The United Brethren National Office is pleased to welcome Stacie Betterly to the team. She joined us on Monday, June 24, 2024, in her new role as finance assistant and will be working closely with Marci Hammel. Before joining our team, Stacie was the Assistant to the Registrar at Huntington University and served as a teller at Bippus State Bank. Stacie and her husband, Aaron, live in their hometown of Huntington, Indiana along with their son, Colin (23), and daughter Morgan (18). 

If you get a chance to connect with Stacie, here are a few fun facts you should know about her:

Favorite pastime: Camping and cross-stitching
Favorite place to visit: Antique malls with her husband
Favorite candy: Hershey’s chocolate kisses and cherry Starbursts
Favorite book/movie/TV series: Movies based on Jane Austin books

 

Orrstown United Brethren Church, located in the beautiful rural community of Orrstown, Pennsylvania, is searching for their next senior pastor who will lead them in their mission “to walk with God and make disciples for Christ.” This person will be a compassionate leader who desires to connect with members of the church and the local community. They will be an effective communicator, always encouraging people to relate their faith to their daily lives.

Orrstown UB is a church of 75 members and an average worship service attendance of approximately 35 people. Situated in a town of 2,400 people, there is room to grow and great potential to do so. There is a strong core of lay leadership at Orrstown UB who are engaged in leading worship services, Sunday school classes, and hospitality ministries. They have cultivated a friendly environment and they are ready to welcome their next pastor.

The senior pastor role is a full time position at Orrstown. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity further, please send a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and a recent photo to bishop@ub.org.

Idaville Church of the United Brethren in Christ is a rural congregation located in south central Pennsylvania and is searching for their next senior pastor. This person will be an effective communicator who is committed to evangelism. They will be responsible for helping to create vision, building a sense of fellowship in the congregation and helping people develop their spiritual life.

Idaville is a church of approximately 100 people and is poised for growth. While the children and youth activities have seen a dip in attendance in recent years, there are a number of young families who are beginning to attend. It is a church characterized by its prayerful people, its focus on mission, and the way the people care for one another. These strengths, among others, have laid a solid foundation for the growth they seek.

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.

Countryside United Brethren Church is a rural congregation located in Breckenridge, MI and is currently searching for their next lead pastor who shares their vision; to know God and to make God known. This is facilitated in multiple ways by the lead pastor:

  • Loving God and enjoying Him forever
  • Delivering God’s message to the congregation and community
  • Leading others to become disciples of Christ
  • Providing counseling built upon God’s word to those in need

The next pastor will strive to follow Christ’s example by giving all glory to God, loving and serving others, and striving to develop the spiritual lives of His body. A commitment to seeking and following God’s will for His church is essential. Engaging with the families within the congregation and community is highly desired. This pastor will be expected to maintain professional ministerial credentials with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA.

Countryside Church is a congregation of approximately 90 people. They are financially strong. The facility is well-kept with room to grow. In addition to the ministries they have in place, Countryside supports missions in the community and around the world.

The compensation package includes salary, housing allowance, health insurance, retirement, education/text funds, mileage, disability insurance, and vacation.

If you feel led by God for a position like the description above, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to bishop@ub.org.

This month the United Brethren Church is praying for the next generation of Christian leaders and we are inviting you to join us. Here are a few ways you can pray this month:

  1. Pray that God would call the next generation to ministry service.
  2. Pray that the next generation would hear that call.
  3. Pray that you might see those whom God may be calling.
  4. Pray for the courage to have a conversation that might alert a young person to God’s call on their life.

In a recent video, Ryan Koch (Hopewell United Brethren Church, Auburn, IN) shared his story of being called to ministry but not recognizing it until someone else saw it. Watch now.

Who do you see that God might be calling? Have you talked to them about what you see? Sometimes all it takes is a simple word of encouragement to help a young person recognize a calling.

The Ministry Leader Summit took place on the sunny shores of Daytona Beach, Florida, from April 29th to May 3rd, 2024. This year, 31 associate staff members from UB churches across the country with responsibilities ranging from children’s ministry to world missions attended the event.

We caught up with a few of them and asked why they value the summit. Here’s what they had to say:

 

 

Keynote speaker Dr. Terry Linhart, a professor at Bethel University and author of “The Self-Aware Leader,” offered valuable insights on leadership. He encouraged ministry leaders to always do the hard work of caring for themselves and nurturing their own inner lives in order to be effective leaders in the ministries to which they have been called. His message resonated with attendees, prompting much reflection and discussion.

