New pastor assigned to Kilgore/Harsh Memorial UM churches


Several area United Methodist Church pastors returned to their respective pastorates and will begin new term assignments July 1.

One new assignment occurred at Harsh Memorial/Kilgore UM Churches where Rev. Mark Thomas has been assigned, succeeding Rev. Eric Kluth, who was assigned to Mogadore UMC.

Local and area reassignments made following the 2018 East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church held last week at Lakeside include:

Carrollton First United Methodist Church – Rev. Daniel L. Loomis, senior pastor, and Rev. Kimberly Arbaugh, associate pastor, who attended as clergy delegates.

Other members of the church who attended and participated in the conference included Craig and Kaye Winters, lay delegates; Carl and Molly Winters, who sang in the conference choir; Doug Arbaugh, delegate by virtue of his office as lay leader in the Ohio Valley District and Paige Arbaugh, CCYM representative.

Rev. Arbaugh was the principal speaker at the June 12 morning conference service. A group of local youth also attended, along with Rev. Loomis’s wife, Barb.

Rev. Seth Filburn, pastor of Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church, was ordained into the ministry at an ordination ceremony June 13 and was assigned as pastor of Shadyside and Lincoln Ave. United Methodist Churches.

Rev. Filburn is a former director of the One Way Youth Center in Carrollton and a former assistant pastor at Carrollton First United Methodist Church.

Area assignments and reassignments made at United Methodist churches within The Free Press Standard’s circulation area include:

Amsterdam Mt. Zion UMC – Raymond Miller

Chestnut Ridge and Bergholz UM churches – Lee Iden

Baxter’s Ridge UM Church – Rev. Richard Wallace.

Bowerston First and Bowerston Trinity – Tom Dawson

Church of Cross at East Springfield – James Gaston

East Rochester and Bayard – Dave Naus

East Springfield Christ – Greg Bush

Herrington Bethel UMC – Pastor Allen Hill

Jewett-New Rumley – Hester Hudson

Leavittsville – James Ricketts

Leesville – Jerralyn Myers

Malvern UM Church – Pastor Frank Zugaro

Mt. Pleasant UM Church on Canyon Rd. – Rev. Steve Smith

Pleasant Grove UM Church – Pastor John L. Carpenter

Riley’s UM church – Pastor Patrick Smith

Scio UMC – Deborah Kellar

Sherrodsville Calvary and Dellroy UM Church – Pastor Kenneth Ogg

No pastor has been assigned to Perryville-Pleasant Hill UM Churches.