- Chip FreedLead Pastor
Chip's joy is seeing new people come to faith, and he calls Garfield Memorial a place that "reflects the kingdom of God in its diversity and a place of sheer grace!" Chip is a highly sought after preacher and speaker. He has been keynote speaker at some of the major gatherings in The United Methodist Church; as well as other larger church gatherings, such as appearing several times on the national broadcast Real Life from Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas. Prior to entering the ministry, Chip was a CEO in the corporate community, serving as President and General Manager of Mahoning Municipal Products, Inc. Pastor Chip is married to "his best friend," Terri, and has three children.
Here's a link to an article from Outreach Magazine about how Garfield Memorial transitioned to "Living Color" and a link to a recent article Pastor Chip wrote about the journey at Garfield Memorial.
- Terri FreedReception, Hospitality & Membership Care
Terri has a passion for helping newcomers find their way into ministry at Garfield Memorial Church. Terri oversees our Mingle Ministry which focuses on hospitality for first time guests. Terri also serves as a Servant Ministry Consultant, connecting and consulting with those who are trying to discern their Sweet Spot. Terri can be found in the church office during the week at our reception desk.
- Terry McHughExecutive Pastor
Terry oversees the mission and ministry of Garfield Memorial at nearly every level. She directs our On Ramps ministry training, seeking to instruct and guide all members of Garfield Memorial into servant ministry. She trains and directs Journey group leaders and feels that every member of Garfield Memorial can be active in small groups - bringing each person joy, connectedness and growth in the Spirit. Terry oversees all of the program staff at the church. Terry and her husband Joe have three sons.
- Lori StubbsPastor of Discipleship
Holy Spirit-driven, passionate about God, family, prayer and positioning folks for an intimate relationship with God through praying, His word, and serving. Passionate about His Kingdom coming through his manifested power and the body of believers.
Lori has been instrumental in forming our House of Prayer Ministry as Jesus' yearning for a "House of Prayer for all nations" (Mark 11:17), and has been involved and continues to be involved in virtually every aspect of Garfield's ministry urging all to a deeper relationship with Christ.
- Steve FurrTeaching Pastor
Steven R. Furr, Sr. is one of Garfield's Teaching Pastors. Pastor Steve is the founding Pastor of All Saints Worship Center, a ministry which teaches worship as a lifestyle and believes deeply that the unity of the body of Christ is known where true worship is practiced. His greatest passion is loving God and helping people find their way to Him through Jesus Christ. His greatest love is his wife Beverly (31 years). He is a sought after speaker, Bible teacher and trainer, having served in the ministry for over 35 years. Steven and Beverly are the parents of 3 sons, and the grandparents of 6 grandchildren.
- Scott BlevinsSouth Euclid Campus Pastor
Scott is passionate about movies, chicken wings, and crossing social, cultural and political barriers to share the love of Jesus with new people. Scott has been a pastor since 1996, and he spent six years helping start a school for students who hate school in Seneca County. He's been married to his amazing wife Aimee since 1995 and they have two wonderful children.
- Justin MackeyWorship Pastor
“When this life is over, what will any of us have to justify our existence? Except that we answered the call to be witnesses for Christ in a world that has forgotten Him,” This is Justin’s mantra: to be a witness to a lost world. The best way to express himself and his love for Christ is through the music he creates. Justin is now also the lead guitar and vocalist in the Christian rock band Harlend. Before coming up to Cleveland, he worked as a worship leader for the Avenue in Lima, Ohio.
- Dre & Leah BraceyWorship Pastors and Youth Team Leaders
Dre and Leah join our team from Milwaukee, WI with their 3 children to serve as worship pastors at both campuses and lead our youth ministry. Changing lives, sharing Christ, and giving God all the glory is most important, and Dre and Leah share one vision to excel in worship, praise, ministry, and purpose.
- Curt BissellOnline Campus Pastor
Curt and his wife, Michelle, live in Strongsville with their four boys. Curt is a Northeast Ohio native and avid Cleveland sports fan. He is a full-time financial professional with Thrivent Financial and an ordained United Methodist pastor. Michelle and he are the founders of Buckets of Hope for Tender Hearts, a child-loss organization formed in memory of their son, Jude. Among his many passions is a desire to help people discover the intersection of faith and finances. Curt is active on social media (sometimes more than he ought to be) and sees the online campus as an opportunity to reach more people with the love of Christ and widen the circle.
