Douglas R. Flinn, Sr.

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Pastor Doug is a native of Kenton, Ohio, graduationg from Kenton Senior High School in 1983.  He received hi BA in Psychology from Asbury University in 1988 and his Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1993.  He was ordained elder in the United Methodist Church in 1995.  Doug has been serving churches in the West Ohio Annual Conference since 1989, and has served several churches including Aberdeen, Sardinia-Browntown-Ketterman Chapel, New Madison, Christiansburg-Grafton, Brookville, Raymond-Caldwell Memorial, and The Plains.  Pastor Doug has been serving Walnut Grove since July, 2017. 


Megan Hanover

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Megan is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating from Finneytown High School in 2000.  She received her B.A. from Wright State University in Psychology and Rehabilitation Services in 2004 and worked as a case manager for individuals with developmental disabilities in Montgomery, Clermont, Allen, and Williams counties prior to moving to Kenton in 2015.  Since moving to Kenton, Megan has been a stay at home mom to Joanna (now 8) and Wesley (now 5).  She and her husband, Jonathan, have been married for almost 14 years, and he is currently serving as senior pastor at Kenton First UMC.  She is very excited to be serving as secretary for the Walnut Grove congregation.

Children's Ministry

Shelby Ruhlen


Shelby is a 2011 graduate of Hardin Northern High School.  She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Findlay in 2015, where she also competed on the Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field Teams, and her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University in 2017.   Shelby is a Mental Health Counselor at Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio located in Kenton and has been there since July of 2017.  She has been a member of Walnut Grove UMC since 2007 and started as a Co-Director of Children Ministries in 2015.  Both Shelby and her husband Nathan have been active members at Walnut Grove UMC with both the Children and Youth Ministry programs for many years (since being members in Jr. High & High School).  

Children's Ministry

Katie Vanderpool

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Katie is a 2010 graduate of Riverdale High School. She is an Accounting Clerk at Triumph Thermal Systems in Forest OH and is currently persuing a degree in Business Management. She has been a member at WGUMC since 2015 and started as a Co-Director of Children's Ministries in 2017.

Youth Ministry

Dylan Shepherd

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Dylan is a 2010 graduate of Hardin Northern High School, and a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned a BA in Early Childhood Education. Dylan is a 2nd grade teacher at Wapakoneta City Schools, where he has been since 2014. He has been a member of Walnut Grove since 2010 and was active in the WGUMC youth group when he was in junior high and high school. Dylan has been a Co-Youth Director since the fall of 2012.

Youth Director

Nathan Ruhlen

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Nathan, along with Dylan Shepherd, leads the Youth Fellowship at Walnut Grove.  His wife, Shelby Ruhlen, is the co-children's ministry leader at Walnut Grove.  They have been happily married for over two years.  He has been a teacher, Football, and Baseball coach at Hardin Northern for three+ years. It is his pleasure to be able to serve as one of the youth directors at Walnut Grove.  If you have any questions about times the youth meet, how to get acquanted with the youth, and other ministry options please do not hesitate to contact Nathan.  

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