Rev. Mark Chow to lead Foothills District

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer intends to appoint the Rev. Mark Chow as Foothills District superintendent effective July 1, 2021. 

“I could not be more pleased that Rev. Mark Chow has accepted my invitation to become a conference superintendent assigned to the Foothills District,” Palmer said. “Mark’s love for Jesus Christ, the church and The United Methodist Church in particular are conspicuous. He serves with love, skill and humility. He has itinerated widely in the West Ohio Conference, and without exception, he is known as a true servant-leader. He and his wife Nancy will be a gift to this ministry.”

Chow, who is currently serving the Zanesville Grace United Methodist Church, has served the church in a variety of ministry settings within West Ohio. His previous appointments include Urbana, associate; Vaughnsville; Oxford, associate; Woodville; assistant to the district superintendent (former Toledo District); Newark First, associate; and assistant to the district superintendent (Capitol Area South District). 

Chow holds a Bachelor of Arts in speech-theater from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He was ordained an elder in the West Ohio Conference in 1989.

“I am humbled and honored to serve in this role,” Chow said. “I pray for the grace and courage to lead and look forward to serving the people of the Foothills District and the West Ohio Conference.”

Born in Iowa, Chow and his family lived in Pennsylvania and Kentucky before moving to Ohio where his father, the late Rev. W. Jing Chow, served several churches in Licking County.

He is married to Nancy Schumacher-Chow. Nancy is a cancer survivor. In June 2006, she received a bone marrow transplant as part of her treatment for acute leukemia. Leaders and members of the West Ohio Conference and many others surrounded her in prayer. Thanks be to God, through many prayers and treatments, she was healed.

The Chows are the parents of four adult daughters: Jayme, a culinary teacher in Columbus Downtown High School; Jenn, an audiologist in Chicago; Deborah, a vocal music teacher at Columbus School for Girls; and Molly, a music teacher in Atlanta. They have one grandson, Henry, (and another on the way). They take joy in grandparenting their four grand dogs: Buddy, Ellie, Carol and Britta.