July 30, 2021

MTSO students and alums mark ministry milestones

MTSO recognizes and congratulates its alumni and students who are being ordained or commissioned within conferences of the United Methodist Church or are celebrating other ministry milestones 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.

Donald Ackerman is ordained in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church (Photo courtesty of East Ohio Conference Communications)

East Ohio

Commissioned as elder:

  • Sean McLeod, serving Woodlawn UMC in Bucyrus
  • Jennifer Whitmore, serving Nankin Community and Paradise Hill UMCs in Ashland

Ordained as elder:

  • Donald Ackerman, serving Crossroads UMC and Canton for All People Extension Ministry in Canton
  • Marelize Bruner, serving as pastor of Columbia UMC in Columbia Station
  • Ted Buehl, serving Fitchville UMC in New London
  • J. Harlen Rife, serving Pearl Road UMC in Cleveland


Commissioned as elder:

  • Ronald N. Marcoux Jr., serving as senior pastor of Cornerstone UMC in Chrisney


Ordained as elder:

  • Robert Blanchard, serving as pastor of Lansing First UMC
  • Christopher Butson, serving Lincoln Community UMC in Ypsilanti
  • Matthew Chapman, serving Traverse Bay UMC in Traverse City
  • Sean Kidd, serving Westwood UMC in Kalamazoo

West Ohio

Commissioned as elder:

  • Audrey McClain, serving as chaplain at Richland Correctional Institute in Mansfield

Ordained as elder:

  • Jennifer Leskovac Bass, serving Crosswood and Epworth UMCs in Marion
  • Jessica Cavinee, serving Zanesfield and Rushylvania UMCs
  • Clara Kwon, serving Thurston UMC
  • Ernest Ologo, serving Westwood UMC in Cincinnati
  • Victoria Muhlencamp Robinson, serving Church of the Saviour UMC in Cincinnati
  • Alex Wiles, serving Church of St. Andrew United Methodist in Toledo

West Virginia

Ordained as elder:

  • Paula Napier, serving New Haven and Graham UMCs

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Ordained into word and sacrament:

  • Jacqui Buschor, serving as pastor of the Church on Oakland Park in Columbus

Unitarian Universalist Association

Entered into full fellowship:

  • Rina Shere, serving in the Cleveland VA Medical Center

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 counseling, social justice, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.


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