• Episode 266: Blessed Are The Meek

    “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)


    Meek does not mean weak.


    Now that we have that out of the way, what is meant by “blessed are the meek?”


    If what comes to mind when you hear the word meek is weak, harmless, or spiritless, it’s time to reconsider. If what you think of is someone who is a “doormat,” quiet, timid, or does not want to offend anyone, let’s reframe it in the biblical understanding of meek.


    Continue reading and Listen to Episode 266

  • Circuit Ministry

    Circuit Ministry

    Each week, we’re holding in prayer one of our circuits in the Capitol Area District. Pray specifically for God’s guidance as the churches seek to collaborate to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in their local community.


    January 18-24, 2023

    Centenary UMC

    Church of the Good Shepherd UMC

    Columbus Korean UMC

    Ebenezer UMC

    Epworth UMC

    Lee Avenue UMC

    Maize Manor UMC

    Vietnamese Congregation at Maize Manor


    January 25 - 31, 2023

    Church of the Master UMC

    Church of the Messiah UMC

    Church of the Saviour UMC

    Harlem Road UMC

    New Albany UMC

    Stonybrook UMC


    February 1-7, 2023

    Etna UMC

    Kirkersville UMC

    Pataskala UMC

    Summit Station UMC

    Wagram UMC


    February 8-14, 2023

    Alexandria UMC

    Bennington Chapel UMC

    Croton UMC

    Johnstown UMC


    Questions about Circuit Ministry? Contact Sara Thomas sarathomas [at] or Karen Cook kcook [at]


  • Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias, Superintendent

    Welcome to our Capitol Area Districts website!

    Bias Opinion


    Is Being A Christ-Centered Leader - Worth Your Life?


    Is being a Christ-centered leader worth your life? You are still feeling the effects of a Covid shutdown, the information, misinformation, and disinformation regarding your denomination, and the general care needed to keep people focused upon God’s love. With the unexpected challenges, chaos, and confusion being a Christ-centered leader, at this time, is taking a toll on many who are seeking to be faithful. 


    Some of you have navigated the challenges with courage and grace. Others of you have met unexpected obstacles and are stuck. Still others of you are weary. I get it. On any given day I can experience all three. That is why I am asking the question. 


    At your best, you have the opportunity to live within a community of grace-filled Jesus followers.


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  • ORV Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Core Course - Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity)

    Sunday, March 12, 2023 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 9:00pm

    Life Together in the United Methodist Connection gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. A copy of the 2016 Book of Discipline is recommended for this course.

    What we believe about God and God’s relation to the world shapes who we are and how we organize our church. The Method of Our Mission, especially written for United Methodist classes, uses a Wesleyan theological frame to help readers understand United Methodism’s principles and structure, and the relationship between our beliefs, mission, and practice. The book is arranged into four parts—United Methodist beliefs, mission, practice, and organization.

    This LSM core advanced course is being offered via Zoom on the following dates from 7-9pm:
    • Sunday, March 12
    • Tuesday, March 14
    • Thursday, March 16
    • Sunday, March 19
    • Tuesday, March 21

    Your Zoom link will be emailed to you 3 days prior to the first class.

    Students will need to purchase their own text: The Method of Our Mission, Laceye C. Warner, Participant’s Book  -  Available from Cokesbury, Amazon and more.

    Location Name: 
    Glen Lash
    $20 + the cost of the book
  • Doing Restorative Justice TODAY

    Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
    Sponsored by All In Community, a mission initiative through the West Ohio Conference

    In the United Methodist Social Principles on criminal and restorative justice (164.V.H.), “we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole.”

    But how?  Restortative justice, rooted in indigenous traditions of healing and accountability, offers a solution.  Focused on repairing the relational and communal damage done by harmful actions, restorative justice offering pathways and practices for righting the wrong and bringing healing to all involved—including the one harmed, the one who harmed, the families of both, and the community at large.

    Restorative justice is the Church’s work of reconciliation and redemption in the face of woundedness and in the reality of harmful systems of retribution and injustice.  This session provides a basic understanding of the restorative justice framework and some basic restorative practices for doing restorative justice today.


    Location Name: 
    Virtual Only through ZOOM
    Jami Nathan
    Age Group: 
    $10 - General, $15 - CEU (UMC)/Certificate of Participation
  • Exciting Work Happening In West Ohio

    Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:

    Grace and Peace to you.

    I want to take this opportunity to give you an update on some exciting work going on in the West Ohio Conference that has an affect on all of us. So, here we go.


    • At the 2022 regular session of the Annual Conference, the members established a Connectional Table. The group convened in the Fall and took up their work. Recently they acted to move forward with a Strategic Planning Process for the conference to help envision the work to which we are called over the next several years. Measurement Resources has been engaged as a consulting partner for this process. This work will ultimately engage lots of people and voices. It is anticipated that the process will be completed by early September. Stay tuned for more as it emerges.
    • Last June the lay and clergy members of the West Ohio Annual Conference also voted to reduce the number of districts from eight to six effective July 1, 2023. I promised to report the what and the where of the six new districts by March 1, 2023. I share with you now that we are on track, and you can look for an announcement said date. Many people have given generously of their time, skill, experience, and opinions in this process. I am grateful to each and all of them. I look forward to living into our new six district reality.
    • The work related to disaffiliation continues. I want to alert you that I intend to call another Adjourned Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference to vote on disaffiliations under par. 2553 of the Book of Discipline. Please hold Saturday October 21, 2023 for this special session. Keep in mind that this heads-up is not the official Call to Conference. Rather it expresses my intention. There are details still to be worked out including formally specifying all agenda items, technology etc.

