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.

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.).

  • 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.

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).

Brad Kittle (right) has been appointed senior pastor of Praise Point UB (Willshire, Ohio), effective April 1, 2011. He had been senior pastor of The Rock, a UB church in Findlay, Ohio (originally called Faith Community), since 2008. Kittle replaces Mark Rutledge, who had served as senior pastor of Praise Point since January 2006. A special retirement service was held for Rutledge on March 27, 2011.

Praise Point was formed in January 2003 when two UB churches, Zion and Willshire, merged. They sold their previous buildings and constructed a brand new facility in a prominent location in Willshire. That building was dedicated in September 2006.

Jason Hollopeter retired as senior pastor of Corunna UB (Corunna, Ind.). The new senior pastor is Kevin Whitacre, who started on January 1, 2011. Kevin was previously youth pastor of The Well in Huntington, Ind.

Michael Sturgill was appointed supply pastor at Olivet UB (New Lebanon, Ohio) after the passing of former senior pastor George Rhodifer in July 2010. Michael holds a local license and was being mentored by George.

Bill Blue has been appointed senior pastor of Shoreline Church (Oak Harbor, Ohio), effective January 1, 2011. Involved in the stationing process were Bishop Phil Whipple, cluster leader Brad Kittle, and Personnel Relations chairperson Tally Gallogly. Bill, formerly youth pastor of Fowlerville UB (Fowlerville, Mich.), replaces Steve Fish, who concluded his ministry at Shoreline on November 14 (as reported earlier).

Mike Stine resigned as pastor of Mt. Carmel UB (Fulks Run, Va.) effective December 31, 2010. The stationing team consists of Bishop Phil Whipple, cluster leader Dennis Sites, and local PRC chairperson Lynn Mohler.

Allen “Rocky” Layne has been named senior pastor of West Pleasant Hill UB (Rockbridge, Ohio) effective August 1, 2010. He is also planting a United Brethren church called Eternal Water. He and a core group are personally funding the church plant, which began April 4, 2010.