Our Pastor

IMG_1247Rev. Mary Beth McCandless is the pastor of West Bethesda and West Eagle Creek Presbyterian Churches in Ohio. A graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Western Kentucky University, she has lived and served congregations in both small towns and larger cities in Kentucky, Indiana, and Colorado.


She began her work with the West Bethesda and West Eagle Creek Churches on June 1, 2018. She serves on the Maumee Valley Presbytery Commission On Ministry and as secretary for the Montpelier Ministerial Association.


Mary Beth has been married 30 years to Murray McCandless. Murray is a licensed auctioneer who works both as a Benefit Auction Specialst for McCandless Auction and Consulting, LLC, and as National Sales Director for Senior Care Propery Solutions. (He is also a professional Santa!) The McCandlesses have begun to invest in the Village of Montpelier with the recent purchase of the Leader-Enterprise building. They are glad that Quality Printing and the Montpelier Champer of Commerce want to continue to do business there and are excited to begin restoring the building.


They are parents of two young adults: Hannah (a graduate student in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College in New York) and Jesse (a Naturalist and Guide for Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite National Park in California). Hannah and Jesse happen to be twins and best friends.