Rev. Christopher Bartholomew, Pastor

As we begin our partnership in the gospel as interim pastor and congregation, I would like to share a little about my life and ministry. I was born September 25, 1956, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The second oldest of six children, I grew up in Bloomington, IL and Sandusky, OH. I received the associate in arts degree from Golden Valley Lutheran College, MN in 1978 and in 1981 received my B.A. from the University of Minnesota. I attended Princeton Theological Seminary (NJ) for one year and received my Master of Divinity degree from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary (St. Paul, MN) in 1985. I was ordained in the American Lutheran Church on June 2, 1985. As pastor I have served congregations in Peoria, IL, Brook Park, OH, and Barberton, OH. In addition, I have served several congregations as interim pastor and currently I am a part-time chaplain at St. Luke Lutheran Community in North Canton. I am married to the Rev. Barbara Bartholomew, who is a Presbyterian Church U.S.A. pastor. Barbara and I reside in Wadsworth, where we share our home with a retired racing greyhound.

I look forward to our time together as interim pastor and congregation and pray for our mutual growth in Christ as we serve and live in Him.

Angela Yarwood Family Education Coordinator

Angela has been a member of St. Peter for most of her life, and recently moved back to the area with her husband, Jim, and two children. Angie has previously served in various volunteer roles at St. Peter and her former church in Fort Worth, Texas. She has her Masters Degree in Social Work from Loma Linda University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin Wallace University. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, serving in the community, and watching sports.

 
 

Yu (Tracy) Qian, Organist/Pianist Accompanist

Yu (Tracy) Qian is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Ohio State University. She holds her master’s degree in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University, where she studied with Dr. Caroline Hong. As a native Chinese, she earned her bachelor’s degree from East China Normal University. Yu has presented recitals and performed in numerous cities over many countries like the United States, China, and Italy. A passionate educator, Yu has been teaching piano lessons both in China and United States for over 8 years. Yu is building up her piano studio mostly in Columbus, Ohio. Students are from beginners to pre-college level students.

C. F. Crum, Choir Coach

We are so pleased to have Crum as our Choir Coach. He is retired from the education field; more specifically he was a band director. He and wife, Jennifer moved to the area a few years ago and live on a 10-acre homestead with animals and gardens. Other hobbies include bike riding; they have spent many hours riding the bike trails in Ohio. We are pleased they have made St. Peter their church home.

If your are interested in having fun and learning music in a relaxed setting join us. Contact Pastor Tina or Coach Crum with questions.
All are welcome!

 

 
 
 

Mary Kinney, Church Administrator

Mary began her service at St. Peter in October 1991. A longstanding member of the congregation, Mary is the point person for communication in our community and can be reached at office@stpeterelca.org.
 
 
 
Stacey Van Winkle, Custodian
 
Stacey became our custodian in September 2020.  She is the  mother of 2 kids & 5 fur kids.  She is a lover of all animals big & small.  Stacey is a 2004 graduate of Ashland High School & has been living here in New Pittsburg for almost 11 years.  She is huge into sports (Denver Broncos, Boston Celtics, Boston RedSox & Boston Bruins).  She also loves watching NASCAR as her cousin is Ryan Blaney.  Her faith is big as Jesus has saved her life many times.
Elly Rice, Emeritus Organist
 
Elly became one of St. Peter’s organist in 1950 when she was 18 years old. Her ministry to St. Peter extended beyond music including roles such as treasurer and council member. Now enjoying retirement with her husband Walt of over 66 years, Elly continues to be a blessing to our congregation offering music supply when the need arises.
 

Rita Tegtmeier, Treasurer

Rita began keeping the church’s finances in 1996. A lifelong member of St. Peter, she has an Associate Degree in Accounting from Wooster Business College. In addition to her service to St. Peter, Rita serves as the cafeteria manager at Northwestern Elementary School. Rita can be reached at treasurer@stpeterelca.org.

Tara Vaughan, Panda Preschool Administrator

 
Tara has been educating future generations at Panda Preschool for the past decade. The past five of those years she has served as the Panda Preschool Administrator in addition to her role as teacher. Tara has a Bachelor’s of Education from Ashland University, and is a lifelong member of St. Peter. Tara can be reached at pandapreschool@stpeterelca.org.