Randy Carpenter (right) was hired as a staff pastor at Colwood UB church (Caro, Mich.) effective January 1, 2018. He was previously senior pastor of Sunfield UB church (Sunfield, Mich.). Colwood is using a team approach, with three persons–Mike Whipple, Kelly Ball, and Carpenter–listed as teaching pastors. Each also carries other areas of responsibility. For Carpenter, the website lists assimilation and discipleship.

Bishop William Dillon (right) died of pneumonia on December 15, 1919. He served just one term as bishop, 1893-1897. Most of his career was spent in the pastorate and as editor of The Christian Conservator paper.

W. H. Clay described Dillon as having “no sympathy with peace at the expense of principle or uprightness.” He seemed to find, attract, or even pursue controversy. The fact that he would get elected to something, but not re-elected, indicates something or other.

Dillon grew up in Ohio with seven siblings. His father, of British descent, died when he was 14, and his Welsh mother died when he was 28. Dillon was converted at age 16 and pursued the ministry. He was assigned to his first circuit in 1861, and was ordained in 1864 (his first three circuit, curiously, were the Russia Circuit, the Troy Circuit, and the Berlin Circuit). In 1866, he married Bessie, the granddaughter of former bishop Joseph Hoffman. They were married 52 years.

In 1871, at age 30, Dillon enrolled in the first class of our first seminary, Union Biblical Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He was part of the first graduating class in 1874. In 1877, he was assigned to the prestigious Summit Street UB church in Dayton, the largest and most influential church in the conference.

Dillon became aligned with Milton Wright in opposing efforts to open membership to Freemasons and adopt a new Constitution and Confession of Faith, and became a leader of the “radicals” (the UBs of today). When the radicals launched their alternative church paper, The Christian Conservator, Dillon was the editor. It was published out of his home starting in July 1885.

Dillon helped organize a convention in August 1885 which attracted about 80 people to Hartsville College in southern Indiana. The purpose was to rally support against the “liberal” proposals. They elected Dillon as their chairman.

Of course, the proposals went through. Dillon joined Milton Wright in leaving the denomination and starting over. Dillon received a few votes for bishop, but four other men were elected. As a consolation prize, he was elected to continue as editor of The Christian Conservator, which was now the denominational publication.

Henry Becker was elected bishop of the Pacific District in 1893, but promptly resigned, and Dillon was elected in his place. But Dillon was defeated for re-election in 1897 by Henry Barkley, and by a significant vote, 37-10. General Conference then elected Dillon, again, as editor of The Christian Conservator. But after four years, he lost re-election as editor.

Dillon returned to the pastorate, while also becoming a major supporter of Milton Wright in a nasty controversy involving the publishing house. He once again organized a convention, this one in support of Wright, whose side prevailed at the 1905 General Conference. Wright then faded into retirement.

In 1911, Dillon was elected to a third stint as editor of the Christian Conservator…on the 40th ballot. He continued in that role until 1917. Then he and Bessie retired to their daughter’s home in Springfield, Ohio. He died there in 1919 at age 78, and Bessie lived another 16 years, until 1935.

Rev. Paul and Carie Burrus

Rev. Paul Burrus, pastor since 2013 of Corunna UB church (Corunna, Ind.), passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017. He was 59 years old. Paul was diagnosed the week before with a fast-acting acute leukemia, and was immediately sent to hospice.

Visitation: 2-7 pm Friday, November 10.
Funeral: 2 pm Saturday, November 11. Visitation one hour beforehand.
Visitation and funeral location: Feller & Clark Funeral Home, 1860 South Center Street, Auburn, IN 46706.

Paul and his wife, Carie, have two grown children and six grandchildren. Cards can be sent to Carie at this address:

Carie Burrus
312 Willard Dr.
Auburn IN 46706

Bishop Todd Fetters

Paul Burrus, senior pastor at Corunna UB Church (Corunna, Ind.) since 2013, has been diagnosed with a fast-acting acute leukemia and has been placed in hospice care. He and his wife, Carie, have two grown children and six grandchildren. We are asking for prayer for God’s miraculous touch and a peace for the family and Corunna UB Church in keeping with Isaiah 41:13 which reads “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

L-r: Jim Pryor, Josh and Julie McKeown, Gary VanderVeen, Jason Garwood, John Authenreith, David Dakin, Andrew Atkins.

