in Specialized Technology, and two FAA Aircraft Maintenance licenses.  He later graduated from Geneva College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management and entered seminary in 1999.  He graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2002.

Paul married his wife Suzanne in the winter of 1984, before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked for several years at the Lockheed Georgia Company.  In the Spring of 1987, the Ritcheys moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to work for General Electric.  After seven years with GE, including four serving as the night manager for the GE/F110 engine test facility at Edwards Air Force Base, they relocated back to Pennsylvania where Paul worked as a general manager for MTS Technologies in Johnstown.  He went on to become the Production Manager for Kuchera Industries Electronics Manufacturing in Windber, PA. 

Paul and Suzanne have two children, Kate Almasy, a math professor at CCAC in Pittsburgh, and Austin, a business analyst for PPG in Cranberry Township.

During seminary, Paul pastored the Paradise Hill United Methodist Church in Ashland Ohio.  After seminary he served in the Pittsburgh-East and Greensburg districts at the Wesley/Versailles Charge and was ordained in 2005.  In 2008, the family moved to Commodore, PA, where he pastored the Purchase Line United Methodist Church.  In 2013 they were appointed to the First United Methodist Church of Punxsutawney, where Paul has served as the senior pastor.

In 2020, Paul was honored to join the cabinet as the District Superintendent for the Washington District, and now continues to celebrate that privilege as the new Superintendent for the Greensburg District.
 
 
About Greensburg District
The Greensburg District reaches from the former industrial mill towns of the Allegheny Valley on the west; to the mountains and forests of the Ligonier area. The churches are located primarily along the Rt. 22 and Rt. 30 corridors, with a number of churches in the McKeesport area. The demographics of the district are varied – rural, small town, urban; and a the health of congregations is mixed. A variety of worship services and creative times for worship all help to create new places for new people in the district.  Our local churches have made themselves visible in “mission engagement” through a variety of creative opportunities to connect people with practical ministries as we utilize the expertise and resources of the district, the WPA Conference and denomination.  The Greensburg District has also extended our reach financially, and prayerfully, by supporting the work of the churches in the Harare West District of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area of the UMC. The Greensburg District is an exciting place to serve God as clergy and congregations join together in ministry.
 

Dolo to Serve Fairall Charge

Announced: 06-20-2021
About James Dolo
The Rev. Dr. James Dolo grew up in Bong County of Central Liberia, where his mother was very active in the United Methodist Church, especially in the Dementa UMC. During his elementary school years, he went to his mother's church.  Around the age of 14, he attended Sunday school and became active in the United Methodist Youth and other church organizations through high school. He frequently prayed and reflected on his vocation, looking at adults leading the church at the time. "The Spirit helped me realized the sense of peace and fulfillment within me and I began to read the Bible for myself beside Sunday School," he says. "I even began to teach my peers how to read the Bible at the time.  I then developed the style of teaching other children and this led me to develop leadership in the United Methodist Church.  I prayed for confirmation in order to ensure I was making the right decision. After high school, my confirmation came in the form of recommendation by the committee on ministry of the local church and the district because of the gifts and graces they saw within me."  

James was later recommended by his local church to attend the Gbarnga School of Theology (GST), the ecumenical college operated at the time by the Lutherans and the United Methodists. After an interview with the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Liberia Annual Conference, he completed the admission process and was admitted to the college. His  education was disrupted by the Liberian civil war, which went on from 1990 through 2006, delaying his graduation for more than three years.  In 1999, he traveled to the U.S. and continued his education at the Philadelphia College of Bible in Pennsylvania, where he completed his undergraduate program. He later earned a Master's degree from United Theological Seminary in 2008 and completed his doctorate that United in 2019. 

"The current prompting in my life is to become a better caregiver through counseling, develop a great focus on outreach and mission to the local community, effectively preach the Gospel, and encourage a love of Scriptures within the local church where I will serve so that people will understand the Bible and its relevance today," he said. 

Dr. Dolo's passions for ministry are outreach and mission, preaching the Word of God, and providing care for those I serve. The church is the Body of Christ called out of the world to return to that world and share the Gospel through word and actions. There are so many people who are not actively involved in a local church and the church was called not to be self-contained but to also offer forgiveness, love, understanding and salvation to those who seek.  Outreach and mission to all ages, children, youth, adults and the elderly is important because Jesus said whatever we do to the least, we do to him (Matthew 25: 40). I also love preaching Biblical sermons because I believed the Bible has rich treasure that can enrich the lives of God’s people today.  A sermon is an interpretation of a biblical passage so that it is relevant for people in the 21st Century.

