Bishop Todd Fetters getting things started on Monday night.

Andy Sikora speaking on Tuesday morning.

Dan Kopp introducing the Barnabas Project.

The event was held in The Commons at Emmanuel Community Church.

Discussion time at one of the table. L-r: Mark Wilson, Andy Sikora, Todd Fetters, Marty Pennington.

Having prayer for Christopher Little, who will be starting a new church in Pennsylvania. L-r: Dan Kopp, Christopher Little, and Derek Thrush.

The annual Cluster Leader Winter Gathering was held on Monday and Tuesday, January 14-15. Twenty of the 24 cluster leaders attended, along with several spouses. The meeting was held at Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The event began Monday night with a catered meal. Dr. Sherilyn Emberton gave an update about the work of Huntington University, and Jeff Bleijerveld gave an update about UB Global and our international partners. Bishop Todd Fetters concluded the evening with a short message.

The attendees reconvened at 8:30 Tuesday morning. While the cluster leaders continued their meeting, Lisa Fetters led the spouses on a tour of the local Debrand’s chocolate factory.

Much of the morning involved presentations on two new initiatives.

Andy Sikora, pastor of ReNew Ministries in Berea, Ohio, spoke about the Fresh Start Initiative, which will recruit ministers and mobilize existing churches for church planting.

Dan Kopp, a UB minister in Columbus, Ohio, introduced the Barnabas Project, which will focus on coaching and encouraging members of our ministerial family. The Barnabas Project will recruit, train, and deploy persons interested in coaching.

The afternoon consisted entirely of Barnabas Project information and training by Dan Kopp. A number of other persons joined the group for the afternoon session.

George McCombs

George Alexander McCombs, Jr., 76, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. After many years as an accountant, he became a United Brethren minister at age 55 and served United Brethren churches in the area of Columbus, Ohio. He was ordained in 2005 after graduating with a Diploma of Pastoral Leadership from the Huntington University Graduate School.

Visitation: 4-7 pm Monday, January 14.
Funeral: 10:30 am Tuesday, January 15.
Location: Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, 1051 E. Johnstown Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230.

Pleasant Heights UB Church (East Liverpool, Ohio) is looking for a fulltime Director of Youth Ministries.

Status: Full-time, salaried
Hours: 40 hours per week
Benefits: Health insurance, pension, continuing cducation funds

General Purpose of Position: To build young disciples for Christ by developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to youth ministry (in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission, and outreach) while serving as a spiritual leader and role model.

Download the complete job description here.

Respond to:
East Liverpool UB Church
528 Grandview St
East Liverpool, Oh 43920
Phone: 330-386-4740
Pastor: Joe Cilone

Two mission teams are leaving the United States today–one to Africa, one to Asia.

South Africa
A team of 18 persons, about 13 of them women, will spend two weeks in South Africa. This is a Huntington University trip in cooperation with UB Global. They will work in Johannesburg with Impact Africa, the organization UB Global missionary Nichie Parish Stonall has served with since 2015. Two of the team leaders are Arthur Wilson, the HU Dean of Spiritual Life/Campus Pastor; Jessica Hatcher, a residence hall director and therapist for Counseling Services at HU; and Christia Whitacre, an HU grad and UB pastor’s wife from Anchor UB church in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Thailand
A team of 13 persons will spend two weeks in Thailand. This is a “vision” trip, designed to introduce people to our overseas work. Frank Y, associate director of UB Global, is leading 12 persons from various United Brethren churches. They will get to see, hear, and experience what God is doing among the ethnic Thais, one of the least-reached people groups of Southeast Asia.

UB Global is sending a couple of work teams to Sierra Leone to build a new roof for the maternity unit at Mattru Hospital. The teams will go for two weeks starting in mid-February through mid-March, and will work alongside Sierra Leoneans.

The main work will be welding. We have three welders along with others familiar with construction. We need five more people to complete the teams. Trip cost is approximately $3000.

If interested, please contact Michelle Harris, associate director of UB Global, at michelle@ub.org.