Brent Liechty has been appointed senior pastor of Mogul UB church in Shippensburg, Pa., effective August 16, 2016. He has served since 2005 at Pathway UB church in Jackson, Mich.–as associate/youth pastor until 2013, and since then as senior pastor. Prior to that, he served six years at Criders UB church in Greencastle, Pa. Rocky Spear, who had pastored Mongul for nine years, is now senior pastor of Kilpatrick UB church in Woodland, Mich.

Rev. Devon Strine has retired effective July 31, 2016. He was ordained in 1976. Most recently, he has pastored the Mt. Pleasant UB church (Angola, Ind.) since 2012.

Bishop Todd Fetters speaking to the afternoon gathering.

Bishop Todd Fetters speaking to the afternoon gathering at King Street church in Chambersburg, Pa.

Bishop Todd Fetters.

Bishop Todd Fetters.

Mike Dittman led the morning session with cluster leaders from the East region.

Mike Dittman led the morning session with cluster leaders from the East region.

Bishop Todd Fetters and Mike Dittman, director of National Ministries, held four regional meetings this summer with pastors, spouses, and laypersons. They all followed the same format: a meeting with cluster leaders in the morning, followed by lunch and an afternoon meetings with pastors, spouses, and key laypersons.

The final regional meeting was held August 8 at King Street UB church in Chambersburg, Pa. Above are some photos from that event.

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As of August 2, we have 212 women registered for the 2016 Women’s Conference. Rates go up again on August 16, so you need to complete your registration soon.

One church has offered a bus ride from Fort Wayne, Ind., to Gettysburg, Pa. All you have to do is park your car at Emmanuel Community Church and hop on the bus. The cost of the two-way, 500-mile trip is just $25. So far, 15 slots have been filled, and 15 slots remain.

To reserve your spot, use this link: Bus Form. You will be asked for credit card information to pay the $25 fee. Payment reserves a seat. Then all you need to do is show up at 7:30 on Friday morning, September 30, at:

Emmanuel Community Church
12222 W Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46814

Rev. Teddy Fairchild has been appointed to a two-year assignment as interim pastor of Eagle Quest UB church (Columbia City, Ind.), effective July 31, 2016. He is a 2010 graduate of Huntington University, and earned a Masters from Liberty University in 2014. He has served UB churches in Wilshire and Findlay, Ohio. Teddy and Sarah (right) have been married since 2007 and have two children—daughter Julz, a college student, and son Gabriel, who is 5.

Rev. Jeff Lawson has been appointed senior pastor of Hopewell UB church (Auburn, Ind.) effective July 25, 2016. He takes the place of Rev. John Erwin, who recently retired after serving Hopewell for 16 years.

Jeff Lawson is a graduate of Taylor University (1995) and Crown College in Minnesota (2007), and has been an ordained minister since 1995 in the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Since 1999, he has pastored eight churches in five states, with a focus on church revitalization. He cites “turn-around” situations as his preferred ministry role. Jeff and his wife, Cindy (right), have two grown children.

A free seminar on “Managing Grief and Stress” will be held on Thursday, August 25. Seminars will be led by Dr. H. Norman Wright and Dr. Larry Mercer. The seminar is sponsored by the Huntington University Institute for Leadership and Counseling.

Date: Thursday, August 25
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: College Park UB church, 1945 College Ave., Huntington, IN 46750

From 10am – noon, Dr. H. Norman Wright will address “Tremors of Life: Ministering at a Time of Loss, Crisis, and Trauma.” Dr. Wright is a licensed marriage, family and child therapist with 30 years of private practice experience, and is a well-known Christian author. He will address the categories of loss, the definition of grief, and the steps involved in moving forward. This presentation will take place in the sanctuary of College Park Church

From 1-2 p.m., Dr. Larry Mercer will address, “Brain-Based Leadership & Coaching: Integrating Findings from Neuroscience with Scripture to Enhance Your Personal and Professional Effectiveness.” Dr. Mercer holds degrees in theology and ministry, and serves as an executive coach with leaders of churches, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. His lecture will address minimizing the negative impact of stress in your life. Using neuroscience research and Scripture, Dr. Mercer will provide practical strategies to empower you to deal with stress.

Both seminars will be held in the sanctuary of College Park UB church in Huntington, Ind.

Although the seminar is free and open to the public, an RSVP is required. Go here for more information and to register.

An optional noon luncheon will be provided at College Park Church. You will need to pre-pay the $10 lunch charge, and seating is limited. Various restaurants are located nearby.

Continuing education credit is being provided through the Nation Board of Certified Counselors