(Posted Aug. 13, 2015)
Everyone is invited to the homecoming, set for Saturday, Aug. 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 8530 Lilly Chapel Georgesville Road, London (Lilly Chapel).
Noon—Silent auction opens
2:30 p.m.—Kiddie pedal pull
4 p.m.—The Posse Band
5 p.m.—Silent auction ends
6 p.m.—Live auction
All day—Food, crafts, goodies, children’s games and bake sale
It’s tradition. Every year, a parade kicks off the Trinity United Methodist Church Homecoming celebration in Lilly Chapel. And every year, someone has the honor of presiding as grand marshal of the parade.
This year, the honoree is Rev. Kathy Brown, West Ohio Conference superintendent for the Capital Area South District of the United Methodist Church. She will head up the parade, which steps off at 11 a.m. Aug. 15.
Brown first heard the call to ministry while serving as secretary at her home church, now Crossroads United Methodist Church in the Hilltop area of Columbus. From there, she went on to hold many leadership positions at the church, district and conference levels, including pastor and chair of the Miami Valley District Committee on Ordained Ministry and Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. She also served as assistant to the superintendent of the Maumee Watershed District in northwest Ohio.
Brown received a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College in 1989 and a master’s of divinity degree from Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 1993, where she was an Alford Scholar. She was ordained as an elder in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in 1995 and served as associate pastor at Reynoldsburg UMC, pastor at Concord UMC in Englewood, and pastor at Belmont UMC in Dayton.
As West Ohio Conference superintendent, Brown oversees 123 congregations and several mission sites and projects. She also is a member of the bishop’s cabinet, assisting with the appointment of all pastors in the conference.
“Kathy has shown an impressive caring and experiential understanding of the role of clergy leadership and the power of call in the local church,” said Gregory V. Palmer, resident bishop.