First of all, “UMC” stands for United Methodist Church. This is the denomination of each of the churches. The word “team” describes the style of leadership that is provided to this unique group of churches. And the number “1” is a symbol of the unity expressed in our motto: “One God. One Faith. Many Communities.” Together, we seek to bring unified leadership to select UMC congregations in northwest Ohio.
We are lucky to have a great number of wonderful leaders serving in our church, both paid and volunteer. Learn more about them here!
Pastor, Scott Carman
Churches: Calvary United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids & Weston United Methodist Church in Weston
Prior to joining UMCteam1, Scott was the former state Ohio amateur USKBA heavyweight kickboxing champion. With God’s help Scott has now turned his energy toward doing the Lord’s work. Still a warrior—just fighting in a different arena—Scott has served as a deacon, leadership council, Sunday school teacher and team member and speaker of several Emmaus Walks. His wonderful wife Jeanette stands by him and supports his ministry. Scott also has two children, Scott II and Alexys, with whom he loves to spend time.
J. T. Bean
Church:Trinity United Methodist Church in Swanton
An ordained minister with 17 years experience as a church youth pastor, J.T. has a passion for leading others toward improving themselves in every area of life. Having grown up in Illinois, he now lives in the Trinity United Methodist Church parsonage in Swanton, Ohio. J.T. has 3 sons (2 by adoption) and a labradoodle, Cubbie (named after his favorite Major League baseball team). J.T. has served the church in Swanton since July of 2013.
Church:Calvary United Methodist Church in Tontogany
Pastor Mike hails from the great state of Florida where he obtained a degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Shortly after, he earned his doctorate degree in jurisprudence from the university of Florida in Gainesville (Go Gators)! After working as a criminal defense and family lawyer in Orlando, he relocated to Ohio, where he currently practices law from his own office in Bowling Green. Pastor Mike currently resides in BG with his lovely wife Janelle, who assists the ministry team at Tontogany each Sunday with her playing of the piano during services. The two of them enjoy travelling, sports, and their two kids Adleigh and Paxton.
Church:Trinity United Methodist Church in Lindsey
Being part of the United Methodist Church for almost 20 years, Travis has served in various roles such as: Lay Speaker, Youth Pastor, Praise Team Leader, Social Director of a Men’s Christian Service Fraternity and lead vocalist for a Christian rock band named “Pawn”. His passions include spending time with his beautiful wife Carol and 4 wonderful daughters, studying, riding motorcycles, competitive pistol and rifle shooting, bmx trick riding and exercise. Travis has served at the church in Lindsey, Ohio since July of 2014.