First United Methodist Church of Ravenna

 263 S Prospect St. Ravenna, Ohio, 44266

Our Mission: To make new disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world.
Your Subtitle text

Our Staff

Rev. Stephen T. Sparling, Senior Pastor

To Know Christ Better and Love Christ More so that Christ will be Better Known and More Loved.

Rev. Stephen T. Sparling comes to the First United Methodist Church of Ravenna after serving the East Ohio Conference since 1983, most recently completing his ministry at Youngstown Trinity UMC. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in 1984, and then went on to graduate from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, M.Div. in 1988. He enjoys facilitating various styles of worship from traditional to contemporary making sure that it is in the “language” of those in attendance. He casts a vision from the pulpit that we are here to serve Christ, and it is much more about Jesus than us, and more about those “outside” than those already “inside”. He finds his greatest sense of joy working with young newly to be married couples planting their lives on “holy ground”.
Pastor Steve has also traveled with the Contemporary Christian Singing Group " Faith, Hope & Love" for 5 years doing hundreds of live concerts and church services as well as performing at various military bases and installations. The group has also appeared on television and radio programs, and recorded two albums entitled: These Three Remain & Be Reassured. Rev. Sparling brings with him his wife Terri who has been a choir director and has led children’s ministries for many of the 29 years she has been serving in the conference with her husband. They have three grown children of their own; Justin, Jessica, and Jerrod, as well as a granddaughter Leahnna.

 Zelma Riddle, Church Secretary
Zelma began working at RFUMC in 1996 and feels it has been a blessing to work with and learn to know and love the parishioners of the church. She and her husband Reg raised their children in this church and both continue to be active within the life of the church.

J.P. Snyder, Associate Pastor
J.P. is a graduate from Kent State University with a passion for youth and to serve the Lord. He has long been in the United Methodist Church in the middle of his undergraduate career (studying architecture) he felt called to serve in ministry within the UMC. J.P. is also a student at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is married to Jocelyn and they have a new baby girl, Zoey.

Janet Doolittle, Treasurer
Janet has worked at RFUMC since 2014 and has been a member of the church for over 50 years. After working in accounting for over 28 years, Janet felt a calling from God and  feels blessed to be here. She has been married for over 25 years to her husband, Arden, and they have 6 children.

 Doris Bormuth, Financial Secretary
Doris has worked at RFUMC since 1983, first as a cook for the Tots Day Care Center and then as the Financial Secretary for over 20 years. Trained as a bookkeeper, she is delighted to use her training in her service to God and to the church.

 John Parker, Connections Director
John graduated from Rootstown in 1967 and worked his way through Kent State graduating in 1972. He spent 40 years in the Airline/Air Cargo industry. He continues his roots in rural agricultural appreciation of God’s earth on a small farm in Hiram. He hopes to bring a sincere, loving, and realistic attitude to the task of trying to assist today’s youth, through the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and Bible's direction
Sherri Davis, Tots Learning Center Director