June 4, 2024


Students and alumni celebrate ministry milestones

Audrey McClain, M.Div. ’19, is ordained as an elder in the West Ohio Conference

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

Elder commissioning:

  • Michael Farmer, serving Canton Crossroads UMC and Canton for All People


Elder commissioning

  • Nicolas Berlanga, serving Goodrich UMC
  • Kimberly Metzer, serving Burton Open Door UMC

Elder ordination

  • Martin Cobb, serving Schoolcraft, Pleasant Valley and Three Rivers First UMCs

West Ohio

Deacon commissioning:

  • Bethani Aiello
  • Xema Rose Whitley

Elder commissioning:

  • Pamela Connolly
  • Angela Cox
  • Ashton Dupler
  • Charles Ferguson

Deacon ordination

  • Alycia Boyer Orcena, serving as operations support coordinator at MTSO

Elder ordination

  • Marcella Ciccotelli, serving Ottawa Trinity and Riley Creek UMCs
  • Audrey McClain, serving at Richland Correctional Institute, Mansfield

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 public theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.


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