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 now 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.
Pastor Diane is a licensed local pastor in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is currently serving in her third year as our Pastor of Discipleship and Director of Christian Education. Diane was raised in South Euclid, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with a double major in Organizational Communications and Geology. So you could say that she Rocks at making sure that things are in their proper order.
One of Diane’s greatest joys was being a stay at home mom, but she is really getting into exploring life as an empty-nester. She recently took flight by jumping out of a plane and says she would love to sky-dive again soon!
Diane has worked in Human Resources for more than 20 years and most recently was a church office manager before hearing the call to ministry. She loves drinking in God’s Wonderful Word and pouring it back into the lives of others, through children’s Sunday School, youth classes, Confirmation and adult studies! Diane has a special passion for helping people in times of grief and in supporting the Walk to Emmaus ministry.
Diane lives in Chardon with her husband Carl and they share eight wonderful young adult children.
Paul was raised in the tiny rural town of Jerusalem, Ohio and was greatly influenced in faith and in music by his family at the Jerusalem United Methodist Church. He earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Ohio University and a Master’s in education from Walden University. Paul has worked as a full time Social Studies teacher in the Willoughby-Eastlake School system for more than ten years.
Along with his teaching duties, Paul continues to serve as the worship leader of our 10 am modern worship service, where he plays guitar and is the lead vocalist for our house band Reign Forecast. His heart for reaching the un-churched in our community lead him to give up the Cleveland cover band scene and (with the help of several saints) create a worship service for any and all who are searching for answers to life’s biggest questions. In 2006 STRUCK was born and continues to grow and develop under Paul’s creativity and leadership.
Paul lives in Chardon with his beautiful wife Denise and their three lovely ladies.
Christina Germovsek – Director of Youth Ministry
Christina was raised in Wheelersburg, Ohio and went on to attend Marshall University in Huntington West Virginia (Go Herd!) She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in education, and later earned a Masters of Education from Marygrove College. Christina began her teaching career in Daytona Beach, Florida at Seabreeze High School where she coached volleyball and basketball. Currently a physics and chemistry teacher at Mayfield High School, Christina has nearly 20 years of experience working with young people.
In her spare time, Christina likes to stay fit with yoga, is a ladies doubles sand volleyball player, and (in these Northeast Ohio winters) likes to hit the slopes for some snowboarding.
Christina has always loved working with kids and brought that with her to Chardon United Methodist Church. In 2014, she began sharing her time and contagious energy with the middle school youth group. Her passion for faith-filled action-packed learning make her a perfect fit as our Youth Director. She is looking forward to life changing youth ministry here at Chardon Church. Christina lives in Chardon with her Husband Eric and three awesome kids.
Anita Eltzroth – Accounting Clerk
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. She currently works for a local certified public accountant and is very busy during tax season.
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 is entering her third years as our accounting clerk and has been very good at keeping our ducks in a row. She lives in Chardon with John, her husband of 32 years, and her furry feline friends Adric and Callie.
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 in her first year as 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 and has recently worked 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 skills. 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 NYU, and Connor, who attends Chardon High School. 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.”
Janet Stearns – Custodian