April 4, 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

Wendy BrownGranger UMCCN
Ron DixonToronto First UMCOV
Alexandra DuttonChagrin Falls UMC – Associate PastorNC
Tina GallaherAtwater, Deerfield, Palmyra & Pricetown UMCsCN/MV
Matthew MerrimanBrunswick UMCNC
Amy OchierClyde First & Green Springs UMCsFL
Vernon PaloSaybrook & Plymouth UMCsWR
Ruth RothLodi UMCFL
David SmitheyMt. Zion UMCMO

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.

Annual Conference

Annual Conference to Meet In-Person June 9-11 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron
In planning for this year’s conference, the Annual Conference Design Team has consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and continues to follow its recommendations. The decision to return to an in-person Annual Conference is an informed decision made with prayer and lots of consideration. The team is prepared to adjust its plan should conditions warrant it. 

Registration Open for Annual Conference 2022 and for Clergy Executive Session
Voting members of Annual Conference (June 9-11) and voting members of the Clergy Executive Session (June 8) need to register for their respective sessions by May 13. Those participating in both will be able to register for both at the same time. Those registering need an e-mail address that is not shared by another person participating in Annual Conference or in Clergy Executive Session. Registration closes May 13. There will be no onsite registration.

Register for AC 2022 and/or for Clergy Executive Session.

Annual Conference 2022 Website
The most up-to-date information about this year’s conference is posted on the Annual Conference 2022 website, www.eocumc.com/eoac22. Visit the site to view the agenda, read speaker bios, meet the 2022 classes, support the Annual Conference offering, learn about special events, download the AC 2022 logos, and more.

All sessions, services, and celebrations of Annual Conference will be livestreamed. To access the feed, click the Livestream tab on the Annual Conference 2022 website, www.eocumc.com/eoac22.

Services and Celebrations

  • 9:00 a.m. June 9 | Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion
    Speaker: Bishop Tracy S. Malone – East Ohio Conference, UMC
  • 4:00 p.m. June 9 | Board of Ministry Celebration of Retirement
  • 9:00 a.m. June 10 | Morning Worship
    Speaker: Pastor Sheena Cameron – Mt. Pleasant UMC & St. Paul UMC
  • 9:00 a.m. June 11 | Morning Worship
    Speaker: Rev. Ed Fashbaugh – EOC Director of Connectional Ministries
  • 3:00 p.m. June 11 | Service of Commissioning and Ordination
    Speaker: Bishop Laura Barbins – Northeastern Ohio Synod, ELCA

Living Into Our Vision Teaching Sessions
To equip clergy and laity for living into our shared vision, the Rev. Dr. Michael Beck, a pastor, professor, and author in the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church, will lead three 45-minute teaching moments during the following business sessions of Annual Conference 2022 and will host a Question & Answer session during the lunch break on Saturday, June 11.

  • Friday, June 10 @ 10:15 a.m. | Contextual Intelligence: Unlocking the Ancient Secret to Mission on the Frontline
  • Friday, June 10 @ 3:15 p.m. | 21st Century Discipleship: Church-Planting Anyone Can Do
  • Saturday, June 11 @ 10:15 a.m. | Blended Ecology: New People, Younger People, Diverse People

Annual Conference 2022 Offering
This year’s offering will support:

  • EOC Fund 1301 Supporting UMCOR International Relief
  • Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland
  • Bishop’s Discretionary Fund

Learn more and give to the AC Offering.

Annual Conference Choir
The Annual Conference choir will sing during several worship services during this year’s conference.

Register to sing in the Annual Conference choir.

Teach • Reach • Bless

View Groundbreaking for the New EOC-Funded AU Residence Hall – April 12
Make plans now to be online via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 12 to view a live feed of ground being broken on the campus of Africa University in Zimbabwe for the new residence hall for female students. The $1.5 million needed to build and furnish the new dorm for 90 students was raised and collected in the first two years of the three-year East Ohio Conference Teach • Reach • Bless campaign. The Zoom link and additional details about the groundbreaking ceremony will be shared in the coming days.

View the groundbreaking on Zoom @ 10:00 a.m. on April 12.
Meeting ID: 996 6717 0931
Passcode: 083422

Learn more about and support the Teach • Reach • Bless campaign.

