Our Staff

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

The cross behind the alter at St. Jacobs.
Pastor Angel Jackson

The Rev. Angel Jackson, Pastor

The Rev. Angel Jackson serves as Pastor, tending to the Word and Sacraments in worship as well as providing pastoral care.  She is passionate about reminding God’s children that they are showered with God’s love and helping them to pour that love out to their neighbors.  

Pastor Angel  grew up in Louisville, Ohio.  She is a graduate of Capital University and got her MDiv at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and her Masters of Social Work at the University of Chicago.  Her internship was at St. Matthew Lutheran in Waco, Texas where she also did campus ministry with the Episcopal Student Center at Baylor University.

Pastor Angel served from 2011-2021 with the people of St. John Lutheran Church in McZena, Oh. She began at St. Jacob in March of 2021. She also serves as the Coordinator of Candidacy and First Call Theological Education for the Northeastern Ohio Synod.  

 Her other calls include being mother to Sophia and Asher, knitting, reading, hiking, paddle boarding and bird watching.  

Pastor Angel 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 Director of Music. 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 over 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 by leaving a message with the church office.


Paul Endrizz 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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