Pastoral Changes

  • John Brainard was named senior pastor of Richfield Road UB church (Flint, Mich.), effective July 1, 2017. He had been senior pastor of Living Word UB church (Columbus, Ohio) since 2006. Jim Pryor concluded ten years as pastor of Richfield Road in March 2017.
  • Josh McKeown was appointed senior pastor of Faith UB (Port Orange, Fla.), effective August 23, 2017. He had been on staff at First UB church in nearby Holly Hill, Fla. Gary VanderVeen, who had pastored Faith UB since 2006, is now a Church of God pastor in Clare, Mich.
  • Jason Garwood resigned as pastor of Colwood UB church (Caro, Mich.) effective September 13, 2017.
  • John Authenreith has been named senior pastor at Cochranton Community Church (Cochranton, Pa.), effective November 1, 2017. He takes the place of Steve Clulow, who will retire effective October 29, 2017, after 24 years as pastor at Cochranton. Authenreith has been worship pastor at Mainstreet Church (Walbridge, Ohio) since 2006 and was ordained in 2015.

Bishop Todd Fetters ordained nine persons during the closing service of National Conference on July 15. Those persons were Jeff Dice, David Grove, Jason Haupert, Stuart Johns, Matt Kennedy, Gener Lascase, Brent Liechty, and John Shadle. That was previously reported here.

Bishop Fetters has also conducted these ordinations.

  • June 4. David Dakin, associate pastor of Jerusalem Chapel (Churchville, Va.).
  • August 20. Andrew Atkins, senior pastor since 2002 of Monticello UB (Spencerville, Ohio).

L-r: John Christophel, Dick Thorp, Michael Richardson, David Kisamore, Dan Maas.

John Christophel has been named pastor of Mt. Olivet and (Mt. Solon, Va.), effective May 28, 2017. He most recently pastored Brooklyn Park UB church (Baltimore, Md.) 1998-2014. Before that, he served at Fifth Street UB church (Staunton, Va.).

Richard Thorp has been appointed pastor of New Beginnings UB church (Montpelier, Ohio), effective June 11, 2017. He pastored United Brethren churches 1980-2005 in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. He retired in 2005, and has come out of retirement to meet this need in Montpelier.

Michael Richardson has been named pastor of Cream Ridge UB church (Lewiston, Idaho) effective June 8, 2017. He was granted a local church license by the congregation at the time of his assignment.

David Kisamore has been named pastor of Mill Chapel (Reedsville, W. Va.) effective June 20, 2017. He was granted a National Conference ministerial license on July 15, 2017.

Daan Maas has been appointed pastor of Findlay First UB church (Findlay, Ohio) effective July 10, 2017. He previously served at UB churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan until 2000. He was ordained in 1987.

L-r: Brandon Baker, Mark Self, Holly Lutton, and Matthew Hann.

Brandon Baker has been granted a provisional license effective July 3, 2017. He is the Discipleship and Youth pastor at Praise Point UB church (Willshire, Ohio).

Mark Self was granted ordination status in the United Brethren church upon recognition of his ordination in the Wesleyan Church effective July 21, 2017. He is senior pastor of Trinity UB church (Fostoria, Ohio).

Holly Lutton has been granted a Specialized Ministry license effective September 14, 2017, after having served one year with a Provisional license. She is the youth pastor at College Park UB church (Huntington, Ind.).

Matthew Hann has been granted a Specialized Ministry license effective September 14, 2017, after having served one year with a Provisional license. He is the worship pastor at College Park UB church (Huntington, Ind.).

Dr. Howard and Sue Cherry

Dr. Howard and Sue Cherry

Dr. Howard F. Cherry, 88, passed away at 2:50 am on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, in Warren, Ind.

