Paul Ross 98, passed away on Sunday, May 3, in Van Wert, Ohio. He was the father of Don Ross, pastor of Victory Chapel UB church in Liberty Center, Ohio. The funeral was held May 6.

Address for Don Ross:

Donald P. Ross
U696 County Road 8
Liberty Center, OH 43532

We learned today of the death of Mary Carter, who is the mother of Rev. Al Carter, pastor of First UB in Columbus, Ohio. She had been ill for the past few weeks. Al and his wife, Linda, were visiting with her in Michigan.

Mary Carter and her husband, Ken, were missionaries in Sierra Leone 1969-1971. They served in Mattru, where he did maintenance and she served as hostess in that area. They were from New Hope UB church in Camden, Mich.

Visitation: Sunday, May 10, 5-8 pm.
Visitation location: George White Funeral Home, 403 S Main St, Reading, Mich.
Funeral: 11 am Monday, May 11.
Funeral location: New Hope UB Church, 501 W Montgomery Rd, Camden, Mich.

Kyle Timmis, C.J. Clymer, David Dakin, Thomas Shunk, Mark Self, Ted Rankin, and Scott Budde.

Kyle Timmis, C.J. Clymer, David Dakin, Thomas Shunk, Mark Self, Ted Rankin, and Scott Budde.

Seven persons attended the UB History Course May 4-5 in Akron, Ohio, Daryl Elliott, pastor of Fountain UB (Keyser, W. Va.), was the instructor. The attendees were:

  • Kyle Timmis, Discipleship Ministry intern at Element Church (Blissfield, Mich.).
  • C.J. Clymer, Adrian Campus Pastor at Element Church (Blissfield, Mich.).
  • David Dakin, from Kenton, Ohio.
  • Thomas Shunk, from Park Layne UB church (New Carlisle, Ohio).
  • Mark Self, senior pastor of Trinity UB (Fostoria, Ohio).
  • Ted Rankin, youth pastor at Atlantic Avenue UB (Franklin, Pa.).
  • Scott Budde, senior pastor of Mt. Carmel UB (Fulks Run, Va.).

A full slate of exciting workshops is schedule for Friday morning of National Conference. They include several workshops which tackle important current issues, getting beyond political rhetoric to at least begin a conversation for United Brethren on these issues.

Who is My Neighbor? A Christian Discussion on Immigration. Matthew Soerens of World Relief specializes in helping churches understand the complexities of immigration from a biblical perspective. Matthew will take a step back from the political rhetoric to examine immigration issues from the perspective of Scripture,. He will address common concerns about immigration issues and provide practical ideas for how churches can respond to the opportunities presented by the arrival of immigrants into our country.

The Church, Same-Sex Attraction, and Homosexuality. How does the church uphold biblical values without alienating those we are trying to reach? How do we respond as individuals and churches? Persons struggling with SSA and homosexuality are people with souls, loved by God and searching for their place in God’s family. This workshop looks at what the Bible says about SSA and homosexuality, attempts to understand their struggles, and considers how the local church can respond with grace, compassion, and truth. The workshop will be led by Robert Bruce, associate pastor of Emmanuel Community Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.).

Transitioning to Multiethnic Ministry. It’s rightly been said that despite the progress that has been made toward racial integration, Sunday morning at 11:00 is still the most segregated hour of the week. Dr. Wayne Schmidt, our keynote speaker, intentionally moved his church from being a predominantly white congregation to one with a 30%+ minority/ethnic constituency. This workshop will share the principles and practices that helped get them there, and what they encountered along the way.

L-r: Luke, Todd, and Brooks Fetters.

L-r: Luke, Todd, and Brooks Fetters.

Congratulations to Brooks Fetters, the current mayor of Huntington, Ind., who last night won the Republican primary against three opponents as he seeks a second four-year term. Pictured are Brooks (right) with his two brothers, Luke (a professor at Huntington University), and Todd (UB director of National Ministries). All three are ordained United Brethren ministers.


For the fifth year, the Findlay First United Brethren Church (Findlay, Ohio) honored a correction’s officer from the Hancock County Jail during a Sunday morning worship service. The person was selected by their peers for their attitude and desire to impact the lives of the inmates in a positive way.

This year’s presentation occurred during the second service at Findlay First and resulted. Also in the attendance were the county sheriff, jail administrator, receipts supervisor, and family members.

This is one way of saying thank you to the sheriff’s department for allowing the church to have a Bible study every Thursday night in the jail’s library.

Also, Pastor Darwin Dunten (right), who is a chaplain of the jail, had been joking with the sheriff for years about getting a gun since he was a “special deputy.” This year, the sheriff presented Pastor Dunten with his official gun during the CO award service. It was orange and shot caps.

