263 S Prospect St
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
 
Office: 330.297.7196
Fax: 330.297.5282
 
 
Worship: 830a & 11a

Meet The Team

  1. Rev Derek Hickman, Senior Pastor
    Pastor Derek has been serving at First UMC since July 2017. Derek, his wife (Jenna), his son (Wesley), daughter (Hallie) live in Ravenna. Pastor Derek received his B.A from Kent State University and his Masters of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary. Derek is passionate about ministry in the local church and developing committed Christ followers. In his spare time, he loves being with his family, woodworking, playing board games, watching Survivor, and playing the piano. Email Pastor Derek: pastorderek@fumcofravenna.org Call Pastor Derek 330.297.7196 ext. 303
  2. Kristen Bellar, Director of Communications
    Kristen lives in Ravenna with her husband (Mike) and son (Brock). She received her BS in Advertising from Kent State University in 2007 and worked in the advertising field for 7 years. In February 2017, Kristen made a life change to focus on her family and joined the staff at First UMC, while Brock began daycare at Tots Learning Center. It has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Kristen enjoys anything creative, family fun days with her husband and son, cooking, and spending quality time with her two cats. Email Kristen: kristen@fumcofravenna.org Call Kirsten: 330.297.7196 ext. 301
  3. Zelma Riddle, Office Manager
    Zelma began working at First UMC 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. Email Zelma: zelma@fumcofravenna.org Call Zelma: 330.297.7196 ext. 302
  4. Sheryl Reynolds, Treasurer
    Call Sheryl: 330.297.7196 ext. 304
  5. Director, Tots Learning Center
    Mindy has been working for Tots Learning Center for 6 years and has been the Assistant Director of Children's Ministries for 3 years. Her and her husband (Clay) and their two children (Carter and MaKenzie) live in Tallmadge. She has a certificate in Christian Ministry and her Associates Degree, both from Liberty University. She loves working with children, and enjoys teaching them about the love of Christ. She hopes to help them grown in their own personal relationship with him. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, traveling for vacation, and journaling. Email Mindy: mindy_rba@yahoo.com
  6. JoAnn Groover, Custodian
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  7. Paul, Custodian
    About Paul
  8. Karen Ross, Choir Director
    Karen has been serving in the music ministry of First UMC since 2005 and has been the Choir Director since 2017. Her background in worship music started in her preschool years when she began singing in churches with her two sisters and parents. In addition to singing, she enjoys playing her flute & saxophone. In her spare time, Karen enjoys time with family & friends, riding her bicycle, and enjoying nature. She also likes crossword puzzles and reading. She works as the Head of Circulation at Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna. She's been blessed with three children: Liz, Alex & Nathaniel; a son-in-law Matt and a beagle, Theo. Karen is passionate about music ministry because praise music draws people into a deeper connection with Jesus. Her focus is to encourage others in their daily walk with Him.
  9. Stephen Kinsack, Organist
    Contact Stephen: 330.297.7196
  10. Mindy Royer, Assistant Director of Children's Ministries
    Mindy has been working for Tots Learning Center for 6 years and has been the Assistant Director of Children's Ministries for 3 years. Her and her husband (Clay) and their two children (Carter and MaKenzie) live in Tallmadge. She has a certificate in Christian Ministry and her Associates Degree, both from Liberty University. She loves working with children, and enjoys teaching them about the love of Christ. She hopes to help them grown in their own personal relationship with him. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, traveling for vacation, and journaling. Email Mindy: mindy_rba@yahoo.com
  11. Norma Bates, Associate Minister
    Pastor Norma lives in Mogadore and is a retired Elder in the East Ohio Conference, previously serving, Charlestown, Canton Christ, and Sebring United Methodist Church. Until just recently Pastor Norma was serving as Visitation Pastor at Westbrook Park UMC in Canton. She is a 1996 graduate from Kent State University and a 2001 graduate of Ashland Seminary. Norma retired in May of 2016 to care for her husband, Buddy at home. Buddy died in August of 2016 from complications due to Alzheimer’s. Buddy and Norma were married 45 years. They have two children, Jodie Holsing who lives in Clinton, Pennsylvania and Brian Bates who lives in Akron, Ohio. She is the grandmother to two, Conner and Rebecca Bates of Springfield Township. She is dog-mom to Emma, her husband’s Golden Retriever and two wild cats, Miss Kitty and Sticky. Norma enjoys reading, eating Mexican food, hanging with friends, and gardening. Her favorite place to vacation is Tucson, Arizona. She enjoys preaching and teaching and holds a special place in her heart for kids of all ages.