Lay Leader

Josh was asked to serve as the Lay Leader of Kenton in January of 2016. Prior to being a Lay Leader, Josh served for one year on the Trustees Committee and has coordinated the meal packing mission "Stop Hunger Now" at Kenton for two years.


Josh grew up in a Marine Corps town along the coast of North Carolina-- Jacksonville, NC. In December of 2014, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from Delaware State University. In January 2015, Josh began attending Wesley College in Dover, DE to pursue a Master’s degree in Environmental Science.

Josh is passionate about being a leader in the community, acting upon the needs of community and world. Josh aspires to reach those in-which the church previously and/or currently failed. Through compassion, acceptance, grace, love, worship, and active missions, we can grow the kingdom of God one individual, one community, one state, and one country at a time.

Josh married his beautiful wife Emily in October of 2014, and they have a son name Cooper. Josh and Emily love to spend time together relaxing watching Netflix and traveling to new places. You can contact Josh at:

Church Council

Chair: Beth Wessell

Secretary: Roxanne Haley

Sunday School Coordinator: Rob Schmidlkofer

Staff Parish Relations Chair: Roger Dutton

Trustees Chair: George Brown

Finance Chair: Beulah Boyles

Financial Secretary: Julie Shahan

Youth Ministry: Rob Schmidlkofer

Lay Leader: Josh Barth

United Methodist Women (UMW) President: Avis Knotts

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Rita A. Fry

Strategic Leadership Team Representatives:

Congregational Care: 

Missional Outreach: 

Invitational Evangelism: 

Finance Team

What does the finance committee do? An effective finance committee proposes a budget; then raises, manages, and distributes the financial resources of the congregation to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of the congregation.

Members of the Finance Committee:

Beulah Boyles (Chair)

Julie Shahan

Kaye Brown

Barb Davison

Ann Ulrich

Staff-Parish Relations

What does this committee do? An effective Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) builds a strong positive relationship between staff and congregation so that the congregation makes disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This committee will work with the lead pastor and other staff to fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities related to staff.

Members of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee:

Roger Dutton (Chair)

Kathy Steele

Frank Morris

Robin Smith

John Gossman

Sherry Eierman


What does this committee do? Effective trustees will function as Christian stewards of property God has entrusted to the congregation. This includes supervising and maintaining both the physical property of the congregation and gifts made to the congregation so that the ministries of the congregation can be effective and all legal requirements related to the property are satisfied. Our trustees are always looking for ways that our church building and property is safe, functional, and attractive for ministries to take place.

  Members of the Trustees Committee:

George Brown (Chair)

Jeff Ulrich (Vice-Chair

Larry Poore

Rob Schmidlkofer

Kevin Talley

Joanna Leslie

Margie Sinclair

Mary O'Connell

Cody Bloodfhoft

Nominations Team

What does this committee do? The Committee on Nominations primarly helps to identify the gifts of the people within the church and selects them to potentially serve in a leadership role within the church.

   Members of the Committee on Nominations:

Rev. Dr. Rita A. Fry (Chair)

Josh Barth (Lay Leader)

Lillian Warren

Shirley Leslie

Tina Morris

Smoke Steele