Rev. Ed Peterson, Canal District
Rev. Ed Peterson was raised in the Mahoning United Methodist Church in Youngstown. He came to faith and was called into ministry while attending Living Hope United Methodist Church in Norton.
His first appointment was to Lake Brady United Methodist Church as a student Local Pastor in 1996 and he was then appointed to the church full-time in 2002.
Prior to being appointed to the cabinet in 2014, Peterson served nine years as senior pastor of Middlefield United Methodist Church. He is a current member of the Board of Ordained Ministry and previously chaired the Annual Conference Program committee.
Peterson worked as an engineer for commercial heating and air conditioning companies in the Cleveland/Akron area before entering the ministry. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Akron and a Masters of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
Ed and his wife, Cindy, are parents of two sons and a daughter.
Rev. Doug Lewis, Firelands District
Rev. Doug Lewis is “privileged to have the opportunity to serve and work with the pastors and congregations of the Firelands District,” where he was pastor of First UMC Bellevue from 1996-2004.
Lewis began his East Ohio Conference ministry as pastor of the Fredericktown circuit of Batemantown, Berlin, and Waterford UMCs before being appointed to Bellevue. He then served six years as pastor of Main Street UMC in Mansfield, and five years at Granger UMC before being appointed to the Cabinet in 2015.
He has served East Ohio in a variety of leadership capacities, including the Canal District Committee on Ordained Ministry and as a previous chairperson of the conference Church and Society committee.
Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Union College and a Masters of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
He and wife Suzanne are parents of a daughter and two sons.
Rev. Dan Bryant, Mahoning Valley District
Rev. Dan Bryant was an accounting manager at B.P. Oil prior to answering the call to ordained ministry. He began that ministry as student pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church while attending seminary.
His first appointment in East Ohio was to South Arlington UMC. After seven years, he was moved to Church of the Redeemer UMC, where he served for eight years. Following four years as pastor of Rockport UMC, Bryant was appointed to the cabinet in 2009.
Bryant has long been active on various district and conference committees. He has a passion for the Wesleyan view of holiness: personal and social. Bryant is a graduate of Cleveland State University. He received his Master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary.
Acts 4:13 is a daily reminder to Bryant of his calling to be recognized as a simple, ordinary follower of Jesus. He enjoys watching the laity of the church catch fire for the Lord and find avenues to use their amazing gifts.
He and his wife, Debbie, are parents of a son and a daughter and grandparents of one.
Rev. Karen Oehl, Mid-Ohio District
Rev. Karen Oehl served six years at the Marshallville/Easton two point charge, four years at Apple Creek UMC and five years as senior pastor at Brecksville UMC prior to being appointed to the cabinet
She has also served on district and conference committees, including as chair of the Conference Leadership Recruitment Committee, and also as chair of the Conference Camps Commission. Oehl has also been a member of the secretarial staff at Annual Conference, and has represented the Church on mission trips to Cuba and Costa Rica.
The Pennsylvania native is the daughter of retired East Ohio Conference pastor, the Rev. Dr. William and Judy McCartney. A graduate of The College of Wooster, Oehl taught middle school social studies early in her career. She later earned a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
She and her husband, Chris, are parents of two daughters.
Rev. Dr. Steven Bailey, North Coast District
Rev. Dr. Steven Bailey was appointed to the East Ohio Conference cabinet in 2014 following 16 years as pastor of New Philadelphia First United Methodist Church.
An active member of the New Philadelphia community, Bailey logged more than 3,200 hours as police chaplain. He has certification as both a chaplain and as a police instructor.
Bailey’s first appointment was to Amsterdam UMC in 1985. He has also served twice as associate pastor first at Lakewood UMC, then at Cuyahoga Falls First UMC.
Bailey has chaired the Conference Council on Finance and Administration and the Conference Board of Communications and led the community servant leader development program Leadership Tuscarawas. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mt. Union College, a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
Bailey met his future wife Marcy at Camp Wanake in 1980. They have participated in mission trips to Honduras and Tanzania and plan to go to Cambodia in 2015.
He and Marcy are parents of two daughters.
