We, the Cabinet of the East Ohio Annual Conference, remain convinced that we have abundant resources, a compelling mission, a meaningful legacy, and a bright future that continues to be discovered. There is no more strategic resource at our disposal than creating a missional match of pastoral gifts and congregational needs and aspirations for vital and effective ministry. With this reality ever present, we strive to make transformative appointments for the empowerment of local congregations and for the overall mission that we share “to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
In recognizing the weight of our decisions and their impact upon everyone involved, we strive to be guided by the Holy Spirit, common sense, larger missional strategy, and the forms and materials produced annually by each church, pastor, and district superintendent.
It states in ¶ 202 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016 that, “The local church is a strategic base from which Christians move out to the structures of society.” Therefore, enhancing and strengthening the ministry of the local church is of paramount importance for the overall mission of the Church. In our ministry of supervision it is our responsibility to appoint gifted pastors to serve local churches within our East Ohio Conference.
Each year there are pastoral moves. These are due to retirements, seminary graduation, growth in the church, or strategic needs in another congregation. Many circumstances can lead to the reappointment of a pastor and our ongoing consultation with the Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) assists our understanding of the needs, potential, and effectiveness of a pastoral appointment.
Whenever the Cabinet gathers to engage in appointment-making we begin with worship, prayer, and communion. Throughout the day, we pray often to lift up the specific congregation we are discussing and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we identify and evaluate potential pastoral leaders to serve there. Honest and seeking prayer undergirds every pastoral appointment.
Our discussions begin with the stated missional needs of the local congregation, which are identified through: our consultation process, the annual charge conference reports, and our individual impressions of the congregation. The input of every member of the Cabinet is valued as we identify, lift up, and evaluate the names of potential pastors to bring about the best possible match with the church. In doing so, we consider the entire pool of available clergy, including those appointed beyond the local church, those who may be seeking to relocate to this area from another annual conference, graduating seminary students, and local pastors who have the needed gifts and abilities.
Pastors are appointed to serve for one year at a time. Annually, each pastor and the congregation they currently serve are assessed to evaluate the missional needs, fruitfulness of ministry, and the potential for the continued match in the coming year. Understanding that there is neither a minimum nor maximum number of years that a pastor may serve in any appointment, it is our shared responsibility to ensure that the appointment: is fruitful in reaching new people, making disciples, and maturing the faith of those within the congregation and those in the wider community; and is engaging in effective mission and outreach.
As a Cabinet, we affirm our commitment to be bold and courageous in our ministry of appointment-making. Any pastor can be appointed to any church regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or any other dimension of their personhood. In addition, it needs to be noted that a new appointment does not always mean an increase in salary. At times a reduction in salary may be necessary to appoint the pastor who will be the best relational match with the local congregation. We recognize that this is a difficult reality for our pastoral families but our commitment to create good pastoral and congregational matches is our highest priority.
To God be the glory.
The East Ohio Conference Cabinet
Bishop Tracy S. Malone announces the following 2020 clergy appointments and/or changes of status,
effective 7/1/20 unless otherwise noted.
|Norma Bates||Ravenna First UMC||CN||12/1/19|
|Diane Bell||Bell Chapel UMC||OV|
|Pamela Buzalka||Lodi UMC||FL|
|Greg Calko||Millcreek Community UMC||MV||7/28/19|
|Kimberly Cheng||Clinton UMC||CN|
|Jeff Coggins||Caldwell UMC||SH|
|Ricky Harvel||Marion Salem UMC||MO|
|Garland Harvey||Nankin Community & Polk UMCs||MO|
|David Hill||McDonald Woodland Park UMC||MV||1/1/20|
|Jacob Heskett||North Canton Faith UMC, Assoc.||TW|
|Wesley George||Prairie Chapel & Canal Lewisville UMCs||TR|
|John Idoine||Amity UMC||TR||11/1/19|
|Gregory Kendrick||Cory UMC & Church of the Saviour UMCs||NC||10/1/19|
|R. Bob Miller||East Palestine Centenary & Emmanuel UMCs||MV||12/1/19|
|Michael Namy||Hayesville & Lakefork UMCs||MO||1/1/20|
|Nancy Parsons||Cambridge Ninth Street & Byesville Main UMCs||SH||1/1/20|
|Scott Racut||Harpersfield UMC (formerly Harpersfield & Rock Creek UMCs)||WR||1/1/20|
|Steve Rice||Vienna & Fowler UMCs||MV||2/1/20|
|Shane Russo||Sebring UMC||MV||1/1/20|
|Ivy Smith||Canfield UMC||MV|
|Tadd Sponseller||Congress Community Church||FL||1/1/20|
|Edna Stahl||Toronto First UMC||OV|
|Cara Stultz Costello||District Superintendent||TW|
|Shannon Trenton||Church Hill UMC||MV|
|Stanley Wertz||Transport for Christ UMC||MO||9/1/19|
|Harley Wheeler||Broadway UMC||TW|
|Lisa Withrow||Clear Transition Strategies||MO||1/1/20|
|Beverly Wrobel||Ohio Living Breckenridge Village||WR||1/1/20|
|Andrew Angel||Extension Ministry||MO||12/31/19|
|Paula Archdeacon||Hayesville & Lakefork UMCs||MO||12/31/19|
|Harry Finkbone||Nova UMC||FL|
|Mick Foster||New Philadelphia Broadway UMC||TW|
|Doug George||Salem First UMC||MV|
|Beverly Hall||Caldwell UMC||SH|
|Ken Kelley||Church Hill UMC||MV|
|David Koch||Pleasant Grove & Tippecanoe UMCs||TR|
|Tina Nees||Brimfield Faith & Lake Brady UMCs||CN|
|Jeff Proya||Bell Chapel UMC||OV|
|Kevin Rinkes||Toronto First UMC||OV|
|Benita Rollins||District Superintendent||TW|
|Vernon Shepherd||Canfield UMC||MV|
|Christine Tobergte||Green Springs UMC||FL|
|David Vensel||Cortland UMC||WR|
2019-2020 Concluding Ministries
Concluding Ministries denotes those clergy retiring from an appointment they accepted after having previously retired; and retiring Local Pastors who have either not completed the five-year Course of Study or have not served 10 years of service without interruption as an Episcopal-appointed Local Pastor.
|Robert Alexander||Amity UMC||TR||10/31/19|
|Richard Cox||Morristown UMC||SH||12/31/19|
|Scott Haywood||Lexington UMC||TW|
|Mark McTrustry||East Palestine Centenary & Emmanuel UMCs||MV||11/30/19|
|Mary Prior||Vienna & Fowler UMCs||MV||12/31/19|
|Juan Ramirez||Lakewood UMC||NC||8/15/19|
Executive Secretary to the Bishop’s Office
Board of Ministry
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