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Meet our New Associate Pastor

Rev. Marla Elifritz Brown is an elder of the West Ohio Conference, United Methodist Church. She has served over the last thirty years as pastor of Englewood UMC, Fairview UMC, Dayton and Grace UMC, Dayton. She was also appointed to serve as the Director Church and Community Ministries, Miami Valley United Methodist Mission. In 2008, she was appointed as the District Superintendent of the Maumee Watershed District. It was her privilege to serve as superintendent of the 107 United Methodist congregations located within the six counties surrounding Toledo. She is passionate about assisting pastors and congregations in “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

She retired from active ministry in 2014. In retirement, she is service as pastor of Scott Trinity United Methodist Church, Risingsun, Ohio and Union United Methodist Church, Fosteria, Ohio.

Rev. Brown is currently serving as the 2nd vice president of the United Theological Board of Trustees.

Rev. Brown is a graduate of Wright State University with BA in Political Science and a Masters of Business Administration in Management, and MDiv from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.

A native of Miami County, Ohio, Marla was raised on a farm just south of Fletcher. She is married to Len Brown and is the mother of Tami, Stephen, David, Matthew, Alisha and Phillip. She is the joyous grandmother (Mimi) of Robert, Hannah, Madison, Haley, Braden, Nathan, Jenna, Evan, Tate, Caleb, Ethan, Cameron and Mason.

BA in Political Science from Wright State University, 1978
Masters in Business Administration from Wright State University, 1982
Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, 1986

Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, West Ohio Conference, June, 1988
Retired from active ministry, West Ohio Conference, July, 2014

Previous Appointments:
Englewood United Methodist Church, June, 1984- June, 1986
Fairview United Methodist Church, June, 1986- Dec., 1994
Director of Church and Community Ministries, Miami Valley United Methodist Mission Society, Dayton North and Dayton South Districts, Jan., 1995 – June, 2004
Senior Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church, July, 2004 – June 2008
District Superintendent, Maumee Watershed District, July, 2008 – June, 2014
Pastor, Scott Trinity UMC, Rising Sun and Union UMC, Fosteria, Feb., 2015-June, 2018
Associate Pastor, Gordon UMC, St. Matthew’s Lutheran and Pitsburg Grace (Ithaca) July, 2018—