As part of the NAE Financial Health initiative, Brian Kluth, national spokesperson, will travel to over 100 cities across America on the Bless Your Pastor Tour to encourage greater financial health and generosity of churches and pastors.

Emmanuel UB church in Fort Wayne, Ind., will host one of these events.

Date: Friday, June 4
Time: 2-4 pm (doors open at 1:30)
Location: Emmanuel Community Church 12222 W US-24, Fort Wayne, IN 46814

The cost is free. You can register here.

We’re looking forward to an exciting National Conference July 14-17 in Fort Wayne, Ind. Registrations arrive every day. As of Friday, May 7, the in-person registrations included 121 families and 42 individuals. In addition, 3 families and 9 individuals had registered to attend online.

To register, go here.

To help prepare people for the conference, Bishop Todd Fetters will lead three Zoom meetings–on May 24, 25, and 27. He will discuss the business meeting and other aspects of the conference, and a representative of the Nominating Committee will present their report.

Here are the times:

  • Monday, May 24 @ 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, May 25 @ 11:00 am
  • Thursday, May 27 @ 7:00 pm

You must register. Prior to the online session, you will receive an email with the link for connecting to the Zoom meeting.

You can register for a Zoom meeting here.

These churches are currently in need of a senior pastor.

  • Orrstown UB (Orrstown, Pa.)
  • Sunfield UB church (Sunfield, Mich.)
  • Fountain UB church (Keyser, W. Va.)
  • Mt. Hermon UB church (Pomeroy, Ohio)
  • Salem UB church (Chambersburg, Pa.)
  • Corunna UB church (Corunna, Ind.).
  • The Heights UB church (East Liverpool, Ohio)
  • Mount Hope (Carson City, Mich.)

If you are interested in any of these positions, please complete a Minister’s Profile form and submit it to:

Todd Fetters, bishop
United Brethren National Office
302 Lake Street
Huntington, IN 46750

Updated May 6, 2021

First UB of New Castle, Pa., erected a steeple atop the church in honor of Rev. David Bell, who pastored the church for 28 years. Bell died in September 2018 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

The church held a dedication service for the steeple in April. Ann Bell, Dave’s widow, attended along with 33 other family members. Rev. Marc Stephenson, the current pastor, presented to her a collection of memories assembled by members of the congregation.

Read the article about the steeple in the New Castle News.

Judy Dyer (left) and Jennifer Furnish

Judy Dyer retired April 30 after seven years at the United Brethren National Office. As accounting assistant, she worked closely with Finance Director Marci Hammel to handle the various financial needs of the US National Conference and of UB Global.

Judy grew up in Huntington, graduated from Huntington University, and attends the local College Park UB church. She and her husband Phil, who retired from the Norfolk & Southern Railroad in 2019, have two daughters—one living in Warren, Ind., with three children, and another living in Columbus, Ohio, with a wedding scheduled for September. In retirement, Judy says she plans to spend a lot of time with family, including those three grandchildren. She and Phil also hope to do some traveling, and already have planned two trips to Florida.

“Seven years—wow!” says Judy. “It will be interesting to see where God takes Phil and me on our next journey.”

Taking Judy’s place is Jennifer Furnish, who joined the staff in mid-April. Jennifer is a 2008 graduate of Indiana Tech. She most recently worked at Innovative Pension Consulting in Roanoke, Ind.

Jennifer was born in Huntington and grew up here. In 2014 she married Derek, who is from nearby Warren. He works out of Bluffton with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Jennifer and Derek have three young children—Eden, born in 2016; Rhett, 2017; and Wyatt, 2019. They attend Bethel United Methodist Church in Huntington.

The UB National Office gives best wishes for a well-deserved retirement to Judy, and a hearty welcome to Jennifer.

Rev. Wayne Goldsmith, 91, passed away April 16, 2021. He and his wife, Mary, who died in 2018, enjoyed 66 years of marriage together. A celebration of life service will be held June 12, 2021, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Details below.

