Creative Leadership Adapting Ministries during Pandemic to Share the Love of Christ

By Rick Wolcott* On Sunday, May 31 the Tuscarawas District held its Spring District Conference via Zoom video communications. “It was the safest way to gather the district to complete our business and welcome our incoming district superintendent the Rev. Cara Stultz Costello,” said current superintendent the Rev. Benita Rollins, who will retire at the [...]

Discussing Fear and Faith Amidst Pandemic

By Brett Hetherington* Recently I had the opportunity to interview Sarah Knisely, a licensed clinical counselor, mother and the wife of Steve Knisely - the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool (Mahoning Valley District). During the current COVID-19 pandemic, Knisely has seen a great need to be a resource for people [...]

EOC Clergy Walk Where Jesus Walked; Bishop and the Foundation Make Holy Land Pilgrimage a Reality

By Rick Wolcott* Young clergy and newly ordained clergy of the East Ohio Conference embarked on a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in early February. The trip was the result of a joint effort between Bishop Tracy S. Malone and Brian Sheetz, executive director of the Methodist Foundation of Ohio. “We both shared a [...]