Dana Wright, Board Chair
I came to Athens to attend OU for my undergrad, stayed for my graduate degree, and since then have called Athens my home. I started attending Central in 2008, and have been on Central’s leadership board for the past 3½ years. While at Central, I have always strived to stay connected to a small group because I know it’s the best way to grow in my faith and serve the community. As a board member, I’ve been able to move from the day-to-day motions of church to the wider overall vision of church, which has helped me become even more connected to our mission, our community, and the larger United Methodist Church.
Laura Myers, Board Member
I am a local girl from Glouster who left the county for a while, but returned to Athens and Ohio University. The Myers family found Central while looking for church home that was safe and nurturing and found a church community that continually asks the tough questions of what it means to be a child of God. I am an attorney by profession and an administrator at Ohio University. Being a parent to Megan, Mason, and Mary Margaret is one of the primary reasons that I believe in the personal experience of God’s grace and love.
Patrick Filipiak, Board Member
I came to Athens in 1995 to attend Ohio University. I married Sarah (a local girl!) after we graduated in 1999, and I've been in love with the area ever since. I've been going to Central for 16-19 years, depending on how you're counting, and I've been on the board since 2013. I feel a strong connection to the children's ministries here at Central and have a keen sensitivity for how important it is for children to have loving, honest, reliable adults in their lives (in addition to parents). I really love singing and playing in the worship band--my sense of corporate worship is strongest when I do so. Serving on the board has deepened my appreciation for the vision and mission of the leadership of central, board and staff included. Being on the board reminds me that Central is a diverse-thinking group from a variety of backgrounds, yet we all desperately and intentionally strive together toward the goal of loving God and loving our neighbors in more personal and effective ways.
I came to Ohio University as an undergrad, where I also met my wife. After years of working in and out of the industry, I came back for graduate work and ended up getting a job here. I started coming to Central in 2008, and started serving on the board in 2010, recently becoming the Trustees Chair. I love to serve. Becoming more involved helped me move from simply doing church on Sunday, to making it a part of my daily life.
Mike Noel, Board Member
Barb Martin, Board Member
I moved to Athens about 35 years ago, with my husband, Paul. Together, we ran Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center for 28 years. We joined Central about nine years ago, at the suggestion of our son. I have enjoyed serving on the Leadership Board as it has helped me to make use of my gifting, and I have profited from watching how a healthy church functions, makes decisions, and sets a vision for the future. In May of this year, I retired from Vinton Local School District after serving 70+ special needs students a year, and am just now learning to slow down and live a little more simply and selectively.
Kim Brooks, Board Member
I have lived in Athens my entire life. In fact, I grew up on Walker Street, just a few streets over from Central Avenue. After earning my degree from Ohio University, I married Ben (the most handsome man in the world) and we settled down in our country home here in Athens County. Ben and I have two sons, Ash and Eli. I have served in the Circulation Department of Ohio University's Alden Library for over 20 years.
When our family first began attending Central in November of 2012, we were looking for a new church which aligned with our beliefs, focused on Christ, and was open to loving people no matter where they were in their journey. Central felt like home, and I knew God had moved us where we were meant to be. We pursued membership the following spring. I have been serving Central in various ways ever since, and am honored to be serving on the Leadership Board.
When I'm not at work, I enjoy reading Fiction/Fantasy, walking, running lights for local theater performances, playing cards (especially Euchre), and spending time with family.
Michael Adams, Board Member
I am retired form the National Park Service. I have been attending Central regularly since 2011, when my wife, Julie, began teaching at Hocking College. When we first arrived in Athens, we took a short walk up the street from where we were living at the time to check Central out. We quickly fell in love with this church, and have been committed to serving here ever since!
I love serving with Central's Youth Group, as well as serving with the Connections team on Sunday mornings. I am committed to Central's ministry with Friends & Neighbors food pantry, and have been making regular trips and building relationships with the clients and volunteers there.
Andrea Fogt, Board Member
I have been attending Central for almost six years. My family moved to Athens when my husband, Ryan, accepted a faculty position at Ohio University. Ryan and I met at Creighton University, and we love cheering on our Bluejays! When I'm not working, we're having random dance parties with our girls, Anna & Abigail, I'm reading, or enjoying the outdoors.
As a community member, wife, mother, and young(er) professional, I have a wide array of passions, experiences, and abilities. If I can serve the church body in any way to better spread the love and mission of Christ, through Central, I will do my best. I joined the Leadership Board to better represent others while still being more behind-the-scenes. (Introverts unite!)
Central Avenue United Methodist Church is located in Athens, OH and seeks to minister to the body of Christ, our local community, and the wider world. This includes Ohio University and the wider Athens Community. We have two locations, one uptown and the other on the westside.
9:30am @ Uptown (29 E Carpenter St.)
11:00am @ Westside (73 Central Ave.)
507 Richland Ave., Suite 105
Athens, OH 45701