Forest Hill Church is led by volunteer members through six Session Ministries and the Deacon Ministry. Our Circle of Connections shows how these programs connect with one another.
The Ministry of Worship collaborates with the pastors and music director to imagine and present engaging worship services. They design the communion table arrangements for special services, arrange the Sanctuary decorations, and handle the behind-the-scenes details that add much to the celebration of worship. They also coordinate the ushers who greet and hand out bulletins every Sunday.
2017 Elder Chris Vandall, 2018 Elder Patty Console, 2019 Elder Dorothy Herd, Beth Garrett, Barry Hartz, Linda Martin
Usher Team: Roger Heineman
Audio Team: Dave Bell, Robert Brock, LaDon Headen, Steve Marunowski
Vocation & Leadership Development:
helps members grow in faith, discover their call, and live out their faith. They coordinate 3 teams:
Church Growth: 2019 Elder Lia Clement, Sheryl Dugard, Kate Kolmodin, Rachel Martinez-Finn, Peg Weissbrod, Diana Woodbridge
Leadership Development: 2018 Elder Leslie Clement
Nominating: 2017 Elder Julie Lustic, Jane Frederick, Karen Loughridge, Dave Peterjohn, Ron Schmidt
Education & Spiritual Formation:
supports the education and spiritual development of the adults, youth and children of Forest Hill through its:
Adult Education Team: 2019 Elder, Alex Heston, Pat Jenkins
Youth Core Team: 2017 Elder Sharon Shumaker, Joanne Shaner
Children’s Ministry Team: 2018 Elder Laurie Logan, Paolo Iannerelli
Child Protection Policy Coordinator: Kate Burleigh
Justice & Mission:
supports programs and activities addressing local and global social justice issues.
2017 Elder Charity McDonald, 2018 Elder Jessica Kelly, 2019 Elder Jennifer Blakeney, Dale Dannefer, Margie Glaros, Mike Glaros, Ajah Hales, Quentin Smith, Ann Williams
Abundant Food Pantry: Paul Jennings
Earth Care Team: Dave Neff
GCC (Greater Cleveland Congregations) Core Team: Jennifer Blakeney, Scott Lafferty, Diana Woodbridge
RIC (Race and Inclusion Committee): Mark Chupp, Barb Cloud, Kathy Hanna-Stauffer, Dorothy Herd, Ron Register, Quentin Smith, Ann Williams, Diana Woodbridge
coordinates a year-round program to promote the health of the church body-at an individual, congregation and community level-by cultivating the Spirit through awareness, gratitude, giving and actively honoring resources in our trust: our time, our talents and that which we treasure, including our natural resources.
2017 Elder Ahren Stock, 2018 Elder Melanie Alban, 2019 Elder
Members: Dave Burleigh, Bill Ladebue, Peter Williams, Leslie Pendleton
run the corporate side of the church and keep everything legal: finances, contracts, and employment and personnel matters. They maintain our physical facilities insuring that the building and grounds are used both legally and as a reflection of the glory of God. Their mission is to obtain and manage the resources required for our congregation to discover, celebrate and witness to God’s love and grace.
2017 Trustees: Elder Mark Wedell, Dave Bell, Peter Eloff
2018 Trustees: Elder Allan Khoury, Kay Dunlap, Carol Gifford
2019 Trustees:Elder Mary McMillan, Carol Leslie, Steve Marunowski
Treasurer: Graham Peters Legal Counsel: Tom Zych
Building and Grounds: Nick Baumgartner, Ann Donkin, Kay Dunlap, Carol Gifford, Steve Marunowski, Carol Scott, Jim and Pat Seeders, Mark Wedell, and Carolyn Vrtunski
Computer System: Dan Shaner, Kurt Haas
Endowment Committee: Dave Olson, moderator; Betsy Andrews, David Hunter, Clyde Loughridge, Steve Sedam, Anne Smith
care for the physical needs of the congregation–delivering meals, arranging home and hospital visits, offering coffee and donuts, providing cards people can send to a friend or neighbor and scheduling friendly greeters and helpers on Sunday mornings. The Deacons’ CARE program.
The Deacons also arrange all-church social events, keeping us connected as the body of Christ. Photos of past Deacon events.
2017: Barb Hansen (Elder Deacon), Kathy Carr, Jason Hidek, Gretchen Reynolds
2018: Ellen McChesney (Elder Deacon), Sally Davis, John Dugard, Robin Mervine and Seth Ungemach
2019: Jeanette Nemcek (Elder Deacon), Chris Bell, Wendy Brock