Pastor Ed Welcome

My name is Ed Armantrout and I want to take a few moments of your time to tell you about me
and my family as I begin service to New Burlington UMC and Selma Christ UMC. I started a
career in banking in 1977 and I just retired in March of this year. I joined the Methodist church
at the age of 18 because a friend invited me to attend Wilmore UMC which shared a Pastor
with New Burlington UMC at that time.
I meet my wife, Bonita, in 1985 and began to attend Yorktown UMC until I was appointed to
Sugar Grove UMC in Jay County in 2011. That became a duel appointment in 2013 with Bethel
UMC in Blackford County just north of Dunkirk. I found that working full time and having two
church appointments was difficult for me and I asked to have just a single appointment. I was
then appointed to Honey Creek UMC in Henry County and I have been there five years.
Bonita and I have been married for 34 years and we have three daughters, Raquel, Lisa
(Waylon), and Elecia (Jeremy), and five grandchildren, Belle, Bella, Sawyer, Ronan, and Sofia.
We have lived in Yorktown, in the same house, all of that time.
Besides having been active in church, I am currently the Treasurer for the Yorktown Chamber of
Commerce, a board member for the Minnetrista Cultural Center, and President of the Yorktown
Kiwanis club.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you.
Pastor Ed Armantrout