Amy Hoffman, wife of former Michigan Conference minister Ronald A. Hoffman, passed away April 5. She was 100 years old. Her husband passed away in 1979. Many people know Mrs. Hoffman’s son, Jim Hoffman, who worked on staff at Huntington College for many years; and her daughter-in-law Marda Hoffman, who served as General Treasurer of the denomination 1979-2003. Services will be held Saturday, April 9, at the Tagsold’s Funeral Home in Blissfield, Mich., with Rev. Mike Stambaugh and Rev. Joe Abu officiating.

M. Adam Will began his tenure as the new fulltime minister for Eden UB Church in Reedsville, Ohio. He is the first fulltime minister in a few years. Adam is a member of Eden’s sister congregation, Mt. Hermon UB, located in Chester, Ohio. Just 19 years of age, Adam is a Bible College student. He has had a heart for being a minister and prayed where God would lead him. With the help of his pastor, Rev. Peter Martindale, who also preached at Eden years ago, Adam found out that Eden, where he has spoken before, was searching for a pastor. God has truly had His hand in this endeavor. In the month Adam has been there, one person has already placed membership at the Church.

Bill Pitts, pastor of the Lancaster UB church (Lancaster, Ohio) has resigned, surrendered his ministerial credentials, and re-connected with his former denomination to start another congregation in Lancaster. A large number of people who were a part of the Lancaster UB church have left and gone with him. The conference is working to provide an interim pastor for the Lancaster Church.

Marwin T. Simon, 89, a former United Brethren minister, passed away March 13 in Auburn, Ala., where he had retired. Rev. Simon attended Huntington College in the 1940s to prepare for the ministry. He served the Otterbein and Garnett UB churches in Kansas, and Fairview UB church near Hartford, City, Ind., and another UB church near Decatur, Ind.

Dan and Marilyn Young formerly served the First and Faith UB churches in Findlay, Ohio. In July, Dan began serving as interim pastor of Crestview UB in Lafayette, Ind.), and was appointed senior pastor in December.

Dan’s son, Shane, suffered an epileptic seizure over the weekend. The severity of the seizure caused a heart attack. Shane, in his 30s, was hospitalized in Findlay, Ohio. His condition digressed to the point, with very little brain activity, that that family had to make a decision regarding life support later today.

Shane passed away early in the morning on Tuesday, February 1.

At the beginning of January, Bishop Paul Hirschy began a new round of radiation treatments. On January 12 he reported, “I am in the middle of the second week of radiation treatments on a lump in my neck. They originally projected just ten days of treatment. However, the lump has not decreased as rapidly as the doctors expected, and so I very likely will need additional treatments. Doctors will let me know on Friday, when I go in for my treatment.

“As of today, January 12, I am happy to report that I have not had any noticeable side effects from the radiation treatment. I praise God that I have been able to keep my normal schedule except for the time that I must drive to Fort Wayne for the treatment. I have had to cancel just a few meetings during this time.”

HallmanTwins.jpgOn January 5, during an ice storm, Pastor Tim and Tara Hallman of Anchor UB Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. became the parents of twin boys. Levi Matthew and Isaac Timothy, identical twins, were born 17 minutes apart at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne. They were born about four-and-a-half weeks early, weighing 5 lbs, 8.8 oz (Levi) and 5 lbs, 13 oz. Everyone’s doing great.

  • Jenna Zirbel is the new pastor of McGuire Bend UB church in Dayton, Iowa.
  • Michigan Conference has stationed Scott Hardaway at the Gethsemane UB church in Jackson, starting in February. He previously served as associate pastor of the UB church in Hillsdale, Mich.

  • St. Mary’s, Ohio. Mike Spaulding has been named interim pastor of Hillsdale UB church in St. Mary’s, effective December 5.
  • Lucile Cook, wife of Herbert Cook, passed away December 7. Services were in Desert Hot Spring, Calif.
  • Dan Millard is no longer pastor of Northland UB in Traverse City, Mich. Carlson Becker is serving as interim pastor.
  • Robert Lust is no longer at First UB church in Columbus, Ohio. The pastoral staff at Franklin Church in New Albany, Ohio, will provide pastoral oversight during the transition. Mike Brown and George McCombs are the pastors.

Bob Lust is no longer pastor of First UB in Columbus. The pastoral staff at Franklin Church in New Albany, Ohio, will provide pastoral oversight for this congregation during the transition.