His preaching style is usually textual and expository. His preaching is biblical and inspiring allowing listeners to learn new things and feel the power of God through the message. As a pastor, Dr. Dolo sees himself as a shepherd and wants to imitate Jesus as a “Good shepherd” who cares for the sheep. "There is much pain in the world and I want parishioners to know that while there is bad news in the world, there is Good news in the world," he says. 
About Fairall Charge
The Fairall Charge includes three small rural churches in Greene County: Mount Morris, Claughton and Fairall UMCs. 

The churches are involved in ecumenical ministry and support those in need through local food banks and other community efforts. 

Stevens to Serve McDonald UMC

Announced: 06-20-2021
About Marilyn Stevens
Marilyn Stevens earned her  Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Human Resources and business has been the basis for her career.

Marilyn  developed a passion for outreach, participating in mission trips to Paraguay and Honduras
and serving on the Encounter with Christ  committee, hospice events and other local outreach opportunities.
Marilyn lives in Houston and has been a member of The First United Methodist Church of Houston for 51 years. 
During this time she has been involved as Outreach chairman, Sunday school leader, Vacation Bible School and serves on Administrative council, Finance chairman and participates in choir and bell choir.

She enjoys bike riding and is learning to play a mountain dulcimer. Her greatest joy is being the mother to her grown sons Greg and Ryan (wife Samantha) and grandmother to her grandson Beckett.

Marilyn is looking forward  to a new career path serving God in a new capacity as the part-time pastor at  the McDonald United Methodist Church.
 
About McDonald United Methodist Church
McDonald UMC is a community of of believers “committed to Jesus Christ, united in the love of God, called by the Holy Spirit, and dedicated to sharing God’s love through worship, education, caring and service”.  McDonald UMC is a congregation recently revitalized by the merger of the former Noblestown and McDonald United Methodist churches.  Since the merger, the church has nearly doubled in attendance, and more importantly has expanded its witness for Christ in the community and beyond.  Known for its missional outreach and giving heart, McDonald UMC engages in ministries year-round in the greater Washington-Pittsburgh area,, as well as in its own backyard. An active and ongoing children’s Bible Club finds the church reaching area children while continuing to provide meaningful, life-changing encounters with God through worship, adult discipleship and recovery-based ministries. The recent installation of new sound and projections systems provides opportunities for preaching, music and other forms of engagement to effectively reach a new generation of worshippers.  Known in the community as a church where God’s love can be found, at its core McDonald UMC is a church where self-giving love is a way of life!
 

Ord to Serve Charleroi/Dunlevy/Speers Charge

Announced: 06-13-2021
About Randy Ord
Randy lives in Aliquippa PA. where he graduated from Hopewell High School.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Robert Morris University and has has worked for 22 years in healthcare settings. He has served as Information Systems Manager at the Greenville Medical Center, as Director of Information Technology  at Renal Endocrine Associates, as well as Partners in Nephrology and Endocrinology.  He currently works as a Business Intelligence Analyst for DaVita, Inc.

Randy has been a member of the United Methodist Church for over 50 years, and has served as a lay speaker at Glenwillard UMC. He completed licensing school in 2020 and is currently serving as a pastor at Little Hill UMC in Sewickley.

Randy is married to Mary Ord, who has worked for over 30 years providing loving care for the mentally disabled. Randy has three daughters and a son, and 11 grandchildren. Randy and Mary enjoy life, family, Christian fellowship, and all genres of music.
 
About Charleroi: First/Dunlevy/Speers Charge
Located in Monongahela River communities that differ in size and description, the Speers, Dunlevy and Charleroi First UM churches have a common desire to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, shining the light of Jesus, and sharing Jesus’ love with everyone they meet wherever they meet them and bringing others to know Jesus as their Savior.” The churches are engaged in community-based ministries to persons from Nigeria, unchurched children and youth, individuals struggling with addiction and in providing food to those in need.  All three churches seek to open their doors and their heart in mission and ministry, making the love of Jesus known to all.  Committed to Christian discipleship and spiritual formation, the Charge seeks to disciple people of all ages, modeling what it means to be a disciple of Jesus by living lives marked with compassion, warmth, hospitality, prayer and imagination!  The laity understand the need to do their part in ministry, rather than relying on the pastor to do it all!

