Rural Chapel UMC represents an over 200-year history of God’s works 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, progressed to forming two different churches in the mid 1800’s and culminated in the formation of Rural Chapel in 1971 when one of those churches lost their land to the Alum Creek Reservoir.
We are striving to take this legacy of faith in our area and apply it to the fast-paced and changing world in which we now live. Our mission is Making Time to Grow in Faith Together because none of us have the disposable time to grow in faith on accident. We also know that we are stronger when we get to grow in faith with others.
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 ten years and love raising their daughter Eleanor who is in kindergarten.
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 daughter (soon-to-be 2 daughters!) came along their lifestyle has moved them away from weekend hiking trips to daytrips at the zoo and they wouldn’t have it any other way!