Tom Snode – Lead Pastor
“I love to watch people come alive in Jesus” says Pastor Tom. After working in business in Akron and Honolulu, Tom finally quit running from God and in 1986 began serving as a pastor in the United Methodist Church. Since then, he has served various congregations preaching from the Bible, connecting it to real life, and watching people become followers of Christ in devotion and service. His ministry emphasizes preaching, teaching, guiding, and developing leaders. He has led congregations in visioning, reorganization, and construction projects for more impactful mission with the community.
Tom is a graduate of The College of Wooster and received his Masters of Divinity from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio. An ordained Elder, he has been on mission trips to Appalachia and Zimbabwe, and is a committed life-long learner. Pastor Tom has been a part of training events all over the United States, and has applied what he has learned to mentor churches and pastors toward health and effective ministry. He currently serves as a coach for our conference’s Transformational Leadership Academy, is a graduate of the East Ohio New Church Start Academy and the Ashland Theological Seminary Pastors of Excellence program.
Pastor Tom is married to the Rev. Sondra Snode, who is also a United Methodist pastor and district superintendent. They have two adult sons, and a daughter-in-law! Tom has been a youth baseball, basketball, and soccer coach, and a varsity track sprints and relay coach. He enjoys nature, sports (OSU and Cleveland teams), reading, weight lifting and fitness.
“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.” Psalm 98:1
Luke Panchura was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His vision is to foster authentic Christ-centered worship with a standard of excellence that will enable the church to experience a move of God like never before. This is done by creating an atmosphere of praise through vertical worship. That is, singing to God with other more so than about God, which will promote people to encounter God.
After graduating from Baldwin High School, Luke moved to Cleveland, Tennessee where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in biblical studies from Lee University. It was during his time at Lee that Luke was called into ministry and began playing guitar. Luke earned experience by participating on praise teams and leading worship at Grandview Church of God and New Wine Harvest Church before relocating to Grand River, Ohio to begin his role as Director of Modern Worship.
Luke is married to his high school sweetheart, Chelsey, with whom he loves to make music, travel, and spend time with their two young sons Wyatt and Duke.
Luke says, “I have a strong passion for Jesus, living a lifestyle of worship, and for serving the church. I love to use my guitar, current worship music, and team relationships to encounter the presence of God through praise.”
Anita Eltzroth – Business Administrator
Anita grew up in Middlefield, Ohio where she was a Methodist even before we were “united”. She started her relationship with God at First Methodist Church in Middlefield. Anita has been crunching numbers and keeping books for nearly 4o years.
Anita has been attending Chardon Church for many years. She has been involved in small group bible studies, Emmaus Reunions and serving anyway that she can. Keep your eyes open and you will likely see a smile from Anita on Sunday Morning when she is volunteering as a greeter.
Anita recently took on a new position at Chardon United Methodist Church as our Business Administrator. She now handles both the financial and facility management of the church. She lives in Chardon with John, her husband of 32 years.
Pam White – Organist/Keyboardist
Pam is the organist for our Foundation traditional worship service and the keyboardist for our STRUCK modern worship service. Pam earned a degree in organ performance from Colorado State University and has been using her worship skills to lead people to God for nearly 30 years.
Pam loves to study God’s word and to be a part of small group study whenever possible. She loves any and all music that glorifies our Risen Savior and has added to her commanding knowledge of United Methodist Hymns with a vast repertoire of modern worship songs.
Pam has been married 34 years and lives in Hambden with her husband Ric. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren that are the joy of their lives.
Jennifer Zirm – Administrative Assistant
Jennifer is our administrative assistant to the lead pastor. Jennifer was born and raised in Chardon. She later attended the University of Dayton where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing.
Jen has more than 10 years of experience in advertising, working in sales as an account executive for the News-Herald and the Good News.
In her free time, Jennifer loves to cook new recipes and is most known for her baking. She loves the outdoors where she can work in her garden, go for walks and just spend time playing with her children. Jennifer lives in Huntsburg with her husband, Bill and her two boys.
Linda Prusha – Director of Music
Linda has served as Director of Music and Youth, and now Director of Adult Music Ministries, for over 30 years at Chardon UMC. She holds a degree in Music Education from Kent State University and is working toward certification in Music Therapy at Baldwin Wallace University. She also provides vocal and drama training to individuals. Linda has performed in or directed many musicals and plays. She is involved in district and conference youth ministries, serving as Western Reserve District Adult Representative. Linda has two children: Emma, who is attending Ohio Northern University, and Connor, who attends Baldwin Wallace University. She loves to travel, especially to historic sites, read, climb lighthouses, and enjoy time with family and friends. Linda shares that “God has blessed me greatly and I want to share that blessing with others.”
