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Country Church Welcome to the Northwest Plains District of the West Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church! We are United Methodists in northwestern Ohio seeking to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our area includes Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Williams counties, the portion of Wyandot county in West Ohio Conference, and a portion of Henry County.

The United Methodist heritage of the Northwest Plains began with the formation of classes and local congregations by Evangelical Association, Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Protestant and United Brethren preachers and laity. It continues today with United Methodists working together to offer Christ to others through congregations and ministries in a town and country setting.


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Lay Ministries

ColdwaterNorthwest Plains District has an active and growing Lay Ministry program. We encourage every lay person to be in active ministry in their local church and, if they feel called by God, to be in ministry beyond their local church. The training we provide is designed to equip the lay person to grow in their spiritual development and to grow in their ability to serve God in the setting to which they feel called. The ministry of the laity is limited only by their ability to dream God’s dream for them.

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