Annual Conference 2022: Living Love Through Services, Sessions, & Celebrations

Annual Conference 2022: Living Love Through Worship, Business, and Celebrations

Annual Conference 2022 met June 9-11 in the John S. Knight Center in Akron with 448 clergy and 467 laity in attendance. This year’s theme, Let Us Live LOVE was grounded in the words of 1 John 4:7-13 (NIV).

“Living love is being disciples, making disciples, and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ. Living love is being agents of transformation, agents of healing, agents of hope in your communities. Living love is reaching new people, younger people, and a more diverse people,” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone. “Let us commit and recommit to the ways of Christ and to the ways of being community one with each other.”

Meeting around tables for the first time at Annual Conference, clergy and laity were able to have robust conversation as they worshipped together, celebrated two clergy being commissioned, 10 clergy being ordained, 28 clergy retiring, and commemorated 66 clergy and laity leaders who passed away since last year’s conference, and conducted important business of the East Ohio Conference. Annual Conference members voted to:

  • reduce the 2023 budget 5.3% to $9,764,559,
  • increase 2023 health care premiums 12%, and
  • increase 2023 minimum clergy salaries 10%.

“If sharing the love of God is the most important thing at a moment in time, then sharing the love of God is the most important thing all of the time,” said the Rev. Ed Fashbaugh, executive director of Connectional Ministries.

Read the AC 2022 recap article.
View and download the AC 2022 recap video.
View and download AC 2022 photos.


#BeUMC: Transform Lives with the Clergy and Laity of The United Methodist Church

#BeUMC: Transform Lives with the Clergy and Laity of The United Methodist Church

The #BeUMC campaign reminds us of who we are at our best – and invites us to tell others why we choose to be United Methodist. The #BeUMC campaign is built on four values that unite United Methodists:

  • disciple making;
  • belonging and inclusion;
  • influence, connection, and impact; and
  • experience of God through The UMC.

The #BeUMC campaign is consistent with the Council of Bishops’ “A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church” that speaks to the excitement, enthusiasm and hopes for the future of The United Methodist Church shared by clergy and laity across the denomination.

The #BeUMC campaign is also consistent with our shared vision of how clergy and laity of the East Ohio Conference will live into the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

  • We are being The United Methodist Church when we create small groups to reflect on and discuss the Word of God.
  • We are being The United Methodist Church when we do mission work.
  • We are being The United Methodist Church when we advocate for food security for everyone.
  • We are being The United Methodist Church when we pray for others.

Transform lives with us in The United Methodist Church, #BeUMC.

Learn more about #BeUMC and download the tool kit.


2022-2023 Cabinet: Eight Superintendents Serving 10 East Ohio Conference Districts

2022-2023 Cabinet: Eight Superintendents Serving 10 East Ohio Conference Districts

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  - Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

“Yes! God is doing a new thing in the East Ohio Conference and in these unprecedented times, God is making a way and unfolding new ministry and leadership possibilities,” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone in a letter to the Conference on February 15 describing her superintendency plan for 2022-23.

As of July 1, the 10 districts will be served by eight superintendents and there will be new superintendency models implemented in two regions of the Conference.

  • Rev. Bruce Hitchcock is the new superintendent of the North Coast District after previously serving as Ohio Valley District superintendent.
  • Rev. Laura White, Southern Hills District superintendent, will expand her leadership to also serve as co-superintendent of the Ohio Valley District.
  • Rev. Rev. Kelly Brown, Three Rivers District superintendent, will expand his leadership to also serve as Ohio Valley District co-superintendent.
  • Rev. Nestor Nazario, superintendent of the Mid-Ohio District, will expand his leadership to also serve as the superintendent of the Firelands District. Currently, Rev. Donna Van Trees assists the Firelands District superintendent. She will continue to work part-time and be appointed to serve as the district superintendent associate.

Read Bishop Malone’s letter in its entirety.

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Conference Stands Against Racism

EOC STANDS AGAINST RACISM: Bishop Tracy S. Malone, the Extended Cabinet, and East Ohio Conference laity and clergy are committed to stand against racism. Visit the Stand Against Racism resource page for small group studies, videos, podcasts, books, and more to learn how you can stand against racism.


United With Ukraine

UNITED WITH UKRAINE: Clergy and laity across The United Methodist Church are uniting in prayer with the people of Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country. Learn how The UMC stands with Ukraine. Donate to EOC Fund 1301 to support Ukraine. View an interview of Eurasia Area Bishop Khegay.


Teach • Reach • Bless

TEACH • REACH • BLESS: On the campus of Africa University in Zimbabwe, construction has begun on a new residence hall for 90 female students. Generous donors to the EOC Teach • Reach • Bless campaign raised and collected more than $1.5 million to build and furnish the new dorm. Learn more.


Disaffiliation Pathway

DISAFFILIATION PATHWAY: Following consultation between Bishop Malone and EOC leadership, churches and clergy wishing to separate from the denomination must follow the disaffiliation pathway found in ¶ 2553 of The Book of Discipline of The UMC. View the EOC Disaffiliation Pathway resource.




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