General Presbyter

The Rev. Sharon Core

I am honored, humbled and excited to serve as the General Presbyter for the Presbytery of the Western Reserve. I LOVE this work, our congregations, our staff, our clergy and our members. Seriously, this has to be the best job in the world! I continue to take delight in learning about the many ways God is active in the lives of those in this Presbytery. I come to this work of General Presbyter with a commitment to and love for parish ministry. I have learned much from the congregations I have been privileged to serve and the ways they have incarnated the love of Christ influences my own sense of ministry. I share life with my husband Nick Kuhn and our Black Lab Sassy (who lives up to her name).

Duties at the Presbytery Office:

  • provide inspirational leadership that enhances the implementation of the Presbytery’s strategy for mission and ministry

  • encourage conversation and communication among the Presbytery

  • nurture and maintain positive relationships with congregations and clergy

  • provide pastoral care to clergy in times of need

  • nurture and maintain relationships with Synod, General Assembly, ecumenical, interfaith and secular contexts

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Stated Clerk

Elder Judy Mitchell

I am excited to be working as your Stated Clerk and pleased to be serving our presbytery, our denomination and our God. My work is sometimes trivial, sometimes crucial, sometimes joy-filled, sometimes challenging but always engaging and gratifying. There’s still a lot for me to learn but learning new things is FUN! I taught math to middle school students for 31 years before retiring and then answering God’s call to serve here. I enjoy walking and playing with my dog Molly, visiting with my sister and her family in Michigan (They root for State, not that other school up north.), singing in choir and playing bells.

Duties at the Presbytery Office

  • Communicator for the Presbytery with the church sessions, other presbyteries, synods, and General Assembly

  • Facilitates changes in pastoral positions

  • Prepares call papers for Stated meetings

  • Serves as staff liaison to Coordinating Cabinet, Committee on Ministry and Committee on Preparation for Ministry


Hunger Action Advocate

Elder Laura Van Dale

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!

Duties at the Presbytery Office

  • Coordinates resources/events/programs pertaining to hunger 

  • Support for congregational programs

  • Resource at Presbytery Meetings


Office Administrator

Josh Daum

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. (And I designed this website…)

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.