January 24, 2022

2022 Appointments

Bishop Tracy S. Malone announces the following 2022 clergy appointments and/or changes of status. Each is effective 7/1/22 unless otherwise noted.

Districts: (CN) Canal · (FL) Firelands · (MO) Mid-Ohio · (MV) Mahoning Valley · (NC) North Coast · (OV) Ohio Valley · (SH) Southern Hills ·
(TR) Three Rivers · (TW) Tuscarawas · (WR) Western Reserve

Steve BaileyUniversity Circle UMCNC
Derek KubilusAshland First UMCMO
Doug LewisWestern Reserve UMCMV
T. Christopher LiberatiMt. Vernon Gay Street UMCTR
David St. AubinThoburn UMCOV

Visit the 2022 Appointments and Changes of Status page of the Conference website to read the Cabinet’s Core Values for Making Appointments and to see the lists of appointments, retirements, and those who are concluding their ministry.

Teach • Reach • Bless

$1.5 Million Collected to Build New Residence Hall for Female AU Students
Laity and clergy, working together, exceeded the goal of raising and collecting $1.5 million in support of the East Ohio Conference Teach • Reach • Bless campaign. The funds will be used to build a new residence hall that will house 90 female students on the campus of Africa University in Zimbabwe.

In her Episcopal Address during Annual Conference 2019, Bishop Tracy S. Malone shared her vision of raising money to build the new residence hall on the campus of Africa University (AU) so that female students would not have to commute from remote areas to find affordable off-campus housing, putting them at risk of living in and being subjected to untenable situations.

“When God gives you a vision, God will make the necessary provisions for it to become a reality. This is evidenced by the embracing of the vision and by the financial support of the laity and clergy of the East Ohio Conference. It is truly remarkable that we have reached our goal of raising $1.5 million. We have collected the monies and are now ready to break ground. I thank God for the gift of the vision, and I celebrate the bold and courageous generosity of the clergy and churches, especially in these challenging times,” Malone said.

“A hearty ‘thank-you’ to Bishop Malone, the co-chairs of the campaign committee, as well as all of the members on going over the top in that $1.5 million campaign to assist Africa University with the female dormitory, and not only going over the top but completing that dormitory campaign 12 months in advance of the original timeline – and especially during a pandemic,” said Mr. James Salley, associate vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement & president/CEO of AU Tennessee, Inc. “A ground-breaking ceremony, whether it’s virtual or otherwise, will happen very soon.”

Read the Teach • Reach • Bless campaign article in its entirety.

Bishop’s Office

Bishop Malone Holds Conversations of the Heart with Laity & Clergy of the EOC
Bishop Tracy S. Malone invites you to join her this Thursday, January 27 for the final two Conversations of the Heart with the Laity & Clergy of the East Ohio Conference.

The Bishop is traveling the Conference to engage in meaningful conversation about the mission and vision of ministry in the East Ohio Conference and the future of The United Methodist Church. Join her on January 27 at 2:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church (4069 Eastwood Lane, Warrensville Heights). We will adhere to the health and safety guidelines established by the leadership of Aldersgate UMC for these in-person conversations.


2022 #StillInMission Episode 39 – February 3
Meet and connect on Zoom with four of our United Methodist Church missionaries. Since they have not been able to itinerate during the COVID-19 pandemic, our partners have learned video techniques that help us feel like we are there with them. All sessions are recorded.

On February 3 at noon, meet those serving in Belize, Mozambique, Latin America, and the United States. When you register, please select one of the following for a time of more focus:

  • Sandra Kaye Raasch (Belize), Volunteers Coordinator
  • Florence Kaying (Mozambique), Maternity and Child Health Nurse
  • Oslas Segura-Guzman (Latin America), Coordinator of Curriculum and Small Group Leadership
  • Luis Velasquez (United States), Missionary for Hispanic/Latino Congressional Development

Learn more and register.

Midwest Mission Christmas Collection Recap
Ten East Ohio churches served as drop-off sites for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) Christmas collection of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) kits. The Christmas drive did not collect as much as the summer drive – but remember, every little bit helps. Thank you for your generosity!

MMDC plans to come back in June around the time of Annual Conference, more details on that will be announced in early spring. Since starting its drive-thru-style collection format in 2020, it has received 28,432 pounds of donated UMCOR cleaning kits and other items.

Donate to MMDC Fund 9944 online or via U.S. mail.

