Pastor Karl and Paula Bender

I am an ordained elder holding ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.  My early pastor-ates were in home mission work in Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.  We spent ten years in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee.
I am an alumni of Mt. Vernon Nazarene College.  Paula received her degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.

We have two children and four grandchildren.  Our son and daughter have recorded with Paula and their goal is to preserve the songs of the past.  The traditional and southern gospel combination make for a unique sound.  Music is a very big part of our lives.

After Paula retired from teaching we moved back to this area and actually attended the Howard United Methodist Church before I took two independent pastorates in southeast Ohio.

It was indeed a pleasure and a blessing when I was appointed as pastor of Howard United Methodist Church.  We are looking forward to working together to build the kingdom of God in this place

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