 

 

Key Learnings and Takeaways

The Ministry Leader Summit provided a valuable space for ministry associates to connect, share experiences, and develop their leadership skills. We spoke with some attendees about their biggest takeaways from this year’s summit:

 

 

We want to say a big thank you to Bobby Culler (Mount Pleasant Church) and Craig Mickey (Emmanuel Community Church) for putting together the plans for this year’s summit, and to Cathy Reich (UB National Office) for helping make it all happen.

This event happens every other year and is available for any and all associate staff serving in United Brethren churches throughout the country. The pastor and spouse summits are coming this fall for all senior and solo pastors and their spouses. More information on those events can be found here.

On Saturday, May 4, 2024, we received the news that Mossie Sites, widow of Bishop Wilber L. Sites, Jr., had passed away earlier that day. She is survived by her three children, Judy A. Baker (Mike), Linda S. Etter (Donnie), and Rev. Dennis Sites (Annette).

Mossie was a long-time member of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and served the church domestically and internationally. While in the States, Mossie and her husband served several UB Churches including Mount Pleasant UB (Chambersburg, PA), Salem UB (Chambersburg, PA), Pen Mar UB (Cascade, MD), King Street (Chambersburg, PA), and Otterbein UB (Waynesboro, PA). Internationally, they served with UB Global in Macau and taught classes at Jamaica Bible College.

Mossie was a strong supporter of missions and got involved in Women’s Missionary Fellowship of the Mid-Atlantic Conference. She eventually served as the International President of the Women’s Missionary Fellowship. 

Information about services and memorial contributions can be found here.  

Greencastle Otterbein UB Church in Greencastle, PA is a congregation located in Franklin County in south-central Pennsylvania. We are looking for a Youth Pastor who will be responsible for leading and nurturing the spiritual growth of the OUB Church youth (grades 7-12). This role includes developing and overseeing youth programs, fostering a safe community, and guiding youth in their faith journey.

Our next youth pastor will be an effective communicator who shares the gospel as the unerring Word of God and possesses a heart for youth and helping them through the challenges they face today. The ability to encourage young people, to demonstrate a personal commitment to Christ, to work closely with the senior sastor, youth commission, volunteers and parents is essential. Also essential will be the ability to plan, coordinate, and lead the OUB Church youth program (including but not limited to mid-week youth activities, social events, Sunday school, retreats, conferences, VBS, outreach and mission trips, etc.). It is also expected that this individual will maintain professional ministerial credentials with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA and subscribe to its doctrinal values.

The town of Greencastle itself has a population of 4,000+ and a population of nearly 16,000 in the surrounding Antrim township with an ever growing student enrollment in the local school district. Otterbein UB Church is a church family of about 250 people, built on faith and led by the Holy Spirit to worship and to be witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ. There are as many as 25+ students in various parts of the program along with many adult volunteers. Our staff includes the senior pastor and part-time administrative staff.

If this sounds like something for which God has been preparing and calling you, please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter to Office@greencastleub.org in care of Barry Stottlemyer, Personnel Relations Commission chairperson.

 

In the latest episode of UB Now, our host, Brian Biedenbach sat down with Matt McKeown from Daytona First Church of the United Brethren in Holly Hill, Florida. Matt is great storyteller and is full of great stories, and he was excited to talk about a partnership that is developing between two very different churches in their community.

This was a fun and insightful episode to record and is definitely worth a listen. You can listen by clicking on the media player above or by searching for it on your preferred podcast directory.

The United Brethren National Office is seeking a Finance Assistant to join our team in Huntington, Indiana. The person we are looking for must have bookkeeping experience and be proficient with Microsoft Excel.

The Finance Assistant works with the Director of Finance in many areas including but not limited to data entry in the accounting software, UB Global donations, and retirement plan contributions. This person also cooperates with other office staff to administrate telephone, reception, and mail activities.

This is a fulltime position with benefits including health insurance, vacation, and retirement plan.

If you are interested in this position, or if you know somebody who might be interested, please contact our Director of Finance, Marci Hammel, at marci@ub.org, or call 260-356-2312, ext. 308. The full job description is available upon request.