Tom and Evelyn Mahas

On July 4, a ceremony at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio, saw 56 people become American citizens. Among them was Evelyn Mahas, whose husband, Tom, is youth pastor at Bethel UB church in Elmore, Ohio.

“I really wanted to be able to vote,” said Evelyn. “And if I have kids, I will be certain of their safety.”

Evelyn, a 26-year-old music therapist, was born in Canada but has lived in the United States since age 12. Six other Canadians became US citizens during the ceremony, along with persons from 25 other countries. The online Toledo Blade published an article about it.

  • Teddy Fairchild has been appointed senior pastor of The Rock (Findlay, Ohio) effective July 1, 2011.
  • Valerie Reynolds resigned as senior pastor of Mount Hope UB (Carson City, Mich.) effective June 10, 2011.
  • Howard Matthews resigned as senior pastor of HomeFront Church (Grandville, Mich.) effective June 27, 2011.

Bishop Emeritus Raymond Waldfogel (bishop 1969-1981) is currently in Huntington Parkview Hospital (Huntington, Ind.) with lots of fluid in his lungs. He’ll probably be there through the end of the week. Please remember Ray and Wardena Waldfogel in your prayers. Cards can be sent to: Raymond Waldfogel, 2002 North Ave., Huntington, IN 46750.

David Rawley (right), senior pastor of Otterbein UB church in Greencastle, Pa., gave the baccalaureate address for Greencastle-Antrim High School. His message was based on the life of Joseph in the Old Testament. He told them that to achieve their dreams, they may need to lose their most precious childhood possession–which, in Joseph’s case, was his colorful coat. “Part of the journey was, he had to lose the robe. It seemed like a tragedy. But that’s life.”

The printed quite a bit from his message. Dave has pastored Otterbein since 1985.

The following pastoral appointments have been made:

Abilene, Kansas. Don Goodwin has been named senior pastor of the UB church in Abilene effective June 1, 2011. He is from Wichita, Kansas. Bishop Whipple met with the stationing team from Abilene to perform the interview and will assist in processing a local church license.

Traverse City, Mich. Effective immediately, Caleb Palmer, a minister living in the Traverse City area, is the new pastor of Northland Community Church. He is in the licensing process with the United Brethren church.

Cascade, Md. Effective immediately, Terry Marshall has been named supply pastor of Pen Mar UB church in Cascade, Md. He is from the Church of God (Findlay, Ohio).

Robert Shellhouse, a retired UB pastor living in Hart Mich., underwent an abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. He is expected to come home today, May 26. Please continue to pray for a speedy recovery.

Dolly Munn, 90, passed away on Friday, May 20, in Bowling Green, Ohio. She and her husband, Howard Munn, who survives, were married in 1941. They pastored several United Brethren churches in the former Sandusky Conference–Bethel UB (Elmore, Ohio), First UB (New Castle, Pa.), and 26 years at Mt. Zion UB (Wayne, Ohio). More recently, Howard served as Visitation Pastor at Mainstreet Church in Walbridge, Ohio.

Rodney A. Minor, 57, a former minister in Pennsylvania, passed away May 17, 2011, at his home. Surviving are wife Mary and daughters Adrienne and Allison.
Memorial services were held May 20 at at Lebanon AreaEvangelical Free Church in Jonestown, Pa.

Jim and Julie Pryor kneel as Bishop Phil Whipple (right) prays for them. Assisting in the ceremony were Jerry Drummond (back, left) and Lee Rhodes.

On Sunday, May 15, 2011, Bishop Phil Whipple conducted an ordination service for Jim Pryor, senior pastor of Richfield Road UB church in Flint, Mich. The service was held at Richfield Road.

Two other ordained ministers typically assist in ordination services. In this case, they were:

  • Lee Rhodes, pastor of Countryside UB (Breckenridge, Mich.) and chairman of the US Pastoral Ministry Leadership Team.
  • Jerry Drummond,  pastor of East Washington UB (Ashley, Mich.).

Todd Greenman (right), pastor of Morocco UB (temperance, Mich.), received his Master’s degree from Huntington University on Saturday, May 14. The church helped him celebrate on Sunday, May 15, with a cake, ice cream, and a time of fellowship following the service. Pastor Todd and his wife, Eva, came to Morocco in August of 2010.