- David ThorneChildren & Family Pastor, Pepper Pike
David and his wife moved to Cleveland in 2006 to help plant a church. He has worked for another local church plant for the last 8 years. David is passionate about church and leadership, and loves helping individuals reach their full potential. He and his wife, Jessica have fallen in love with all things Cleveland and even attempt to cheer for the Browns. Together they have three crazy boys and their evenings are filled with soccer and other sports. If you’re looking for David on any particular evening, first check a local soccer field where he’s probably coaching one of his son’s teams.
- Trina CarrierCare Minister
Leading Garfield’s Care Ministry, Trina assists and facilitates the care needs of our community; empowering our congregation to be a people who care for one another, and raising awareness and facilitating programming in the areas of health and wellness. Trina brings many gifts to this ministry. She has extensive experience as a health care professional. Trina is an RN serving as staff nurse at the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and has also worked as a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic. Trina has infectious warmth, deep compassion, strong faith, and is committed to the mission and vision of Christ’s church at GMC. Trina is also active in our Victorious Voices Gospel choir. Trina and her husband Gerald have three children - Steven, Wesley, and Jessica and two foster children.
- Nikki FroehlichOutreach Coordinator
Nikki's passion is reaching out in the community to show God's love in a real and authentic way ; through events such as Back To School Blast , community festivals and parades , hospital care baskets , movies on the lawn ect. As our Outreach Coordinator Nikki and her team create new " out of the box " events to connect and be the church Jesus intended us to be ." Dear Children, Let us not love with words and speech , but with actions and truth " 1 John 3:18 Nikki lives in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland with her daughter Breanna.
- Rev. Loren GisselbeckVisitation Pastor
Rev. Loren Gisselbeck works with Care Minister Trina Carrier and the pastors to provide pastoral care. Loren is a retired United Methodist Minister. Throughout his career, Loren has been involved in the Parish Ministry. He has established a day care center for families on welfare, established a clergy/doctor dialogue program, developed a chaplaincy program at a local hospital, developed a homeless shelter for women and children, as well as establishing an abused persons home for women and children. Loren and his wife Helen have been married for 52 years and both are members of our Chancel Choir. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
- Craig & Rosy BerkeyBusiness Administrators
Craig handles the finances of Garfield Memorial Church and Foundation along with assistance from his wife Rosy. Craig is a CPA who has a passion for youth and music ministry. He has previously directed business activities of a hospital and a toy company. In his effort to break the “accountant” stereotype, he worked as an elementary school teacher in the Bedford City Schools, and co-directed a church gospel choir along with Rosy. Craig & Rosy love spending time with family which includes a growing number of grandchildren.
- Maribeth KattOrganist, Pepper Pike (Heritage)
Maribeth has been the organist at Garfield's 9:30 Heritage Worship Service for 13 years. She has worked with children in the Cleveland Heights school system, accompanying for school programs and plays. She also was the music director for Heights Youth Theatre for seventeen years. Maribeth is married to Don, and has two children, Adam and Lea.
- Jessica MannarinoAdministrative Assistant, Business Office
Jess serves as administrative assistant in our business office and as a Children's Ministry Assistant. She and her husband Anthony have two daughters.
- Craig McGaugheyChoir Director, Pepper Pike (Heritage)
Craig is our Chancel Choir director for our Heritage worship service at our Pepper Pike campus. The choir rehearses in Pepper Pike on Wednesday evenings from 7:30- 9:00pm. In addition to weekly singing in worship our choir performs for various locations throughout the greater Cleveland area: The Western Reserve Hospice, Breckenridge Senior Living and Gates Mills Club as an outreach ministry. If you have a passion for ministry through song please join us on Wednesdays.
Craig has taught in public and private schools for over twenty nine years. Besides directing our Chancel Choir for the Heritage worship service, he is the Director of Choral activities at Edinboro University, in Edinboro PA. Before retiring from public education, Craig was the Director of Choral Activities at Cleveland Heights High School. He also founded, produced, and directed the Cleveland Heights All-City Musicals and The Cleveland Heights Men’s Barbershop.
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