July 21, 2022


Alums and students mark ministry milestones

MTSO congratulates its alumni and students who are being ordained or commissioned within conferences of the United Methodist Church or are celebrating other significant steps within their faith traditions this year.

If you're an MTSO alum or student who should be included but isn't, please complete the brief form on our ordination and commissioning page so that we can recognize you.

West Ohio Bishop Gregory Palmer ordains Andrew Burns as elder (Credit: Alex Giffin)

East Ohio

Elder ordination:

  • Rebecca Evanoff, serving Fairhope UMC and The Vine
  • Jacob Heskett, serving Crystal Park UMC and North Canton Faith UMC
  • Edward Kovacik, serving Cadiz Scott Memorial UMC
  • Shannon Trenton, serving Church Hill UMC
  • Hyeran Yu, serving Wellington First UMC


Elder ordination:

  • Daniel Henson, serving in the Red Bird Missionary Conference at First UMC and Beech Creek UMC in Manchester, Kentucky


Elder commissioning:

  • Sunhwa Hopgood, serving Washington UMC

Elder ordination:

  • Nicholas Bonsky, serving Orchard UMC
  • Marva Pope, serving Sterling Heights UMC
  • Amy Triebwasser, serving as senior pastor of Saline First UMC


Deacon ordination:

  • Hope Hutchison, serving as director of children, youth, family and outreach ministries at Richfield UMC

West Ohio

Deacon commissioning:

  • Michele Luebbers
  • Alycia Boyer Orcena, serving at MTSO

Elder commissioning:

  • Marcella Ciccotelli, serving Findlay St. Marks, Ottawa Trinity and Riley Creek UMCs

Elder ordination:

  • Andrew Burns, serving King Avenue UMC
  • E. Neil Gaiser, serving Dayton Fairview UMC
  • Hyo-Jin Kim, serving New Carlisle First UMC
  • Sarah Moon
  • Cecil Thompson, serving Toledo Braden UMC
  • Kent Winkler, serving Delta UMC

American Baptist Churches USA

Ordination into ministry:

  • David Harris, serving as pastor of First Baptist Church of Syracuse in Jamesville, New York

United Church of Christ

Ordination into Christian ministry:

  • Brenda Waddell, Living Water Association, Heartland Conference, serving the Bath Church UCC

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in social justice, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.


Danny Russell, communications director
drussell@mtso.edu, 740-362-3322