In 2018 we put out a call for church members to nominate #amazingUMCheroes who are doing extraordinary things – either as difference makers in their communities or through courageous or selfless acts.
We sifted through submissions and it is clear that United Methodists across the connection are doing amazing things as an expression of their faith.
We are highlighting a few of these inspirational church members on our website and The United Methodist Church Facebook page.
We hope that these stories will inspire you to lean boldly into your faith.
‘Bibi Kay’ Oursler readies for new crusade
Thirteen years after founding an orphanage in Tanzania, "Bibi” Kay Oursler has begun new endeavor to open a working/teaching farm in her adopted home country.
Pat Gardiner: Warming bodies, feeding souls
After years working in food and hospitality, Pat Gardiner welcomes her community through warming center and meal program ministries.
Jackson Rogers: Finding his 'fit'
After a lifetime punctuated by pain and feeling outcast, Rogers found his purpose — and a connection to God — by serving others.
John Alexander: Driven by love
By transforming old school buses, Alexander assists disadvantaged kids in Jacksonville, Texas.
The Roys: Going where God calls
Bill and Laura Roy are dedicated to go wherever they're called to serve the church.
Burt Bennett: A life well-marked
As a child, he watched his mother feed the homeless. Today, the trained substance abuse counselor is leaving a mark one life and two-dollar bill at a time.
Matthew Marchetti: A disaster plan
Rescuing more than 37,000 people was not what Marchetti had in mind when he developed an online platform during Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
Congregations show God's boundless love
The United Methodist Church is filled with examples of how God's love knows no bounds. Read the story of three local U.S. congregations.
Scott Gilpin: Lesson from tragedy
During a terrorist attack at a Kenya mall, Scott Gilpin led six people to safety. That forever changed the trajectory of this lifelong United Methodist's life.
Haleigh: A good neighbor
Delores Howell calls nine-year-old Haleigh her angel after suffering a fall. Haleigh comforted Delores, cleaned her "boo boos," and stayed until medics arrived.