I have served as the pastor of the Johnson United Methodist Church since July 1, 2014. My wife Vicki & I have been married since May 11, 1991 and we have four beautiful children: Tal, Bethany, Thomas & Caleb. My hobbies include camping, fishing, cycling, hunting & just about any other reason to be outdoors. I am a graduate of LaBrae High School in Trumbull County Ohio, Malone University in Canton Ohio and Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. Other appointments I have served include Damascus UMC, Oceola Charge (Including Oceola, Lemert & Plankton), Associate Pastor of Medina UMC, Justus UMC & Wildare UMC.
I grew up actively involved in a fantastic United Methodist Church music program where I had the opportunity to sing in multiple choirs, accompany the youth choir & go on tour with a most fabulous hand-bell choir. I was also involved in High School Band – primarily playing clarinet, but also spending a year of marching band as a saxophone player and two years lugging around a tuba! Although I didn’t originally head to college to major in music, that is where I ended up – studying voice, organ and piano. In 1991, I graduated with honors from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY – and fresh out of college began to serve at JUMC as Children’s Choir Director. It was a very small part-time position – something fantastic to do while I looked for a “real” job. But, I soon fell in love with Johnson and its people and 21 years later – I still haven’t gotten around to that “real” job. God has been good!
Minister of Children
I grew up very active in the United Methodist Church where I participated in choirs and Sunday School. At the church I am currently attending I am a member of our Children’s Activity Team, sing in the choir and work in the nursery. I have spent the last 15 years working in Cardiology as a cardiovascular Tech, and now I get to do something else I enjoy. I feel very fortunate to be part of this wonderful church.