First United Brethren Church (Findlay, Ohio) is a congregation with a rich history in a growing community along the I-75 corridor. We are looking for a pastor to work alongside our people, giving sound leadership and fresh ideas as we seek to train disciples who train disciples.

Our next pastor will be an effective communicator with a heart for investing in people. The ability to work as a team and encourage others to do ministry is essential. Experience in ministering with people with divergent backgrounds and traditions 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.

First UB is a congregation of about 65 people. Though small, we are financially stable and have the facilities and desire to experience both spiritual and numerical growth over the next 3-5 years.

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.

College Park Church (Huntington, Ind.) is a spiritually and financially healthy congregation with a rich history. We are looking for a senior pastor who will lead us in following Jesus by loving God, loving people, and serving the world.

Our next pastor will be known for excellence in biblical preaching and have a passion for energizing God’s people to engage in ministry. Strong administrative and team-building skills are essential. Experience in developing and equipping both staff and lay leaders 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, and desire to engage with the Huntington University community.

College Park Church is a congregation of about 450 people. One of our strengths is the many respected Bible teachers, theologians, former pastors, and missionaries who are part of the congregation. Additional positive qualities include community engagement, participation in missions, and ministries which meet a variety of needs. We have a staff of 3 full-time ministry staff and 9 part-time ministry and support staff. Our modern facility, situated immediately adjacent to Huntington University, has been recently renovated and is large enough to accommodate much growth.

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.

Macedonia United Brethren Church (Greencastle, Pa.) is a congregation with a rural feel within close proximity to the I-81 corridor in south-central Pennsylvania. We are looking for a pastor who will enable us to fulfill the Great Commission by winning souls and creating disciples for our Lord, Jesus.

Our next pastor will be an effective communicator who possesses a shepherd’s heart. The ability to bring new ideas and help people work together to carry out ministry is essential. Skill and experience in connecting with young people and using technology 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.

Macedonia UB is a congregation of about 70 devoted, hard-working people in a rapidly growing region. We are financially stable and have the facilities to experience significant growth.

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.

Presenting the check to UB Global. L-r: UB Global director Jeff Bleijerveld, associate director Michelle Harris, Rich Beaver, and Cindy Krumanaker.

The Rotary Club in Huntington, Ind., has long been a supporter of the Mattru Hospital in Sierra Leone. On March 6, members Rich Beaver and Cindy Krumanaker presented Michelle Harris and Jeff Bleijerveld with a check for $11,300. Their contribution will pay for the electric meters being installed throughout the community, so the hospital can charge customers for the electricity provided from their solar array. The proceeds will be used to help pay the salaries of the hospital staff.

Scenes from the Pie Auction and Pasta Dinner.

Teddy Fairchild (right), senior pastor, Banner of Christ (Byron Center, Mich.)

Banner is excited about our recent church Pie Auction and Pasta Dinner! This is an annual event to raise money to send Banner youth on a mission trip. This year we will be going to Laurel Mission in Big Laurel, Kent.

The night was full of enthusiastic bidding and great fellowship. In the past, this event has raised about $3,000. This year, the Pie Auction and Pasta Dinner raised $6,060! There were some fierce bidding wars. One pie fetched a $450 winning bid.

The Banner people are excited to see how God will use this amazing night to fund the trip to Laurel Mission.

Jeff Bleijerveld, Director of UB Global

Although many news sources no longer cover the civil unrest that began in April 2018, Nicaragua remains in the midst of a national crisis.

According to the US State Department, armed and violent uniformed police or civilians in plain clothes acting as police (“para-police”) are targeting anyone thought to oppose the rule of President Daniel Ortega. These groups often cover their faces, sometimes operate in groups numbering in the hundreds, and use unmarked vehicles.

Rallies and demonstrations occur daily around the country. Government forces, uniformed police, and para-police have attacked peaceful demonstrators leading to significant numbers of deaths and injuries. Looting, vandalism, and arson accompany unrest.

