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Meet the Staff

Rev. Roland Mitchell

Rev. Roland Mitchell

Lead Pastor
About Me:

I currently serve as the Lead Pastor for HHUMC. Before that I was the pastor at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Washington Court House Ohio from 2008-2013. During that time I finished my Seminary degree in a Master’s of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary. I also served in ministry at Richmond Dale UMC from 2005-2008, Crouse Chapel UMC from 2001-2005, Kingston UMC as the youth pastor/associate pastor from 2000-2001, and served as a youth pastor at Trinity UMC in Chillicothe, Ohio from 1994-2000. I graduated from Circleville Bible College (now Ohio Christian University) in 1995 with a degree in Theology. Charlene and I were married in September of 1996 and have served alongside of each other in ministry since that time. We have two beautiful children, Madelyn and Maddox. I love the Lord and want to faithfully serve Him and preach the gospel boldly. I want to see God bless our mission and ministry here at HHUMC in a mighty way so that we can be a church that will be around for a 100 years or more or until the Lord shall return.

Description of Job Title and Duties:

I am the Lead Pastor of HHUMC which involves being the chief visionary of the mission and ministry of the church. I am tasked to preach, teach, train the Leadership Board, and direct the staff of the church. I occasionally do share the basic duties of a shepherding pastor with funerals, visitations, and hospital calls but my main duty is to lead the church in living into it’s mission and vision.

Hobbies

I enjoy golfing, fishing, camping, watching Nascar Racing, playing Xbox (well trying to play Xbox but give me a joystick and Space Invaders and watch out), and working around the house.

Favorite Bible Verse:

“God has said never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Se we say with confidence, The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” – Hebrews 13:5-6

Rev. Charlene Mitchell

Rev. Charlene Mitchell

Pastor of Support Ministries
About Me:

I am currently a Licensed Local Pastor through the United Methodist Church. I am currently working my way through the Course of Study to complete my requirements for being a licensed local pastor. So, that means I’m a student for the next four years! Before going into the ministry, I worked for 20 years in private family practice of the medical field until being called to become a pastor. But I’ve served in some capacity of ministry for about 22 years.

I am also the wife of Pastor Roland and the mother of two children, Madelyn and Maddox. My passion is for folks to come to know Jesus. I love people and I am humbled to be able to walk alongside them through our journey in life.

Description of Job Title and Duties:

The Pastor of Support Ministries primarily is a compassion and communication position within the life of HHUMC. I work alongside of our visitation pastor to make hospital and shut in visitations and we also work together to encourage and work with our prayer teams and care teams. I am humbled to be called to preach, teach, serve communion, weddings and funerals.

I work alongside of our church office staff to ensure we have custodial and secretarial needs met. I am also tasked to touch base with our many ministries in the life of HHUMC.

Hobbies

When I have time, I like to do some crafting. I love rearranging furniture and decorating. I enjoy camping and travel. I really enjoy being with my family and my extended family doing all kinds of different activities.

Favorite Bible Verse:

“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self control than to conquer a city.” – Proverbs 16:32

Rev. Rodney Rogers

Rev. Rodney Rogers

Pastor of Visitation
About Me:

Retired U.S. Navy after 22 years. Entered the ministry in 1996. Retired active ministry in 2013.

Description of Job Title and Duties:

Visitation Pastor. I visit those requiring pastoral care while in hospital, nursing homes and those who are shut in. Taking care of our Care team which visits our shut-ins on a monthly basis.

Hobbies

Hunting, fishing, and my dogs.

Favorite Bible Verse:

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;[a]
    he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his word,
    obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

– Psalm 103

Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Secretary
About Me:

I’m a happily married cat mom of two ornery felines, Tuxeda Lorraine and Licorice Louise. I love Jesus and am ever grateful for the wonderful Christian foundation my parents taught and modeled. I love coffee (extra bold, dark roast), yarn, books (print and e-books) and PopTarts (just the fruit ones).  Pink is my absolutely, positively favorite color, and if that pink is sprinkled with glitter then I am smitten. 

Description of Job Title and Duties:

Whether you call, stop by, or communicate with the church office via e-mail — I’m the one you’ll connect with first. I love being on the “front-lines” of our church’s ministry. I also put the Sunday bulletins together, do a portion of the projection slides we use each week at worship, and many other and varied administrative, behind-the-scenes duties that are necessary to keep ministry moving forward.

