Doug Flinn

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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.

Youth Ministry Director

Dylan Shepherd

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.

Director of Youth ministry

Nathan Ruhlem

Nathan, along with Dylan Shepherd, leads the Youth Fellowship at Walnut Grove. His wife, Shelby Ruhlen, is the children's ministry leader at Walnut Grove. They have been happily married for over five years. He has been a teacher and Football 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 acquainted with the youth, and other ministry options please do not hesitate to contact Nathan.

  September 2022  
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