Paul and Carie Burrus

Paul and Carie Burrus

Paul Burrus has been appointed senior pastor of Corunna UB church (Corunna, Ind.) effective September 22, 2013. He holds degrees in Biology and Psychology from Manchester University (1980), a masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of St. Francis (1983), a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary (1995), and a Doctor of Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary (2008).

Paul and his wife, Carie, have served in pastoral ministry since 1990. He was ordained in 1995 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.). He and Carie have two grown daughters.

Scott Graham has been named senior pastor of Good Shepherd UB church (Greenfield, Ohio), effective September 1, 2013. He has been granted a Provisional ministerial license. He and his wife, Amanda, have three children ages 14-29. Scott graduated in 1982 from Southwest Bible University (Bolivar, Mo.) with a degree in Religious Studies and Education, and in 1993 received a degree in Bible from Southeastern University of Lakeland, Fla. Amanda holds a degree in Human Ecology from Ohio State University (2007).

Scott accepted Christ as a child in VBS and sensed the call to ministry during college. He was licensed in 1981 through the Assemblies of God, and was ordained with them in 1987. Over the years he has served churches as a children’s pastor, church planter, and senior pastor.

He let his AOG credentials lapse in 1999, when he founded Excellent Meetings, a company which offers conference planning services (Scott secured all of the exhibitors for the 2013 US National Conference meeting in Fort Wayne, Ind.).

Roger Van Donkelaar has been appointed senior pastor of Trinity UB church (Fostoria, Ohio) effective July 14, 2013. He is ordained in the Wesleyan Church, and pastored various Wesleyan and Free Methodist churches 1971-2010. Roger is a graduate of Spring Arbor Univeristy (Spring Arbor, Mich., 1988), and holds a Masters degree from Trinity Seminary (Deerfield, Ill., 1998). He and his wife, Gladys, have one child.

Stan McCammon (right) has been appointed senior pastor of Lurgan UB church (Lurgan, Pa.) effective August 18, 2013. Stan graduated from Huntington University in 1987 with a degree in Bible & Religion, and earned the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Huntington University in 1995. He was ordained in 1995. Stan pastored UB churches in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania from 1987-2007, including a two-year stint as a UB missionary in Sierra Leone (1991-1992).

Russell Wagner has been appointed senior pastor of Mount Zion UB church (also known as Bobo) outside of Decatur, Ind. Wagner previously pastored Eagle Quest UB church in Columbia City, Ind., 1997-2001. He has been granted a provisional ministerial license.

  • Sam Suman resigned as pastor of Trinity UB church (Fostoria, Ohio) effective January 1, 2013.
  • Randy Marketish has been assigned as senior pastor of Barton Road UB church (Meadville, Pa.) effective January 1, 2013. Randy is a 1987 graduate of Kentucky Mountain Bible College, and was ordained in the Evangelical Wesleyan church in 2001.

Mark Ralph has been assigned to a one-year interim position as senior pastor of Mount Zion UB church in Wayne, Ohio. This follows the recent departure of Michael Soltis as pastor at Mount Zion.

Ralph accepted the position on September 12. His first Sunday at Mount Zion will be September 30, 2012.

Mark Ralph and his wife, Ruth (right), previously served three United Brethren pastorates in Michigan–in Clare, Charlotte, and Sunfield–along with several years in Birmingham, Ala., as UB church planters. He was ordained in 1976. Since leaving Sunfield in 2009, he has pastored a congregation in Transfer, Pa., with the Evangelical Congregational Church. Ralph has roots in the EC Church, where his father pastored for 28 years.

Ralph graduated from Huntington University in 1974, and later earned a master’s degree from Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Tim Sherman (right) has been named senior pastor of Bethel UB church in Elmore, Ohio, effective September 17, 2012. He previously served 7 years on staff at Mt. Zion UB church in Wayne, Ohio (1993-2000), five years with a Reformed church in Michigan. Since 2005, he has served on staff at Mainstreet Church in Walbridge, Ohio.

Mike Soltis has resigned as senior pastor of Mt. Zion UB church (Wayne, Ohio) effective August 11, 2012.

Dawn and Jay Spangler

Dawn Spangler, an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, has been named supply pastor of Strinestown UB church (Strinestown, Pa.).

Dawn was born in Dundalk, Md., and moved to New Cumberland, Pa., when she was in junior high. Dawn’s first career was in food service. She managed a school cafeteria, directed the food service at a large retirement community, and ran a catering business out of her home.

In 1996, Dawn felt God calling her to the ordained ministry. She served ten years as associate pastor of the New Cumberland Nazarene church, during which time she took the classes which enabled her to be ordained in 2002. After retiring from New Cumberland in 2006, she served two years at a Nazarene church in Carlisle, and has spent the past four years doing pulpit supply.

She and Jay, a high school classmate and “the love of my life,” have a daughter and a son living in the area. They also adopted and raised, from age 10, a grandson; Dawn will conduct his wedding in September. Jay originally worked in manufacturing and then started his own landscape business.