Former Bishop Paul E. Hirschy, 75, passed away December 1, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are being made through the Myers Funeral Home in Huntington.

Paul graduated from Huntington University in 1968, and that year began ten years of pastoral ministry–initially in Convoy, Ohio, followed by nine years at Park UB church in Bluffton, Ind. He managed the denominational printshop 1978-1981, and then was elected by General Conference to the first of five terms as Director of Church Services at the UB national office.

In 2001, Paul was elected bishop of the US National Conference. He served in that role until 2005. He worked the next seven years as a development officer at Huntington University, and since 2012 has been associate pastor at College Park UB church in Huntington.

On October 1, 2021, Huntington University awarded Paul the Distinguished Alumni Citation, which recognizes exceptional service over an extended period of time. “Service” is, indeed, what Paul is most known for—a man with a true servant’s heart.

Condolences can be sent to Paul’s wife, Barbara, at:

Barbara Hirschy
5493 N Goshen Road
Huntington, IN 46750-8940

Jerusalem Chapel is searching for a fulltime Youth Pastor to expand our youth program and inspire our youth to grow in their love of Christ through this position’s mentorship and guidance. The Youth Pastor will plan, coordinate, and supervise activities for both middle-school and high-school youth. These activities will lead our youth to discover our church’s mission and inspire our youth to grow spiritually while enjoying the fellowship of other youth from both within our congregation as well as youth in the surrounding community.

This is a fulltime, salaried (exempt) position paying $30,000 a year. The Youth pastor reports to the senior pastor.

Job Duties

  • Provide spiritual guidance and mentor youth while consulting/involving the Senior Pastor when needed to provide a strong pastoral support system.
  • Plan activities which focus on targeting our teens’ relationship with God, as well as encouraging them to discover their spiritual gifts and talents.
  • Promote outreach ministry to unchurched youth, or those searching for a church home.
  • Recruit volunteers to assist with activities both on- and off-site.
  • Maintain records for monthly reporting to the church.
  • Publicize and communicate youth sponsored events.
  • Schedule fundraising events that involve youth planning and participation.
  • Oversee collection and handling of all money regarding the youth program and submit those monies to the Church Treasurer for deposit and credit to the youth budget account.
  • Submit an annual budget request to the Finance Committee.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings with the Senior Pastor and attend monthly Administrative Board meetings.
  • Plan Youth-led services with the Senior Pastor, Worship Leader, and others as needed.

Employment Prerequisites

  • Must have a passion for Christ, and a dedication to a Christ-like life.
  • Willingness to follow the conditions set forth in the United Brethren in Christ Discipline.
  • College degree in religion and/or pastoral ministry preferred.
  • CPR and First Aid Certification preferred or willingness to attain.
  • Experience working with youth through Sunday school, Bible study, Vacation Bible School, and/or youth programs.
  • Must be able to relate well with the youth and their families, treating all with dignity and respect.
  • Must pass a background check for those who work with minors.

Email resumé to JChapelPRC@gmail.com


Both volumes of All for Christ are now available as epubs for $6.99 each on Amazon. These books, published in 2017, focus on UB history 1981-2017, but go back to the beginning to tell the complete story of our various mission fields, and of our evolving stands on various issues (alcohol, women in ministry, abortion, assigning pastors, and more). Now you can read them on your tablet or smartphone.

Go here to order either the print or epub versions: All for Christ 1 | All for Christ 2.

Thursday, November 18, is the annual Huntington University Day of Giving. Every gift goes toward student scholarships. Day of Giving is all about helping current and future students experience HU. They’ve arranged a variety of matching grants to make your gift go further. For more information and to donate, go to www.huntington.edu/DayOfGiving.

Randy and Toni Fennig

Randy Fennig, 67, passed away November 11, 2021, at his home in Portland, Ind. He had served as a UB pastor for ten years, as a UB missionary in Sierra Leone for three years, and as a member of the UB Global Leadership Team.

Visitation: 4-7 pm Monday, November 15, at Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland, Ind.
Funeral: 11:00 am Tuesday, November 16.
Funeral location: Westchester United Methodist Church, 4487 E. 400 N. Portland, Ind.

Randy grew up on a farm in Indiana and earned a degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. He and Toni had served for a time with Africa Inland Mission in Mozambique.

Randy was senior pastor of Prince of Peace UB church (Springfield, Ohio) from 1998-2008. He was ordained as a United Brethren minister in 2002.

