• Douglas Sandman has been named senior pastor of Pleasant Hill UB (Greencastle, Pa.) effective September 11, 2011. He was granted a local church ministerial license on August 29. He graduated in 2005 from Lancaster Bible College with a degree in Pastoral Ministry, and from its graduate school in 2011 with a master’s in Pastoral Studies. For 20 years, he worked as a cabinet maker and woodworker. Douglas previously pastored Faith Calvary Church (Lancaster, Pa.) 2007-2009. He and his wife, Cynthia, have two sons, ages 28 and 19.
  • Rick Pride has resigned as senior pastor of Eagle Quest UB (Columbia City, Ind.) effective September 4, 2011. He had pastored Eagle Quest since June 2002.

Bishop Emeritus Raymond Waldfogel passed away last night, September 13. He served as bishop for 12 years, 1969-1981. Details about funeral arrangements will be posted here when available.

Jonathan Herron has resigned as senior pastor of Colwood UB church (Caro, Mich.). A letter was read to the congregation on August 28. Rev. Herron had been pastor of Colwood since September 2009.

Jason Garwood (right), associate pastor at Colwood, has been appointed interim lead pastor for an undetermined time.

Greg Helman (right), senior pastor of Blue rock UB church (Waynesboro, Pa.) was the subject of a “Profile in Faith” column in the online TheRecordHerald.com.

When asked what he likes most about his job, Greg said:”

I’m an encourager with a coach’s personality. So, I love to see people come to know Jesus and then help them to grow in their faith. Great fulfillment comes from preaching, teaching, and relationship building. Whether we are at a ball game or in a church setting, I get to participate in some humble way in what God is doing in another person’s life. As that person matures in their faith, then they are able to help others to live by faith in Jesus, too.”

When asked, “What is something about your work most people may not know?”, he replied:

“Prayer is a huge part of my job that may get overlooked as people think about the pastor’s job. It’s easy to see what gets done on Sunday as I preach and/or teach. But prayer goes on behind the scenes between the Creator of all that is and myself. It’s such an important time for me that I put this first in my day, regardless of what else I may be doing. For only then am I ready to help anyone else to live by faith in Jesus. Also, I’m able to share the needs of others that God puts on my mind and heart. It’s been very refreshing to understand that prayer is possible whether I’m running on the high school track or in my favorite place, the shower. God always hears and answers my prayers in the best way.”

Greg also talks two memorable ministry moments. Altogether, a very interesting and informative piece.

Andy Stahl has been named senior pastor of New Life Community Church in Chanute, Kansas, effective September 1, 2011. Michael Longfellow resigned from that position earlier this summer to take a church in another denomination.

Andy is a 2007 graduate of Huntington University, with a degree in Bible and Religion. His wife, Jennifer, graduated from HU in 2006 with a degree in Recreation Management.

  • Eldon Grubb has been appointed senior pastor of Pleasant Valley UB church (Lake Odessa, Mich.) effective July 17, 2011. Bishop Phil Whipple attended the service that day to present a local conference license to Pastor Grubb.
  • Paul Baty has been appointed supply pastor at Pleasant Hill UB church (Muncie, Ind.).
  • Larry Mepham has been appointed interim pastor at Maranatha UB (Perington, Mich.), effective immediately.

Other churches working with the Bishop to appoint a senior pastor:

  • New Life (Chanute, Kansas).
  • Mt. Carmel (Fulks Run, Va.).
  • Criders (Chambersburg, Pa.).
  • Pleasant Hill (Greencastle, Pa.).
  • HomeFront (Grandville, Mich.).
  • Lighthouse Community (Williamston, Mich.).
  • Mt. Hope (Carson City, Mich.).