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Dr. Carl E. Pace

Senior Pastor

The foundation of my pastoral work is my passion for the study of Scripture. First as a layperson in a number of churches, then as a University teacher, all of my work has been about caring for and adding value to people’s lives. Always passionate about explaining and relating God’s Word to life today, I am eager for any chance to teach and discuss the Bible, faith, religion, and life in general.

I am thrilled that God has directed my path to Zion UCC and I am humbled by the opportunity to help shepherd this congregation. It is a great honor to help Zion pursue it’s mission to bring people to Jesus Christ through preaching, teaching, and living the gospel so that God becomes the focus of our daily lives.

Together my wife Anne and I are pouring our hearts and souls into raising our 5 awesome kids (and an ever changing number of foster children!) here in Canton. And we want to support and celebrate others who are dedicated to the vital ministry of the family.

Rev. Eli O. Klingensmith

Pastor to Seniors

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.

Michael Lucas

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.

Ralph Morrison

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.

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