In 2008, Randy and his wife, Toni, moved to Sierra Leone. Randy taught at Evangelical College of Theology in the Freetown area, a seminary which trains many of the UB pastors in Sierra Leone Conference, and also engaged in agricultural development.

The Fennigs concluded their ministry in Sierra Leone in 2011, and returned to the States in August of that year.

Calvary Community Church, in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Saginaw, Mich., is a congregation with a rural feel within close proximity to the I-75 corridor in central Michigan. We are looking for a pastor who will help freshen our vision and energize people for ministry as we emerge from the challenges of the pandemic.

Our next pastor will possess giftedness in biblical preaching and a pastor’s heart. A strong commitment to helping people develop their spiritual lives and the ability to equip them for ministry and leadership are essential. Skill and experience with administration and building fellowship in the congregation 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.

Calvary Community is a congregation of approximately 100 people. We are financially stable and have modern facilities which will enable growth. We are a welcoming church with friendly people and a flexible and unified leadership team.

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.

Rev. Thomas L. Brodbeck, 85, passed away on November 9, 2021. He served 19 years in United Brethren ministry in Indiana, Ohio, and Idaho.

Viewing: 9:00 am Saturday, November 13, 2021.
Funeral: 10:30 am Saturday, November 13, 2021.
Location: Glancy-H.Brown & Son Funeral Home, Warren, Ind.

Brodbeck graduated from high school in 1953 in his hometown of St. Mary’s, Ohio, served in Korea with the US Army, and worked for the city of St. Mary’s until sensing God’s call to the ministry. He was 35 when he moved his family to Huntington, Ind., so he could enter college. He graduated from Huntington University with a bachelor’s degree, and in 1975 received the Master of Christian Ministries. He was ordained in 1975.

Brodbeck served 19 years in United Brethren ministry: 1927-1979 at the UB church in Van Buren, Ind.; 1979-1983 as director of Camp Cotubic in Bellefontaine, Ohio; 1985-1988 as pastor of Log Cabin UB church in Boise, Idaho; and 1988-1993 as pastor of Third Street (now Anchor) UB church in Fort Wayne, Ind. He then served a Wesleyan congregation in Waldron, Mich., until 2017.

At the time of his death, Brodbeck was living with his wife Cathy in Van Buren, Ind. (609 E 3rd St, Warren, IN 46792-9410). He is the father of Rev. Thomas M. Brodbeck, who served 27 years in United Brethren ministry, including as fulltime superintendent of Central Conference.

Memorial contributions should be directed to Camp Cotubic, 2158 Road 25 North, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.

You can read the online obituary here.

The “UB Year in Review,” published every January since 2012, is now in the works. You are invited to submit news about your church from 2021–events, ministries, mission trips, or anything else of interest. If you have any relevant photos, those would be great. Of particular interest: information about how your church has adjusted in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, or any continuing effects of the pandemic on your church.

Send to steve@ub.org, or use the form on this page.

Shoreline Church in Oak Harbor, Ohio (30 min southeast of Toledo), is a congregation which is growing spiritually and desires to make disciples who make disciples along the Lake Erie shoreline of Ottawa County. We are looking for a senior pastor who will encourage people to relate their faith to everyday life and lead from the center of congregational life.

Our next senior pastor will bring a giftedness in biblical preaching and a pastor’s heart. A strong commitment to making disciples and developing leaders is essential. Skill and experience with both community outreach and ministry among younger generations 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.

Shoreline Church is a congregation of approximately 70 people (over 100 before Covid). We are a tight-knit group, we care deeply about each other, and we have room to grow. We are financially stable, have modern facilities, and have vision to expand the facility to help reach youth in the community. We also desire to remain a praying church and continue the development of our discipleship mentoring process.

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.

Congratulations to Bishop Paul Hirschy! On October 1, Huntington University awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Citation, a “lifetime achievement” award which recognizes exceptional service over an extended period of time.

Paul graduated from HU in 1968, where he served on the student senate for four years and was study body president. He then went on to a lifetime of ministry in the United Brethren church, which included:

  • 9 years as pastor of Park UB church in Bluffton, Ind.
  • 4 years (1978-1981) managing the denominational printshop in Huntington, Ind.
  • 20 years (1981-2001) as the elected Director of Church Services at the UB national office.
  • 4 years (2001-2005) as bishop of the US National Conference.
  • 7 years (2005-2012) working as a development officer at Huntington University.

Since 2012, Paul has served as an associate pastor of College Park UB church in Huntington, Ind.

The award was presented on Friday night, October 1, as part of the 2021 Huntington University Homecoming.