In June, Pastor Philip R. Raynes retired from Rootstown United Methodist Church, located at 4065 S.R. 44. He served as a pastor for more than 40 years and was with Rootstown UMC since 2007. "Pastor Phil" was personally involved in many ministries, including puppet shows during service and railway maintenance that accessed youth trip facilities.
Rootstown UMC now welcomes its new pastor, Jared Williams, and his family. "Pastor Jared" and his wife, Ruthie, have two children, ages 2 and 4. He comes from Marion Salem United Methodist Church and has been a pastor for 13 years. The Rev. Williams is a graduate of The Ohio State University.