UMVIM Team Leader Training – March 20
Share best practices for leading a mission team locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Connect with others who have a heart for missions
  • Discover available resources and locations through The UMC to lead mission journeys with youth and adults
  • Develop a strategy for sharing the mission story
  • Become equipped to reach new, young, and diverse people to be a part of your next UMVIM journey

We do this so that we can be God’s agents of transformation in our community and throughout the world.

The March 20 (12:30-5:30 p.m.) class is limited to the first 12 who sign-up so that we can maintain social distancing. Rev. Kathy Dickriede, director of Missions & Community Engagement, will lead the training at The Bridge (170 Kensington Road NE, Carrollton), a satellite campus of Carrollton First UMC.

Learn more and register.

Camps & Retreat Ministries

Summer Camp Registration is Open
It’s time to think about how your children will spend their summer vacation. Camping can satisfy what children need. They experience faith, responsibility, and cooperation as part of a caring community. They experience self-esteem as children of God. In a world where it is hard to be a kid, and it is hard to be a parent, let East Ohio Camps be your partner in faith and the development of your child. Camps offers great experiences at great places – all with trained, caring staff. Contact your local church, call the East Ohio Conference Camps Office at (330) 499-3972 ext. 108, or visit us online by clicking the link below.

Learn more about East Ohio Summer Camp.

Want to Become Part of our Summer Camp Staff?
The staff is the cornerstone of the ministry of East Ohio Camps. Our summer program requires a great number of staff to be successful. We are looking for outstanding Christian women and men for summer staff positions. We offer great Christian Community, excellent training, free room and board, opportunity for ministry, and growth in leadership skills. We are looking for counselors, lifeguards, program staff, food service, administration, and maintenance.

Click this link to learn more, then click the Staff & Volunteer tab.

Multicultural Ministries

East Ohio Conference Celebrates Black History Month in February
Black History Month 2022 is right around the corner, and we encourage pastors, congregations, and faith communities to take time personally and in your communities to celebrate and reflect on the contributions of Black Americans. Whether it’s reflecting personally, learning on your own or with a group, or having conversations with African Americans the opportunities to grow are abundant.

You are invited to participate in an East Ohio Conference learning opportunity that will benefit you, your family, and your church small group. On four consecutive Mondays, beginning January 31, the Multicultural Ministries office will release a new installment of a study guide designed to teach elementary school-aged students, with adult help, to celebrate Black History. The guides will use material from “All In God’s Image: A Celebration of Black History and Diversity” which is a Sunday school resource released in 2021 that was written by Corinne Dunn an East Ohio lay person who is a professional Diversity Learning consultant and trainer. “I am excited that more people can engage in this revised format and different ages can learn together about African American history,” Dunn said.

You are also invited to participate in a preview and demonstration on how to use the resource on January 26from 7:00-7:30 p.m. on Zoom with Corinne Dunn and Will Fenton-Jones, director of Multicultural Vitality.

Learn more and register for the preview demonstration.

Credit Union

Auto Loans as Low as 1.99%
Warm up with a great rate. The Christian Family Credit Union is offering auto loans for new and used cars as low as 1.99%. This rate is good for new purchases or refinances from another lender. Save some money on your monthly payments or just pay off your car loan faster with this great rate opportunity. For more information, call the Credit Union or send us an e-mail.

Remember that when you do business with Christian Family Credit Union, you participate in the Kingdom building work and ministry of the Credit Union. We invite you to align your finances with your faith when you bank with Christian Family Credit Union.

Learn more.

Spiritual Formation & Christian Education

Trainings Available for your Local Congregation
The purpose of the East Ohio Conference Spiritual Formation & Christian Education Committee is to support the discipleship ministries of East Ohio congregations in the areas of Christian Education & Spiritual formation for all age groups. We currently offer local churches training in the following areas:

  1. Safe Sanctuaries for the Local Church
  2. Getting Messy Church Started in Your Setting
  3. Offering Worship Engagement Manipulatives in Your Congregation
  4. How Can Your Congregation Offer Sensory Sensitive Inclusiveness?
  5. Creating a Race and Religion Forum in Your Congregation
  6. Offering Outdoor Discipleship as a Way to Reach More People in Your Community
  7. Hitting the Milestones with Children and Youth in Your Congregation
  8. What Every Child and What Every Youth Should Experience
  9. Training Effective Teachers  
  10. Developing a Discipleship Pathway for Your Congregation

Other topics that will be available in the future are Spiritual Formation & Christian Education in the Small Membership Church, and Digital Discipleship. If you are interested in any of the above topics/training opportunities, please e-mail the Rev. Gary Jones, director of Spiritual Formation in the Connectional Ministries office, or call him at (330) 499-3972 ext. 120.