    As we journey from Epiphany to Lent to Easter let’s choose to keep our eyes on Jesus and boldly engage the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

    Yours in Christ Jesus,

    + Bishop Gregory V. Palmer


  • Help God’s Love Take Flight this February!

    Bishop Palmer, the West Ohio Conference Office of Connectional Ministries and the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio invite you to show your love for Wings of the Morning during the month of February through a special urgent appeal.

    Due to supply chain issues and government paperwork delays, the much-loved Cessna aircraft, purchased by West Ohio for the North Katanga Conference Wings of the Morning Ministry has been unexpectedly grounded for nearly six months awaiting necessary repairs.

    With the grounding of this aircraft, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo lost access to emergency medications, supplies and the ability to evacuate in case of emergency. Although the costs for the major maintenance are covered, thanks in part to the Wings of the Morning Endowment Fund, operating reserves are now depleted with no corporate sponsorships to offset operating costs. Soon, staff may need to be laid off.

    West Ohio, we can make a difference and help lighten the load for missionaries Jeanne and Gaston Ntambo!

    Just $20,000 would help cover immediate needs for operational support including staff salaries, airplane documentation fees, hanger fees, and fuel costs – all necessary costs for getting the ministry back up and flying by spring, just in time for the rainy season in the DRC.

    You can help! 

    As an individual donor: Send your tax-deductible gift via check to the UMFWO with the following information in the memo line: NKWOTM Advance # 08597A or click here to donate and choose Wings of the Morning in the drop down menu to donate online.

    As a church: Mail your gift to: West Ohio Conference 32 Wesley Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085 C/O Finance & Administration with the following information in the memo line: NKWOTM Advance # 08597A.

    Please follow us on our website, social media channels and NewsNET for updates on this fundraising effort.

    Thank you, West Ohio!

    Click here to learn more about Wings of the Morning

    Click here to watch a video

  • Applications Now Being Accepted for Ministry Intern Program

    The West Ohio Conference Ministry Intern Program (formerly the Next Generations Leadership Ministry Intern Program) is a great opportunity for young adults who are discerning a call to ministry. Applications are currently being accepted for interested young adults.

    Internship placements are made with innovative and engaging congregations and church leaders throughout the West Ohio Conference. The dates for the program are May 30 – July 7, 2023 and include a $4,000 stipend for the six-week internship.

    Qualified applicants are:

    -         Young adults currently attending a college or university.

    -         Available for the duration of the internship.

    -         Returning to college in the fall of 2023.

    If you are interested or know a young adult who may be qualified or has expressed a desire to explore a call to ministry, please encourage them to apply. The application deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST.Click here to apply

    For questions, please email Rev. Donnetta Peaks, Director of the Office of Ministry at dpeaks [at] or call 614-844-6200, 314. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the possibility of being hosted by their home church and mentored by their pastor/pastoral team. Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging or accommodations. 

    Click here for applications

  • Disability Grant Removes One Church's Barriers to Worship

    Ohio Disability and Ministry Collaborative, a ministry of the West Ohio Conference announced a pilot grant program to fund projects for the improvement of church accessibility in the West Ohio Conference. 

    Crosswood United Methodist Church in the Capital Area District applied and was awarded a grant to continue making needed repairs and improvements to their church, eliminating barriers for inclusive participation in worship.

    Julia Jones of Crosswood UMC gives her testimony of her experience as a disabled music worship leader.

    Many years ago, Crosswood UMC in Marion installed a wheelchair lift to our altar area because our pastor at that time needed it. Our altar area, where I lead music every Sunday, was accessible only by steps in five different locations. About ten years ago, the lift stopped functioning due to faulty original installation. The altar area was back to being accessible only by steps. Church leadership determined it wasn’t worth repairing since they didn’t perceive a need for it. The rest of the church was totally accessible: doors, bathrooms, parking, sanctuary, fellowship hall, etc. Unless you are disabled, either temporarily or permanently, you probably don’t think anything about walking up and down seven or eight steps, neither did the leadership. Now the congregation is ten years older, and things have changed for many of us.

    I am a disabled worship music leader at Crosswood UMC. My disability makes navigating steps painful and unsafe. Other congregants and students in our preschool have similar difficulties. Some in our church family are amputees, have breathing problems, are wheelchair bound or have the same kind of issues I have with steps. Many in our congregation cannot easily participate in standard parts of church life and worship like scripture reading, decorating the altar area, contributing to the music ministry, preparing communion, etc. One of our pianists quit playing because steps took her breath away. We even had one preschooler who had to be carried up the steps in his wheelchair so he could take part in his graduation ceremony.

    For those of us with disabilities, we plan ahead when we know there are barriers. I used to plan my music leadership so that I walked up and down the steps the fewest number of times possible. If I didn’t, I paid for it for several days of increased pain and immobility. There was a very real barrier in our church, and only some of us could fully participate and approach the altar. In working on this project, I realized our disabilities are not the barriers…building designs are the barriers.

    That’s how it was until we applied for an accessibility grant and completed our wheelchair lift repair project in December 2022. I say prayers of thanks to the West Ohio Conference for the grant and every other person who worked to make the project happen. It took most of the year, but our trustees and the elevator company finally got all the repairs completed. In the final step, the State of Ohio certified the lift, and we began using it. I admit I was a bit giddy the first few times. Now I use the lift every Sunday and any other day I am there and need to be in the altar area. Anyone who wants to take part in activities and worship in the altar area has a safe and painless way to do that. It's thrilling to know there are now no building barriers in Crosswood UMC between the people and God’s altar. That’s how it should always be.