West Ohio Experiences New Life and Transformation

Kingdom building is happening throughout the West Ohio Annual Conference through creating relationships and transforming lives. New worshipping communities, celebrations and baptisms witness that Christ is moving and living among us.

Mosaic Church celebrates three years in ministry!

On Sunday, Sept. 13, Mosaic Church in Dayton, Ohio, held a drive-in worship service celebrating three years of ministry in the Dayton Area. The day was filled with worship and socially distanced fellowship. A recipient of the Greenhouse Multiplication Award, this multiethnic church finished the day celebrating 14 baptisms and accepting new members.

Happy birthday, Mosaic and Rosario Picardo and Wayne Botkin, co-pastors. Thanks for your kingdom impact across Dayton.

Angels rejoice with the baptism of one changed soul

Walking beside someone as they grow in Christ is vital to discipleship. At Engage Newark, Pastor Dave Warner baptized someone beside whom he has walked on that journey. “To say this guy is experiencing work of transformation in his life is an understatement!” Warner said. “We are so thankful and privileged to be walking alongside Daniel (last name withheld) and take this step of baptism with him. We praise God for new life.” We pray with Daniel and the leadership of Engage as Daniel begins a new chapter in his life.

New church launches in the Ohio River Valley

On Sunday, Sept. 13, Anderson Hills United Methodist Church - Salem campus - officially launched. Anderson Hills breathed new life into the 204-year-old Salem UMC with adoption and restart. Longtime Salem members returned with a new hope. “We are thankful for the faithfulness of Anderson Hills UMC, for the courage of the former Salem members, and for the district leadership from Todd Anderson and Suzanne Allen,” said Brad Aycock, director of New Church Development for West Ohio. We continue to pray for Pastor Sue Lee Myong Jin and Pastor Jonathan Kollman as they work in the mission field of the Anderson Hills community.

Ginghamsburg, Tipp City, baptizes four

Sunday, Sept. 13, was a beautiful day to hold a baptism ceremony. The Rev. Rachel Billups of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church held a baptism service in a backyard pool belonging to church members. Pastor Karl Penn of Ginghamsburg’s Fort McKinley Campus joined Billups to baptize four people by immersion. Thank God for the flexibility and support of a community to share in the celebration of those baptized.

Central City Church marks three years of community engagement

On Sunday, Sept. 20, Central City Church celebrated three years in ministry in Columbus. Led by Joe and Allyssa Graves, the ministry celebrated at Chapel in the Woods with food trucks and worship. In three years, Central City’s ministry supported outreach to mothers with 15,000 diapers, 700 bags and 4,800 outfits; a mental health fund to educate and provide resources to reduce stigma; and the Immigrant Relief Fund for those who need help through the COVID-19 pandemic. Happy birthday, Central City Church, and thank you for reflecting the light of Christ in Columbus.