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This page contains contact information for Presbytery Staff and information regarding Officers and Commissioners serving the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly.


Presbytery Staff:

Click on a name to read more about the staff member. Click on job title to read more about the position.
Rev. Jessica MacMillan - Stated Clerk/Acting General Presbyter
Laura VanDale - Hunger Action Advocate
Josh Daum - Office Administrator


The Rev. Jessica MacMillan
Stated Clerk/Acting General Presbyter
Contact: 216.273-8897, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Stated Clerk's Staff Corner

Home Congregation: John Knox-Also serves John Knox as part-time Parish Associate

Reasons to contact:
Church polity, policies, process and procedures
Pastoral transition questions
Leadership development opportunities
Other Stated Clerk business

Duties at the Presbytery Office: 
Facilitates changes in pastoral positions
Attests to PIFs
Prepares call papers for Stated meetings
Resources the Leadership Development committee
Serves as staff liaison to Mission Council and Committee on Ministry
Is updating the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Manual of Operations (and is able to assist congregations with their documents of this genre)

About Jessie:
I teach a weekly Bible study, resource the Spiritual Growth Committee and preach several times a year at John Knox. I served as Commissioner to the 220th General Assembly in Pittsburgh in 2012. My favorite spiritual discipline is practicing Sabbath and I love to read, garden, take walks in all kinds of weather and practice yoga. I share a household with four rapidly growing sons, a beloved husband and a cat/dog duo who find ways to sneak out of the house when no one is home. 


Elder Laura VanDale, Hunger Action Advocate
Contact: 216.307.2086, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Laura's Staff Corner, "Compassion Corner"

Home Congregation: Lakewood Presbyterian Church

Reasons to Contact:
Self-Development of People Committee
Just Reach Ministries
Action Networks
Finding resources about hunger
Presbyterian Hunger Program
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
Bread for the World
Information about funding projects or programs
Scholarships to events/conferences
Suggestions for partnerships

Duties at the Presbytery Office:
Supports Just Reach Ministry and Self-Development of People
Coordinates resources/events/programs pertaining to hunger or other social justice issues
Facilitates formation of issue-based Action Networks (Race, Hunger, Restorative Justice, Earthcare)
Support for congregational programs
Resource at Presbytery Meetings

About Laura:
In addition to working at the Presbytery Office, I usually attend General Assembly and Big Tent, as well as other periodic national gatherings.  I support the work of--and am supported by the work of-- the Presbyterian Hunger Program. My favorite Spiritual Disciplines are making a joyful noise through music; appreciating God’s creation though hiking, biking, running; and trying different Lenten practices. My two boys, my husband, and I love to eat--we had a great family vacation to Peru a few years ago and could not get enough of the fantastic food!


Josh Daum, Office Administrator
Contact: 216.273.6881, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Josh:
I am the “new kid on the block” here at the Presbytery office. In addition to overseeing daily office operations, I am in charge of coordinating the Presbytery meetings, and I also provide administrative support to individuals and churches in the Presbytery. I love to worship through music, and I sing and play percussion for a variety of worship styles, from traditional, to Taize, to contemporary. I also enjoy playing percussion in pit orchestras for community theatre productions in the area. I attend Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, where my wife Rachel McDonald is an Interim Associate Pastor.

Presbytery Officers:

Moderator- Elder Eric Muller-Girard
Vice-Moderator- The Rev. Henry Pearce
Mission Council Moderator- The Rev. Sandy Seaton-Todd
President of the Corporation- The Rev. James Butler
Vice-President of the Corporation- Elder Paul Ellis
Stated Clerk and Secretary of the Corporation- The Rev. Jessica MacMillan
Treasurer- Elder Robert Baker

Commissioners and Delegates to Synod of the Covenant & General Assembly:

Presbyters Serving the General Assembly: Elder Robert Baker (Covenant) Mission Resources Development Committee; The Rev. Linda Eastwood (MAL, OB) Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy.

Synod of the Covenant Commissioners- Class of 2016: The Rev. Rick Stein (First, Elyria),  Elder Laurel Steinetz (John Knox, YAC)

Other Presbyters Serving Synod of the Covenant: The Rev. Catherine Borchert (Honorably Retired) Permanent Judicial Commission; Elder Sara Gresh (Rocky River) Treasurer, Presbyterian Women; Elder Jan Hart (John Knox) Presbyterian Women Search Committee; Elder Lee Lohr (Avon Lake) Presbyterian Women Registrar

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