67 Graduate During Advent Commencement at Ginghamsburg Church


Advent Commencement was held December 14 at Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. County Road 25A, Tipp City, OH. Bishop Michael Coyner, Bishop of the Indiana Area, UMC, was the commencement speaker at the ceremony, which featured 67 graduates. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Jeremy Winston Chorale SingS
at White House

White House

On Tuesday, December 18, the Jeremy Winston Chorale, under the leadership of United's Music Director, Jeremy Winston, sang at a Christmas party at the White House for the President, First Lady and many distinguished guests. They personally met and took a picture with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and performed a song in memory of the victims of the tragedy in Connecticut. Alumni/ae Tesia Mallory '12, and Brice Thomas '04, are also members of the Jeremy Winston Chorale and were present for this great honor.

United, Miami Valley District of the UMC Aid West Virginia

Food Drive

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy's effect on West Virginia, students at United Theological Seminary made a pledge themselves and issued a challenge to the faculty and staff to help raise funds to go toward filling food pantries in West Virginia that serve the area of our sister campus in Buckhannon, WV. United's Student Council pledged $300 to this effort, and their challenge to the faculty and staff (together) was to match that amount of giving with cash donations. The Student Council further challenged the Miami Valley District of the UMC to match the collective goal of the United community, and they agreed to do so.

Working together, they had the goal of raising $1,200 in relief funding for food pantries in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Through the donations, they were able to surpass their goal and raised $1,220 to go toward the purchase of food and personal items for five food pantries in the Randolph County, WV, area.

Ms. Phyllis Ennist Appointed
as ATS-TTEG Chair

Phyllis Ennist

United's Assistant Dean for Distance Education, Ms. Phyllis Ennist, recently accepted an appointment by American Theological Schools - Technology in Theological Education Group (ATS-TTEG) as chair. The focus of the group is education technology, and the group has an interactive site located HERE. More information can be found online at the ATS website HERE.

Dr. Lisa Hess to Participate in Blog Series

Dr. Lisa Hess

The Wabash Center for Teaching Theology and Religion is instigating an eight-week blog series, "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda," aimed at assisting younger professors in the transition into teaching, and they invited United's Dr. Lisa Hess, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, to open the series on January 22. More information is available HERE.

D.Min. Intensive to Focus
on Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

United's Doctor of Ministry Intensive will run from January 28 to February 1, 2013, at the Marriott Hotel, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH. This intensive's theme will be "Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: A Faithful Response" and will feature speakers including Dr. David Watson, Dr. Marie Fortune and Dr. Tony Talbott. President Wendy Deichmann will be preaching during the Opening Worship at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Precious Blood Church, 4961 Salem Ave., Dayton, OH. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Join United Faculty and Students on Pilgrimage in Brazil

Brazil Flagr

United alumni/ae, friends and families are invited to join Professor of Old Testament and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Vivian Johnson, United students and the Society of Biblical Studies on an immersion trip to Brazil scheduled May 26 to June 4. Those interested (and not participating for course credit) should contact Ginnene Peavie at gnpeavie@united.edu or 937.529.2302. The deadline for the trip is March 15. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Save the Date!

Exploring the FaithJanuary 20 – 21, 2013
"Exploring the Faith Lecture Series" in the Willow Valley area of Lancaster, PA, featuring Dr. Luther Oconer, Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies and Director of the Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage, on the topic, "Spirit-filled: The Global Pentecostal Movement in United Methodist Contexts," an alumni/ae gathering and continuing education opportunity at the Doubletree Resort in Willow Valley, PA. The deadline for commuter only registration is January 11. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.



Exploring the FaithFebruary 15, 2013
"Preaching the Great 50 Days", sponsored by The Center for Worship, Preaching and the Arts, and featuring Dr. Richard Eslinger, Professor of Homiletics and Worship, will be held at United. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.



Minding the Good GroundMarch 13, 2013
"Minding the Good Ground: A Conference on Church Renewal" featuring Dr. Jason Vickers, Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies and President's Associate for Mission Advancement, at Northeastern Seminary, Rochester, NY. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Light the Fire!April 18 – 19, 2013
"Light the Fire! 2013: Divine Healing - Third Annual Church Renewal Conference" at Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. County Road 25A, Tipp City, OH. Speakers include William J. Abraham, Candy Gunther Brown, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Randy Clark, Virginia Todd Holeman, Craig S. Keener, Felicia LaBoy, Mike Slaughter, Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. and Dr. Terry Teykl. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

April 8, 2013
Spring Donor Thankathon
April 29, 2013
Gathering Week

Charles E. BoothMay 21 – 23, 2013
"The Charles E. Booth Preaching Conference: Preaching the Whole Counsel of God" is a conference open to all preachers, pastors, associate ministers and seminary students to be held in Columbus, OH. Speakers include Dr. Charles E. Booth, Bishop Claude Alexander, Dr. Raquel St. Clair Lettsome, Dr. Rita Twiggs, Dr. Robert Smith, Dr. Gina Stewart and Dr. Sir Walther Mack Jr. For more details and to register, CLICK HERE!

Photo Board

Scholarship DinnerScholarship Dinner
Pictured are Matthew Overman (second from left), his wife (far left), his son (holding), Rev. Bill Patterson '75 (Senior Pastor, Leipsic UMC), Rev. Tom Graves (Associate Pastor, Leipsic UMC), Rev. Ruth Carter-Crist '07 (Associate Pastor, Leipsic UMC) and Rev. Timothy Forbess '93 in the background. Matthew Overman received the Leipsic Master Scholar scholarship during United Scholarship Dinner in December.


Heat MiserUnited's Christmas Party
United hosted its Christmas party for staff, faculty and students on December 12, which featured a Christmas Quiz Bowl pitting the students on Team Heat Miser: Tesia Mallory, Jonathon Hanover, Caleb Speicher and Heather Rutherford against the faculty/staff on Team Snow Miser: President Wendy Deichmann, Assistant Dean for Distance Education Phyllis Ennist, Associate Professor in Church History Horace Six-Means and David Watson, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of New Testament.


FirepowerFirepower for Your Ministry
Dr. Peter Bellini, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Missiology in the Vera Blinn Chair and Director of Non-Degree Programs, addresses the participants in the "Firepower for Your Ministry" event held December 1 at United.

01. Graduation
02. White House Visit
03. WV Food Drive
04. Phyllis Ennist – ATS Chair
05. Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
06. Human Trafficking
07. Pilgrimage to Brazil
08. Save the Date!
09. Photo Board