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Communications Team


Communications Office 
The WV Annual Conference of the UMC
Deborah Coble, director
304-344-8331, ext. 22

Chris Ridwgay, registrar/assistant
304-344-8331, ext. 30 
304-552-8469 (cell)


Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 - 4:00 pm
Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 - 4:00 pm 

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Gassaway UMC 
710 Braxton Street
Gassaway, WV 26624

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Continuing Education:

  • Contact Hours will be available for clergy.
  • Laity who participate in all sessions (both days) can receive Advanced Lay Servant Credit.

Housing options are no longer available on-line. 

You may register for Commuter status and contact the hotel directly to secure your own room.

Phone number 304.364.6100 

Tenative Schedule:

Breakout Sessions include:

  • Website strategies and best practices - Cassie Kile
  • Going LIVE Sunday mornings: video for the local church - Dusty Merrill
  • Write me a story: how to get started as a storyteller - Cheryl George
  • Story telling: the power of the written word - Jim Minutelli
  • Communicating on the district and agency level (there are differences) - Kerry Bart
  • Go and make Disciples: how good communication practices make a difference - Brad Bennett
  • Social Media 101 (the basics for those new to social media) - Judy Pysell
  • Social Media 201 (because there has to be more) - Shannon Blosser
  • Photography as a spiritual discipline - Jonathan Nettles
  • Bridging the gap between secular marketing and local church communications - Pam Braden
  • What about graphics? The basics of graphic design on a local church budget - Deborah Coble


If you are interested in additional learning sessions.  Check out the Guest Readiness Seminar which will focus on local church signage and hospitality.  Click on the image below to be directed to the event site for more information and the registration link.