Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence singing!

- Psalm 100:2

  • Rev. Jonathan Mccleery - senior pastor

    Despite over 30 years of service as an ordained clergy, Pastor Jon still has amazing passion for ministry. He finds his greatest joy in being a channel through which God's awesome grace may flow. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio and raised in Austintown and Salem. He holds a BA from Kent State University and a MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. His interests include music, sports and history, and he can often be seen on local stages as an actor.

    Contact Pastor Jonathan at revjmccleery@gmail.com

  • rev. Lauren clawson - 

    minister of education for children & Youth

    Rev. Lauren directs and coordinates our children and youth ministries to align with the church’s vision and goals. Her focus is to instill spiritual practices in young people to help them know Jesus through Bible stories and inclusive practices in their daily lives.

    Rev. Lauren prepares yearly Sunday school curriculum for children and youth, organizes volunteer staff to carry out the goals of an education ministry, connects the church to community organizations, and maintains a process for children and youth safety.

    After receiving her education from Methodist Theological School of Ohio and Wesley Theological Seminary Washington, DC, in June 2010, Rev. Lauren was ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She also has a Masters in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC, with a specialized concentration in education of children, youth, and families.

    Contact Rev. Lauren at education@bayumc.org

  • ron muth - director of music

    Ron Muth is in his 41st year as Director of Music at Bay United Methodist Church. Previously to this position, he was the Bass Soloist at Rocky River UMC for 10 years. He has always enjoyed making a joyful noise unto the Lord. His duties at Bay include directing the Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, and organizing the special music for all summer Sundays. Ron has 2 grown children, 6 wonderful grandchildren, and has just retired from 47 years as a high school choir director. He spends his summers in Marblehead, where he enjoys fishing and boating.

    Contact Ron at rmuth@roadrunner.com

  • Jennifer sauer - finance administrator

    Jennifer oversees the general bookkeeping/accounting responsibilities for the church.  She assists the Finance Chairperson in preparing both the Annual Charge/Church Conference Report for the East Ohio Conference and the Local Church Report to the Annual Conference. In addition to serving as a member of the Finance Committee, she maintains the schedule for our counting teams and answers church member/donor inquiries regarding pledges and quarterly statements.

    Jennifer and her husband, Ken, are members of our church choir, and Jennifer is a frequent soprano soloist. Jennifer and Ken have four children and six grandchildren. She has been a member of our church for over 30 years. 

    Contact Jennifer at finance@bayumc.org

  • iva david - administrative assistant

    Iva is the first person you meet with when you call or visit the office.  She is the face of our church. Her responsibilities include scheduling rooms for groups to meet in the building, updating the master church calendar, and maintaining church records. She publishes the Sunday bulletin and the monthly Messenger newsletter. Iva is very knowledgeable about our membership and assists both staff and church members on various projects.  

    When not in the church, you'll find Iva walking Lizzy (her VERY friendly four legged buddy), working in the flower beds, or reading.  Favorite type of book – historical fiction or ‘who done it”; favorite author is Tedd Dekker.  She and her husband are blessed with nine grandchildren. Iva feels she has found the perfect ‘job’ or place to be!

    Contact Iva at office@bayumc.org

  • jennie sebrasky - Communications coordinator

    Jennie develops and implements written and visual communications regarding the church's mission, ministry, and outreach. This includes maintaining the church's website, posting to social media, refreshing signage inside and out, and promoting events to the community.

    Jennie enjoys painting watercolors and researching genealogy. She and her husband, Tom, have three children and four grandchildren.

    Contact Jennie at communications@bayumc.org