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Meet our Pastors and Program Staff


Phone: 440.255.3496
Email: Contact Our Office

Our ministry staff exists to serve, equip and empower people to know, grow and show God's love in Christ Jesus. 

If you have any needs, questions, or concerns, don't hesitate to contact any of them.

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To contact a Committee, click here for a list of emails. 

Rev. Sondra Snode

Lead Pastor
Phone: 440.255.3496 Ext. 107
Email: Pastor Sondra

Sondra Snode grew up in northwest Ohio.  After her mother’s death, a small country church came alongside her family … not for a day or a week but for years …. sharing Christ and making Christ known.  She learned that God can be trusted at all times, and people can help one another experience this truth.

Before pursuing her call to ministry, Sondra worked as a respiratory therapist.  She holds degrees from Lima Technical College, The Ohio State University, Otterbein College, and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

Sondra has a heart for Christ, and for helping others.  She is passionate about sharing the Word of God and making Christ real for others. In her spare time, she enjoys working in the yard, going on hikes, and sharing a cup of coffee with her husband, Tom.  The Snodes have two adult sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law (her sons are wonderful, too).   

Favorite Scripture:  Habakkuk 3: 17 & 18

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord!  I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!”  

Click here to read Pastor Sondra's monthly letter.

Rev. Mikayla Doepker

Associate Pastor
Phone: 440.255.3496 Ext. 111
Email: Pastor Mikayla


Mikayla Kovacik Doepker is a native of Cadiz, Ohio, and grew up in the United Methodist Church. Mikayla is a 2016 graduate of The University of Mount Union where she double-majored in Religious Studies and Music. She completed her Master of Divinity degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2019. Mikayla is passionate about sharing God's love, planning and leading worship, preaching, and discipleship ministries. 
Mikayla loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, drinking coffee, and all things Disney. She shares her life with her husband Robert and their two dogs Adam and Desmond. 
 

Favorite Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Rev. Barbara Holzhauser

Minister of Congregational Care
Phone: 440.255.3496 Ext. 106
Email: Email Rev. Barb

The Rev. Barbara Holzhauser, aka “Pastor Barb”, has served the church for over 30 years in various roles.  Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1989, she has served several congregations in Pennsylvania and Ohio.  In addition, she served as Associate Director for Evangelism for the ELCA churchwide organization in Chicago.  Most recently, Pastor Barb served as a Spiritual Care Coordinator with Hospice of the Western Reserve, and as part-time transitional pastor for Reformation Lutheran Church in Eastlake.  She has spent much of her pastoral work focusing on the renewal of congregations.  Pastor Barb’s personal mission is to “be an authentic witness to the love of Christ.”

Tammy Palermo

Director of Children and Family Ministries
Phone: 440.255.3496 Ext. 110
Email: Email Tammy

Tammy Palermo grew up nearby in Troy Township and graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis from our own Otterbein College in Westerville Ohio. Her college summers were spent at Camp Asbury in Hiram. After graduation, Tammy taught music at Groveport Madison Middle School South and Riverside High School. After her involvement with MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers), the Library Committee, and the Commission on Education, she felt God tugging at her to apply and interview for the Director of Children & Family Ministries in October 2007. Tammy believed that she would be a stay at home mom once her children were born, but clearly God had other plans for her! She is married to Michael Palermo. Together they have two children, Eliana and Evan. Tammy is excited to be a part of the ministry at Mentor UMC!

Favorite Scripture:

Micah 6:8​ "No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." 

Click here to read Tammy's monthly letter.

Leah Nash

Director of Youth Ministries
Phone: 440.255.3496 Ext. 114
Email: Email Leah Nash

Leah Nash is originally from Thompson, Ohio and graduated from Riverside High School. Leah is a graduate of Ohio University where she has a Masters in English and has a strong background in teaching and instruction. She has been active in different United Methodist Churches and loves being a part of music and theatre. Leah also has been an Activity and Program Director at youth camps, including Camp Asbury where she was the Art Specialist, and the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. Leah is passionate about art, education, and loves helping students figure out how to take their interests and gifts to give back to God. She lives in the Mentor area with her husband, Chris Preston, and their three pets, Nenya, Lori, and Haven. Leah really felt called by God to take her passions and knowledge and work in an exciting, ever-changing environment where she could lead others every day in new ways!

Favorite Scripture: 

John 3:8 "The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."