WELCOME, REV. RALPH
                       It is a joy to welcome Rev. Ralph S. Wearstler as our Interim Minister
                       who started on January 1, 2017. Rev. Ralph was our “guest preacher” on                        December 4th and Christmas Eve. If you have not already done so,                        please introduce yourself to him at church or feel free to give him a call at
                       440-289-8219. He’ll be at church on Sundays (of course!), Mondays, and                        Fridays or Saturdays. Rev. Ralph provided us with the following                        information:

Rev. Ralph S. Wearstler is Intentional Interim Minister for Western Reserve Christian Church, helping the congregation to prepare to move forward in their ministry. 
Rev. Ralph is a native of Northeast Ohio, growing up in Cuyahoga Falls, attending High Street Christian Church in Akron, and is a Timothy from that congregation. 
Rev. Ralph served as a Chaplain’s Assistant in the United States Air Force (1969-1973). He attended and graduated from Hiram College (1973-1976). Attended and received a Masters of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary (1976-1980). He was ordained on May 18, 1980. He has served three congregations as a Settled Pastor in his 35 years of ministry: First Christian Church of Ocala, Florida (1980-1982), Bailey Road Christian Church, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (1982-1994), Mentor Christian Church, Mentor, OH (1994-2006), and over the last 10 years in Interim Ministry. He has served as an Intentional Interim Minister to Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon, OH, North Eaton Christian Church, First Christian Church in Kent, Community Christian Church in North Canton, Richfield United Church of Christ, Disciples Christian Church in Boardman, and most recently First Christian Church of Wauseon.  

He is a member of the Disciples/UCC Interim Ministry Planning Group in Ohio, and serves on the CYF Youth Commission for the Ohio region.
Rev. Ralph and his wife Terri have been married for 41 years, living in Mentor, Ohio for the past 22 years. Terri is a Nurse and Administrator for a Lake County Health Care agency, working part-time. They have 3 grown children; oldest daughter is Emily, who is married to Dave Kalina, and they have a daughter Haylie (9) and a son, Jackson (6), living in Eastlake, OH. Daughter, Amber lives and works in Mentor, is an Office Manager, Web-designer and media consultant. Son, Trevor also lives in Mentor and is a Naturalist, working for Lake Metro Parks.

Rev. Ralph has a passion for ministry with a career long interest in Youth Ministries on both the local and regional levels. He has served as an Assistant Director at CYF Conference (Camp Christian) for the past 30 years. He has a strong interest in music and multi-media as ways to help people worship and develop in their faith. He is a self-taught guitarist and has written many original songs of faith and life. He believes that computers and the Internet can and should be used as vital tools in a congregational ministry. 
This February Rev. Ralph will be lead advisors on the Ohio Regional United Nations Seminar to New York City and Washington D.C. It is his 15th time sharing this adventure with young adults from Disciples congregations around Ohio, exploring faith, politics, and world events.

 On Sunday, June 25th, I began a Summer Sermon Series called “Too Good NOT To Be True!” 

Over the next several weeks I’ll be sharing with you the qualities and attitudes of Jesus Christ, those things which help us understand that Jesus is real and true. 

And as we look at the good, the beauty and the truth that is revealed through his life and teachings, we will come to know that it’s too good not to be true.

Worship Messages Shared During Lent)

1st Sunday of Lent – February 18th
“What Is Lent?”
(Romans 5:12-19)

2nd Sunday of Lent - February 25th
"There Is Always Hope"
(Romans 4:18, 8:24-25, 15:13)

3rd Sunday of Lent - March 4th
"What Kind Of Silverware Are You?"
(Philippians 3:4b-15)

4th Sunday of Lent - March 11th
“Knowing Who You Are”
(John 8:2-11)

5th Sunday of Lent – March 18th
“No Luck In The Bible”
(James 1:14-18)

Palm Sunday – March 25th
“A Pre-Show For Holy Week”
(Luke 19:28-40)

This day begins Holy Week. Before we reflect on Jesus' passion and death, we celebrate a short lived but glorious moment of His life..., His entrance into Jerusalem. Like the mass of people greeting Jesus with song and the waving of palms, we also give praise to Jesus with our hearts and our voices. Come join us for Worship at 10:30a.m.