Although the congregations are made up mostly of older people, no one has given up, nor do they expect too!  To a person the members of all three churches look forward with hope, anticipation and expectation to what God is going to do and the difference each of the churches will make in the neighborhoods where they are planted and beyond!
 

Turner Appointed to Marianna

Announced: 06-13-2021
About Monte Turner
Monte Turner was born in Bedford PA and lived on a farm in Schellsburg called Falkland Farms, where his mother still resides. He is married and has three children and four grandchildren.  He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Francis University.  After completing licensing school, he was appointed to Scenery Hill UMC in 2014. He served various other churches throughout the Washington District until 2018 and has completed two years of the Course of Study.  
About Marianna United Methodist Church
Located in a coal mining community above 10 Mile Creek in Washington County, Marianna UMC is a small membership church in a borough whose population is about half of what it was when the mine closed in the 1980s. Nevertheless, the congregation provides support for the local food pantry and families in need. 

Walker to serve Shannopin, Glenwillard UMCs

Announced: 06-13-2021
About Brenda Walker
Brenda Walker was born and raised in Toronto, Ohio. She received a BFA in theatre from Point Park University and an M.Div from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Brenda toured with Saltworks Theatre Company and the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum.

She has served as lead pastor at West View, Homestead Park, Bridgeville and Houston UM churches and as a staff member at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community and St. Paul’s UMC. She also served as an interim at Chinese Community UMC in Oakland, CA.

Brenda has a passion for learning people’s stories – especially those in the margins. She has two adult sons, Carlyle and Daniel, and many friends in the Pittsburgh area who are like family to her. Brenda currently works as a parental support advocate for the non-profit Allegheny County Bar Foundation.

She loves cheese, bicycling, and weight training and can dead lift 125 lbs.
 
About Shannopin UMC/Glenwillard UMC
Glenwillard is a village on Rt. 51 along the Ohio River with a blue collar history. It's located near J & L Steel and barge terminals. There are about 25 core members who support the church.  Weekly activities include Sunday morning worship and Monday evening Bible Study.  The church also holds a bi-annual Flea Market, an Easter Egg Hunt for children and a yearly Summer Picnic in Shoust Park in August. There is also a traditional Sunrise Service on Easter at 7 am.
 
Shannopin is located in an area known as South Heights along Rt. 51, just 5 minutes away from Glenwillard UMC. The congregation is supported by 15 core members.  In addition to Sunday morning worship, the children's Sunday School has 6-8 regulars. The church supports a food pantry and offers Vacation Bible School in August.
 

Bonomo Appointed to Ambridge First/Bridgewater/Economy Charge

Announced: 05-30-2021
About Thomas P. Bonomo
Thomas P. “Thom” Bonomo was born in New Brighton, PA—the fifth child of Virginia (Chiappetta) and Pio Bonomo, both immigrants from Italy. He grew up in the Beaver Falls area, attending local schools and graduating from Beaver Falls High School. He attended college to escape working at a steel mill. Without a goal or purpose in his studies, however, he eventually dropped out and got a job…in a steel mill!

God used his search for meaning during that season to reroute his life toward Christian ministry. He went back to Geneva College, graduating with a B.A. in Bible. A combination of ministry involvements cemented his call to ministry (including membership in a Summer ministry team and the Peru “Teen Team”).

After ordination, Thom served in many different ministry settings over four decades, beginning in Midland. He has served churches in Hollentown, Somerset, Latrobe, Mill Run, Ohiopyle, Ford City, Kittanning, Aliquippa, and McDonald. He has two adult daughters, Christy and Julie, two young adult grandchildren, Tom and Virginia, and a delightful wife, Sheelagh.
 
About Ambridge First UMC/Bridgewater UMC/Economy UMC
These three Beaver County churches (Ambridge First UMC, Bridgewater UMC, and Economy UMC) offer joyful and Christ-honoring ministry in the southwestern portion of the Butler District. Each of the churches has a rich history and a vibrant legacy. The three congregations share a common mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ through faithful worship, nurturing fellowship, interactive Christian education, and a coordinated ministry of outreach to their communities. Always eager to bless others with the love of Jesus, the churches of this charge are beacons of faith and hope, especially for those who are desperate for both.
 