For 45 years, Wayne served congregations fulltime in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Ontario. After retiring, he spent another 15 years serving many congregations as an interim minister, including in Fountain Hills, Ariz., in 2002.

The first United Brethren church he pastored was Parkwood Gardens UB church in Guelph, Ontario, 1985-1988. He went on to pastor churches in the former Michindoh Conference, which included churches in southern Michigan, northwest Ohio, and northern Indiana. He also served a number of stints as an interim pastor for UB churches.

Visitation: Friday, June 11, 2021, from 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm.
Visitation location: D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind.
Celebration of Life service: 10:30 am Saturday, June 12, 2021. Visitation one hour beforehand.
Location: Central Ministries, 5801 Schwartz Road, Fort Wayne, IN.

Online obituary here.

Charles Brady, 99, a business professor at Huntington University for 27 years (1958-1986), passed away Monday, March 29, 2021. He held the title of Associate Professor Emeritus of Business and Economics.

During his time in the Department of Business, the department grew from three graduates in 1959 to comprise about one fourth of the student body by the time he retired. He always had a “deep conviction for the need of committed Christian business graduates.”

Visitation: 1-4 pm Saturday, April 3, 2021.
Location: Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, IN 46750.l
Memorial Service: Friday, April 16, 2021.
Service location: College Park UB church (Huntington, Ind.).

Charles was born in Missouri in 1922. He enlisted in the US Armed Forced in 1942–his senior year of college–and served for three years in Hawaii, Okinawa, and Korea. Following his honorable discharge as a sergeant, he returned to Northwest Missouri State University to receive his degree in business administration. Mr. Brady then went on to teach business, earn his Master of Arts degree from Northern Colorado University, and became superintendent of a small high school in Kansas.

He taught high school for six years and spent seven years as superintendent of school in Kansas. Then, in 1959, Huntington University president Dr. Elmer Becker recruited him to come teach at Huntington.

Charles and Doris Brady were married in 1947. They were longtime members of College Park UB church in Huntington. They both served the church in various ways over the years. Charles also represented the church as a delegate to Central Annual Conference and served on the conference finance committee. After retiring from the college in 1986, he served as interim camp director for Camp Cotubic (Belfontaine, Ohio) and Camp Living Waters (Luther, Mich.). Doris passed away in November 2019. They are survived by a son and daughter.

“Charles Brady provided a clear example of Christ, scholarship and service to the community at Huntington University,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, current president of HU. “He and his wife, Doris, were loyal supporters of all things Huntington and were seen many years after their retirements as faithful attendees in support of student and staff events. We are forever blessed by Mr. Brady’s love for his students and the Forester Family.”

William Miller

Rev. Bill Miller, 75, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021. He was pastor of the Burbank UB church (Burbank, Calif.) 1984-1994, and had been secretary of the former California Conference. After leaving the fulltime ministry, he returned to the business world and worked as a management consultant. He held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Biola University.

Bill and his wife, Mary, were in the planning stages of their 50th anniversary. They retained membership at the UB church in Pixley, Calif.

A memorial service will be held May 29 at the Congregational Church of Northridge, 9659 Balboa Blvd., Northridge, CA 91325. Condolences can be sent to Mary at her home: 17431 Tulsa St, Granada Hills Ca 91344.

The United Brethren National Office in Huntington, Ind., has a job opening for Finance Assistant. This is a fulltime position with benefits (including health insurance, vacation, and retirement plan).

We are looking for someone with bookkeeping and Excel knowledge. This person assists the Director of Finance in many areas including but not limited to data entry in the accounting software, UB Global donations, and retirement plan contributions. This person also cooperates with other office staff to administrate telephone, reception, and mail activities.

If you are interested in this position, or if you know somebody who might be interested, please contact Finance Director Marci Hammel at marci@ub.org, or call 260-356-2312, ext. 308. The full job description is available upon request.

Rev. John Wiseman

Rev. John Wiseman, 95, a former UB minister in western Pennsylvania, passed away March 7, 2021, in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was a navy veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, after which he went into the ministry. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with Marc Stephenson, pastor of First UB Church of New Castle, Pa.