While many of the roadblocks, demonstrations, and lootings have decreased in Managua and other major cities, they may still appear and limit availability of food and fuel.

Our United Brethren have remained neutral politically, while praying fervently for their country. With the generous support that many provided, UB Global has sent funds for relief supplies, the repair of one church building hit by homemade mortars, and sufficient funding to guard and protect the conference buildings (including the new 40-bed conference center in La Ceiba).

When the situation changes, we will be happy to resume sending teams to partner with our Nicaraguan churches. If you would like to help provide relief, send your gift to UB Global marked “Nicaragua Relief.”

Bishop Denis Casco (left) and Gary Brooks.

Bishop Casco headed back to earth.

Gary Brooks in flight.

Bishop Denis Casco in Florida with Gary and Diane Brooks.

Gary Brooks, an ordained United Brethren minister and former missionary in Honduras, has been highly involved with the UB work in Mexico. He goes there regularly to work alongside Bishop Denis Casco in pastoral training and other ministry. He helps teach pastor/leader seminars, which began many years ago as an outreach of the Huntington University School of Christian Ministries. Bishop Casco says Gary has been a mentor to him for over 40 years.

For the past 16 years, Gary has pastored Manatee RV Park Community Church in Tampa, Fla. Though it’s a non-UB congregation, they 15% of their gross income to support United Brethren work in Mexico. Bishop Casco comes to Tampa every other year to give a report to the congregation.

During that visit, Gary and Diane arrange something exciting to do. One year, they took a five-day Christian cruise. Another year, they took Denis to an indoor shooting range. Two years ago, they took a ride in an 80-year-old open-cockpit biplane.

Last October, while Gary was teaching a seminar in Mexico, he asked Bishop Casco if he would be willing to do a tandem skydive during his February visit to Tampa. He not only agreed, but announced at the seminar that that’s what he would be doing.

Gary had done 535 jumps since 1988, when he went skydiving for the first time at age 45. That qualified him for the Parachutists Over Phorty Society (POPS). In 2010, a jump at age 67 qualified him for the Skydivers Over Sixty (SOS) club.

On February 15, Gary and Denis went to Skydive City in Zephyrhills, signed the waivers, and boarded a Twin-Otter for the 20-minute climb to jump altitude (13,500 feet). They both had skydiving photographers to record the entire jump from altitude to the ground.

Says Gary, “During the 60 seconds we spent in free-fall, we reached speeds of 120 mph. My instructor and I did a backflip exit out of the plane and a few high speed 360-degree turns in freefall. At 5000 feet, our instructors pulled the ripcords. Our parachutes opened as expected and we landed within a few feet of the viewing area without even scuffing our shoes. Now Denis knows how eagles feel when soaring above the clouds!”

It was the first jump for Bishop Casco, and the 536th for Gary. Said Gary, “I may be 76 years old, but it was still as thrilling as ever!” And he now qualifies for the Jumpers Over Seventy (JOS) club.

Gary Dilley (right) resigned as senior pastor of College Park UB church (Huntington, Ind.), effective February 17, 2019. He had been pastor of College Park since 2008. Dilley has been a UB minister since 1980, and served seven years, 2001-2008, as Director of Missions. He is also currently a member of the denominational Executive Leadership Team.

Effective February 25, Dilley began a three-month interim assignment as senior pastor of Findlay First UB church (Findlay, Ohio). He takes the place of Dan Maas (right), who had pastored the church since July 2017 and resigned effective February 17. Bishop Todd Fetters preached at Findlay on February 24, and Gary Dilley started the next day.

Marc Stephenson was appointed senior pastor of First UB church in New Castle, Pa., effective January 1, 2019. Since 2012 he had been senior pastor of Mt. Olivet UB (Chambersburg, Pa.), and was youth pastor of Cochranton Community UB (Cochranton, Pa.) 2005-2012. Marc was ordained in 2007.