Some of our staff attended one of several "Meet the New Miami Valley District Superintendent" meetings today held at Normandy UMC in Centerville. Rev. Chris Heckaman (middle of photo) who is presently appointed as Senior Pastor of Sidney First UMC will begin his new position on July 1.
Chris shared his vision for the Miami Valley District by pointing to the history and spirit of our own greater Dayton area and specifically to people like the Wright brothers and Paul Lawrence Dunbar who were able to reach beyond what people saw as impossibilities to accomplish great things.
Reminding us of God's very first word recorded in the Bible, "let" as in "let there be light," Chris wants the people of the Miami Valley District to be a people who "let" God bring transformation to our communities and world through us.
We welcome Chris and his wife, Lisa, also pictured above, and will keep them in our prayers as they make this transition. We also keep our present District Superintendent, Duane Anders, and his family in prayer as Duane transitions back to full time status at Stillwater UMC in Dayton.
Our Miami Valley District is one of eight districts in the West Ohio Conference and consists of approximately 160 churches which includes Faith Community.