In January, the Regional Board approved entering a Memorandum of Understanding with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ohio and three other regions.
The Ohio Region currently does not have a called regional minister. During this time of transition, the regional ministers from the adjacent regions are providing ministry to the pastors and congregations of Ohio as Visiting Regional Ministers. The Christian Church in Ohio pays a stipend to each of the four surrounding regions for this service.
Dean Phelps, interim regional minister, in addition to serving Kentucky congregations, also serves the clergy and congregations of Ohio Districts 12, 13, and 14, essentially southern Ohio. This includes greater Cincinnati and locations such as Portsmouth and Chillicothe. The other visiting regional ministers are: Rick Spleth, Indiana; Eugene James, Michigan; and Thad Allen, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The Memorandum of Understand provides for this service through December 31, 2020.