Clergy, Staff, and Lay Servants

Any time that the doors at Otterbein are open, chances are that you’ll see one or more of these servant leaders.

Pastor Rev. Ralph Krall

What brought you to Otterbein?
Bishop Hopkins (responding to God’s direction, I’m sure).

How long have you been in the ministry?
I graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1990 with a 3 year Master of Divinity. Served three parishes in East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, currently serving Otterbein UMC of Navarre, Ohio since 2015.

Tell me about your family.
I was born in Painesville, Ohio and raised in Thompson in Northern Geauga County. My family was Roman Catholic, and I was confirmed in the Methodist Church in 1963. I’ve had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ since 1975. Married Rev. Elizabeth A. Krall in November 1982.

What are your hobbies/recreational interests?
Gardening, golf, hiking, ink renderings and traveling with Liz.

What is your favorite part of your ministry?
I love watching people have epiphanies, light bulb moments, with Jesus as they study scripture, pray with the Holy Spirit, and encounter God in daily life.

What was your first job?
I started my first career after graduating from Kent State University in 1977 with a 5 year Bachelor of Architecture degree. I worked in construction for 13 years in architectural design and engineering.

What do you feel is the main focus of your ministry?
Teaching spiritual truths with Jesus Christ.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by God’s creation whether on the beach, in the mountains, or in the woods.

What has God been teaching you lately?
“Be Quiet, Ralph!” (Psalm 46:10)

What is your favorite scripture?
“The Joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

What are your favorite songs?
“Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “I Believe” by Mercy Me

Director of Children Ministries Jennifer Holderbaum

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Director of Youth Ministries Melissa Diekmann

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Secretary Doris Brown


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Custodian Ken Brown

What brought you to Otterbein?
Came from Grove and have been here ever since.

How long have you been in the ministry?
Since the beginning.

Tell me about your family.
Wife is the secretary. 4 kids (3 are ministers & 1 is a paramedic).

What are your hobbies/recreational interests?
Camping and bowling.

What was your first job?
Body man in a Ford dealership.

What is your proudest moment?
When my kids decided to be ministers.

What inspires you?
Auto Service.

What has God been teaching you lately?
How to get along with people.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Being custodian.

What is your favorite song?
Amazing Grace

Custodian Dale Lockhart

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Lay Leader Terry Selby

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Church Council Chair Jody Seward

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Finance Chair John Feucht

What brought you to Otterbein?
Was married here.

How long have you been in the ministry?
15 years

Tell me about your family.
Twin daughters Katie & Kendra.
Graduated from high school with my wife, Michelle.
Michelle is a nurse and I am a pharmacist.

What are your hobbies/recreational interests?
Hunt and going to the beach.

What is your favorite quote?
“Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

What was your first job?
Bus boy and dish washer.

What is your proudest moment?
The day my daughters were born.

What was your childhood ambition?
Always wanted to be a fireman.

What inspires you?
God, to be the best.

What has God been teaching you lately?
How to be patient and deal with people in the age of adversity.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Being able to see money used for the mission in the church.

What is your favorite scripture reading/song?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17)

Staff Parish Relations Chair Mike Kracker

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Music Committee Chair Jody Seward

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United Methodist Women Chair Bonnie Steenrod

What brought you to Otterbein?
My husband David brought me here.

How long have you been in the ministry?
I’ve been a member for 43 years and United Methodist Women’s President for 25 years.

What is your favorite memory of Otterbein?
My favorite memories here at the church are the Christmas Eve Service and the Easter Egg hunt.

What is your favorite thing about Otterbein?
My favorite thing here at church is the people. They are caring and compassionate.

Trustee Chair Jim Skinner

What brought you to Otterbein?
My parents attended Neisz Church and then Otterbein.

How long have you been in the ministry?
Actively, for about the last 10 years.

Tell me about your family.
Married to high school sweetheart Peaches for 44 years. We have two daughters and son-in-laws, Jennifer (Josh) and Jody (Donald). We have 4 grandkids: Kylie (16), Carly (12), Grace (10), and Cooper (6). Jennifer, Josh and family live in Alabama. Jody, Donald and family live in Bolivar, Ohio.

What are your hobbies/recreational interests?
Camping, trapshooting, sports, tinkering in the garage.

