Rev. Larry Clark, Ph.D.
Larry was been a United Methodist minister since 1979, serving churches in Toledo, Cincinnati and Columbus. He also served as Executive Director at Toledo Area Ministries and has taught courses at the Methodist Theological School, the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.
Larry graduated from BGSU in 1977 with a degree in social work and headed to the Methodist Theological School where he focused his studies on the Bible, in particular the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. He also received a specialization in drama. Along the way, Larry went back to BGSU where he studied sociology and received a Ph.D.
Larry has two children, Marcus and Monica. He enjoys studying abroad, work mission trips to Haiti, traveling, camping, home remodeling, playing guitar, movies and concerts.
Director of Ministries
Julie is a graduate of the University of Toledo, College of Education. Upon completion of her schooling she taught for eight years at Owens College and St. John’s Baptist School.
Julie and her husband, Tom, joined our church in 1990s. They have four children – Trevor, Mitchell, Spencer and Maggie - who have all attended school in the Evergreen school district where Julie has been on the school board for several years. Julie was also the chair of the Education Committee at our church prior to becoming the Director of Ministries in 1998.
Julie enjoys working with all age groups from infants to seniors. Her contagious enthusiasm is a huge help in keeping the congregation engaged with the wide array of programs. One of the recent successes has been the upgrades within the church’s pre-school program where our church recently received a 2 star ranking.
Julie is the perfect person to be working in our Christian education ministries.
Director of Youth Ministries
Lynn attended Mount Union College and received her Bachelor degree in Sports Medicine. In 2001, Lynn and her husband, Dave, became members of our church. They have three active children whom each love sports and our enrolled in Sylvania schools – Dominic, Cassie and Trent.
Lynn has been involved not only in the life of our church, but in the lives of children and youth for many years. She served as President of the church pre-school and as chair of Age-Level & Family Ministry. She has been in her current position since 2009. The youth meet regularly at church and for special activities of fun and service. Each summer the junior and senior high youth go for a week on a mission trip. Past mission trips have included Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina, Redbird Mission in Kentucky and Washington D.C. to serve in the inner-city.
Lynn’s goal is to help lead and mentor youth as they grow and walk with Jesus Christ.
Minister of Music
Nathanael Leonard holds a graduate degree in Music from the University of Toledo where he accompanied the opera chorus and the women’s chorus, both under the direction of Dr. Denise Ritter-Bernardini. He also accompanied in both the instrumental and vocal studios. While at UT, Nathanael won first place in the Concerto and Aria competition and was on departmental scholarship for the duration of his study.
Nathanael started a bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Marietta College, where he studied with Ms. Merewyn Brasington. After two years of work, he transferred to the University of Toledo where he completed his degree in the spring of 2011. Nathanael’s teachers while at the University include Dr Michael Boyd, piano, Dr. Denise Bernardini, voice, and Dr. Jason Stumbo, conducting.
In addition to his collaborative efforts, Nathanael is an active piano soloist. His recent solo repertoire includes Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the UT Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto with the UT Orchestra. Most recently, he has been asked to solo for Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the UT Orchestra and Concert Chorale and has also assisted in mainstage opera productions and served as the accompanist for the opera's outreach program.
Rick Napierala Director of Music
Rick grew up on Maumee, and he attended the University of Toledo, where he earned his Bachelor of Education degree in Music in 2005. He returned to the University in 2007 to pursue his Master of Conducting degree. In 2012, Rick became the fourth musical director of the Toledo Choral Society. In addition to the normal Choral Society performance schedule, Rick has been instrumental in adding other coick was chosen as the director of Athletic Bands at the University of Findlay. In this capacity, he directs the Marching Oiler Brass and newly formencert venues which have made the beauty and excitement of choral music accessible to non-traditional audiences. In the spring of 2013, Rd Athletic Pep Band.
In addition to his daily and weekly career activities, Rick is active in other facets of music performance and education in the Northwest Ohio area. He is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi (a National Band Honorary and Service Fraternity) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (a National Music Social Fraternity which is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music in America), and is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and NAfME: The National Association for Music Education.
Church Support Staff Specialist
Jamie Partin joined our staff in January of 2014 as church support staff specialist. Jamie is from Bowling Green Ohio and holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Toledo with an emphasis in fine art photography. Her education was furthered with graphic design and web design specialist certificates from the Community College of Baltimore, County in Maryland. During a ten year residence in Baltimore, Maryland she worked in the check printing industry and served her church as leader of the young adult singles and by using her graphic design skills to promote community and church events. Jamie spends her spare time with her family. She also loves photography takes pictures whenever she can. To top it off she is a devoted Ravens fan.
Char is a registered nurse who assists persons, families and groups towards wholeness, which is a balance between the spiritual, physical, and emotional aspects of the person, through the setting of a congregation. She does not just focus on disease or absence of disease but bringing persons into a closer relationship with God who is our real healer.The Parish Nursing activities can be described by the following four roles: Health Educator, Health Counselor, Coordinator of Volunteers, and Liaison to the Community.
Jim cares for our facilities in a loving way. He not only keeps them clean, but he keeps everything functioning. He will replace a part before it breaks, because he knows it is time. His skills include plumbing and electrical. Jim maintains all our equipment, including lawn tractor. You are likely to find Jim on a ladder or crawling under an obstacle to take care of a problem.