Members of the Huntington University women’s softball and women’s soccer teams spent a week helping build a community center in La Mision, a town located on Mexico’s Baja peninsula. The community center, which is attached to a medical center, is scheduled to open this summer.

There were actually two trips. Seven members of the softball team went January 6-13. Then 17 soccer players went January 13-20.

Spearheading the trips, and taking part in both along with her husband and sons, was Amanda Burge, coach of the women’s cocer team.

The teams also spent time ministering to people who live in a dump in Tijuana, and participating in a church service at a wall separating the US and Mexico.

You can read more about the trip here.

Philomath Community Church (Philomath, Oregon) is seeking to hire a senior pastor. We are a United Brethren church in the beautiful Northwest, located in a small city right next to Corvallis and the Oregon State campus. We are a church of 60-70 people.

We want a pastor who is wiling to pray and work closely with the other churches and pastors in our city. We are looking for a good communicator in preaching and teaching the Word. We would like someone who can work with youth and build our programs and outreach to all ages. We also want to continue our missions work in Sierra Leone (we started and support three churches, four schools, and an orphanage in Sierra Leone).

Send your resume to or mail to PO Box 1567, Philomath,OR 97370. The church phone is 541-929-3545.

Rick Pride

Rev. Rick Pride (right) passed away early Wednesday morning, February 14, 2018. He was 66 years old. Rick was senior pastor of Eagle Quest UB church (Now CrossLife) in Columbia City, Ind., 2002-2011. He was ordained as a United Brethren minister in 2003. After leaving Eagle Quest, Rick worked three years with Broadway Christian Church in Fort Wayne, and completed his ministerial career at Salem Missionary Church in Noble County.

Visitation time: 2-6 pm Sunday, February 18, 2018
Visitation location: Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, Ind.
Funeral time: 1:00 pm Monday, February 19, 2018
Funeral location: Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, Ind.

Rick and Roxanne were married in 1975.  to pray for and support Rick’s wife, Roxanne, and his three daughters and four grandchildren.

Cards can be sent to:

Roxanne Pride
414 Catherine Ave
Columbia City, IN 46725-2710

Mabel Zurcher

Mabel Zurcher, 93, passed away February 10, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dr. Carl Zurcher, who taught several generations of students at Huntington University.

Visitation: 3-7 pm Tuesday, February 13, at Bailey-Love Mortuary in Huntington, Ind.

Funeral: 11 am Wednesday, February 14, at College Park United Brethren church in Huntington, Ind.

You can read the complete obituary here.

UB Global will hold its Ignite! conference twice during April–in Ontario, and in Michigan. Ignite! is a one-day regional missions conference held in United Brethren churches. Presentations, workshops, prayer time, and conversations aim to help participants walk away with a deeper love for God and His mission around the world.Here are the dates and locations.


Date: April 14, 2018
Time: 9am- 4:30pm
Location: Stanley Park UB Church, 9 Dreger Ave, Kitchener ON, Canada
Cost: $20. Register and pay at your local church.


Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 9am- 4:30pm
Location: Homefront UB Church, 6265 8th Avenue SW, Grandville, MI
Cost: $15. Please register at and pay online or by check.

In both locations, lunch is included in the registration cost.

Ignite is all about:

  • Living missionally right where you are—whether you’re a student or a retiree or somewhere in between.
  • New models of going in mission.
  • How to better practically engage as North American Christians.
  • Using your experiences and vocations to support God’s mission.
  • Resources and models of prayer.
  • An update of UB missions around the world.
  • Current issues and practices.

Mount Pleasant Church in Chambersburg, Pa., is looking for a senior pastor who will encourage and enhance the giftedness of the staff and God’s people in collaborative ministry. Mount Pleasant is a thriving congregation in a growing community which is well-positioned to step into our next season of being a light to our community by making disciples who make a difference. We are looking for a senior pastor who will encourage and enhance the giftedness of our staff and God’s people in collaborative ministry.

Our next senior pastor will bring both a passion for biblical preaching and a shepherd’s heart. Strong people skills, giftedness in administration, and the ability to enable people to relate their faith to everyday lives are essential. A commitment to evangelism and skill in leading an experienced team of staff and volunteers will be a benefit. It is also expected that this individual will maintain professional ministerial credentials with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA.

Mount Pleasant Church is a congregation of about 350 people. We are strongly committed to and have a rich tradition of investment in missions and family ministries. We have an excellent staff of six full- and part-time staff. Our modern facilities are located along the I-81 corridor, surrounded by new housing developments. Our growing sense of confidence and involvement in lay ministry leaves us excited about the future.

If this sounds like something for which God has been preparing you, please send a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and a current photo to

Camp Living Waters is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Camp Director. This is a fulltime, on-site, year-round position. Starting date is negotiable.

Camp Living Waters (CLW) is a year-round Christian Camp on 100 wooded acres in Luther, Mich. CLW is a ministry focused on the truth of God’s Word. CLW is a self-supported Christian ministry, serving men, women, and families in year-round retreats and summer youth camps. By providing a natural setting, where people can be still in God’s creation, CLW is a place where people can break away from the busyness of the world, slow down, and unplug. Our desire is that everyone will have an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ for the first time or to grow closer to Him.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a deep, passionate love for God, family and God’s ministry
  • Be committed to live the mission of Camp Living Waters: “Serving and loving people so that they may know and grow in Christ.”
  • Possess leadership, marketing, finance, fundraising, and management skills.
  • Be energetic, self-motivated, able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Have relevant ministry experience.
  • Utilize excellent communication and interaction skills-able to relate people of all ages and backgrounds.

How to Respond
Please email Kristi McConnell at for obtain a detailed job description. Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Kristi McConnell at

Rev. Carey Knittle, 89, a United Brethren pastor in Indiana and Ohio 1960-2005, passed away February 2, 2018, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was a United Brethren pastor for 45 years, and a 1965 graduate of Huntington University.

Viewing: 11am – 1 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
Funeral: 1pm Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
Viewing and funeral location: Monticello United Brethren church, 21057 State Route 116, Spencerville, OH 45887

Son-in-law David Riddle, a former United Brethren pastor, will officiate at the funeral.

Carey Knittle was born April 6, 1928, in Adams County, Ind. He graduated in 1946 from high school in Decatur, Ind., and then entered the Army, serving in post-war Japan. He and Marjorie, who survives, were married October 9, 1949.

In 1960, Carey began five years as pastor of the Winchester UB church in Monroe, Ind. He graduated from Huntington University in 1965 with a Bible degree, was ordained that year, and became pastor of the Northbrook UB church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He remained there until 1972, when he became pastor of the Monticello and Elgin UB churches, on a circuit outside of Van Wert, Ohio.

Knittle subsequently pastored the UB church in Lancaster, Ohio, 1983-1991, returned to Monticello (no longer on a circuit with Elgin) until 1995, and served the Hillsdale UB church in St. Mary’s, Ohio, until 2005.

Rev. Carey Knittle, a United Brethren pastor in Indiana and Ohio 1960-2005, passed away February 2, 2018. He was ordained in 1965, the same year he graduated from Huntington University. His longest tenure was pastoring the Monticello and Elgin UB churches in western Ohio 1972-1983. Funeral details will be posted when available.