West Ohio Names Director of Faith Formation and Lay Ministry

We are excited to introduce West Ohio’s Director of Faith Formation and Lay Ministry, Julie Carter. Julie is an exceptional teacher and leader who naturally invites people into community where they experience Jesus and are mutually transformed. This new position was created when Sam Rodriguez left West Ohio to be the Executive Director of Congregational Development in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

Julie comes to us from Sylvania First UMC where she was on staff for nearly 25 years. Her adaptability and flexibility have seen her fill a variety of roles at Sylvania. An educator by gift and training, Julie is an experiential leader who believes that Jesus is the consummate experiential teacher, and we need to be leading more like Him. Julie has been active in many ministries across West Ohio including GHX- Greenhouse Fresh Expressions Cohort, Community Engagement Experience and Fear+less Congregations. Julie lives in Northwest Ohio with her husband Tom.

Julie will join the West Ohio staff on January 16, 2023. Dee Stickley-Miner, Director of Connectional Ministries, is excited to see Julie join the Connectional Ministries team. “Julie is eager to partner with laity and clergy across West Ohio to spread the life changing love of Jesus. She brings an infectious faith and joy that naturally welcomes people into community where all grow in love of God, each other, and neighbors they have not yet met.”