Hobbies

I am a “capital K” Knitter and am rarely seen without some yarny goodness nearby (you’ll often catch me knitting in my car during the lunch hour). I love reading, and am especially fond of biographies of American historical figures and books on church history. I also have long-held aspirations of being the “next great American author” and dabble a bit in writing fiction. Wordsmithing makes me very happy.

Favorite Bible Verse:

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” – 1 John 3:1

TJ Grembowski

TJ Grembowski

Worship Arts Director

About Me:

My name is TJ Grembowski and I am the Worship Arts Director for Hocking Hills UMC. I am joyfully married to my incredible wife, Lizabeth Grembowski. We have been married since August of 2015 and dating since 2010. She is my wife, but also my best friend. She keeps me pointed toward Christ every day!

I started playing music around 4th grade when I first learned the violin. From there I began to learn music theory and was enrolled in middle school band on the trumpet. With my knowledge of theory and trumpet I began to teach myself a myriad of other instruments. My main instrument is Trumpet, but I also play guitar (acoustic, electric, bass, classical, 12-string), banjo, ukulele, piano, keyboard/synth, drums, cajon, general percussion, harmonica, didgeridoo, shofar, and I sing. My wife buys me instruments and I learn to play them! 🙂

After High School I joined The U.S. Army as a musician and served for 6 years while I was in college. While serving in the Army I attended Ohio University and received an Associate’s in Electronic Media and a Bachelor’s in Music Production with a Minor in Music. Aside from audio, the rest of my multimedia specialties are self-taught.

Description of Job Title and Duties:

I am the Worship Arts Director and Multimedia Specialist for Hocking Hills United Methodist Church. I lead the Praise Band “Warship”, The Multimedia Team, “The Orchard” Men’s group, a Monthly Jam Session, and occasionally teach our Spark Youth Group. I plan our 11:00am service, “The Harbor”, and do much in the ways of music relating to that service. I also work with a team that creates all of the media for the church (photo, video, design, web, music, etc.) You can find me any Sunday on stage praising the Lord (most likely without shoes on)!

Hobbies

As a hobby I run a Youtube channel dedicated to music, ministry, and DIY projects. I love board games (and have many)! I also love spending time with friends and family at any opportunity that I get.

Favorite Bible Verse:

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17

Skills

Music/Production
89%

Video Production
75%

Photography
72%

Web Design
50%

J Ryan Whitescarver

J Ryan Whitescarver

Music Director
About Me:

I am a single father of two great kids, Koen and Stella. I was born and grew up in Grafton, WV and moved to Ohio for Graduate School in 2002. I am honored and fell very blessed to be able to share my gift of music with our music ministry groups at HHUMC. I enjoy spending time with my kids, my friends and my family. I like playing cards and board games, hiking, kayaking, and cooking and baking. Food Network or HGTV is likely to be on if I’m home. I am also of member of Lancaster Community Chorus where I serve as leader of the tenor section.

Description of Job Title and Duties:

I work with Pastor Roland to select music to enhance our Journey Service. I direct three music ministry groups that provide music for the Journey Service: Worship Singers, Praise Ensemble and Handbell Choir.

Hobbies

Hiking
Music
Kayaking
Cooking/Baking
Card/Board Games

Favorite Bible Verse:

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
    as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
when your fathers put me to the test
    and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10 For forty years I loathed that generation
    and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
    and they have not known my ways.”
11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,
    “They shall not enter my rest.”

 – Psalm 95

Suellen Rieder

Suellen Rieder

Accompianist | Pianist
About Me:

I was born to the late Harold and Mabel Hoffman and raised in Logan. – Oh with sisters Saundra, Linda and Pamela. I Graduated LHS in 1975and married Steve Rieder and have four grown children: Troy, Chuckie, Ryan and Stefanie; five grandchildren-Nick,Taylor, Baileigh, Nora and Naya. I own and manage local Sears Hometown in Logan. When the church merger was in planning stages, five churches, Immanuel, Trinity, Kline, Union and Pleasant Hill, were set to become one. Even though Kline, where I had attended and played for since elementary days, had voted not to merge, several of us had not changed our minds. Actually, I thought I would be a pew-sitter for the first time ever…God had a good chuckle on that one! Seriously, it is humbling to have the opportunity to play with the level of talent that is here at HHUMC and I pray that the music I play will inspire and fill the hearts of everyone listening.

