Pastor Tim Reeves
Pastor Tim has been serving at Epworth UMC since July 2017. Prior to arriving at Epworth, he served at Bethel UMC in Bethel, Ohio; Middleburg UMC and West Liberty UMC, both in Logan County, Ohio; Hyatts UMC in Delaware County Ohio; and his first appointment was at Bellepoint UMC, also in Delaware County, which was his home church.
He grew up on a small family farm in Columbiana County, attended East Palestine High School and The Ohio State University, graduating in 1976
with a dual degree in agricultural economics and journalism. For more than 25 years, he worked as farm journalist, editor and broadcaster with farm publications and radio/television networks such as The Farm and Dairy weekly in NE Ohio/NW Pennsylvania (the nation's oldest continuously published weekly farm newspaper), the Ohio Farmer magazine as managing editor, Southern Farm Publications (Raleigh, North Carolina) as senior editor and in 1992, he partnered with the late Ed Johnson to start Ohio's Country journal magazine.
He finally answered God's call to ministry and entered the Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio in 1997, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2001 and was ordained an elder in the West Ohio Conference in June 2005.
While in college, he met a raven-haired beauty named Sue Hare from Massillon, Ohio and they were married in May 1976. They were blessed with four children in that marriage: Amanda, Benjamin, Christopher and Danielle. Benjamin is deceased, having been killed in an auto accident on Father's Day, 2001. Amanda and her husband, Seth, have one daughter, Maddie, and live in Rock Hill, SC where they are helping birth a new Vineyard church. Christopher is married to Jenn, they live in Enon, Ohio and they have two children, Noah and Isabelle, and are expecting a third in June 2017. Danielle lives with Pastor Tim.
In March 2014, Sue passed away from terminal liver cancer and later that year, Pastor Tim married Deb Wyandt, a family friend for many years. Deb brought two daughters into the family, Mikayla and Katelyn, who are aged 15 and 13.
In any spare time he has, Pastor Tim enjoys walking, biking, kayaking and playing golf with Deb. He is a Civil War history enthusiast, with a special interest in chaplains and African-American soldiers.
Pastor Tim enjoys all types of music and has been known to have a record player in his office spinning vinyl records of all music genres. He also enjoys sharing his tenor voice in songs during sermons.
"One of the things I love best about ministry is hearing the stories of people, how they came to their faith, how this faith journey is going for them and what can we do together to make the journey as meaningful and positively impacting as possible. I'd like to spend time talking with you," he says.