Meet the Staff

Tarra Oppewall

Director of Children's Ministry
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Tarra lives in Bay Village with her husband Chris and their 3 children, Milan, Noelle, and Tyler, and their dog Jake. Tarra loves working with children, and wants each child in Sunday School to know that God made them, God loves them, and God is always with them. Tarra hopes to create a fun and loving atmosphere at church where children and their families will want to return week after week. Tarra’s door is always open to visits from children and their parents.

Tarra’s degree is in Social Work from Calvin College and her work experience over the last several years is with children in school and church settings.
Tarra loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, reading memoirs, and she is inspired by the work of author Rachel Held Evans and Presbyterian Minister Mister Fred Rogers.

Rev. Charlie Swartz

Senior Pastor
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Our pastor, Charlie Swartz, was born and raised a Buckeye in Chillicothe, Ohio. He went to Middlebury College where he met his wife to be, Debbie. After a life changing experience in the Soviet Union, he felt the call to ministry and studied at Princeton Theological Seminary. He worked as a hospital chaplain at the Mayo Clinic  and was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Kasson, MN for nine years. From there he went to Bellevue, WA (a suburb of Seattle) to serve as the pastor of Overlake Park Presbyterian Church for fourteen years. He has been our pastor since  2011 and thoroughly loves serving Christ with this phenomenal congregation in the lee of beautiful Lake Erie. Debbie and he have a wonderful son, Henry born in 2005. They all enjoy their dog “Ford”.  Charlie’s hobbies are fishing, golf, and playing the harmonica and watching any Cleveland sports team, He loves us, Christ, and a good joke.

Muriel Homer

Music Director
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Muriel has been Director of Music at ALPC for many years, first serving as choir director and then adding playing the organ and piano and directing the bell choir. One of the bright spots in working here is that she met her husband, Ed, a bass in the choir. Over the years she has taught elementary music in Avon Lake, taught many piano students, served as accompanist in many little theater productions. She enjoys encouraging the musical talents of the people who sing and play in our choirs.

Cindi Dansizen

Office Administrator
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Cindi has been a member of Avon Lake Presbyterian Church since 1993.  She has enjoyed working at ALPC since 2005.  She loves spending time with her family.  Cindi is well suited for the job of Office Administrator as she loves meeting with people and taking care of the day-to-day activities of the church.  Cindi is also the bookkeeper of Cornerstone Preschool and enjoys interacting with the children.

Marcy Uhl

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Marcy has been the treasurer at ALPC for 26 years. She has seen the church transition from the days of posting a monthly journal by hand to using current computer technology. Marcy has an accounting degree from BGSU and a CPA designation.  It continues to be Marcy’s pleasure to serve the church as treasurer and to work with this wonderful church staff! 

Julie Erker

Cornerstone Preschool Director
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Julie believes in educating the whole child and giving every child the best opportunity to learn and grow in an effective and loving environment. Every day is exciting and fun. As a young child, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. When you love what you do, the rewards are endless.

I hold a BA in Early Childhood Education and I am currently working on my Ohio Administration Certification. I began my career working as a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teacher in the Cleveland School System. I was then fortunate to stay home and raise my three children, Tyler, Makenzie, and Nicolas. Once my children were in school, I had a longing to go back to teaching. I became a Lead Pre-K Teacher at Cornerstone Preschool in 2008 and in 2012, the Director of Cornerstone Preschool.

Hobbies include golfing, decorating, and spending time with my family.