President’s New Message on General Conference Posted

Wendy Deichmann

President Wendy Deichmann’s most recent Letter from the President, “Theological Education and General Conference 2012” is now posted on our website. To view it CLICK HERE.

GCFA 2012

United is proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 General Conference, which begins next week on April 24. In addition to hosting a free alumni/ae lunch on Wednesday, April 25, we will also have daytime open house hours and evening activities. For a complete list and locations, please CLICK HERE.

Dr. Jason Vickers, Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, has posted a blog on General Conference, which can be read by CLICKING HERE.

United Hosts Wesleyan
Renewal Conference


On Thursday, May 17, United is hosting Theology, Eucharist and Ministry: A Conference for Wesleyan Renewal, a celebration in honor of Dr. Kendall McCabe. From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 3440 Shroyer Road, Kettering, OH, 17 Wesleyan theologians will call for the restoration of the Eucharist to its rightful place as the heart of theology and ministry in the Wesleyan tradition.

Kendall McCabe

At 6:30 p.m. that evening, a dinner will be held at the Dayton Marriott, also in honor of Dr. McCabe, who will retire in June. He came to United in 1980, and has served the school’s students for more than 30 years as Professor of Homiletics and Worship, Dean, and currently as Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair. He is a member of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The conference is sponsored by United, the Miami Valley District and the Ohio River Valley District of the UMC. For more details and registration information, please CLICK HERE or phone Dr. Jason Vickers at 937.529.2201.

Watson Lectures at Human
Trafficking Event

David Watson

Dr. David Watson, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, was the featured speaker at a March 17 event at Normandy United Methodist Church in Dayton, “A Faithful Response: Facing Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.” The event was sponsored by the General Board of Church and Society and the West Ohio Annual Conference.

A recording of Dr. Watson’s lecture is available by CLICKING HERE.

Preaching Jesus Christ With a
Prophetic Focus: 2nd Annual
Charles Booth Conference

Charles Booth

There is still time to register for the second annual Charles E. Booth Preaching Conference, which will be held May 22 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 350 North High St., Columbus, OH. The 2012 conference theme is "Preaching Jesus Christ with a Prophetic Focus."

Presenters include Dr. Joel Gregory, Dr. Mack King Carter, Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, Dr. Frank A. Thomas, Dr. Sir Walter L. Mack, Jr., Dr. Carolyn A. Knight, Dr. H. Beecher Hicks Jr., Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks, Dr. Rita Twiggs, Dr. Jasmin W. Sculark, Bishop Walter S. Thomas, Sr., Rev. Walter Thomas, Jr, Bishop Tommie L. Triplett, Jr., and Bishop Derek T. Triplett.

For information and registration, please CLICK HERE or contact Monique Lemmon at or 614.653.6684.

Bashore to Speak at Spring Commencement

George Bashore

Bishop George Bashore, retired United Methodist Bishop and currently United's board chair, is the featured speaker at Spring Commencement, to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Precious Blood Catholic Church, 4961 Salem Ave., Dayton.

For more details and a schedule for the day, please CLICK HERE.

Dr. Kenneth Pohly Receives 2012 Helen Flanders Dunbar Award

Ken Pohly Charles Booth

The 2012 Helen Flanders Dunbar Award, given annually by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), has been made to the Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Pohly, Director Emeritus, Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation at United Theological Seminary. The award was announced at the March 2012 Plenary of the CPSP in Pittsburgh, PA. Annually CPSP honors one who has made significant contributions to clinical pastoral training, education and transformation.

Because Dr. Pohly can no longer travel, Dr. Robert Charles Powell of the CPSP traveled to Dayton on April 2, 2012, and presented the award to him in the presence of family, friends and colleagues. At the presentation, Dr. Powell noted Pohly’s seminal book, Pastoral Supervision: Inquiries into Pastoral Care, which was published 35 years ago and revised twice, had “greatly broadened and deepened our grasp of supervision – what it can be. We need to revisit the appreciation he had of supervision as covenant, relationship, incarnation, plus an optimal amalgam of judgment and grace.”

Alumni/ae Association Launches Ambassador Program

Ambassador Program

In response to the needs of our students, and in an effort to deepen relationships with our alumni/ae, the Alumni/ae Association Executive Committee has launched an exciting new program this spring. All alumni/ae are invited to serve as ambassadors to first-year students.

Responsibilities of an Alumni/ae Ambassador include:

  1. Commitment to a student during their entire seminary education

  2. Monthly contact with student via email, phone, social media or face to face. (to be negotiated between ambassador and student)

  3. Prayer and spiritual care support 

  4. Celebration of student’s achievements

We already have 30 alumni/ae signed up, and have begun matching them to current students. Are you interested in participating in this important program? Please contact Rev. Brice Thomas, Director of Alumni/ae Services at or 937.529.2256 and let us know if you have any preferences (denomination, degree program, gender, orientation, location, etc.) Your student match will be made known to you at the end of April in preparation for introducing the program at our next Gathering Week,
May 7 – 14.

Mallory Speaks at Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Dr. Margaret Mallory ’90, ’99, was the guest speaker at United’s 2012 Vision to Victory, held April 17 and 18. Vision to Victory is an annual celebration honoring the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. around the time of his martyrdom. Dr. Mallory spoke on Tuesday, April 17 at an evening service at Omega Baptist Church, and also at United’s Wednesday morning chapel service.

“Vision to Victory is an expression of United’s longstanding commitment to the African American Church and our respect and admiration for Dr. King,” said President Wendy Deichmann.

United Hosting West Ohio Conference’s “Day Apart”

United is hosting a West Ohio Conference day-long event for African American pastors of the conference on Thursday, May 10. Bishop Bruce Ough has worked with leadership from BMCR, The Cross-Racial Appointment Committee and Connectional Ministries to design the program, which will focus on the challenges and opportunities for African-American congregations.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr., Associate Professor of Evangelism and Associate Professor of Black Church Studies at Saint Paul School of Theology, and United’s President Wendy Deichmann will participate on the panel.

01. President's Message
02. Wesleyan Renewal Conference
03. Human Trafficking
04. Charles Booth Conference
05. Spring Commencement
06. Dr. Kenneth Pohly Awarded
07. Ambassador Program
08. Vision to Victory
09. "Day Apart"