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
Pastor

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.

Michelle Sommers
Office Administrator

Michelle is our Office Administrator, and is often the first person you encounter when you telephone or stop by the church office. Michelle is a life-long Ohio resident and graduated from Marlington High School and has an A.S. degree in Corporate Accounting from Stark State. Michelle handles all requests concerning use of the facilities and grounds, she manages the calendar, and the congregation’s bookkeeping. Whether you wish to place flowers on the altar, make arrangements to use the Picnic Shelter for your family reunion or any other administrative matter, Michelle is sure to greet you with a smile and caring assistance.

Michelle can be reached in the church office at 330-877-2676 or by email.

Krista Smith
Discipleship Coordinator

Krista is our Discipleship Coordinator. She recruits and organizes our volunteers, manages the web-site, coordinates Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, teaches Confirmation and works with the Youth. In general she helps encourage congregation members to share their time and talents with St. Jacob’s.

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 Director

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
Organist

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.

Marlowe Kotolup
Nursery Attendant

Marlowe Kotolup staffs our nursery beginning at 10am each Sunday (9:15am on Sundays with a single service). She wrangles the kids with the utmost patience and kindness. Marlowe is a RN and also a certified para-professional with many years of experience working in classrooms in our public school system with children pre-school through 3rd grade. She brings a wealth of knowledge about childcare and a heart filled with love for our little ones. Questions about our nursery can be directed to the church office via email or phone.

Bob and Charlene Theiss and Paul Endrizz
Maintenance Staff

Bob and Charlene Theiss serve as custodial and maintenance staff. They handle the cleaning of the fellowship hall and offices and also perform necessary maintenance to the building. They are responsible for the set up/tear down of Garnes’ Hall and coordinate with members and non-member renters of the facility to make sure that events are flawless. The Theiss’ are dedicated congregation members and serve on committees and in leadership roles at St. Jacob’s. Contact them by leaving a message at the church office.

Paul Endrizz (not pictured) joined our custodial staff and 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, so Paul is the perfect person to undertake this job.