PAMA Financial Assistance

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Financial Assistance Fund administered by the Pioneer Area Ministerial Association (PAMA).  Our desire is to advance the name of Jesus Christ by helping people in the Pioneer Area in both spiritual needs as well as physical needs.  We would like to help you.  There are several considerations that we ask of you.

  1. First of all, complete the Financial Assistance Application form.  The form is used to help us determine eligibility.PAMA Financial Assistance FundCover Letter – Contact list
    PAMA Financial Assistance Application
  2. If you do not have access to a printer, you can pick up the form at one of the PAMA churches.
  3. Next, attend a Sunday morning service of one the PAMA churches—see attached list for your consideration.  Any potential distribution will not be made prior to attending.
  4. If you are approved, a check will only be made payable to the respective utility, landlord, grocery store, etc.  Unfortunately, we will not provide cash assistance.  Monies provided are not to support gaming, tobacco, or alcohol consumption.
  5. You may pick up the check on the Monday following the Sunday morning service you attend or a check will be mailed on your behalf to the respective payee.
  6. The maximum amount granted is $150.00 although the amount gifted could be less.
  7. There are several churches in the PAMA group that have food pantries.  If you are in need and can benefit from their services, please contact them directly—see attached list for your consideration.
  8. Budget and debt counseling:  We want to extend financial counseling to you as well.  You can call toll free (877) 809-0039 (Lutheran Social Services Financial Counseling) between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to set up a telephone appointment with a certified financial counselor.  You are eligible to receive up to three additional appointments if you need them.  If you desire further assistance, please ask.  There are other programs offered by various churches that can assist in both counseling and financial budgeting.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the PAMA pastors or call to set up an appointment on Wednesday evenings (5:00 – 6:00 PM) at Bridgewater Community Church, 07984 CR P-50, Montpelier, OH 43543.  We are located at the corner of County Road P-50 and County Road 8 (Northwest of Montpelier, OH).


Pastor Mark


Pioneer Area Ministerial Association Location and Contact Information

Alvordton & Pioneer United Methodist Church
706 Baubice Street , Pioneer, OH  43554
Alvordton United Brethren Church
Pastor Dan VanArsdalen
US 20, Alvordton, OH  43501
Bridgewater Community Church  
Pastor Mark Pitman
07992 County Road P-50, Montpelier, OH  43543   
First Church of Amboy
3000 Territorial Road, Camden, MI  49232         
Kunkle United Brethren Church
400 E. Angola Road, Kunkle, OH  43531                     
Lake View Church
Pastor Stephen Smith
4616 E. Territorial Road, Camden, MI  49232             
Madison Church of God
Pastor Mike Wilder
13730 Co. Road N65, Montpelier, OH 43543               
Nettle Lake United Brethren Church
Pastor Mike WiIder
18 560 Co. Road 575, Montpelier, OH  43543               
Pioneer Church of the Nazarene
Pastor Gene McBride
13962 Co. Road S, Pioneer, OH   43554                       
Silver Creek Church of the Brethren
Pastor Terry Baldwin
17482 Co. Road 16, Pioneer, OH  43554