Bishop’s Office

Questions for Self-Reflection and Conversation with Others This Lent
In her Lenten video resource Conversations of the Heart: The Journey Continues Bishop Tracy S. Malone invites us into a Lenten journey of prayer, reflection, and conversations as we consider these questions:

  1. What concerns are on your heart as you begin this Lenten journey?
  2. What are the holy and sacred conversations you need to have with God, within yourself, and with others?
  3. How has your faith been tested or challenged over these past few years?
  4. What spiritual resources have you relied upon to keep you steadfast in your faith?
  5. What does it mean to surrender your life to God and place your complete trust in God’s direction for your life? 
  6. As a disciple of Christ, who is called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation for the world … what does transformational discipleship look like in your personal life?
  7. How are you and your church being resilient … sharing the love of Jesus and keeping the mission of Christ at the center of your leadership and ministry?
  8. How did you come to faith or how has your faith been shaped through The United Methodist Church?
  9. What unites us as United Methodists, and what is the vision of The United Methodist Church that you are longing for?
  10. Because we are a global, diverse Church how might people, called United Methodists, of varied convictions live together in a generous unity without presuming that they will ever resolve their differences?
  11. How do you feel the Spirit of God is calling you and your local church to live out Christ’s mission at this time in history?

View and download Bishop Malone’s Lenten devotion video.

Black Pastors’ Fellowship

Seven Last Words of Christ Service – April 15
At the historic Cory United Methodist Church in Cleveland, Rev. Gregory Kendrick will welcome East Ohio Black pastors to the pulpit on April 15 at noon. On Good Friday, the seven last words of Christ will be preached by these seven pastors:  Rev. Dr. Ivy Smith (Canfield UMC), Rev. David Whitt (Faith UMC), Pastor Sheena Cameron (Mt. Pleasant UMC), Rev. Angela Lewis (Canal District superintendent), Rev. Edgar Brady (Western Reserve District superintendent), Rev. Tony Jones (Retired Elder), and Rev. Dogba Bass (Aldersgate UMC). All are welcome to attend the service in-person or virtually through the Cory UMC Facebook page and Zoom (Meeting ID 256 155 5835). Rev. Dawan Buie, president of the East Ohio Black Pastors’ Fellowship, will open the service with prayer and music provided by Cory United Methodist Church.

Celebrating Bishop Tracy S. Malone; President-Designate of the Council of Bishops
On the afternoon of March 24, the Black Pastors’ Fellowship in East Ohio assembled people to celebrate Bishop Tracy S. Malone having been elected president-designate of the Council of Bishops with the term starting in May 2024. She is the first Black female elected to that position. The genesis of the celebration event came from a conversation between Canal District Superintendent the Rev. Angela Lewis and Black Pastors’ Fellowship President the Rev. Dawan Buie. During the event, those who presented showered Bishop Malone with words of admiration, affirmation, and congratulations.

Read an article about the celebratory event from the Rev. Dawan Buie.

Missions & Community Engagement

Creation Justice Fair – April 23
In response to God’s call to care for the goodness of creation, the United Methodist Church of Berea is collaborating with Ridgewood United Methodist Church in Parma to host a Creation Justice Fair on Saturday, April 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at UMC Berea (170 Seminary Street).

The Creation Justice Fair will feature activities such as a rain barrel workshop, children’s station, an interactive mural, a plant sale, and more. Area organizations will be on hand with information highlighting ways we can all be better stewards of God’s creation. The afternoon will feature speakers from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (watershed treatment), US Together (refugee resettlement in Cleveland), City Fresh (the importance of eating local food), and the Interreligious Task Force on Central America and Columbia (environmental degradation and dispossession of land).

“All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Water, air, soil, minerals, energy, resources, plants, animal life, and space are to be valued and conserved because they are God’s creation and not solely because they are useful to human beings. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect.” – ¶160, “The Natural World,” The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2016

Learn more.

Global Ministries EarthKeepers Training – July 18 to August 11
The people who initiated the Creation Justice Fair are also involved with EarthKeepers. Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-based United Methodists to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning. All participants plan a project during the training.