On May 17, Findlay First will start a Tuesday night Bible study for inmates who have been released. This came as a result of the inmates’ desire to continue to study God’s Word.

Shoppers perusing the various items for sale inside the Activity Center.

Shoppers perusing the various items for sale inside the Activity Center.

A line formed between the Activity Center and the church building, waiting for the sale to begin at 9 am on the opening day of the sale.

A line formed between the Activity Center and the church building, waiting for the sale to begin at 9 am on the opening day of the sale.

Teens of Hillsdale United Brethren Church (Hillsdale, Mich.) will go on two mission trips this summer. One team will travel to Washington, D.C., June 13-20. The other team will travel to Mexico July 4-11.

To pay for the expenses for these two trips (about $35,000), a number of fundraising activities have been held this year. The rummage sale held April 30 – May 2 in the newly-renovated HUB Activity Center has now put them over the top, so both mission trips are fully funded.


Working on the pump at Regent College of the Caribbean in Mandeville, Jamaica.

Working on the pump at Regent College of the Caribbean in Mandeville, Jamaica.

Rev. Ron Cook (right), Chambersburg, Pa.

The mission team of Salem UB church (Chambersburg, Pa.) asked me to go along with them to Jamaica January 24 through February 3 to help with the dining hall project at Regent College in Mandeville. They asked me to hold a Bible study each morning with them, and also to preach on January 25 at the Salem Church in Jamaica.

When I knew that I was going with the team, the Reflections Sunday school class at King Street wanted to help me with the cost of the trip. They took an offering for two weeks in December, and they gave me far more than the cost of the trip. The remainder was used to purchase materials for the team to work on the dining hall.

I emailed Dwight Kuntz prior to going to Jamaica about some plumbing issues at the college, which he talked to me about two years ago when I went along with Salem team to Jamaica. He told me that the plumbing issues still existed and needed attention.

I asked the New Life Sunday school class at King Street, which I teach once a month, if they would be willing to give some money toward the plumbing costs. They took an offering and gave me a check on January 18 for $900. With that money, I was able to purchase materials in Mandeville hardware store for the various plumbing projects.

One issue was changing the water pump for the campus from a very small area to inside the building beside it. We moved the pump from the small enclosure to the inside of the building, where there is plenty of space around the pump and it can be secured adequately (pumps had been stolen two times). The window was enclosed and bars placed on both window and door.

In addition to changing the pump, there were plumbing issues in commodes, showers, and sinks in almost every bathroom. I was able to fix many of these problems so that they worked adequately. There are still plumbing issues that will need to be addressed next year when I return on a mission trip.

I was able to help the mission team, when not doing plumbing, to get work done on the dining hall. There is still much work to be done over the next several years. There are walls that need to be erected, plumbing and electrical work, concreting of the floor, and steel beams to be placed.

There are two critical needs for this work to be completed: work teams to go to Mandeville, and finances to purchase the materials. I am certain that Dwight Kuntz, who is overseeing this project, would appreciate help in both of these areas. If you are interested, contact Donna Hollopeter in Global Ministries.

Global Ministries has partnerships with two organizations that have a presence in Nepal. If you are looking for a way to respond to the earthquake crisis, we recommend either one to you.

International Needs has an extensive team of church planters and staff that work in child sponsorship and education. Spread throughout the country, they can provide on-the-ground assistance in both the short-term and long-term.

Send your gift marked “Nepal Relief” to:

International Needs
5570 32nd Avenue,
Hudsonville, MI 49426

Samaritan’s Purse has the network and expertise in dealing with relief needs as experienced first responders.

Send your gift marked “Nepal Relief” to:

Samaritans Purse
PO Box 3000
Boone NC 28607

In preparation for National Conference this summer, Bishop Phil Whipple will hold regional meetings in three locations during May. These will provide an opportunity for people to give feedback on some proposals which will come before the national conference. We held such meetings before the 2013 National Conference, and they proved helpful.

In addition, there will be updates from ministries of the national office, and updates related to Huntington University.

Anyone may attend, but pastors and lay delegates are especially encouraged to attend.

Monday, May 11: Chambersburg, Pa.
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Location: Rhodes Grove Campground

This event will be held in conjunction with a UB Ministry Resource Day. The time with the bishop will occur in the morning. After lunch in the camp cafeteria, there will be an update on a new Pennsylvania law regarding screening, supervising, and reporting procedures. ALL Pennsylvania churches are encouraged to attend.

Monday, May 18: Sunfield, Mich.
Time: 9 am – noon.
Location: Sunfield UB church.

Tuesday, May 19: Willshire, Ohio
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Location: Praise Point UB church.