OUR STAFF

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

- Psalm 100:2


  • Rev. Jonathan Mccleery - senior pastor

    Rev. Jonathan has amazing passion for ministry despite over 30 years of service as an ordained clergy. 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 small group 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 has been the Director of Music at Bay United Methodist Church since 1977. Previous 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. In 2019, the church's choir room was renamed in his honor as the RHM Rehearsal Hall. Ron has two grown children and six wonderful grandchildren  Before retirement, he was a high school choir director for 47 years. He spends his summers in Marblehead, where he enjoys fishing, golfing, and boating.


    Contact Ron at rmuth@roadrunner.com

  • William Zurkey - Organist

    Bill became Bay United Methodist's organist in 1980 soon after his marriage to wife, Sandy. Bill and Sandy raised their family at the church, and he continues to amaze  and inspire us with his impressive musical skills. 


    Bill is currently the director of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra Chorus. In addition to his work with the Pops Chorus, he is an Adjunct Professor at Cleveland State University in the Music Education Department where he teaches Musicianship courses, Choral Methods, Choral Conducting, Ensembles, and supervises student teachers. Bill is past president of the Ohio Choral Directors Association. 


    In July 2018, he was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was named BGSU College of Musical Arts Distinguished Graduate and recipient of the Regional Mr. Holland’s Opus Award. He was honored in the 113th United States Congressional Record. Bill  has also served with the Ohio Department of Education as a mentor and the curriculum writing team for fine arts academic standards. 


    Contact Bill at wzurkey@aol.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 meeting/classrooms 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 her flower beds, or reading.  She and her husband are blessed with nine grandchildren. 


    Contact Iva at office@bayumc.org

  • jennie sebrasky - Communications coordinator

    Jennie develops 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

  • Steve Smith - Weekday Custodian

    Steve sets up for small and large events at the church and coordinates most  building maintenance. He performs small electrical, plumbing, & woodworking projects at the church and helps fellow staff members with their needs.

     

    Steve and his wife Tammy own a small farm in LaGrange, Ohio, where he enjoys farming asparagus, gardening, being a steward of his land, and spending time in the field with his beagles.

  • Phil Kendel - Sunday Custodian

    Phil has been with Bay UMC since 1988. On Sundays and holidays, he prepares the church for worship by opening the building, assisting in setting up the sanctuary before worship service, and straightening the church before closing the building. Additionally, he helps with set up and break down for potlucks and other various activities throughout the year. 

     

    Phil grew up in Westlake and currently lives in North Olmsted. He is employed full time at a local distribution center. When not working, Phil spends time with family, including his sister, his niece and nephew, and his six great-nieces and nephews.