May 4, 2023


Ordination, commissioning and 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.

East Ohio

Deacon commissioning:

  • Tammy Palermo, serving Mentor UMC

Deacon ordination:

  • Stanley Wertz, serving as chaplain of TA Truckstop Transport for Christ Global Ministry and at Mansfield Trinity UMC

Elder commissioning:

  • James Lance, serving as pastor of Wooster Church of the Cross

Elder ordination:

  • Jennifer Whitmore, serving as pastor of Paradise Hill and Nankin Community UMCs
  • Jonathan Williams, serving as pastor of Cortland and Fowler UMCs


Elder ordination:

  • Suzanne Todd, serving as associate pastor of Plymouth First UMC

West Ohio

Deacon commissioning:

  • Lucy Kelly
  • Ashley Wynn

Elder commissioning:

  • Mary Collins
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Carrie Schwab
  • Shin Sung

Western Pennsylvania

Elder ordination:

  • Derek Platt, serving as lead pastor of the Bedford County/Somerset County Cooperative Parish

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, 740-362-3322