March 2017  
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  • Mount Tabor - Wapakoneta - Foothills - Overall Winner
  • Green Camp UMC - Capitol Area North
  • Frazeysburg UMC - Foothills
  • Napoleon Christ - Maumee Watershed
  • Bradford UMC - Miami Valley
  • North Bend UMC - Ohio River Valley
  • Coal Grove UMC - Shawnee Valley

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Inspire... Celebrate... Give Voice to... rural and smaller membership churches in rural communities.

Gene Phelps, President

West Ohio Rural Advocates

The William B. Murray Vital Church Award

Winners for 2016

Meet our winners:

Northwest Plains – Overall Winner

          Mount Tabor (Wapakoneta)

          Rev. Rodney Ritchie

Capitol Area North

          Green Camp UMC

          Rev. Joshua Freshour


          Frazeyburg UMC

          Rev. Robert Mesnard, Jr.

Maumee Watershed

          Napoleon Christ

          Rev. Mary Kay

Miami Valley

          Bradford UMC

          Rev. Dwayne Wilson

Ohio River Valley

          North Bend UMC

          Rev. Beth Ann Crego

Shawnee Valley

          Coal Grove UMC

          Rev. Bradrick Jenkins

(No submission from Capitol Area South)

Contact Information  
The West Ohio United Methodist Rural Advocates
309 East Street
Gordon, Ohio 45304
Phone (937)884-5129
Who We Are
National UMRA

The National UMRA is gearing up for General Conference in 2016.

Items of focus:

Having a more visible presence and offering hospitality instead of pushing agendas

Concerns regarding the sale of rural properties and how/where the money is used

Assisting those enrolled in Course of Study to move more quickly through the process toward ordination

Issues around Global Health

and so much more.  If you are interested in becoming involved with the National UMRA, contact Carl Ellis at and visit the website at for more about what this group is doing.

Rural Healthcare

A July 2015 National Rural Health Association (NRHA) press release reports that during the period January 2013–July 2015, “more rural hospitals ha[d] closed than in the previous 10 years combined.”

If you are interested in healthcare in rural America, please read more at Foundation Funding To Improve Rural Health Care


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