Residency Program
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Are you ready to lead a local church into dynamic ministry?

Apply for the West Ohio Conference Residency Program

What is Residency?

The West Ohio Conference Residency Program is an opportunity for graduates to serve the first two years of post-seminary ministry as resident pastors in local churches. Similar to medical residencies, young leaders grow along-side an experienced pastor who is demonstrating local church leadership skills in a healthy congregation. Residents gain a guided experience in a ministry that is making and equipping disciples who are transforming their community and the world.


The West Ohio Conference Residency Program will provide a mentored hands-on environment in a local church where select seminary graduates will develop and hone transformational leadership skills at an accelerated pace. Upon completion of the Residency Program, the resident pastors will then be deployed into local church ministry to engage and impact lives and communities.

Experience Gained

During the program, resident pastors gain experience and competency in core skills & operations of church ministry. Residents will be able to:

  • Lead a contagious church ministry in a community
  • Preach and teach in a way that encourages a response
  • Promote intentional and individual faith development with a discipleship system
  • Incorporate the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations into the church’s identity
  • Identify and equip strong lay leaders
  • Develop and implement a major visioning and strategic planning process
  • Lead a major ministry initiative
  • Lead a successful stewardship program campaign 


Candidates who are chosen for a resident position will be appointed full time for two years beginning on July 1, 2017. The appointments will be made and announced on or before April 1, 2017. Priority consideration will be given to those who plan to serve as United Methodist clergy in the West Ohio Conference following their two-year residency.

Resident pastors receive a full-time salary, parsonage and utilities (or housing allowance), health insurance and pension.

The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church invites you to submit your name or to nominate a person who demonstrates excellence in leadership to be considered for an appointment as a resident.


“The Residency Program has been an essential factor in the development of my leadership skills as I prepare for my future as a pastor in the West Ohio Conference. I have gained invaluable mentoring from Mark and the rest of the staff at Anderson Hills, as well as a dynamic experience in a vibrant, growing church. My time as a resident pastor will serve as the foundation for my entire ministry in the years to come.”

Dan Metzger Resident pastor & pastor to young adults at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

“The Residency Program is a win-win for all involved. The church has the opportunity to invest its DNA into the heart of one of our young leaders and to receive ministry from them. The senior pastor learns to articulate why he/ she does the things they do to lead a church to faithful ministry. The resident has the opportunity to be paired with one of our more innovative and growing churches, receive weekly feedback from the mentor, staff and key leaders, and to grow in their ministry skill sets. Finally the Residency Program is benefiting the Conference with excellent pastoral leadership that can significantly impact the world for Christ.”

Rev. Mark Rowland Supervising pastor & senior pastor of Anderson Hills United Methodist Church

For more information, contact...

Rev. Kathy Brown, Office of Ministry Director:
(Please type RESIDENT in the subject line)

Primary funding is provided through the generous gifts from our donors and the Lily Endowment.