Learn more and register.

Board of Missions Grants and Scholarships Update
The first batch of the new Board of Missions Grants and Scholarships has been distributed! We are excited to partner with Flat Rock, individuals on United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) journeys to Puerto Rico, new ministries in Canton through Crossroads UMC and Canton for All People, food pantries in Alliance, and more. Do you have ways that you are dreaming about engaging in your community, making an impact for Jesus, and strengthening individuals and families? The Board of Missions is utilizing undesignated missions giving to the Conference from East Ohio churches and individuals, Fund 9001. Look for stories about projects that received funding in future issues of E- News.

Learn more and apply by June 1.

Midwest Mission Collection at Annual Conference June 9-11
After a few years of drive-thru collections, Midwest Mission (MMDC) will return to Annual Conference this year. The truck will be parked at the John S. Knight Center. Drop-off times will be announced closer to Annual Conference.

View a list of needed items.

Missions 5K Run / 1-Mile Walk at Annual Conference – June 9
Join us during Annual Conference for fun, fellowship, health, and exercise! Money raised will be used for supporting mission grants for community engagement. The course will be well marked, starting at Lock 3 and using the towpath for an “out and back” run/walk that will end where it began, at Lock 3. You can walk one mile or run five kilometers. Whether your young or young at heart you can participate by running, walking, or sponsoring someone who will. Suggested donation is $25. If you register, ask for people to sponsor you, and help to raise funds for local missions and ministries! 

Learn more and register.

Camps & Retreat Ministries

Summer Camp 2022
Bring on summer fun! Register now for the best week of your summer … your year … your life!

Plan to bring a friend. Request a camp brochure by e-mailing the Camps office or calling us at (330) 499-3972 ext. 108.  

Learn more and register.

Open Houses for Summer Camp
Want a chance to tour the sites, talk to the staff, and see what is being offered for Summer Camp 2022? Join us on the following dates:

  • Camp Asbury:  Sunday, April 10 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Camp Wanake: Saturday, April 23 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. (includes Resurrection Egg Hunt)
  • Camp Aldersgate: Saturday, May 15 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

If these dates do not work for you, please contact each site directly to set up your own visit.

Credit Union

Rates are on the RISE
Certificate rates are on the RISE! The Credit Union is now offering some certificate of deposit rates as high as 1.01% APY (terms 24 mos. and longer). If you would like to know more about ways to maximize your savings, please call one of our offices or visit our website for the details.

With rates going up, that means that mortgage rates are also rising. If you haven’t checked your mortgage rate, this may be the right time for you to refinance into a lower rate in order to save money on your monthly mortgage payment. If you would like to discuss mortgage rates and payments, please call Terry Laws at (800) 373-1059.

Learn more about the Christian Family Credit Union.

Media Center

The Media Center highlights these new resources:

  • Stories Jesus Told shares that Jesus’ parables not only form (or reform) who we are, they reveal more about God than we ever thought possible. They provide the hope we’re looking for, speaking above all the other noise we may be experiencing.
  • How (Not) to Read the Bible guides us step-by-step through making sense of the most misunderstood, difficult, and disturbing Bible passages on topics related to women, science, violence, slavery, and world religions.
  • Something Needs to Change explores what it means to follow Jesus in a world filled with urgent physical and spiritual need. David Platt takes us on a mind-wrestling, heart-wrenching trek through the Himalayas, a life-altering journey of obedience to Christ.
  • Hope for the Hurting offers spiritual principles for facing the painful, unique challenges of life with a biblical perspective. Love and happiness are on the other side if we learn how to walk through the hurt with both peace and joy.

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.


Details of listings may be found here.

Positions Available

  • University Chaplain – The University of Mount Union
  • Modern Worship Director – Church of the Saviour UMC in Cleveland Heights
  • Manager of Grant Programs – The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR)
  • Conference Treasurer and Pensions and Health Benefits Officer – The Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of The UMC
  • Director of Youth Discipleship – Canfield UMC
  • Graphic Design Specialist – GCFA
  • Music Director – Shoregate UMC in Willowick
  • Handbell Director – Shoregate UMC in Willowick

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

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