Rev. Christopher Stewart: Transitional Pastor
Rev. Chris Stewart is a native of Barnesville, Ohio, and a graduate of Marietta College and Princeton Theological Seminary. He retired in 2015 after serving his only pastorate for thirty-seven years, Shreve and Hopewell, on the Wayne/Holmes County line. Chris has served the Presbyterian Church at all its levels: General Assembly (GA), Synod and Presbytery (MVP), and is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. He has volunteered for Hospice and Palliative Care of Wayne and Holmes Counties over the years, and, more recently, has served on the Community Mental Health and Recovery Board of Wayne and Holmes Counties, two of those years as chair. Chris will hold office hours in his office at the Church House every Wednesday from 9am to noon. If you need to meet with him but are unable to stop by the office during that time, please call the Church Office to make an appointment.
Gracie DeLollis: Office Administrator
Gracie grew up in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, but has called Wooster home since 2012. She graduated cum laude from the College of Wooster with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology in 2016, and has since worked on campus for Ohio Light Opera, Campus Dining and Conference Services, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Gracie enjoys music and the performing arts, as well as visiting museums and traveling to new places. She is a foodie, and loves trying new restaurants and cooking elaborate home-cooked meals. Gracie and her husband, Frank, have been happily married for two years, and live in Wooster with their menagerie of rescued fur-children. They are expecting their first baby in March 2020.
Ken Shafer: Organist
Ken is, by profession, a cardiologist and has been active in church music all his life, having been the organist and accompanist at several churches in Missouri and Ohio. He graduated from the College of Wooster in 1975 and lived in Missouri until he returned to Wooster in 2002. When Ken is not practicing medicine, the piano or the organ, you will probably find him in his garden or riding his bicycle.
Pong Thiemmedh: Interim Music Director
Pong is a retired elementary school music teacher (27 years at West Holmes) and church choir director (36 years at Millersburg UMC). He had been married for 34 years to the late Katherine Nicholls, a teacher and doll maker from Congress, Ohio. They did not have children. Originally, Pong is from Bangkok, Thailand. His family are mostly academics and professionals. Pong came to the United States in 1970 to further his education. He attended Warren Wilson College in North Carolina (BA in Music Education), University of Colorado, Boulder (MM, unfinished), and Marygrove College in Illinois (MA in Education). He enjoys country living, serious choral music activities, reading (non-fiction), and watching PBS channels. Pong lives near Jeromesville with eight country cats.