Leadership: Elders & Deacons
Forest Hill Church is led by volunteer members through six Session Ministries and Deacons. Click on our Circle of Connections to see how these programs connect to 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.
Elder, 2017 class: Chris Vandall
Elder, 2018 class: Patty Console
Elder, 2019 class: Dorothy Herd
Members: Beth Garrett, Barry Hartz, Linda Martin
Also under the Ministry of Worship:
Usher Team: led by Roger Heineman
Audio Team: Dave Bell, Robert Brock, LaDon Headen, Steve Marunowski
Vocation & Leadership Development
This ministry helps members grow in faith, discover their call, and live out their faith. They coordinate 3 teams: Church Growth, Lay Leadership Development, and Nominating.
Church Growth: Elder, 2019 class: Lia Clement
Members: Sheryl Dugard, Kate Kolmodin, Rachel Martinez-Finn, Peg Weissbrod, Diana Woodbridge
Lay Leadership Development: Elder: 2019 class: Leslie Clement
Nominating: Elder, 2018 class: Julie Lustic
Members: Jane Frederick, LaDon Headon, 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 Children’s Ministry Team, Youth Core Team, and the Adult Education Team.
Adult Education Team: Elder, 2019 class:
Members: Alex Heston, Pat Jenkins
Youth Core Team: Elder: 2017 class: Sharon Shumaker
Member: Joanne Shaner
Children’s Ministry Team: Elder, 2018 class: Laurie Logan
Member: Paolo Iannerelli
Justice & Mission:
supports programs and activities addressing local and global social justice issues.
Elder, 2017 class: Charity McDonald
Elder, 2018: Jessica Kelly-Moore
Elder, 2019: Jennifer Blakeney
Members: Dale Dannefer, Margie Glaros, Mike Glaros, Ajah Hales, Quentin Smith, Ann Williams
Abundant Food Pantry: Paul Jennings, organizer
Earth Care Team: Dave Neff, organizer
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 enlisting and equipping our congregation to care for the things in our trust: our time, our talents and our treasure (including our natural resources.)
Elder: 2017 class: Ahren Stock
Elder, 2018 class: Melanie Alban
Elder, 2019 class:
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.
Elder, 2017 class: Mark Wedell
Elder, 2018 class: Allan Khoury
Elder, 2019: Mary McMillan
Trustees, Class of 2017: Dave Bell, Peter Eloff
Trustees, Class of 2018: Kay Dunlap, Carol Gifford
Trustees, Class of 2019: Carol Leslie, Steve Marunowski
Treasurer: Graham Peters
Legal Counsel: Tom Zych
Building and Grounds: Ann Donkin, Kay Dunlap, Carol Gifford, Steve Marunowski, Mark Wedell
Building and Grounds Volunteers: Nick Baumgartner, Jim and Pat Seeders, Carol Scott, and Carolyn Vrtunski
Computer System: Dan Shaner, Kurt Haas
care for the physical needs of the congregation, delivering meals, arranging child-care 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,. Read about their CARE program here.
The Deacons also arrange all-church social events, keeping us connected as one big body of Christ. See photos of past Deacon events here.
Class of 2016: Barb Hansen (Elder Deacon), Kathy Hanna-Stauffer, Jenny Himmelman, Kemp Jaycox, Suzanne Marcy
Class of 2017: Kathy Carr, Jason Hidek, Gretchen Reynolds
Class of 2018: Ellen McChesney (Elder Deacon), Sally Davis, John Dugard, Robin Mervine and Seth Ungemach
Class of 2019: Jeanette Nemcek (Elder Deacon), Chris Bell, Wendy Brock
Endowment Committee: Dave Olson, moderator; Betsy Andrews, David Hunter, Clyde Loughridge, Steve Sedam, Anne Smith