Effectively reaching new people for Christ is the hallmark of West Ohio’s Light of the World award, given to one church from each district that demonstrates a commitment to shine the light of God’s love into their community. This year’s winner from the Shawnee Valley District is Wellston Hope UMC.
Wellston Hope United Methodist Church is located in a small city of about 5,500 people in Jackson County. In addition to worship and Sunday school, they offer a children’s choir and bell choir and a community meal twice each month. Led by Rev. Susan Allison-Keeton, Wellston Hope went from 0 baptisms and professions of faith in 2018 to 14 in 2019! Congratulations, Wellston Hope UMC, for receiving this year’s Light of the World award for the Shawnee Valley District!