Harman to Serve Erie: Christ UMC

Announced: 05-30-2021
About Paul A. Harman
The son of a United Methodist clergyman, Paul was born in Lynchburg, VA.  After sensing the call of God to ministry, Paul studied at Methodist Theological School in Ohio and received a Master of Divinity in 1993. He was ordained and served as a pastor full-time for 12 years in the United Church of Christ.  He then returned to the United Methodist Church and pursued Conference membership and recognition of his orders in Western Pennsylvania. He completed the Provisional Member process in 2020, and looks forward to being received into Full Conference Membership at Annual Conference 2021. 

Paul enjoys Biblical study, especially New Testament studies. His primary gifts are Biblical preaching, teaching and working together with laity of lead congregations in ministry development.
 
About Erie: Christ UMC
Christ UMC in Erie is a community of faith with a passion for Jesus and compassion for people.   They have a developed plan of discipleship for their members that seeks to build followers of Jesus who practice: Radical Hospitality; Passionate Worship; Intentional Faith Development; Serving and Connecting; and, Extravagant Generosity. 

The congregation sponsors a strong pre-school program that helps them engage their community.  Youth and Children’s ministry and small group ministry for adults are important aspects of their plan to make disciples. The congregation values strong biblical preaching; vital worship in both contemporary and traditional expressions; and active lay involvement in mission and ministry.

Paul Harman’s gifts of Biblical preaching and teaching; along with his passion for lay involvement in ministry, will make him an effective leader of this vital congregation.
 

Jacob Judy to Serve West Alexander

Announced: 05-09-2021
About Jacob Judy
Jacob Judy graduated from West Greene High School, attended Waynesburg University, graduating with a B.A. in 2006, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2019. He's currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Leadership at PTS. Jake has served the Fairall Charge in the Washington District for seven years. He serves as facilitator of a Clergy Communities of Practice group and was a member of the Conference Task Force for a Way Forward.

Jake loves to read theology and engage in intellectually challenging conversations and he enjoys teaching. He's hosted an ecumenical online Bible Study for the past three years and in 2020 began teaching Introduction to the Old Testament at Waynesburg University. 

He has been married to Juliane Marie for 11 years and they are the parents of two energetic, intelligent and loving children, Lydia, 9, and Levi, 6.

Jake played football in high school and was a wrestler in both high school and college. He still enjoys watching and following both sports. He also plays the guitar for his own enjoyment. 
About West Alexander United Methodist Church
Located in a rural Washington County community between I-70 and the National Road (U.S. 40) near the West Virginia state line, the West Alexander congregation recently completed a new building and looks forward to fully using it.  The congregation is involved in community outreach ministries, including the local food pantry, has a pantry box where anyone in need can get get items. The church offers a Bible studies and VBS. They work have worked with other area churches to support Rise Against Hunger. Their yearly mission trips include those from other United Methodist churches and other congregations. 

J. Kennedy to Serve Bridgeville/Canonsburg/Fawcett

Announced: 04-25-2021
About Jerome F. Kennedy
Jerome Forkpa Kennedy grew up in Lofa County in northern Liberia, where his family was active in the William P. Kennedy UMC, a church named in memory of his grandfather, who was a local leader of the United Methodist Church. Jerome attended Sunday school and was active in the United Methodist Youth and other church organizations through high school.  While in high school, as he prayed and reflected on his vocation, Jerome said, "The Spirit helped me realize the sense of peace and fulfillment within me when I organized and/or led activities related to the church, as well as my desire to transform lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ."  

After accepting the call to ministry, Jerome studied at Gbarnga School of Theology (GST), the ecumenical theological college operated at the time by Lutherans and United Methodists.  His years at GST were disrupted by the Liberian civil war, which began on December 24, 1989 and by early 1990 had reached central Liberia, where GST was located.  The college was forced to close.  Students and faculty left the area and went to Monrovia while the war continued to spread.  In 1992, GST was relocated to Monrovia and Jerome continued his studies, graduating in 2005 with the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) degree.

Jerome's passions for ministry are outreach and mission, preaching the Word of God, and providing care for those he serves. "There are so many people who are not actively involved in a local church and the church was called not to be self-contained, but to also offer forgiveness, love, understanding, and salvation to those who seek," he says.  "Outreach and mission to all ages, children, youth, adults and the elderly is important because Jesus said whatever we do to the least we do to him (Matthew 25:40)." Jerome loves preaching biblical sermons and he preaches from the lectionary, which allows him to develop the discipline of doing exegesis on various passages, not just on those that might be his  favorites.  Jerome also is focused on empowering laity for active roles in the church. 
 
