Our Church Leadership

Our church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:

 

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David T Durkit - Pastor & Teacher

 

Our current pastor, the Reverend David T Durkit was called to be our Pastor and Teacher In November 2015. His first Sunday with us was the First Sunday of Advent and he was installed on the First Sunday of Lent, February 14, 2016.


He was born and reared in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is one of seven children. His seminary education began in 1973 at the Universita di Propaganda Fide in Rome, Italy and continued at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York. Ordained a priest in 1983, he was sent to Convento de la Dormicion and Hogar de Ninas and Colegio de San Juan de Kronstadt in El Arrrayon, Chile. As spiritual director for the convent, orphange and school, he taught religious studies and English for grades K-10 and adult education in an Arab Orthodox Church in Santiago.


After returning to the US, he served congregations in Wisconsin, West Virginia, Pennsylvania (where he was also Spiriutal Director for Christ the Saviour Seminiary in Johnstown), and Ohio. He was received into the United Church of Christ and granted Privilege of Call in 2004.


He's been with us since November of 2015.


He resides with his cat, Scarlet in Wickliffe. His interests include reading, gardening, good conversations spiritual and otherwise, sitting at his desk looking at the wildlife and Lake Erie, and Star Trek. He has been a member of the Western Reserve Association Council representing Lake County. He currently is a member of the Living Water Association Credentialling Working Group of the Committee on Ministry.

Joan Bendix

 

Joan Bendix - Music Director

Joan was music director with Rev David at Fellowship and now at First Church. Her many talents include choral conducting, playing piano and organ, and directing Youth Theater Lab at Fairmount Center for the Performing Arts. She has played and worked with many school and community theaters throughout the Greater Cleveland area including the Lakeland Civic Chorus.

 

Staff

Betsy Taylor

Current Moderator

 

James Lutz

Treasurer

 

Diana Kurzawa

Financial Seccretary

 

Judy DePasquale

Clerk

 

 
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