The West Virginia Conference Communications Team is dedicated to Engage People.  Empower Disciples.  One Shared Story.

To this end we are dedicated to celebrate our West Virginia Conference ministries via a variety of media.  We also are dedicated to providing training and encouragement to local churches so that they may share their own stories of faithfulness.  Learn more about the WVUMC Communications team by clicking here.

We are always looking for glory sightings and stories of how your ministry or local church is a “Christ-led, spiritual breath of fresh air that changes the world!” Send us an e-mail with details!

Need Help?

Not sure where to start when it comes to marketing your church and your ministries? Are you ready to up your internal and external communications?

Contact: Communications Director, Deborah Coble for tips and ideas to help your communications ministry thrive in your local church.

The West Virginia Conference Communications Team represents the conference with their diverse gifts!  From writers  and videographers, photographers to computer experts, we are here to empower and equip the local churches of the West Virginia Conference as you share the stories of your faith communities.  

Northern:  Sheri Kernik 

MonValley:  Dusty Merrill

Potomac Highlands:  Melissa Paugh

Little Kanawha:  Ken Peters

Wesleyan: Jim Minutelli

Western: Kerry Bart

Midland South:  George Hohmann

Greenbrier:  Judy Pysell

Southern: Wayne Richmond

At Large Members:  Cheryl George, Brad Bennett, Jonathan Nettles, Joe Webb, Jake Steele, Maria Wiblin

A picture truly tells 1,000 words. Please share your photos with us! Upload to Flickr, post on social media tag #wvumc, or email to

Join the Conversation

There is a robust community that engages regularly with us via social media. “Like” our page on Facebookfollow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check out our photo and video resources on Flickr and YouTube.


The Short Circuit (e-news)

Delivered to nearly 3900 inboxes every Thursday  around the West Virginia Conference, The Short Circuit offers a weekly look at the ministry and activity of the conference. It is an easy way to stay informed on Conference-wide news, events, and announcements.

Please e-mail submissions to us here. It’s helpful if you include all logistical information (who, what, when, etc.) and a couple of sentences describing the event/announcement. If you would like the e-news delivered directly to your inbox, sign up using the form at the bottom of the page.

The WVUMC Circuit

Published quarterly, this “nuts and bolts” piece focus’ on a theme centered around our life together as United Methodists living and serving in West Virginia.

The WVUMC Circuit is designed to give church leaders the information they need to do the work of ministry as it relates to the Annual Conference. The publications are delivered digitally, posted on the website and links are also provided on social media.  A print copy is also sent church leaders across the conference!

We Remember

If you would like to receive death notices from around the Conference, please signup here.

We have electronic archives of our publications on our downloads page.  Be sure to check it out!

*Reminder: if you are already subscribed and have had a change in email address or mailing address, please re-subscribe using your most current information, to ensure you’re getting your publications!

We are blessed to have the latest technology to be able to share news and information across the conference.

UM News Service, Mike DuBose, was on hand days after the June 2016 flood to help our Communications team tell the story of our affected communities.

We have been invited to share Communications best practices with various groups including UMW leadership and district clergy gatherings. Contact us to schedule a visit!