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

Presbytery Staff:

Office Phone: 216-241-3966
*If a staff member is not available, a confidential message may be left in their voicemail.
General email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*All staff email addresses are first initial and last name @preswesres.org

Staff (click on name to read more about the staff member, click on title to read more about the position):
Linda Badger Becker - Transitional General Presbyter
Rev. Jessica MacMillan - Stated Clerk/Associate Presbyter for Equipping Leaders
Susan Gillespie - Staff Associate for Hospitality and Communication
Rev. Susan Holderness - Pastor to Clergy and Clergy Families
Lee Lohr -  Staff Associate to The General Presbyter and Stated Clerk
John LuttermoserBusiness Administrator
Laura VanDale - Hunger Action Advocate
Laurel Steinetz - Intern for Cyber-ministries

Elder Linda Badger Becker
Transitional General Presbyter
Contact: Phone-EXT. 115, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Home Presbytery: Presbytery of Genesee Valley

Reasons to Contact:
Concerns or ideas regarding congregational life
Concerns or ideas regarding the vision, mission, strategy, and/or structure of the Presbytery
Consultation and problem solving

About Linda:
In addition to working as a transitional member of the Presbytery, I am an Ordained Ruling Elder, Certified Christian Educator PC (U.S.A), Trained Mid-Council Interim/ Transitional Specialist, and a member of Synod of the Covenant's Executive Forum. My favorite Spiritual Discipline is creating Inspirational PowerPoint Slideshows. I love movies and used to be a film critic. My family enjoys our annual family summer vacation with children and grandchildren in the Adirondack mountains of New York. 

 

The Rev. Jessica MacMillan
Stated Clerk/Associate Presbyter for Equipping Leaders
Contact: Phone-EXT. 117, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Susan A. Gillespie

Staff Associate for Hospitality and Communication
Contact: Phone-EXT 110, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Home Congregation: 

(Bio in progress)

 

The Rev. Susan Holderness

Pastor to Clergy and Families
Contact: Phone-EXT 123, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Home Congregation: Fairmount

Reasons to Contact: 
Concerns about clergy or commissioned ruling elders
Retreat for clergy
Joys, concerns, prayers to share with the Presbytery

Duties at the Presbytery:
Weekly prayer folks
Email prayers
Joys and concerns for Call Papers
Spiritual care for clergy or commissioned ruling elders

About Susan:
In addition to being on staff at the Presbytery Office, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Presbytery Pastoral Care Network. My family vacation is one week of the year with my two sisters and their families to a favorite North Carolina beach. We haven't missed a vacation year in 30 years! My favorite spiritual discipline is singing and listening to hymns.  One thing you may not know about me is that both my young adult children are in the environmental field because of the influence of a high school teacher. Teachers DO matter!

 

Elder Lee Lohr, Staff Associate to the General Presbyter and Stated Clerk
Contact: Phone-EXT 114, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Home Congregation: Avon Lake Presbyterian Church

Reasons to Contact: 
Annual Statistical Reports
Excusal from Presbytery meetings
Committee on Session Records
Due dates for Session Meeting Minutes
Committee on Preparation for Ministry
Pastoral Ordination Process
Committee on Ministry
Terms of Call

Duties at the Presbytery:
Provides assistance to the General Presbyter and Stated Clerk
Records and prepares minutes of stated meetings of the Presbytery
Coordinates church annual statistical reports
Provides staff support for the Committee on Session Records
Provides staff support for the Committee on Preparation for Ministry
Provide administrative support for the Committee on Ministry

About Lee:
In addition to working at the Presbytery Office, I also participate in the Synod review of presbytery minutes, serve on the coordinating team of PWR's Presbyterian Women, and I am the Clerk of Session at Avon Lake Presbyterian Church. I was blessed to be able to attend both the General Assembly in Pittsburgh and in Detroit. I enjoy meditation and traditional hymns as well as contemporary music. Our cat prefers my husband because he is not the one who combs her fur and trims her claws!

 

Elder John Luttermoser, Business Administrator
Contact: Phone-EXT 116, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Home Congregation: Noble Road Presbyterian Church

Reasons to Contact:
Congregation financial matters
Information about grants from the Presbytery
Mission pledge and Per Capita balances
Board of Pensions matters
Presbytery database and directory
Change your contact information
Presbytery committees
If you would like to serve a Presbytery Committee

Duties at the Presbytery:
Assists the Presbytery’s accountant and treasurer
Receives and tracks contributions from congregations
Maintains database and prepares directory
Staff associate to Board of Trustees/Administration Ministry
Staff associate to Committee on Nominations and Representation

About John:
In addition to working at the Presbytery Office, I also serve as the secretary to the board of the Dougbe River Presbyterian School of Liberia. I was a former Clerk of Session and Presbytery Commissioner at Noble Road. I enjoy group mediations on Lectio Divina and personal reflections on amazing grace. I have lived in South Euclid since 1992 and my wife and I have two adult sons. When I was a young newspaper reporter, I once rode an elephant in a circus parade. 

 

Elder Laura VanDale, Hunger Action Advocate
Contact: Phone-EXT 118, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Ministries 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 and support the work of--and am supported by the work of--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!

 

Elder Laurel Steinetz, Intern for Cyber-ministries
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Home Congregation: John Knox Presbyterian Church

Reasons to Contact:
Information on Cyber-ministries
How to find (blank) on the new website
Best practices for your congregation's social media

Duties at the Presbytery Office:
Website redesign
Social media launch
Compilation and update of cyber-ministries information

About Laurel:
In addition to interning at the Presbytery Office, I am a full-time student at Baldwin Wallace University. I am a Ruling Elder at John Knox, an Inquirer to ministry in the PWR, a Young Adult Delegate to the Synod of the Covenant, and former Young Adult Advisory Delegate for the 220th General Assembly (2012). I am an A/V nerd, Praise Band member and Women's Retreat Planning Committee Member at John Knox. My favorite Spiritual Discipline is Story-telling/listening, and I am a trivia extraordinaire

 

Presbytery Officers:

Moderator- The Rev. Sandy Seaton-Todd
Vice-Moderator- Elder Eric Muller-Girard
Mission Council Moderator- Elder Robert Ault
President of the Corporation- The Rev. James Butler
Vice-President of the Corporation- Elder Larry Elmore
Stated Clerk and Secretary of the Corporation- The Rev. Jessica MacMillan
Treasurer- Elder Donald A. Sinko

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. Clover Reuter Beal (Forest Hill) PWR Liaison to the Committee on Ecumenical Relations; 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 Susan Gillespie (New Life At Calvary), Elder Laurel Steinetz (John Knox, YAC)

Other Presbyters Serving Synod of the Covenant: The Rev. Catherine Borchert (HR) 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