Clergy Cluster Groups



Shawnee Valley District Pastor Cluster Groups (listed by County)

District money is available to help each cluster attain its goals.

Contact Derek Russell at der58 [at]

Adams County

  • No cluster Group

Brown County

  • Leader - Mike Starkey
  • 937-379-1225 (church) 937-515-1135 (cell)
  • mestarkey [at]
  • Meeting Day & Time: 3rd Monday, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
  • Meeting Frequency: Monthly
  • Meeting Place: Georgetown UMC
  • Pastors Participating: Carol Harper, Zedda Myers, Dan Pelzel, Bruce Dickerson, Jaime Wirth, Tracy Taylor, Sharon Hausman, Don Munday, Chuck Reeves.
  • Teaching rotates

Fayette County

  • Leader - Tom Knauff
  • 937-763-9381
  • tom.cindyknauff [at]
  • Meeting Day & Time: Tuesday
  • Meeting Frequency: once a month
  • Meeting Place: Rotation from the churches or homes of participants
  • Pastors Participating: Jon Silveous, Tom Peyton, Phillip Webb, Bryan Dunham, Kim Wisecup
  • Using:  Share ideas for ministry, prayer time

Highland County

  • Leader - David Wirth
  • 606-375-6314
  • davidw [at]
  • Meeting Day & Time: 2nd Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Meeting Frequency: September - May
  • Pastors Participating: Lloyd Shoemaker, Phil Malone, Mary Cyrus, Kevin Hall, Kevin Dotts
  • Two Spiritual Retreats / Year; Using Reframing Your Ministry; Ministry Matters (Alban Institute)

Jackson County

  • Leader - Bill Goodall
  • 740-286-6765
  • wcjrgoodall [at]
  • Meeting Day & Time: Last Monday of the month, 1:00 p.m.
  • Meeting Frequency: September - May
  • Meeting Place: Christ UMC, Jackson
  • Pastors Participating: Bill Goodall, John Rozewicz, Chuck Eagle, Becky Wingo, Robert Schreiner, Leland Brehm, Janie Karl
  • Book reading and sharing time; periodic gatherings of family for fun events

Lawrence County

  • Leader - Brad Jenkins
  • 740-646-0287
  • bradrick [at]
  • Meeting Day & Time: Second Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.
  • Meeting Frequency: Monthly
  • Pastors Participating: Brad Jenkins, Jamie Mosely, Terry Jones, Dwayne Shugert, Chuck Case, Caleb LaFond

Pike County

  • This cluster is designed to be a safe place for all who are called to ministry leadership.  The relationship begins -- at your convenience -- with Dan Evory, who is the pastor at Waverly Grace UMC.  The relationship, which is focused upon the questions, "How is it with your soul?" proceeds as needed in whatever way you choose.
  • Leader - Dan Evory
  • 740-517-0519 (cell) -- text or call
  • danevory60 [at]
  • Meeting Day & Time:  Flexible format based on your schedule
  • Meeting Frequency & Place:  The relationship may be in the form of a meeting every few weeks, texting e-mailing, phone calls, a party on the patio of Dan's house ....
  • Participants:  Dave Burriss, Julie Evans, Nikki Schobeloch, Keith Richardson

Ross County

  • Leader - Kurt King
  • 740-773-9383
  • kurtisking15 [at]
  • Meeting Day & Time: 1st Monday, 7 - 8 p.m. 
  • Meeting Frequency: Monthly (October - May)
  • Meeting Place: First UMC - Chillicothe
  • Pastors Participating: Neil Foster, Jim Steele, Jamie Wilhelm, Jerry Caddell, Kurt King, Chris Wiseman, Jim Wade, AJ Bernard
  • Topic:  Sermon sharing, County-wide prayer initiative, and issues ands truggles leading a congregation

Scioto County

  • Leader - Tom Charles
  • 740-353-2548 (church), 740-285-4494 (cell)
  • charlest [at]
  • Meeting Day & Time: 1st Monday, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Meeting Frequency: Monthly
  • Meeting Place: Cornerstone UMC, Portsmouth
  • Pastors Participating: Perry Prosch, Sam Peters, Pete Shaffer, Dennis Bell, Larry Moore, John Richards, Gary and Suzanne Hopkins, Wayne Young, Harley Roston, Jim Davis, Becky Wingo
  • Cluster gatherings are a time for fellowship, food, fun and sharing. Each pastor brings to the gathering an idea that has, or has not worked well in his/her setting. We also discuss other relevant topics of mutual interest. Periodically we study and sicuss a text we believe will be helpful in our pastoral setting.  We support one another during challenging times and rejoice together when all is well.

Mid-size Church Cluster

  • Leader - Derek Russell
  • 937-393-2981 (church), 937-509-4830 (cell)
  • der58 [at]
  • Meeting Day & Time: 1st Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 1130 a.m.
  • Meeting Frequency: Monthly
  • Meeting Place: Walnut Street UMC - Chillicothe
  • Pastors Participating: Dave Roach, Mick Whistler, Rich Allen, Joe Ziraldo, Tim Roth
  • Description:  Sharing of professional and personal challenges, prayer together and periodic reading of books to sharpen skills.

Small Church Refocus Clusters

  • If you are under 50 in attendance and would like to be in a cluster that focuses on the small church, contact:
  • Co-Leaders - Sam Peters or Bill Goodall
  • 740-358-2008 or 740-978-0154
  • samjoypet [at] or wcjrgoodall [at]