We received word that Howard Beaver passed away on February 16, 2024, in his home surrounded by family. 

Howard served as the senior pastor at Christian Life Assembly of God for over 17 years and later served as the senior pastor at Mt. Olivet Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania from 2006 to 2012. In his retirement, he continued to serve as an elder at Otterbein United Brethren Church in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

Let’s join in prayer with Howard’s family in their time of grief. Let’s also celebrate the impact that was made as a result of his faithfulness in following the Lord’s calling. 

Howard’s obituary can be found here.

We have just released the first two episodes of a new podcast called UB Now featuring stories of what’s happening right now in local UB churches around the country. Episodes consist of interviews with local church pastors and ministry leaders discussing both the exciting things the Lord is doing in their midst as well as the challenging issues they may be facing.

Episode 1 features Ryan Koch (Hopewell UB), sharing his vision for strategic partnerships and relationally-centered ministries. In episode 2, you will hear from Ben Gladhill (Lake View Church) about the value of investing in people and empowering leaders.

Our hope is that these stories, and many more to come, might serve as a point of connection for church leaders walking through similar situations as well as a way for us  to resource, encourage and learn from one another.

You can listen to UB Now online or on your favorite podcast app. New episodes will be released every 2 weeks. If you have a story you would love to share on the podcast reach out to Brian Biedenbach, Communications Director, via email at brian@ub.org.

The next Idea to Action Symposium will be held Monday, February 12, 2024, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The topic for this event is Missiologically-Informed Evangelism in Post-Christian America and will feature presenters Dave Datema (Frontier Ventures), Jordan Monson (Huntington University), and Andy Sikora (United Brethren National Office).

This Idea to Action symposium is an online only event and is free of charge for all participants. Registration is open until February 5.

Register Here

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Jamie Hoffman via email at jamie@ub.org or by phone at 260-356-2311, ext 311.

 

Ebenezer Church in Greencastle, PA is a congregation with a rural feel within close proximity to the I-81 corridor in south-central PA. We are looking for a pastor who will enable us to connect with people and lead them into an authentic and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ by creating environments where people are equipped and encouraged to “point up, point in, and point out”.

Our next pastor will be an effective communicator who preaches the gospel as the unerring Word of God and possesses a shepherd’s heart. The ability to encourage people to identify and use their spiritual gifts, and enable others to assume and carry our leadership are essential. Skill and experience in connecting with young people (18-30) 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.

Ebenezer Church is a church family of about 200 people, built on faith and led by the Holy Spirit to worship and to be witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our staff includes a part-time youth pastor and part-time secretary/treasurer. We are financially stable and have facilities which enable our needs.

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 bishop@ub.org.

Sunfield United Brethren in Christ Church in Sunfield, MI (25 miles west of Lansing) is a congregation with a rich heritage who is looking forward to writing our next chapter of ministry. Over the past 2 years of working through a revitalization process, we have gained a new sense of unity of purpose in the church. Spiritual foundations and maturity are being deepened in our people. Outreach is becoming part of our DNA, resulting in new people and families becoming part of the congregation.

We are looking for a pastor who will continue to assist us in the revitalization process. Our next pastor will have a servant-leader mentality, love and serve the church, and lead the church through biblical teaching. A strong commitment to transparency and Spirit-led ministry is essential. Demonstrated experience in helping churches move forward with biblical purpose 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.

Sunfield Church is a loving, caring, and friendly congregation of approximately 130 people who value community and place a strong emphasis on missions and prayer. We are financially healthy, and we have the staff, property, and facilities necessary to support continued growth.

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 bishop@ub.org.

New Hope United Brethren Church in Huntington, Ind. (25 miles southwest of Fort Wayne) is a congregation with a rich history who is looking forward to writing our next chapter of ministry. We are looking for a pastor who will train us for outreach so that we may be proactive in reaching our neighborhood.

Our next pastor will be skilled in communication and organization and possess a pastor’s heart for God and people. The ability to work on a team and encourage others to carry out leadership is essential. Demonstrated experience in helping people develop their spiritual life and ministering effectively to people in crisis 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.

New Hope Church is a congregation of approximately 75 people. Though our current congregation trends toward senior adults, our modern facilities are large enough to accommodate much growth. We are financially stable, located near housing developments, welcoming to new people, hard-working, and missions minded.

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 bishop@ub.org.

Jerusalem Chapel United Brethren in Christ Church in Churchville, Va., is a rural congregation with a regional reach, approximately 20 minutes west of Staunton, Va. We are well positioned and prepared to step into our next season of making reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ. We are looking for a senior pastor who will lead us in vision and community engagement, while encouraging and enhancing the giftedness of our staff and people.

Our next senior pastor will be a skilled communicator with a shepherd’s heart. A deep commitment to prayer and the Word is essential. The ability to balance the administrative and people-skill aspects of ministry is important. Experience in leading a team and engaging with families will be a benefit. It is also expected that this individual will maintain professional ministerial credentials with and be highly committed to the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA.

Jerusalem Chapel is a congregation of approximately 300 people. We are financially strong, have modern facilities which have room for growth, and are considering an expansion project to invest in youth, family, and community ministries. Our staff of eight full- and part-time individuals work well together, and our congregation is known in the community as being loving, friendly, and welcoming.

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 bishop@ub.org.

King Street Church in Chambersburg, PA has a mission of engaging and blessing the community with the Gospel. They are looking for a Senior Pastor to join their team. This position will encompass the primary teaching role which not only includes preaching and teaching, but also mentoring and coaching other staff members who have teaching gifts.

WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING:

  • Casting and communicating a clear vision for the church
  • Preparing and presenting expository sermons for at least 75% of all worship services annually: creating PowerPoint; creating notes for group study; and preparing the sermon schedule 3-6 months in advance
  • Overseeing implementation of Core Values and objectives through the Pastoral Team and Commissions
  • Overseeing mentoring, coaching, encouraging, and the training of the ministerial staff as well as current and potential key lay leaders

SKILLS YOU NEED TO HAVE:

  • Relational and servant leader
  • Ability to understand and explain scripture
  • Strong communication skills and work ethic
  • Working toward having a Master of Divinity degree

THE AREA:
The Cumberland Valley offers a wide variety of business, shopping experiences and recreational activities that make it an optimal place to live, work and play. The beautiful landscape is home to a place where activity, diversity and history combine in harmony.

Does this sound like an environment where you would like to serve? Apply here.

The United Brethren Church history course is fast approaching and registration will be closing soon. The course, which will be held via Zoom, will take place November 27-28 from 9am to 4pm. Registration closes on Monday, November 13.

Click here to learn more about this course and complete your registration.

Baptism is a significant step of obedience in the life of a believer and on Sunday, October 29, Mount Pleasant Church in Chambersburg, PA celebrated with three individuals who took that step. As part of the celebration, Pastor Jim Bolich invited members of the congregation to come forward and dip their hands in the water in remembrance of their own baptisms.

The entirety of the service is available online. The baptisms begin approximately eight minutes into the service.