There is an immediate job opening for the position of Administrative Assistant for the United Brethren Association for Church Development. The UB Association is based at Rhodes Grove Camp in Chambersburg, Pa.

The UB Association supports the ministries of the United Brethren in Christ by sponsoring events that draw UB people to Rhodes Grove Camp for training and spiritual enrichment and by offering a variety of insurance products for UB staff. The administrative assistant runs the daily office operations of the Association.

Download the Application and Job Description.

Rev. Steve and Amanda Henry and children.

Rev. Steve Henry passed away the evening of May 31. He has been pastor of Victory Heights UB church (Franklin, Pa.), since 2006, and was ordained as a United Brethren minister in 2014. Steve leaves behind a wife, Amanda, to whom he has been married since 2001, and five children.

Amanda posted the following on June 1: “I got a call last night with news I never wanted to hear. Steve had a massive brain hemorrhage. It caused fluid to back up in his brain and did irreparable damage. The surgeon said he was brain dead and that surgery wouldn’t be able to correct it. Steve passed away last night. He now is the presence of his Savior and rejoicing without pain or struggle.”

A funeral service will be held sometime Friday afternoon, June 4, at Atlantic Avenue UB church in Franklin, Pa. Bishop Todd Fetters will officiate. The exact time and other details are still being worked out.

According to Facebook posts from Steve and Amanda, Steve tested positive for Covid on May 8, was hospitalized the next day, was moved to ICU and placed on a ventilator on May 13, and was transferred to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh on May 15, where he remained until his death.

Lake VIew UB church (Camden, Mich.) is looking for a person to serve in a part-time staff role as Children’s Ministry Coordinator.

Principle Function
To oversee the Children’s Ministry of Lake View Church with a special emphasis on nurturing and instructing children so that they will be equipped to go forward to live a purposeful life in Christ as everyday disciples who love God and love people.

Position Profile
The Children’s Ministry Coordinator will provide spiritual leadership, work with the staff and volunteer leadership team, recruit and develop leaders, and oversee the Children’s Ministry (generally age birth – 12 years old) of Lake View Church. This person will love children and enjoy interacting with adults, being available to connect with and visit with families understanding that parents and children are a vital part of their ministry.

This part time position will typically require 20-25 hours per week, with the understanding that special events (Ex: VBS) may require more time. Specific days/hours for work will be discussed and agreed upon after hiring.

The contact for this position opening is
Steve Smith, Senior Pastor
Lake View Church
4616 E. Territorial Road
Camden, MI 49232
517-567-8529
steve@lakeviewch.org

Fountain United Brethren in Christ Church is a rural congregation located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, approximately 20 miles south-west of Cumberland, MD. We are looking for a pastor who will experience our next season of fruitful ministry with us.

Our next pastor will possess a shepherd’s heart, be an active member of the community, and engage well with all generations. Excellent communication and people skills are essential. Experience in helping people relate their faith to their daily lives and develop their gifts for service and leadership 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 and participate in denominational activities.

Fountain United Brethren in Christ is a congregation of approximately 150 people. We are financially stable and have modern facilities which will enable growth. We are a welcoming church with friendly people who help make the church feel like home.

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.

Orrstown United Brethren in Christ Church is a rural congregation within close proximity to the I-81 corridor in south-central Pennsylvania. We are looking for a pastor who will encourage the congregation to evangelize the community and obey the Great Commission.

Our next pastor will possess a shepherd’s heart and be an effective leader/administrator. The ability to minister effectively with people experiencing conflict and crisis is essential. Wisdom and experience in drawing people to Christ 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.

Orrstown Church is a congregation of approximately 50 committed, long-term people who are loyal and always willing to help others in need. We are located in a rapidly growing region, are financially stable, and have facilities with plenty of room for 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.

As part of the NAE Financial Health initiative, Brian Kluth, national spokesperson, will travel to over 100 cities across America on the Bless Your Pastor Tour to encourage greater financial health and generosity of churches and pastors.

Emmanuel UB church in Fort Wayne, Ind., will host one of these events.

Date: Friday, June 4
Time: 2-4 pm (doors open at 1:30)
Location: Emmanuel Community Church 12222 W US-24, Fort Wayne, IN 46814

The cost is free. You can register here.

We’re looking forward to an exciting National Conference July 14-17 in Fort Wayne, Ind. Registrations arrive every day. As of Friday, May 7, the in-person registrations included 121 families and 42 individuals. In addition, 3 families and 9 individuals had registered to attend online.

To register, go here.

To help prepare people for the conference, Bishop Todd Fetters will lead three Zoom meetings–on May 24, 25, and 27. He will discuss the business meeting and other aspects of the conference, and a representative of the Nominating Committee will present their report.

Here are the times:

  • Monday, May 24 @ 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, May 25 @ 11:00 am
  • Thursday, May 27 @ 7:00 pm

You must register. Prior to the online session, you will receive an email with the link for connecting to the Zoom meeting.

You can register for a Zoom meeting here.

These churches are currently in need of a senior pastor.

  • Orrstown UB (Orrstown, Pa.)
  • Sunfield UB church (Sunfield, Mich.)
  • Fountain UB church (Keyser, W. Va.)
  • Mt. Hermon UB church (Pomeroy, Ohio)
  • Salem UB church (Chambersburg, Pa.)
  • Corunna UB church (Corunna, Ind.).
  • The Heights UB church (East Liverpool, Ohio)
  • Mount Hope (Carson City, Mich.)

If you are interested in any of these positions, please complete a Minister’s Profile form and submit it to:

Todd Fetters, bishop
United Brethren National Office
302 Lake Street
Huntington, IN 46750

Updated May 6, 2021

First UB of New Castle, Pa., erected a steeple atop the church in honor of Rev. David Bell, who pastored the church for 28 years. Bell died in September 2018 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

The church held a dedication service for the steeple in April. Ann Bell, Dave’s widow, attended along with 33 other family members. Rev. Marc Stephenson, the current pastor, presented to her a collection of memories assembled by members of the congregation.

Read the article about the steeple in the New Castle News.

Judy Dyer (left) and Jennifer Furnish

Judy Dyer retired April 30 after seven years at the United Brethren National Office. As accounting assistant, she worked closely with Finance Director Marci Hammel to handle the various financial needs of the US National Conference and of UB Global.

Judy grew up in Huntington, graduated from Huntington University, and attends the local College Park UB church. She and her husband Phil, who retired from the Norfolk & Southern Railroad in 2019, have two daughters—one living in Warren, Ind., with three children, and another living in Columbus, Ohio, with a wedding scheduled for September. In retirement, Judy says she plans to spend a lot of time with family, including those three grandchildren. She and Phil also hope to do some traveling, and already have planned two trips to Florida.

“Seven years—wow!” says Judy. “It will be interesting to see where God takes Phil and me on our next journey.”

Taking Judy’s place is Jennifer Furnish, who joined the staff in mid-April. Jennifer is a 2008 graduate of Indiana Tech. She most recently worked at Innovative Pension Consulting in Roanoke, Ind.

Jennifer was born in Huntington and grew up here. In 2014 she married Derek, who is from nearby Warren. He works out of Bluffton with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Jennifer and Derek have three young children—Eden, born in 2016; Rhett, 2017; and Wyatt, 2019. They attend Bethel United Methodist Church in Huntington.

The UB National Office gives best wishes for a well-deserved retirement to Judy, and a hearty welcome to Jennifer.