Kimmy Farone- Director of Youth Ministry
Kimmy is the Director of Youth Ministry at Chardon United Methodist Church and has completed her Certification in Youth Ministry with an emphasis in Methodism. Kimmy is a Certified Lay Speaker in our East Ohio Conference and is an active adult representative for the Western Reserve District Youth Council. She is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) GAL (guardian ad litem) for the Geauga County Juvenile Court system advocating for abused, neglected, and at risk children. Kimmy is also the Outreach and Postvention Coordinator for the Geauga County Sheriff Department LOSS Team. The LOSS Team (Local Outreach Supporting Survivors) arrives on scene alongside first responders of sudden and unexpected loss calls. The Team provides supports in the now, the next, and the long term for the survivors. She is a member of the Geauga County Suicide Prevention Coalition and is also a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Geauga facilitator for the first teen support group offered in Geauga County for youth impacted by suicide and traumatic loss and also teaches the Family to Family support class for supporters and caregivers of people with mental health illness. Kimmy is a lifelong Geauga county resident and for the last 25 years has lived and raised her own family in Huntsburg. She is married to her amazing and supportive husband Chuck and has three grown children and two amazing granddaughters. Their family also operates a small farm raising pork, poultry and laying hens. Kimmy’s heart’s desire is to make certain every child, no matter their age, knows they are fearfully and wonderfully made by our most loving heavenly Father and they are the “apple of His eye” and have gifts and value that are limitless and eternal. Every day, every child of God needs to hear and know full well that they are beloved and beYOUtiful!.
Connie grew up in Middlefield and has lived in Parkman for the last 26 years. She comes to Chardon UMC with over 18 years of church administration experience. She had also worked in corporate office administration and she and her husband, John, owned a dog boarding kennel. She is mom to two grown children and “Mimi” to five grandchildren. She loves to travel and enjoys being outside, SCUBA diving and finding beach glass. She and her husband have lots of fur/feather babies – dogs, cats and chickens! She is a member of First UMC of Middlefield and volunteers in stocking their food pantry. She is so excited to have found a place where she can use her God-given skills to serve Him and His church and still have plenty of time to spend with her little ones!
Madeleine Max- Infant/Toddler Room Coordinator
Madeleine is originally from Lakeline Village, Ohio. She attended Lake Erie College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Fine Arts. Her experience includes teaching at Head Start for over fifteen years, working as a private nanny and teaching at a Christian pre-school. Currently she is a Latch-Key Supervisor for the Chardon Local Schools. Madeleine is excited about introducing your child to elements of art, as well as music, reading and creative playtime all in a Christian setting. Her classroom is a safe, creative and nurturing place for your child, where the focus is on instilling a love for God. “I am excited about meeting you and your little ones!” Madeleine resides in Euclid with her son Leo.
Valeree Kofol was born and raised here in Chardon. She graduated from Chardon High School in 2012. After high school, she went on to Kent State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Writing. During her time at Kent she was involved with the Marching Golden Flashes Marching Band, English club, Tau Beta Sigma sorority, and studied abroad in Ireland. Valeree works as a paraprofessional in S.T.A.R.S. and a chess coach for preschools and elementary schools. She is happy and excited to be the new Assistant Infant/Toddler Room Coordinator.
“Born Methodist” in the small North-East Ohio town of Conneaut, Bruce disproves the idea that science and religion are automatically incompatible with a degree in Physics and computer science. “If anything, exploring science has made me more aware of God’s awesome handiwork!” Bruce works for Spang Power Electronics as the manager of Software Development. Lay Speaker trained, he loves to learn and share insights in to God’s wonderful plan for His children here on earth. Bruce has gone to Guatemala with Orphan Resources International twice and worked with Project Hope and Next Step locally. He’s an award-winning photographer, canoe-builder and somewhat obsessed with tinkering with his 40-year-old Alfa Romeo convertible. Bruce lives in Chardon with his wife Susan, and has three grown sons, two daughter-in-laws and his two grandchildren!
Rochelle grew up in Mentor, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and after licensing, had used her social work skills with both senior citizens and adults with mental illness. Since 2004, she has had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom while occasionally keeping watch over others little ones during the school year. Up until the end of 2014, she had been unchurched. It wasn’t until she attended Cub Scout Sunday with her family at Chardon Church that she began to find her faith. Since then, her faith has opened many opportunities for her to serve. She has been involved with the Congregational Care Team, has served on the Leadership Board, teaches Sunday School, and is currently engaged in a new Ministry at the church called Stephen Ministry. “I am very excited about the potential impact Stephen Ministry can have on our church, in our community, and beyond! I want people to feel the presence of God with them during the most difficult times in their lives. I want people to experience hope again. I want others who may be unchurched, as I was, to come to faith through the connections they have made through this ministry. I know it can happen, and I can’t wait to bring God along as we equip others to bring Christ into caring relationships.” Rochelle resides in Chardon with her husband and two boys. She loves to spend time in nature and in books. She enjoys exercising, dabbling in interior design, and anything else that catches her interest. She is a learner of life.