Our Staff

St. Jacob’s is staffed by a group of talented and dedicated individuals.

The cross behind the alter at St. Jacobs.


The Rev. Kyle D. Woodrow joins our staff as our interim pastor. A native of Kansas, Rev. Woodrow holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey and has been an Engle Institute Preaching Fellow.

Prior to his arrival to Ohio, Rev. Woodrow served as an ordained minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in Cape Town as well as a business consultant for Expand into Africa in Angola. And before that, he served as an associate minister at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Arizona.

Pastor Kyle is available by calling the church office at 330-877-2676 or by email.

Krista Smith - Ministry Coordinator


Krista is our Ministry Coordinator. She handles all things related to church life at St. Jacob’s from managing the facilities to organizing our volunteers. She manages the web-site and communications, the calendar and social media. In general she helps keep our church running smoothly so that our members can spend their time serving God and our community.

Krista grew up in Ohio and graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. She is a life-long member of St. Jacob’s which provides her with a unique perspective as both a member and a staff person. She and husband Paul own a local business and have three children.

Krista can be reached any time by email or by leaving a message at the church office at 330-877-2676.

Dan Nauss - Music Coordinator


Dan serves as our Music Director. He is an accomplished musician and joined our staff in July, 2014. Dan began his musical studies on the contrabass at the age of ten in his school orchestra. He attended Lake High School and then enrolled at Kent State University to further his studies under the guidance of Charles Reinman and Bryan Thomas. He earned his bachelors degree in music education student teaching in the Plain Local School District, and eventually earned a masters degree in Double Bass performance studying with Mark Atherton of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Dan has worked as an instructor of bass, guitar, and orchestral strings at Woodsy’s music in Kent, Ohio for several years, and is currently an adjunct professor of music at the Stark Campus of Kent State University, as well as the Director of String Ensembles within the Plain Local School District.

He maintains an active performance schedule, and has performed with many ensembles including the Kent State Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensembles, as well as with the Akron Youth Symphony, the Ohio Light Opera Company, the Canton Players guild, and many more. He can currently be seen in the greater Canton/Akron/Cleveland area performing in a wide variety of differing musical situations including: local symphonies, jazz big bands, jazz combos, pit orchestras, contemporary praise and worship ensembles, rock bands, and folk groups.

Karen Gay


Karen Gay is a gifted organist and pianist who has served St. Jacob’s for 30 years. Karen is a graduate of Davis and Elkins College, WV and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is also a graduate of the Carnegie School of Massage and is a Licensed Massage Therapist.

As the organist at St. Jacob’s, Karen brings a wealth of knowledge about hymnody and organ music. She is also the accompanist for the Joyful Noise Choir. Karen is very encouraging to young musicians, often accompanying them for instrumental or vocal solos during worship services. Karen is also involved in St. Jacob’s healing service, which is held on the first Sunday of each quarter. Karen teaches Anatomy and Physiology at Stark State College. Karen can be contacted via email or a message may be left for her at the church office.


Paul Endrizz (not pictured) has been tasked with on-going cleaning and disinfecting the sanctuary and education areas of our building. His attention to detail and dedication are unmatched and are especially important to ensure the health and safety of everyone worshiping with us. Paul and his wife are active members of St. Jacob’s and have served as substitute custodians for many years making Paul the perfect person to undertake this job.

St. Jacob's is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Visit the ELCA Website.

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