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Clergy and Staff

John M. Schluep has been Senior Pastor since 2000. He is also an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. Prior to his pastoral work, John was an U.S. Army officer. As a local pastor, John has worked with numerous area schools in times of crisis. He consulted with the PBS productions: “Adolescent Suicide: A Generation at Risk,” “The Family,” and “The Learning Years.”

Dr. Schluep earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio State University, a Masters of Divinity at The Methodist Theological School of Ohio, and a Doctor of Ministry from Boston University. He was ordained in The United Methodist Church in 1981, and was received as a Pastor in Full Connection in The United Church of Christ in 2004.

John is married to Beth Varian and together they have three adult children.

Wendy Brown joined the staff of First Congregational Church in June 2004 and serves as Director of Christian Education. Wendy organizes the Sunday morning activities for children up through grade 8. These activities include Sunday school, nursery care and children’s worship. She is a graduate of Westminster College with a degree in education. Wendy loves working with children and encourages them to learn about God through hands-on activities.

Wendy’s Christian Education background includes working for First Congregational Church of Akron for 8 years. She also served on a national level for the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches for the Commission for Youth Ministries.

Wendy and her husband Ken live in Tallmadge with their two children. Wendy grew up in First Congregational Church as a child so she feels like she has “come home” to a church she loves.

Nancy Lynn Robinson came to the First Congregational Church of Tallmadge in March, 2002 as the Organist, and in September, 2006, she assumed the position of Director of Christian Music. Before her arrival at First Congregational Church, she was the Director of Music/Organist at The First Baptist Church of Akron for 10 years. She has been playing organ and directing choirs since she was in high school.

Nancy Lynn is the Musical Director of St. Cecilia Choral Society and is a member of Tuesday Musical Association, Akron Symphony Guild, Friends of Music, American Guild of Organists, and Delta Kappa Gamma. She performs with Singer's Companye, and also as a piano and/or organist accompanist for various choirs, soloists and instrumental groups.

Nancy Lynn has a Masters of Music Degree in Choral Music and Organ, and she was a choral music teacher in the Akron Public Schools. She lives with her husband Larry, and two cats, Princess and Patches.

Beth is one of the first people you will talk to when visiting or calling the church during the week. She produces the Sunday worship bulletins and she manages the church office. Beth joined the church staff in January, 2012. She comes with a background in Organizational Development, having obtained her Masters in O.D. at Case Weatherhead School of Management. She did training and development work in both corporate and non-profit settings prior to taking this position. Beth lives in Stow with her husband, Jonathan. They have 4 adult children. . Beth teaches Sunday school and facilitates an adult Bible Study as a part of a Wednesday night program. She loves people, music, reading and bike riding.

Beth is the first person to ask about:

  • Baptisms
  • Weddings
  • • Information for the worship bulletins

  • Cathie Lojkovic

    Communications Coordinator

    Cathie Lojkovic graduated from Muskingum University with majors in Accounting and Business. She joined the staff here in 2016.

    Cathie will be producing the church's newsletter, The Herald, managing the church website, answering phones and providing overall administrative support in the church office.

    Cathie lives in Uniontown with her husband, Chris and their 3 sons, Pierce, Greyson and Ryker.

    In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing hand bells at her church, reading, baking and remodeling her house.

    Bill Hoover

    Financial Administrator

    A three-time graduate from Kent State University with an MBA degree, Bill worked for 28 years in the banking industry, mostly with commercial clients, many of whom were churches and not-for-profit organizations. Bill joined the staff here in 2012 and works closly with the Financial Secretary and Treasurer in managing Church finances.

    Teresa Snyder

    Head Custodian

    Teresa has been with us since 2010 and takes a lot of pride in her cleaning of our church. She became Head Custodian this year, 2016.

    Teresa has lived in Tallmadge for 22 years. She has a daughter, April, and is so proud to be called "MiMi" from her grandson, Gavin.

    Denise Daniels

    Director of Bell Choirs

    Denise Daniels directs the Chancel Bell Choir and the Youth Ringers, a bell choir for adolescents which she began here in 2011. Denise is married to Glen Daniels.

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