Serving Others

JUMC’S Purpose: “Love God, Love Others, Serve the World”

The CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) is a campus ministry that partners with churches, colleges and other organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life. Our ministry is distinct in three ways:

  1. Our ministry is transformational. We challenge the students we serve to submit every area of their lives to Jesus Christ.
  2. We partner with churches, colleges, and other organizations, placing our staff in strategic positions of influence on campus. Most of our staff people serve as an arm of the local church on campus, while others work in the chaplain’s office or in multicultural relations, student services, wilderness ministry, service learning, athletics, or residence life.
  3. We do contextual ministry, meaning that our staff people adjust to the needs of the particular campus at which they serve. No two CCO ministries look exactly alike.

Kelly (Crowell) Cooke reaches out to NCAA Division 1 female athletes at the University of Pittsburgh through a weekly Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle, Bible studies, and one-on-one weekly meetings with individuals. Kelly builds relationships with female athletes as well as coaches in order to earn the right to speak into their lives.

In addition to sharing the gospel with students through relational evangelism, Kelly runs a weekly athlete fellowship, disciples student athletes, leads small group Bible studies and attends University of Pittsburgh athletic events and practices.

Kelly graduated from Malone College with a degree in education. She joined CCO staff in 2001 to work with students at Waynesburg University as a resident director for four years. Kelly then worked as a resident director for two years at Grove City College before starting her current position at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. In 2004, Kelly graduated from Geneva College with her master’s degree in higher education.

Kelly lives in the East End of Pittsburgh with her husband, Chris and two children Eliana and Malachi.


Change the World

God’s plan is for a new creation. Followers of Jesus exemplify this vision of God by working today for peace and justice. Each fall, Jefferson UMC invites people to simplify Christmas by spending less on ourselves and share our financial resources with under resourced peoples and communities through transformational ministries. Change the World consists of:
Project HALO: Adopting of Ashtabula County families in need of additional support at Christmas
Christmas Eve Worship Offering: 100% of our Christmas Eve offering goes to World Service/Conference Benevolences: This is the missional arm of the United Methodist Church.

JUMC is part of the global UM Church connection. As part of this connection, we support 1,000 missionaries and 9000 mission projects. Together, we impact people and communities all over the world.
Through this “new creation” emphasis, Change the Word supports and empowers a variety of Christian rehabilitation and development works that change the world one life and one community at a time.

Christian Café

Christian Café is a food ministry by Jefferson UMC. Meals are prepared and served by members and friends of the church and anyone wishing to help make a difference in our community. This free community meal is open to everyone and is offered on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, serving from 4-6 pm.


CHRISTO stands for Christian Hands Reaching In Service To Others and is our intergenerational mission team comprised of teens and adults aged 14 and older. Every summer the CHRISTO team travels to under-resourced communities to assist with rehabilitation & construction. Since 2014, CHRISTO has partnered with West Virginia Ministries of Advocacy and Workcamps (WVMAW) serving in St. Albans, Point Pleasant, White Sulfur Springs and Webster Springs, WV, and their surrounding communities.

Health Ministry

Our Health Ministry provides free related services to our church and community family/friends to promote physical, emotional and spiritual health, wellness and a better quality of life. This ministry is provided by a Certified Faith Community Nurse (also called Parish Nurse) who is also a registered nurse. Available parts of this ministry include:

  • Health Advocate – who can discuss health matters, personal and spiritual concerns and evaluate the need for health care and related services
  • Health Educator – who can answer questions and facilitate discussion about health and wellness topics individually or to groups
  • Health Resource Person – who can facilitate referrals and provide information about health and social agencies, home care, care within a facility and other community based services
  • Interpreter of the Relationship between Faith and Health – to promote an understanding of the relationship between values, beliefs, behaviors and well-being

The Faith community nurse is available at Jefferson UMC on Tuesdays from 9 am to 4 pm and other times as requested. Please call 440.576.4561 for more information or to schedule a meeting.


Senior Adult Ministry

Our Senior Adults are and active part of the church family. There are opportunities for spiritual enrichment through worship, choir participation, Sunday School and also weekly group Bible studies. We meet monthly at local restaurants for fellowship and also host a monthly (free) Senior Table Talk luncheon prepared for the community which includes visitors from local nursing homes.


Networking with Other Local Community Ministries

Manna Food Pantry
Spider Web: Clothing bank and tutoring
H2O: Uniting volunteers and community resources in order to provide year-round, no cost home repairs for Ashtabula County’s disadvantaged residents while glorifying God.


Covered Bridge Ministries

Covered Bridge Ministries involves home repairs with other opportunities to serve both city and rural areas. We will be accepting work teams the first and third weeks of June, July and August. Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning. The cost will be $150 per person with no meals provided. We will work with you on your length of stay and meal Accommodations if needed.

  • Work sites in Ashtabula County with in 20 minutes travel time.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Beds
  • 5 stall shower room
  • Newly renovated kitchen
  • Large room for meals and fellowship
  • Access to sanctuary + worship center for devotion and prayer time
  • Washer and dryer available in church

Covered Bridge Ministries is sponsored by :
Jefferson United Methodist Church & H2O Missions
Contact: lee_deyermand (at) yahoo (dot) com

For more information on Covered Bridge Ministries contact Lee (email listed above) or download the Covered Bridge Ministries brochure (PDF).

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