Rev. James Winkler, Ohio Valley District
Rev. James Winkler began his professional life as a teacher at Akron Metropolitan Opportunities Industrialization Center. He received his call to ministry while a member of Hudson United Methodist Church. His first appointments came while he was in seminary in Massachusetts. He served as associate pastor first at Wakefield/Lynnfield UMCs and then at Old South UMC.
Winkler’s first appointment in East Ohio was the Deerfield/Pricetown two point charge, where he served for five years. When each church became strong enough to be individual charges, he was appointed to Brecksville UMC. Winkler then served 11 years at Ontario UMC, and five years at Wadsworth UMC before being appointed to the cabinet in 2011.
He served as Conference Secretary for seven years, and was an East Ohio Conference delegate to both General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2008 and in 2012.
Winkler is a graduate of Ohio University and of Western Illinois University. He received his Master of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston.
He is the father of two daughters and a son and grandparent of one.
Rev. Gail Angel, Southern Hills District
Rev. Gail F. Angel grew up in Virginia, where she was ordained a Deacon in 1985.
Her first appointment in East Ohio was the two-point charge Dellroy/Leavittsville United Methodist Churches. Angel was ordained an Elder in 1988 and that year began serving with her husband Andy in the Perrysville Charge of Perrysville/Pleasant Hill/Mt. Pleasant UMCs.
Angel has also served Caledonia United Methodist Church, Tiro United Methodist Church, Tiffin St. Paul United Methodist Church and Shelby First United Methodist Church.
She was pastor of Cardington First UMC from 2008 until her appointment to the cabinet in 2014. Angel currently serves on the Mid-Ohio District committee on ordained ministry, one of many leadership positions she has held in East Ohio.
She and Andy, a United Methodist Elder serving as chaplain at Hospice of Knox County, met at Duke Divinity School.
Rev. Dr. Bradley Call, Three Rivers District
Rev. Dr. Bradley G. Call began his ministry in the East Ohio Conference as the full-time student pastor of the Midvale/Barnhill/Newport UMCs three-point charge in March of 1978 and stayed in the appointment for two years after his graduation from seminary in 1985.
Call also was pastor of Ninth Street UMC in Cambridge, Roscoe UMC, and Thoburn UMC in St. Clairsville prior to being appointed to the cabinet in 2014.
He served five years with the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) in the former Office of Finance and Field Service where he assisted more than 100 churches in both capital and annual campaigns.
Call later became a founding partner of Church Stewardship Consultants, LLC, providing capital campaign consulting to churches. During that time he also served in a half-time appointment with the United Methodist Foundation of New England, providing capital campaign consulting to churches of that conference.
A graduate of Malone College, Call received his Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
He and his wife, Sue, are parents of a daughter and a son.
Rev. Benita Rollins, Tuscarawas District
Rev. Benita Rollins considers herself a product of the church and of the military. She received much of her education near and on Air Force bases from California to Omaha, NE; from Madrid, Spain to Minot, ND.
She began her career as a school teacher, first in California and then in the Cleveland Municipal School District. While teaching in Cleveland, she became active in church life at Windermere United Methodist Church
After earning a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Rollins’ first appointment was at Indianola UMC, where she served eight years. She went on to serve three years as associate pastor at Church of the Savior UMC before beginning her first term on the cabinet as superintendent of the then Youngstown District in 1993.
Prior to being re-appointed to the cabinet in 2012, Rollins served first as pastor at Aldersgate UMC and then at Delaware Asbury UMC before joining Methodist Theological School in Ohio as director of alumni and church relations.
Rev. Sondra Snode, Western Reserve District
Rev. Sondra Snode returns to the district where her ordained ministry began. She served Conneaut First UMC for two years before being moved to Bucyrus Mount Zion UMC. She spent 14 years as pastor in Bucyrus and three years at Ontario UMC prior to being appointed to the cabinet.
She has been active at all levels of the church. As a layperson Snode has taught Sunday school, led devotions at nursing homes, participated in mission work, and become a certified Lay Speaker. Having previously served on district committees, Snode is currently the cabinet representative on two conference committees: Board of Laity, and Disaster Response.
Snode has an undergraduate degree from Otterbein College and a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Before entering seminary, she worked as a respiratory therapist at several Ohio hospitals.
She and her husband, East Ohio Conference pastor the Rev. Tom Snode, are parents of two sons.
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