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Join the New Church Starts Movement


Our Mission

To be a diverse movement of church-planting churches in the West Ohio Conference.

Why Plant Now?

Nationally, new United Methodist worshiping communities are outperforming all other new churches. There’s never been a better time than now. Here's why.


Get Connected

Check out some ways to learn more, get in touch and get involved with planting new worshiping centers in West Ohio.

Why you?

Starting a new church is one of the most effective forms of evangelism. Are you passionate about reaching new people for Jesus? Does the idea of starting new things excite you? Take a preliminary Path 1 assessment.

2017 NCS Grant Recipients

Meet the team of West Ohio church planters who are leading the new worship centers awarded 2017 grants.


….is the average worship attendance of United Methodist church plants by their 5th year.


….of people attending United Methodist church plants were unchurched.

84 commitments to Christ made in new United Methodist Churches by their 5th year.

Now is the time…


Why are we so excited about our West Ohio United Methodist New Church Starts? Let our church planters and other leaders tell you why they are so committed to this bold way of making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our Small Team with Big Ideas

  • Brad Aycock

Brad Aycock

Brad Aycock is the Director of New Church Development for the West Ohio Conference. He loves to start new things and has helped launch two businesses and three worshiping communities. Brad enjoys sports of all types and tried out for the Cleveland Indians. He and his wife have two young sons.  #gocards

  • Grace Gerber

Grace Gerber

Grace Gerber is the Administrative Coordinator for Missional Church Development. She’s passionate about serving others and feels privileged to support pastors and congregations in MCCI and NCS. Grace loves working outside, has two wonderful sons, two beautiful grandsons, and two spoiled dogs. #plantwestohio

  • Sue Nilson Kibbey

Sue Nilson Kibbey

Sue Nilson Kibbey is Director of the Office of Missional Church Development and is an ordained elder. She’s passionate about revitalization resources like MCCI that unleash a whole new season of fruitfulness for Christ. Married to Andy (a pilot), Sue loves distance walking and flying with her husband. #westohioway

Our Church Planters

Meet the recipients of our 2017 New Church Start (NCS) Grants

  • Edinson De Arco

Edinson De Arco

Edinson De Arco is pastor at Mason United Methodist Church/Esperanza Viva Hispanic ministry. He enjoys long walks outside and planting vegetables in my garden. Edinson is married with three kids - two girls and one boy.

  • Thomas Hargis Jubilee

Thomas Hargis

Thomas Hargis is senior pastor at Jubilee United Methodist Church in Cincinnati. He loves meeting new people and building collaborative relationships. Thomas grew up in New Orleans, enjoys all types of sports, and hydroponics and aquaponics. He’s married to Katherine and has two daughters and a son. #discoverjubilee

  • Dan Hughes

Dan Hughes

Daniel Hughes is campus pastor of Shiloh @ Price Hill in Cincinnati. He grew up in a church-planting family and is happily continuing the “family business” of leading new churches. Daniel is a golfer and a dreamer who enjoys good food, good company, good wine and hanging with his wife and four children.  #runtherace

  • Jose Rios

Jose Rios

Jose Rios is pastor of Camino de Vida Church (Way of Life) in Fremont. A preacher’s kid, Jose was a church musician and youth pastor. He draws, plays the guitar and enjoys watching football, soccer, ghost hunters and war documentaries. Jose and his wife of eight years have a son and two daughters.  #ilovetacos

  • Ian Strickland

Ian Strickland

Ian Strickland is pastor of Over-the-Rhine Community Church in Cincinnati. He loves building and participating in authentic community; carving out spaces in the world where people can see the dignity in each other. After seminary Ian ran a prison ministry with Duke Divinity School. He has a wife, a dog and a cat.

New church starts give us the opportunity to design worshiping communities that speak the language and address the needs of the 36 million Americans that no longer view God as relevant to their lives.

Rev. Linda Middelberg
Superintendent, Capitol Area North District, West Ohio Conference

New church starts in West Ohio will be guided by the Spirit in making disciples of Jesus and provide new examples and possibilities for all to be transforming agents of Christ around the globe.

Rev. Brian Brown
Superintendent, Ohio River Valley District, West Ohio Conference

New Church Starts are outposts of the Kingdom of God throughout West Ohio!

Rev. Dennis Miller
Superintendent, Foothills District, West Ohio Conference

I yearn for churches that see specific populations in their community they are not currently reaching and that seek to establish indigenous and organic faith communities for the sake of Christ’s kingdom.

Rev. Brent Watson
Superintendent, Shawnee Valley District, West Ohio Conference

Church planting is crucial to reaching new persons to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. New faith communities help all our existing congregations focus our attention on the need for hospitality.

Rev. Dr. Todd Anderson
Senior pastor, Hilliard United Methodist Church

My heart and my passion is that we have to bring in something new to connect Christ's church to the community. The church must get beyond the 'stained glass window' to connect with the world.

Rev. Kathleen Brown
Superintendent, Capitol Area South District, West Ohio Conference

The vision and energy that comes with the launch of more new worshiping communities for Christ is like adding rocket fuel to our overall missional movement for Jesus in the West Ohio Conference. May we continue to pray for God possibilities to break through!

Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey
Director Missional Church Initiatives, West Ohio Conference

Having new churches to reach new people has got to be a vital piece of our strategy to reach and make new Disciples in all of our communities throughout the West Ohio Conference. I am excited about the work that God will be doing in and through these ministries that have yet to be planted!

Rev. Barry Burns
Superintendent, Northwest Plains District, West Ohio Conference

The church must develop new congregations that can develop new disciples who understand the context today. They are the ones who can translate the message and mission of the Gospel into the languages of the people and keep its fire and passion alive and moving in God's world.

Rev. Jocelyn Roper
Superintendent, Miami Valley District, West Ohio Conference

We need contagious pastors who are good preachers to reach new people with the Gospel. The Holy Spirit moves and new congregations spring up.

Rev. Scot Ocke
Superintendent, Maumee Watershed District

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Shop for Gear

We've put together some cool swag for you in our online store. Don't see what you are looking for or want larger quantities? Email Brad Aycock.

Become a Partner

Let's get together and talk about some ways you or your company can be a vital partner in developing new worshiping communities of disciples for Christ! 

Called to Lead?

Take our online assessment tool to help you determine if you possess the most essential characteristics typically found in high-potential church planters.

Take a closer look

Take a look at the FIVE anchors and the process to become a church planter.

Discover NCS Recruitment Tour!

NCS Days coming to your area!

Interested in learning more about church planting/new worshiping communities? 

See the schedule and email to confirm your best time and location for this 60 minute one on one meeting to learn more about the vision and next steps.

Monday, August 1
Foothills/Shawnee Valley Districts | @ West Ohio Conference Center

Tuesday, August 2
ORV/MIV | @ Miami Valley District Office | Dayton | United Campus

Wednesday, August 3
CAN/CAS | @ West Ohio Conference Center

Thursday, August 4
General | @ West Ohio Conference Center

Friday, August 5
Maumee/NW Plains | @ Findlay