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 [...]

Churches Foster Connection during time of Pandemic Isolation

By Rick Wolcott* “We are glad you are here with us during these interesting times in our nation. We are glad that we can worship together in Spirit and in truth.” With those words, the Rev. Dr. Tom Joyce began Sunday’s worship service, which was livestreamed from the empty sanctuary of Fields UMC (North Coast [...]