About Pastor Kimberly
Rev. Kimberly Arbaugh was appointed to Carrollton First UMC in the Ohio Valley District in July 2014 with the assignment of starting a third worship service. That service, now called The Bridge, was launched officially in May 2015 as the satellite campus of Carrollton First UMC and meets in a livestock facility (actually the hog barn) at the local county fairgrounds. Through the movement of the Holy Spirit The Bridge welcomes new visitors weekly and works to disciple them in a life of Christ. In the three years since its launch The Bridge has become one of the fastest growing congregations in the community.
Kimberly serves on the East Ohio Conference Board of Ministry, the East Ohio Conference Worship Committee and is Chair of the Ohio Valley District Committee on Ministry. In 2011 she was the Ohio Valley District Pastor of the Year and was ordained as a full-elder in the United Methodist Church in June 2016. Her previous appointment was to a two point charge of Harsh Memorial and Kilgore United Methodist Churches.
Before entering full-time ministry Kimberly served as a director of a nature center with the local soil and water conservation district. Kimberly holds a M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry Program at Regent University in Virginia Beach. She is married to her high school sweetheart Douglas and they have two children Paige and Phillip. When not busy with the work of the church and the activities of her children she enjoys spending time on the family farm working with their horses. Kimberly also serves as a local volunteer fireman for the Jewett Volunteer Fire Department. Kimberly leads the church with the calling of making untamed Christians living in the extravagance of the Holy Spirit.
About Pastor JP
Pastor JP was appointed to Carrollton First UMC in July 2019. Pastor JP served four years at Ravenna First UMC while he completed seminary, two years as the Youth Director and two as the Associate Pastor. He earned his Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2017. After graduating from seminary, Pastor JP was appointed to New Waterford UMC and Emmanuel UMC in East Palestine, Ohio where he served for two years before joining us at Carrollton First UMC.
Pastor JP has a beautiful family, including his wonderful wife Jocelyn and their two incredible children. We are blessed to have them with us at Carrollton First UMC!