Mark Ralph (right), pastor of Mt. Zion UB church (Wayne, Ohio), is mourning the death of his mother. Leona Elizabeth Ralph passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. She and her husband, George, spent their life in the ministry; at her death, she and George had been married 73 years. You can read the complete obituary here.

The funeral will be held Friday, June 3, at Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter, Fla.

Rev. Mark Ralph, a 1974 Huntington University graduate, has served United Brethren churches since 1975 in Michigan, Alabama, and Ohio.

Condolences can be sent to Mark Ralph at 7481 Bays Rd, Wayne, OH 43466.


Come to Gettysburg in September 30 – October 2, and join hundreds of other women for the 2016 United Brethren Women’s Conference. We will be surrounded by historic landmarks, Civil War-era charm, and stunning scenery.

Keynote Speaker

Our guest speaker is Nicky (Boelter) Poarch. Nicky and her husband, James, and their three children served as missionaries in Indonesia for 11 years, eventually working in the village where James grew up. Then, in 2013, James died suddenly. Nicky and her three children returned from the field and now live in Arizona.

Nicky will share her amazing story and her passion for living the Gospel in front of people.

Event Cost

$75 (includes 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch).

Wives of pastors may request a $50 reduction, compliments of long-time supporter Harold Hazen in memory of his late wife, Phronsie.

Hotel Cost

You’ll be staying at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, which is located on a 100-acre campus just minutes from the battlefield, with modern amenities and world-class dining. Hotel costs below are for two nights, based on number of persons in the room. All beds are Queen beds.

Early Bird, Before June 16

$70 per person (4 persons in a room).
$95 per person (3 persons in a room).
$145 per person (2 persons in a room).
$285 per person (1 persons in a room).

All hotel prices increase $25 after June 16 (for example, $95 per person for quad occupancy). After August 16, assuming rooms are still available, prices rise another $25 ($120 per person for quad occupancy).


Friday Night
4:00 Registration
7-9:00 Evening Session
7:30 Breakfast
9:00 Workshops/Morning Session
Noon Lunch
1:00 Free time
Dinner on your own
7:00 Evening Session
7:30 Breakfast
9:00 Morning Session
11:30 Dismissal

For More Information….

Go to the conference website at You’ll find a flyer you can download and print off for women in your church.

Wilson’s key responsibilities include community worship and teaching, spiritual development and growth for students and staff, pastoral care, and leading campus ministries and outreach opportunities. As a member of the senior leadership team, Wilson will also be involved in the University’s strategic and long-term planning.

“I am truly thankful for the opportunity God has given me to collaborate with staff and faculty in keeping Christ-at-center here at Huntington University,” said Wilson.

In 2004, Wilson graduated from Taylor University Fort Wayne with a degree in pastoral ministries. In 2012, he earned a Master of Arts degree in youth ministry leadership from Huntington University.


Interested in becoming a nurse? Are you a high school student entering your junior or senior year? Come to Huntington University July 11-15 for the Nursing Career Academy.

This week-long, college-like, nursing camp explores the field of nursing in a hands-on environment. Participants will have the opportunity to become CPR certified and learn basic first aid and nursing skills. They will also tour area hospitals and trauma centers and interact with a variety of nursing professionals. Campers will stay in the dorms with current and past HU nursing students. Here are photos from the 2015 camp.

The cost is $300. That covers all educational supplies, meals, housing, field trips, activities, and camp shirt.

The Huntington University website has complete information (what to wear, what to bring, etc.), plus a link for registering. Below are some photos from the 2015 camp.

Julie Hui with Luke and Audrey Fetters.

Julie Hui with Luke and Audrey Fetters.

The hooding ceremony.

The hooding ceremony.

Julie Hui participated in Commencement exercises at Huntington University on Saturday, May 14. She received the Master of Education in TESOL Education. Julie, from our UB churches in Hong Kong, will soon join our international missionary team in Thailand.


On Saturday May 14th, Huntington University honored 247 graduates during its 118th Commencement ceremonies.

  • 25 Master of Arts degrees.
  • 6 Master of Education degrees.
  • 61 Bachelor of Arts degrees.
  • 4 Bachelor of Music degrees.
  • 116 Bachelor of Science degrees.
  • 18 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.
  • 10 Bachelor of Social Work degrees.
  • 7 Associate of Science degrees.

The Commencement speaker was Dr. Larry Mercer, vice chairman of the board at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.


The seven United Brethren churches in Hong Kong held a joint service for their 37th annual mission conference on Sunday, May 15. Frank Y, associate director of Global Ministries, was able to attend. He is in Asia to visit UBs in Hong Kong, Macau, and China.

Krista Wood and Niles Berry, Foresters of the Year.

Krista Wood and Niles Berry, Foresters of the Year.

On May 3, awards were presented to various members of the Huntington University family during the annual Forester Night. Here are a few of the awards.

Foresters of the Year (voted on by the student body). Niles Berry, a senior social work major from Rochester, Ind., was named the Male Forester of the Year. Krista Wood, a senior nursing major from Waterville, Ohio, was named the Female Forester of the Year.

Paul and Jean Michelson Alpha Chi Outstanding Scholar Award. Alpha Chi members selected Bronwen Fetters, a senior English writing and literature major from Huntington, Indiana. She is the daughter of former Macau missionaries Luke and Audrey Fetters.

Professor of the Year. This honor went to Dr. Tim Smith, professor of non-western history, who joined the HU faculty in the fall of 2007. He previously taught history at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Smith is particularly interested in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Kashmir.

Twenty-two seniors also were honored by their respective departments with Outstanding Senior Awards, which are voted on by faculty. You can read about them here.

Breaking ground for the new Welcome Center.

Breaking ground for the new Welcome Center.

On April 21, Huntington University broke ground for new Welcome Center, which should be completed by late fall 2016. It’s a 3000-square-foot addition to the Merillat Centre for the Arts, and will cost around $700,000. A member of the HU Board of Trustees gave a $500,000 lead donation to get the project underway.

The Welcome Center will mostly house the Admissions office, which is currently located in the lower-level of the Livingston Residence Hall.

L-r: Tony, Julie Hui, David Kline, Frank Y, and Jeff Bleijerveld.

L-r: Tony, Julie Hui, David Kline, Frank Y, and Jeff Bleijerveld.

On May 12, members of the Global Ministries staff—Jeff Bleijerveld, David Kline, and Frank Y–had lunch with Julie Hui and her brother Tony. Julie completed her MA degree in TESOL in December 2015 and will participate in graduation ceremonies at Huntington University on Saturday, May 14. Julie is one of two people from Hong Kong joining our multinational team of UB workers in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Julie’s brother Tony had never traveled outside of Hong Kong or China. He commented that the town of Huntington reminded him of Main Street USA at Disneyland Hong Kong. He was also taken to the famous Nick’s Kitchen in downtown Huntington and introduced to pork tenderloin sandwiches, a local staple.