About Bridgeville First/Canonsburg First/Fawcett UMCs
Bridgeville First UMC is located in a residential neighborhood a few blocks from the main business district and near Interstate 79.  It is a welcoming congregation, where all people can discover their faith and discipleship, experience the joy of Christ’s love, and grow in their Christian faith. The church's strengths include active adult and older adult ministries, committed laity, and community outreach. The people of Bridgeville First value the importance of service and stewardship as an expression of thankfulness to God. The congregation hosts, supports, and partners with a new non-denominational church plant called Beloved, which shares its space, and seeks to collaborate with other churches. 

Canonsburg First United Methodist Church is involved in several community outreach ministries. The church hosts a clothing "pantry" and a free spaghetti dinner monthly, working in partnership with other churches in the community who host the area food pantry and a "diaper pantry."  The church also supports UMCOR through creating cleaning buckets. The church also hosts exercise groups and a Narcotics Anonymous group.

Fawcett UMC has roots in 1793, when the home of John Fawcett, a native of Ireland, was a preaching place on the original Ohio Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Preaching continued there until 1811. Bishop Francis Asbury preached there on August 30,1803. The current church is located near Chartiers Creek on the border of Washington and Allegheny counties.
 

Teluch to Serve Claysville UMC

Announced: 04-18-2021
About Terry A. Teluch
Terence A. Teluch, known as Terry or PT, was born in New Eagle, PA and was a member of Marianna UMC. He’s a graduate of the State Police Academy and worked as a municipal police officer, a cabinet maker, and for telecommunication companies as a technician and electrician. He is an Army veteran and seved in the PA Army National Guard from 1991-96.

Terry was licensed as a Local Pastor in 2000, completed the course of study at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and from Ashford University. He was received into full membership as an Associate member in 2014.

Terry enjoys golf, music, hiking and biking and evening camp fires. All of these activities help him enjoy the beauty of our Creator God. They also serve as a means to share the message of God’s love through the selfless acts of his Son Jesus Christ. Through them Terry has found opportunities to share with people who are not people of the church or have not experienced a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Terry is married to Carla Teluch, a native of Waynesburg.
About Claysville UMC
At Claysville United Methodist Church, Jesus' love and salvation are proclaimed and lived out to make lives richer, more meaningful, whole. Claysville U.M. has sound Biblical teaching, warm fellowship, growing ministries of outreach and Christian service and activities for every age. They  warmly welcome both those who are followers of Christ and those who are seeking.

The church participates in the Association of Claysville Churches,  Advent and Lenten lunches, Good Friday and Thanksgiving Services. They're also support a local food pantry and are involved in a Welcome Center Ministry, serving food and coffee at a nearby highway rest stop/welcome center.

Melody Kimmel to Serve Meadowlands/Houston Charge

Announced: 03-07-2021
About Melody Kimmel
Rev. Melody L. Kimmel was born in Meadville and raised in Kingsville, Ohio, just 15 minutes from Lake Erie. She graduated from South Ridge Christian Academy and earned a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in psychology and sociology from Kent State University, and a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Before entering seminary, she worked in retail and the home health field.

Currently serving the United in Christ Charge (Canonsburg First/Meadow Lands/Fawcett) in the Washington District, Pastor Melody previously was appointed to New Covenant Charge (Parker First/Perryville/Callensburg/West Freedom), Clintonville Charge (Clintonville Grace/Rankin Chapel/Peters Chapel), and Robinson Memorial Chapel, all in Franklin District. Melody has a passion for youth and for preaching the Word of God.

Pastor Melody is a part of a clergy couple. Her husband Jim serves West Washington and Jefferson Avenue United Methodist churches in Washington, PA.  Apart from ministry. Pastor Melody’s passions include spending time with her family, swimming and playing board games with friends.
 
About Meadowlands/Houston Charge
The newly formed Meadow Lands/Houston First UM Charge includes two churches along the I-79/PA519 corridor in the Washington District. Rev. Kimmel currently serves the United in Christ Charge, which includes the Meadowlands church. 

First UMC in Houston has strong lay leadership and is active in ministries in outreach and community ministry. They have supported ministries with homeless people, local feeding ministries, and ramp-building ministries.  They have an active United Methodist Women's group, small groups, Bible studies, Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School.  

Meadow Lands UMC is a smaller-membership church which supports mission and outreach. They have Sunday School and Bible study, support a local food pantry and area shelters.