Light the Way
Light the Way

Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World

In 2017, the West Ohio Conference launched the Light the Way Campaign to invest significant resources in the best tools, leaders and locations that would bring more people and more communities into the light and life of Jesus Christ. Our original goals were to raise $5M and to establish a minimum of twelve new churches and or multi-site ministries over five years.

Since 2017, the Light the Way campaign raised $5M and funded a dozen diverse new faith communities and over 40 new Fresh Expressions ministries, reaching over 2300 people and baptizing over 250 new believers in West Ohio!

We exceeded BOTH our goals! But we're not finished yet!

Join Us as We Complete the Light the Way Campaign

This outpouring of the Holy Spirit has shown us that to be ready for the future we must continue to Light the Way for more people to find the redemptive power of Jesus Christ through a faith community.

We are launching the final phase of our campaign with a new goal of 6 more faith communities, as well as an additional $2M to fund both these communities and an endowment fund to help sustain all the Light the Way faith communities into the future. Join us!

Make your Donation To:
Light the Way
or by check to UMFWO,
32 Wesley Blvd, Worthington,
OH 43085.
Donors who wish to establish a planned gift to support the campaign, or to make a stock transfer
Please Contact
Susan Black at sblack [at] (subject: Light%20The%20Way)
or by calling 614-844-6200 x247

Meet Some of our New Congregations

CAmino De Vida faith community

Fremont, OH

Hayes Memorial United Methodist Church in Fremont, led by Pastor Joshua Wynn (Maumee Watershed district), believes its ministry focus is to offer compassionate community service for the Hispanic/Latino population in the church’s county. They are partnering with the new faith community in Fremont, Camino De Vida (a joint partnership between the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church America). Camino de Vida incorporates weekly Life Group meetings, building relationships, and working to create points of entry for the increasing second and third generation Latinx population as numbers grow toward launching a worshiping community.

Engage Newark & the Little Arrows Play Café

Newark, OH

Engage Newark, a new church start, was introduced. Warner described it as “a more traditional understanding of ‘church’ with a very contemporary worship service that meets in a historically renovated ballroom on the floor above Little Arrows.” Average Sunday morning attendance is 85, with much of the congregation coming because of relationships developed through the play café. is Little Arrows Play Café in Newark, Ohio. Begun in July 2017 by members of Marne United Methodist Church and the Rev. Dave Warner, the nonprofit, self-sustaining play café provides safe space for children and respite for parents. About 30 people participate each day the café
is open.

Mosaic Church

Dayton, OH

Mosaic Church in Dayton was birthed from two United Methodist churches, Christ, Kettering, and Ginghamsburg, Tipp City, is led by the Rev. Rosario “Roz” Picardo and the Rev. Wayne Botkin.
“Our English-as-a-Second Language classes,” Picardo said, “minister to a wide range of people new to our country. We have 15 nations represented on any given night. We just started a monthly worship gathering completely in Portuguese with our friends from Brazil. In addition to these opportunities, we offer a biweekly Bible study to Arabic speakers.”


“Mosaic,” Botkin noted, “is just scratching the surface of living into the vision God has given us about becoming a dynamic mosaic of Jesus followers.”