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Central United Methodist Church
701 Philips Ave. 
Toledo, Ohio 43612
Phone 419.241.7729
E-mail office@centraltoledo.org



Rev. Mary Sullivan is Central’s current pastor.  Her photo and information will be uploaded shortly.





Nancy Hatfield

Nancy Hatfield           Office Manager




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.


Phone 419.241.7729






Lynn Litterer-Braun, Music Director

Lynn Litterer-Braun                  Music Director & Lead Team Chair



Lynn is the Clinical Supervisor and coordinator of the co-occurring disorders program at Children’s Resource Center, 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.


Phone 419.290.9839



Meshelle Lesner, Lead Team Chair

Meshelle Lesner       Lay Leader




Meshelle lives in West Toledo with her partner Cathie and their dog, Jack.  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 the Training Manager and Coordinator of Spiritual Life at Sunshine, an agency that provides care to people with developmental disabilities.