Description of Job Title and Duties:

I am responsible for music in the Journey service, whether solo or accompanist for Worship Singers and Praise Ensemble. Also I am a member of WARSHIP Praise Band in the Harbor service (though not a duty-just a passion) 🙂

Hobbies

I am working full-time, but love spending time with my grandchildren, and of course church activities keep me hopping. I still enjoy playing piano for my own personal enjoyment, summertime gardening, and travel when there is opportunity.

Favorite Bible Verse:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Tabitha Hopple

Tabitha Hopple

Children's Ministry Coordinator
About Me:

I am married to Rick Hopple Jr. and we are getting ready to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We have 2 children together (Tristan and Brooklynn). I graduated college in 2009 with my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and have worked with children since I was a teenager. I enjoy spending time with my family and going places together. Though I am actually a very shy person, I enjoy getting to know people and LOVE to help others! In my free time I am either napping …. or babysitting 🙂

Description of Job Title and Duties:

I help in set up/tear down on Sunday mornings, teaching the children at least once a month, and filling in on Sundays when my helpers are sick or unable to make it to Kids Church. I’m always keeping up on paperwork needed for each child to be well taken care of while in our care for parents to be in worship. I also work on keeping in contact with families to be sure their children are having a positive experience each and every Sunday and learning something new while they are making new friends. I connect with the community to see if there is any place that our ministry can lend a hand. I hold monthly ministry meetings and events for the children to celebrate holidays (Easter, Christmas). I also plan VBS. I am always searching for volunteers to help keep our Children’s Ministry available to families in need.

Hobbies

Some of my hobbies include scrap-booking, doing puzzles, listening to music (I LOVE to sing!! I might not be good, but that doesn’t stop me) When the weather cooperates, I love to go out and take my dog for a walk!

Favorite Bible Verse:

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

Add Frey

Add Frey

Treasurer
About Me:

I grew up in Logan and attended Immanuel UMC. I spent 27 years teaching math at Alfred University in upstate New York. I moved back to Logan upon retirement almost five years ago.

Description of Job Title and Duties:

As treasurer I pay the church bills. This includes paying our ten full-time and part-time employees, utilities, maintenance, office supplies,worship resources, trail curriculum, etc. In addition, I help prepare a budget, and give quarterly reports to the Leadership Board concerning the church’s finances, as well as the state of our endowment and our capital campaign.

Hobbies

I collect Pez dispensers. I do origami. I do computer programming. My favorite day of the year is March 14.

Favorite Bible Verse:

He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8:

Jessica Hamm

Jessica Hamm

Youth Coordinator/ Financial Secretary
About Me:

I am a mother of 3 Arizona, Alex and Zayden. My husband is Roger and we have been married for 16 years. I am a Girl Scout Troop Leader and fulfill many duties within the Cub Scout Pack as well. Aside from my duties with the church I have been blessed to focus more time this year on my own accounting business, BC Bookkeeping and Tax.

Description of Job Title and Duties:

Youth Coordinator – I schedule the youth leaders and coordinate the messages and events. Making sure that the leaders have everything they need for each meeting ready to go when they get there.

Financial Secretary – Records and deposits the money that comes into the church. Runs reports for the Treasurer. Issues the contribution statements at the end of the year.

Hobbies

My hobbies are whatever my kids are into. We are a big scouting family who enjoy camping, hiking and geocaching. Many weekends are spent at archery tournaments, going to band concerts, musical performances and plays.

Favorite Bible Verse:

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

Catherine Killian

Catherine Killian

Office Assistant
Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams

Maintenance/Custodian
About Me:

I am 68 years old and retired. My wife, Vicki, and I moved here from Columbus to be with family. I enjoy having something to do and meeting people. This position has helped me do this.

Description of Job Title and Duties:

My job is to keep church, the church office and the Front Door clean, neat and orderly so members and visitors feel comfortable. I try to keep up with taking care of problems we run into at all 3 facilities. I mow grass and trim in the spring and summer, removing snow in the winter. I also keep an eye on the church van, making sure it stays in running order.

Hobbies

I enjoy playing golf and attending sporting events. Also wood working is something I enjoy, but I need to learn how to do more things. I would like to do a little more traveling and seeing some of the National Parks. But mostly, I just enjoy spending time with my family, especially the grand kids.

Favorite Bible Verse:

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37