Institute Presenter

April Blaine is the Lead Pastor at Hilliard United Methodist Church in Hilliard, Ohio where she has been serving for the past 8 months. Prior to this appointment, April served as the Lead Pastor at Summit United Methodist Church across the street from the Ohio State University, where she served for 6 years. During those years, she was actively involved with campus ministry, helped start a Freedom School, and worked to expand the inclusive message of God’s love for all people, particularly those in the LGBT community. She is originally from rural Northwest Arkansas. Whether the setting is suburban, rural, or urban, April is passionate about helping the church be the church that Jesus always dreamed of, a place where all people can hear the incredible message of God’s love and find their lives changed and deeply drawn into the adventure of discipleship. She and her husband Martin have 2 sons, Eugene and Marcus, ages 8 and 7 and two high energy dogs, Grace and Minnie. The Blaine family loves board games, family bike rides to the local ice cream shop, and reading as many books as possible.