What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff” – Chuck Skinner

What was your first job?
Bus Boy at Bear Creek Steakhouse

What is your proudest moment?
Welcoming our children and grandchildren into the world.

What was your childhood ambition?
Airplane pilot – But, I had to get eyeglasses @ age 12.

What inspires you?
Genuine people, a job well done.

What has God been teaching you lately?
To have faith and believe that He is in control!

What is your favorite part of your job?
Taking care of the church and grounds, making it inviting to all who worship or visit.

What is your favorite scripture reading/song?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Technology Chair Michael Medley

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Nurture Outreach Witness Chair Ed Cochran


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Financial Secretary Judy Medley

What brought you to Otterbein?
Neighbors

How long have you been in the ministry?
Ever since I’ve been at here (since 1974)

What are your hobbies/recreational interests?
Family activities, knitting and scrap booking.

What was your first job?
Timken Mercy, working in the pharmacy.

What is your proudest moment?
When my children were born.

What inspires you?
Family

What has God been teaching you lately?
To love one another.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Helping people.

3-6 Grade Teacher Bill Lenart 

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Toddler Teacher Connie Forney

What brought you to Otterbein?
The friendly people.

How long have you been in the ministry?
Started working in 1999.

Tell me about your family.
I have wonderful, loving family.

What are your hobbies/recreational interests?
Camping, boating, spending time with family.

What is your favorite quote?
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

What is your proudest moment?
Kids being born, grand-kids being born.

What inspires you?
When the kids repeat the things that they learned in class or when the kids grow in their faith.

What has God been teaching you lately?
Be kind to others and show kindness when they don’t.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Being with the kids.

What is your favorite song?
Jesus loves me.

K-2 Teacher Tara Maclean

What brought you to Otterbein?
My Dad and family.

How long have you been in the ministry?
Since I was 12 years old helping my dad.

What are your hobbies/recreational interests?
Sports and movies.

What is your favorite quote?
“You only live once, so do it right.”

What is your proudest moment?
When I became a mom.

What inspires you?
My dad inspired me to be a better person and to be like God.

What has God been teaching you lately?
When you believe in faith, not all good things happen, but faith gets you through it.

What is your favorite part of your job?
The kids make me feel young again.

What is your favorite scripture or song?
Footprints in the sand, Jesus helps you through everything.

Preschool Teacher Missy Trompower

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Jr High Teacher Mike Kracker

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High School Teacher Jody Seward

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Ages and Stages Facilitator Doris Brown 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FaithKeepers Facilitator Greg Miller 

What brought you to Otterbein?
Not “what”,  but “who”: Mom (Jacque). The church had recently opened and it was lots closer than Westbrook Park, so here we are! I started here in 1965, left for a few years for college and returned with a lovely wife and a couple kids in 1983.

How long have you been in the ministry?
I started teaching Sunday School in the late 70’s while at Groesbeck UMC in Cincinnati, so it looks like about 40 years.

Tell me about your family.
I married my high school sweetheart, the gorgeous Miss Vicky Nicewander, in 1975. Our kids Kelly, Keith, Kyle, and Kris are all grown with kids of their own. Sure, we have our family foibles, but we dearly love our kids, their sig-oths and grandkids.

What are your hobbies/recreational interests?
Adult Christian Education; Amateur Radio; Camping; Stringed Instruments You Might Find in a Bluegrass Ensemble; Diesel Mechanics

What is your favorite quote?
“Take things always by their smooth handle”, Thomas Jefferson

What was your first job?
Marketing and sales: I sold marbles to my classmates at Lohr. I bought them in bulk at W. T. Grant and sold them for a penny (300% markup).

What is your proudest moment?
Welcoming our kids into the world in the maternity ward.

What was your childhood ambition?
From about sixth grade, I knew that I wanted to be an “electronical engineer”.

What inspires you?
Hearing someone’s interest in and passion for a subject that I’m also passionate about.

What has God been teaching you lately?
That God *always* has something up His sleeve that is very likely going to wow my socks off.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Reaching 100 Q’s/hr in a CW contest. If you have no idea what that means, then let’s go with chips, dip, and Mountain Dew.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I’m here to serve Jesus, my wife, my small group (FaithKeepers), my pastor, my church, and my community. I love every chance to do that.