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 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 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 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 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.
Lauren recently graduated this past May from Liberty University with a degree in Clinical Counseling and Research. She spent most of her childhood in Cherry Hill, NJ and her middle and high school years were spent in Selma, NC. She has served the past two summers with Next Step Ministries in Long Island, NY where she had the privilege of working alongside our youth group. She is blown away that she now has the privilege of leading ALPC’s youth!
Lee Lohr has been a member of Avon Lake Presbyterian Church since 1991. For many years, she taught Sunday School for both children and adults. She is married to Ray and has two adult daughters. Shauna is a microbiology professor. Lianne is a store manager. Lee crochets and participates in the church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Julie loves to share with others the smiles, love, laughter and fellowship that is found at Avon Lake Presbyterian Church through the church web site (www.AvonLakeChurch.com) and social media avenues (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). She has a long history in web marketing in both corporate America as well as on a consultant basis and enjoys using these gifts to share God’s love with others!