Rural Chapel UMC represents an over 200-year history of people growing in faith in God, right here in Delaware county. This work began with horseback riding preachers coming to the area to gather people for faith development in the early 1800’s. This work led to the forming of two different churches in the historical villages of Cheshire and Berkshire. These two churches came together to form Rural Chapel in 1971 when one of the original churches lost their land to the Alum Creek Reservoir.
We are striving to build on this legacy of faith in our area and apply it to the fast-paced and ever changing world in which we now live. Our mission is Making Time to Grow in Faith Together because we believe that faith in God gives us the kind of hope which will allow us to thrive, regardless of what we face in this life.
Pastor Craig Moock and his family have been part of the Rural Chapel family since 2012 and they are blessed to be part of God’s work at Rural Chapel. Pastor Craig and his wife Stacy have been married for over fourteen years and love raising their daughter Eleanor who is in 3nd grade at Johnnycake Corners Elementary School.
Pastor Craig’s favorite Bible verse is John 13:34-35 which speaks of the love that Christians are called to have for one another. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, drink coffee, run and mountain bike.
Mary Nelson joined the staff at Rural Chapel in September 2016. She started working in youth ministry in 2014 in Northwest Ohio until her husband’s job moved them to Westerville. Once here Mary spent a lot of time praying and contemplating the right fit for her career and is grateful she fell upon the amazing community here at Rural Chapel. Mary’s goal in ministry is to allow youth a place where they can relax and be 100% themselves with no pressure from peers, while trying to facilitate faith-based discussions that relate to their everyday lives.
Mary and her husband love all things outdoors- especially hiking, but after their three daughters came along, their lifestyle has moved them away from weekend hiking trips to day trips at the zoo and they wouldn’t have it any other way!
Erica first came to Rural Chapel in the fall of 2018 after signing her daughter up for VBS. The Redmans were attending an out of town church at the time, but loved the family friendly atmosphere of Rural Chapel and decided to make it their home church. Erica was brought onto the staff in the spring of 2019 to take over the day to day office responsibilities.
Erica and her family enjoy all things Disney, family game night, and vacationing to their home state of Maine in the summer!