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 [...]

Nehemiah Mission Impacts the Community All Year

By Brett Hetherington* Nehemiah Mission (North Coast District) is an East Ohio Conference Advance Special that has been serving the Cleveland area since 2003. Launching out of People’s Hope UMC, the Mission served over 2,500 people in its first five years. Work crews are invited to Cleveland from across the United States, and even from [...]