Pastor Bruce joined Central in summer 2014. He brings to Central 33 years experience, having served churches in the country, small towns and villages, and larger churches in cities like Bowling Green and Toledo. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; then in 1986 he graduated from Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO). He was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1990, and in 2008 earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Creation Spirituality. Pastor Bruce has served on the West Ohio Conference Religion and Race Commission, as well as on the Board of Church and Society, and was asked to lead the West Ohio Conference’s Legislative Action Committees in 1995 and 1996. He has served on the Maumee Watershed District’s Committee on Ministry for many years. Highlights of his ministry include traveling to Nicaragua and Guatemala on a Mission Tour and to Haiti three times on work mission trips. He also is pleased to have started two Servant Leadership groups in Toledo. He has been married to his wife Carrie for 21 years, and they have three children, Allan,Judson and Sam. He also has two children from his first marriage, young men named Tyler and Drew.
Nancy has been a member of Central UMC for 49 years and has been the office manager since September 2001. She retired from her “real job” in the medical field in 2001. She is married to Earnest (Junior) Hatfield. They have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Lynn is the Director of the Counseling Center for Defiance College, in addition to her part-time private therapy practice in Toledo. She has been playing the piano since she was five and began as the organist of her home church in St. Marys, WV when she was a freshman in high school. That is also when she taught herself to play the bass guitar and started playing in the high school jazz band. She took her love of music to WV Wesleyan College, where she was on scholarship to play bass in the jazz and concert bands, as well as the Wesleyan Gospel Choir. One of her most exciting times was traveling with the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble for a performing tour of Russia, Ukraine, and Romania.
She has been involved in recording projects as part of the Wesleyan Gospel Choir and as a member of the Toledo women’s singing group, Spectrum. Performing with Spectrum allows Lynn to combine her passion for music with her call to bring awareness for the need to focus on social and political injustice.
She joined the music team at Central UMC seven years ago. Though she always sang in the chapel choir “back home” in West Virginia, and in the car with her father as a child, adding harmonies to his gospel and country music songs, she didn’t start singing “professionally” until coming to Central and joining Spectrum. She became the music director in 2005, continuing Central’s history of offering a “blended” worship service of both traditional and contemporary Christian music.
Lynn enjoys listening to contemporary Christian, gospel, and especially Bluegrass gospel music, in addition to jazz, classical, country, folk, and women’s music. She has lived in Toledo since 2004 with her wife, Denise and their three children.
Meshelle lives in West Toledo with her partner Cathie and their dogs, Jack and Brutus. She has been a member of Central since 2003 and says that what she likes best about Central is the “come-as-you-are atmosphere.” She loves coffee, sci fi, old t-shirts, Rich Mullins, and Jesus, and her favorite book of the Bible is Philippians. She really dislikes humidity and the color raspberry. She works full-time as a Clinical Manager for Harbor.