Visitation time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm Friday, August 11, 2017.
Visitation location: Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Ind.
Funeral time: 11 am Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Funeral location: College Park United Brethren Church, 1945 College Ave., Huntington, Ind. Pastors Gary Dilley and Paul Hirschy will officiate. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the service.

Howard Cherry was born on March 28, 1929, in Potterville, Mich., and in 1945 graduated from high school in Charlotte, Mich. He served in the US Army 1955-1957.

He was united in marriage to Suzanne Walters on October 4, 1952. They would have celebrated their 65th anniversary this fall. They had two sons and two daughters, all of whom survive.

He was a graduate of Huntington College and of the Huntington Theological Seminary. He received his master’s degree from St. Francis University in Fort Wayne and his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill.

Dr. Cherry’s ministerial experience included:

  • 1964-1966: College Park United Brethren Church in Huntington, Ind.
  • 1966-1968: King Street United Brethren Church in Chambersburg, Pa.
  • 1968-1969: Hudson United Brethren Church in Hudson, Ind.
  • 1969-1979: Hopewell United Brethren Church in Auburn, Ind.
  • 1979-1992: professor in the Huntington University Graduate School of Christian Ministries.
  • 1992-1996: Union Church in Huntington, Ind.

He also spent time in Jamaica and Honduras training ministers, and for many years taught the United Brethren History Course. He was semi-retired from 1996-present.

Memorial donations can be made out to Huntington University or UB Global (the international arm of the United Brethren in Christ) both in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

Rev. Vernon Macy, 91, passed away August 3, 2017, in Hastings, Mich. He was a former UB missionary in Honduras and a pastor in Michigan.

Visitation time: 5-8 pm Thursday, August 10, 2017.
Funeral: 12:30 pm Friday, August 11, 2017. Visitation one hour beforehand.
Visitation and funeral location: Hastings Baptist Church, 309 E. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI 49058.

Vernon Macy became a Christian at a youth camp. He met his first wife, Veryl, while attending Taylor University in Upland, Ind. They were married in 1948 and adopted two children. While in college he sensed God calling him to mission work, specifically to Spanish-speaking people, so he took two years of college Spanish and waited for God to open a door.

He went on to earn a degree in elementary education from Michigan State University, while also pastoring local UB churches, including Lake Odessa and Woodbury. Then God opened a door to Honduras. They arrived in La Ceiba, Honduras, in August 1955, and served there until 1959, mostly in the city of Tela–pastoring the church there, and doing evangelism in surrounding villages. They then returned to Michigan and continued pastoring churches.

Veryl Macy died of cancer in 1985. In 1986, Vernon married Evaline Koutz, the widow of a minister, and they were married for 19 years; she passed away in 2015.

Top row, l-r: Michael Burtnett, Jeff Dice, David Grove, Jason Haupert, Stuart Johns. Bottom row, l-r: Matthew Kennedy, Gener Lascase, Brent Liechty, John Shadle.

Top row, l-r: Michael Burtnett, Jeff Dice, David Grove, Jason Haupert, Stuart Johns. Bottom row, l-r: Matthew Kennedy, Gener Lascase, Brent Liechty, John Shadle.

The closing service of National Conference, on July 15, will feature the ordination of nine persons. This is very exciting.

Michael Burtnett
Associate pastor of Youth and Outreach
Franklin UB church
New Albany, Ohio

Jeffrey Alan Dice
Associate pastor
Brown Corners UB church
Caro, Mich.

David Grove
Senior pastor
Ebenezer UB church
Greencastle, Pa.

Jason S. Haupert
Eagle Quest UB church
Columbia City, Ind.

Stuart Wade Johns
Senior pastor
Idaville UB church
Gardners, Pa.

Matthew D. Kennedy
Senior pastor
Dillman UB church
Warren, Ind.

Gener Lascase
Haitian congregation pastor
Salem UB church
Chambersburg, Pa.

Brent C. Liechty
Senior pastor
Mongul UB church
Shippensburg, Pa.

John W. Shadle
Pastor of Middle School Ministries
King Street UB church
Chambersburg, Pa.