Rick Stein | Gap Pastor | rstein@PTS.edu

OurWe welcome the Reverend Rick Stein.Pastor Rick has gladly accepted the assignment to be the “gap pastor” at Avon Lake Presbyterian Church.  He is the former Covenant Pastor at First United Presbyterian Church in Elyria.  Rick served First United from October, 2006 until his retirement on December 31, 2019. His wife, Mary, is also retired from Baldwin Wallace University where she worked for 46 years.  They have two daughters (and son-in-laws), five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. They are enjoying retirement and spending time with their family.  They also enjoy gardening and going to their small “getaway home” in Marblehead, Ohio. Rick’s cell number is 440-864-7343.  Please feel free to call him with any pastoral needs.  He is looking forward to serving our congregation and helping us begin the next chapter that God has called us to embark on.  

Cindi Dansizen | Office Administrator | Email

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.

Rick Fortney | Director of Music | Email

Rick grew up in Avon Lake, one block from the church on Cherry Lane, graduating from Avon Lake High School in 1977. He went to Bowling Green State University earning both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts. Before moving back to Avon Lake he spent the 80s in New York City pursuing music, theatre and arts administration, serving as the Director of Student Affairs at Manhattan School of Music while being a musician in the off-hours. In 1990 he moved back home and served as the Director of Worship, Music and the Arts at Bay Presbyterian Church, resigning from there in 1999 to begin TrueNorth Cultural Arts in which he is the Founder, Executive & Artistic Director.  

Rick, his wife Joan, and their ‘Mighty Four’ (cats Luna & Ellie and dogs Sophie & Clyde), live in Avon Lake. They love music, animals, the outdoors (especially the lake!), and sports (primarily following the Indians and Cavs!). Joan is a Full Stack Developer, Business Systems for the Cleveland Indians and a musician, playing cello in the TrueNorth Chamber Orchestra.

Julie Erker | Cornerstone Preschool Director | Email

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.

Marcy Uhl | Treasurer | Email

Marcy has been the treasurer at ALPC for over 30 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!