Spiritual Formation Network Gathering Tomorrow
Are you involved in Spiritual Formation and Christian Education? Join your friends and colleagues for devotions, support, question-asking and -answering, and sharing ideas. The next Zoom gathering of our network will be tomorrow, Tuesday, January 25 at 9:00 a.m. Invite any of your friends and colleagues involved in Spiritual Formation and Christian Education. We gather every three weeks – alternating between Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Following are dates and times for the next few gatherings:

  • February 17 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • March 8 @ 9:00 a.m.

E-mail Rev. Gary Jones for the Zoom invitation.

Media Center

The Media Center highlights these Drama section resources:

  • Mark’s Gospel on stage with Max McLean McLean’s powerful word-for-word stage performance from the Bible (NIV) takes us inside the story of Jesus so we can experience the events and characters that have inspired and challenged people all over the world. 94 minutes
  • Peter and Paul Apostles Peter and Paul were the chief leaders of the early church. They were more than stained glass saints, they were humans consumed with a passion to spread the Gospel of the crucified and risen Savior to the Jews and the Gentiles. This portrait of the two apostles takes us out of the present and into the world of the first century.
  • The Perfect Stranger The man told the lawyer he was Jesus Christ. The lawyer decided to call his bluff. Nikki Cominsky is a successful attorney – troubled by the fact that her life isn’t perfect. One day, a mysterious invitation shows up on her desk that reads, “You are invited to Dinner with Jesus of Nazareth.” Thinking it’s a prank, she shows up – only to find herself in the middle of a whirlwind evening of debate and revelation – with the most unforgettable man she would ever meet. 105 minutes
  • The Bible: The Epic Miniseries The Bible is an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible showcases powerful performances and visual effects that span Genesis to Revelation.

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x139 or send an e-mail to ageorge@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at www.rqmweb.com/eocumc.

Message in the MoviesMessage in the Movies banner (colorful film strip

As the world sighs its way into another year of a pandemic, most of us have resigned ourselves to a new reality in which hours of work, church and social life are spent on our computers or digital devices. While I was one of the early adapters to new technologies decades ago, there is no doubt in my mind that the youth of today who have always lived with social media are surely having more fun online. However, the ever-present possibilities for bullying, defamation of character and injustice that accompany all social networks – and the anxiety of the recent seasons of distance learning and periods of lockdown – can also make things really tough for people of all ages.

The new anime film Belle comes at just the right time to bring hope and comfort to our fatigue. Master animator Mamoru Hosoda (Mirai, Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) created this movie during the pandemic, utilizing a team of creative artists to create something beautiful and uplifting, mixing traditional and computer animation in dazzling ways.

Read entire review.


Please pray for the families of:

  • Geoffrey B. Oswaldretired Elder, died January 7.
  • Delaine K. McGheeretired Elder, died December 29, 2021.
  • Lyle WarrenLocal Pastor, died December 21, 2021.
  • Nellie Irene Cloustonsurviving spouse of the Rev. John A. Clouston, died December 10, 2021.

View obituaries

To submit the obituary of an EOC clergy, clergy spouse, or surviving spouse, family should contact Melissa McGee, executive secretary to the Bishop, by phone at (330) 499-3972 ext. 112 or via e-mail.


Details of listings may be found here.

Positions Available

  • Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer – The North Georgia Conference of The UMC
  • Administrative Assistant – First UMC of Akron
  • Director of Youth Ministries – Crosspoint UMC
  • Financial Manager – Lakewood UMC
  • Church Musician – Brimfield Faith UMC is seeking a part-time 
  • Coordinator of Youth Ministries – Toronto First UMC
  • Inbound Marketing Content Associate Specialist – GCFA
  • Church Pianist/Organist – Dover First UMC
  • Treasuer – First UMC in Massillon
  • Financial Secretary – First UMC in Massillon
  • Pianist – First UMC in Massillon

Items Available/Wanted

  • 100+ folding chairs available – Brecksville UMC
  • Choir Robes wanted – to be sent to churches in Africa

To submit a classified ad please e-mail swilliams@eocumc.com.

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