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Jeff Proya, Pastor

Welcome to the Bell as we are known here on the hill over looking the Ohio River that my grandchildren affectionately refer to as God’s hill. I have been privileged to serve as Pastor since 1992, which was as God would have it I arrived just in time to begin a capital funds campaign. Our hope is to create an atmosphere of acceptance, compassion, and joy as we encourage one another in this journey of faith. We are as God’s children called both to love and encourage one another as together we seek to worship God. I was born in Beaver Falls Pa., baptized in the College Hill Methodist Episcopal Church and played on what the children of the neighborhood christened big rock that over looked the Beaver River. We moved to East Palestine where I entered the sixth grade of Elma Southern Elementary School and attended the Centenary Methodist Church. It was there where I was nurtured in the faith of my baptism, introduced to friends that will always be a significant part of my journey and is the place I refer affectionately as home. I met my wife Kathy in algebra class when we were both in high school, my story goes something like this she was good in algebra and I needed help but in truth she was and is a beautiful person. We have three grown children Sue married to Larry, Mike, and Sarah married to Jason and six grandchildren Jonathan, Peri, Katie, Christopher, Sophia and Joel all of whom are loved beyond measure. Kathy and I both graduated from Kent State, she teaches at Martins Ferry High School. I am a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. While my perspective on life has changed over the years, (big rock is not really that big) my understanding of the gift of life being nurtured in the community of faith (the church) remains. We are each of us in this journey of life shaped by our experience with others, the times in which we live and of course our understanding of God. The current of the Ohio River continues to meander its way through this valley where hot steel once poured in moments past has given way to massive piles of black coal and power carried out of sight by steel giants. Though much has changed here in this place my grandchildren call God’s hill, the mission and ministry of the church still remains the same. We are still baptizing children some of whom play on big rocks, becoming friends despite our differences and growing in our understanding of following Jesus. I hope that in some way the Bell will serve to encourage you in your life’s journey, nurture you in the living faith, and sustain you with the grace of our Lord Christ Jesus. If I can be of any help along the way, email me at [email protected]
 
 
























Bill Hibbs, Visitation Pastor


My call and answer to ministry has been blessed in many ways. My wife Karen and I retired from full time ministry July 1, 2010. Our last appointment was at Toronto Riverview United Methodist. I am now blessed yet again to be joining the Bell Chapel Ministry Team. Karen and I attended Wayne High School in Bloomingdale, Ohio. We dated through high school and were married after Karen’s graduation in 1965. We have 3 children: Todd, Lynette and Tasha. The Lord has also blessed us with 5 grandchildren; Alek, Alyssa, JD, Kayla and Brock. We live in Richmond, Ohio where we built our home 41 years ago.      I entered ministry in 1993 while attending Appalachian Local Pastor’s School and finished my schooling at Candler School Theology-Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Ordination came at the 2000 annual conference. My free time is spent enjoying football, hiking, fishing and mountain climbing. I coached wrestling and football in our community for 15 years and served as a Richmond Councilman. Karen served as the custodian at Richmond UMC for 19 years and at the UM District Office for 10 years. She is an avid reader and a strong supporter of the STEELERS AND BUCKEYES. Her greatest joy is being with her grandchildren.  Todd is in the process of attaining his doctorate degree. He also wrestled at Mount Union College where he was a 4 time All American. He lives in Battle Creek, Michigan with is wife Karen and children Kayla and Brock. Lynette graduated from West Virginia Northern School of Nursing and is an RN.  She is employed by Cambridge Home Health as a case manager.. She lives in Wintersville, Ohio.   Tasha is now an RN working at Lifeline hospital in Wintersville.  She lives in Richmond, Ohio with her son JD. I thank the Bell Chapel Family for the opportunity to continue answering my call to ministry. May the Lord bless us all. 
 

Bell Chapel United Methodist Church
3419 State Route 213 Steubenville, OH 43952
(740) 283 - 2239 - (740) 283 - 2692 fax