OUR MINISTRY TEAM
Rev. Eli O. Klingensmith
I believe that years ago, God called me not just to trust Him, but to serve Him. I have also believed that service to God happens in various forms and settings. People serve God by being their best whether they are a stay-at-home mom, janitor, sales person or the president of a corporation.
As I have followed God’s call for my life, the greatest joy I have experienced has been helping people think about God. Through my preaching and teaching, watching those people grow in maturity in their faith in God, and then, watching those individuals step out in service for God.
Zion United Church of Christ is the place God has been working in people’s lives since 1814. I count it a great privilege and honor to be a part of what God is doing here.
Minister of Music
Michael Lucas is a graduate of The University of Akron with his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. An Akron native, he spends his time working as a Vocal Instructor, Set/ Lighting Designer and Guest Artist for the university’s Opera & Lyric Theatre program, and soloist and choir member of Singers Companye, an Akron based chamber choir organization. Outside of his leadership in the church, Michael also holds a position as a Sales Support Coordinator for a wallcovering company. Michael is excited to be a part of Zion UCC, and is greatly looking forward to the new choir season in the fall.
Organist and Hand Bell Choir Director
In addition to playing the organ for services and accompanying the Chancel Choir, I direct the Bells of Zion. I also direct the Chimes of Zion for children and youth who wish to develop their music skills using handbells and choir chimes.