Clear Open Churches for 2018

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and the West Ohio Annual Conference appointive cabinet seek to match clergy and congregations as we strive toward our missional purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! As part of our appointive process, the West Ohio cabinet is employing a concept used by other annual conferences (Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Rocky Mountain, & Michigan) called “clear open churches”. Clear open churches are churches where a change of appointment has already been announced in the congregation (most often through retirements). The list of "clear open churches" was sent in an early January email to all active full elder and associate member clergy. The District Superintendent (DS) of each open church has written a brief description.

Presently there are clear open churches in four of our eight districts of the West Ohio Annual Conference. These churches are listed below, along with a brief description. Also, there is a PDF link listing the clear open churches, for you to print, at the bottom of this page. The appointive cabinet will employ the information from your interest as part of our appointment-making process. 

If you are an elder in full connection or an associate member and are interested in being considered for one of these clear open churches, the cabinet invites you to send an email to the superintendent of the open church, with a copy to your own DS, stating why you are interested and what gifts you think you bring. If you want to know more about the church, please check out its website by clicking the name of the church below and email the DS.

Clear Open Churches - 2018

Capitol Area North (CAN) District
Superintendent: lmiddelberg [at] (subject: Clear%20Open%20Churches) (Rev. Linda Middelberg)

  • Church of the Saviour: This church is located on the outskirts of Westerville, Ohio, with a membership of 150, and averaged 63 in Sunday Worship during 2017. Church of the Savior's Vision Statement is "Connecting to the love and hope of Jesus to see people saved, equipped, empowered, and serving."  We are known as a church that is very warm and welcoming.  East of Hoover Reservoir, we are in a changing area.  We are mission-minded and work in our community in a partnership call SideBySide Ministry.  
    Position Open: Pastor

Capitol Area South (CAS) District
Superintendent: tbias [at] (subject: Clear%20Open%20Churches) (Rev. Dr. Tim Bias)

  • Groveport UMC: This church is in the center of the town of Groveport. It is a suburban church will a small-town feel. Because of its solid connection with the community, the church is positioned to provide spiritual leadership to the community and vital and effective ministry in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of Groveport and surrounding communities. The congregation is financially sound and healthy. It has a record of paying apportionments at all levels: conference, district, and community outreach. The church presently has approximately 250 members with an average worship attendance of 150 persons.
    Position Open: Pastor
  • Maple Street UMC: This church is located in the city of Lancaster. Known for its prayer ministry and missional outreach into the city, Maple Street Church supports one worship service. Over the years the church has been financially stable and has been faithful in paying apportionments on all levels. Presently there are 160 members with an average worship attendance of 65.
    Position Open: Pastor

Miami Valley (MIV) District 
Superintendent: jroper [at] (subject: Clear%20Open%20Churches) (Rev. Dr. Jocelyn Roper)

  • Christ Kettering UMC: This church is one of West Ohio Conference’s largest and most vital congregations. The third largest church in the Miami Valley District (MIV), it is situated in the southern part of Montgomery County in the suburb of Kettering. Christ UMC has two campuses in the area: Kettering and the South Campus in the Centerville/Springboro communities. In a partnership between Ginghamsburg UMC, the MIV and West Ohio Conference, the church started an additional campus (Mosaic Church) south of Dayton in September of 2017. There are currently six pastors serving: two full time elders, three full- time local pastors and one retired elder. Christ UMC has a full-time daycare/preschool program on the main campus. The Kettering campus setting is transitioning from upper middle class to a solid middle class and working-class community. The incoming Senior minister will need to be able to reach the changing community while holding onto their longtime worship community. The Kettering campus worships twice on Sunday as does South Campus and Mosaic church.
    Position Open: Senior Minister of the Christ UMC campus (FE)
  • Normandy UMC: This church is in Centerville and was formerly a home gifted by its’ owners for the purpose of becoming a church. Normandy UMC is situated in southern Montgomery County in an established suburban community. Normandy ministries are multi-generational and currently worships two traditional and one contemporary service each Sunday. Normandy UMC’s clergy include a senior and an associate appointment. The associate pastor leads the contemporary “Anchor Service.”
    Position Open: Senior Minister
  • Aley UMC: This church is located South East of I-675 in Beavercreek and currently worships 225 on Sunday morning. Aley UMC nurtures the current congregation in growing and strengthening their relationship with God. The church’s strategy is to “grow God’s kingdom by attracting and supporting new generations of believers and people who are seeking a relationship with God.” This church serves numerous families stationed at Wright Patterson Airforce Base near Dayton. The church offers contemporary and traditional worship and has a Daycare ministry for area children in pre-school thru pre-k.
    Position Open: Senior Minister

Ohio River Valley (ORV) District
Superintendent: tanderson [at] (subject: Clear%20Open%20Churches) (Rev. Dr. Todd Anderson)

  • Lindenwald UMC: The county seat church in Lindenwald, a suburb of Hamilton, Lindenwald UMC is coming off two long tenured pastorates of nine and eight years respectively.  The congregation worships close to 200 in two services, a 9:30 a.m. traditional and an 11:40 a.m. contemporary service.  A parsonage is provided.
    Position Open: Pastor 
  • Sharonville UMC: church is located in suburban Cincinnati.  The church worships 160 in three services each Sunday (two traditional and one contemporary).  The building is currently undergoing modifications and upgrades. Sharonville houses a pre-school and offers a parsonage to their clergy family. 
    Position Open: Pastor

There are no Clear Open Churches in Foothills District, Northwest Plains District, Maumee Watershed District, or Shawnee Valley District at this time.

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