Five of the new pastors serving Ohio Conference congregations, along with their spouses, took part in the New Pastor Orientation June 7-8. Sixteen new pastors and their spouses were invited, but only five couples were able to participate.
The two-day orientation began with an overnight stay at the Comfort Inn in Berlin. Following breakfast the next morning, Regional Pastor Ralph Reinford led the group to Heini’s Cheese Chalet, which was a cultural experience with an Amish tour guide. While in Berlin they also viewed Behalt, the 265-foot circular mural describing church history which is located at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. The group then enjoyed the buffet at Mrs. Yoder’s in Mount Hope.
After lunch they traveled on to the Ohio Conference office in Kidron to meet Conference Administrative Assistant Judy King and Conference Minister Tom Kauffman, who shared about the activities and re- sources of Conference. They visited Everence and MCC Connections and learned about their ministries. They ended the day at Camp Luz. “It was a great day of fellowship and learning,” said Regional Pastor Ralph Reinford.