The Strongsville United Church of Christ is in the process of searching for and calling a permanent minister.

Update from The Pulpit Search Committee: After an exhaustive and thorough process of searching for our settled pastor, and prayerful consideration, your Pulpit Search Committee has chosen a candidate to lead our church. The Committee received almost fifty profiles which were carefully and diligently investigated. Through countless meetings, emails and most importantly, lots of prayer, it became clear to us that God had sent us the minister who is the best fit for our congregation. It is with great joy that we recommend to extend the call to Reverend Heidi Denman McDougall to be our settled pastor.

To that end, a Congregational meeting will take place on August 12, 2018, immediately following the worship service, for the purpose of voting to accept the Search Committee’s recommendation. There will also be a “meet and greet” (for most of us, just a greet) on Saturday, August 11 to welcome and talk with Pastor Heidi and her husband Chuck.

The Committee would like to thank the congregation for its ongoing support, patience and prayers these past thirteen months, as we determined whom we would unanimously chose to recommend.

Pastor Heidi came to pastoral ministry later in life. She entered Ashland Theological Seminary at the age of . . . fifty . . . and discovered, with a little coaxing, the brain still worked well enough to complete her Master of Divinity in 2011, graduating With Honors. She became the Minister of Pastoral Care at University Circle United Methodist Church, serving alongside friend and colleague, Rev. Dr. Ken Chalker. After five years there, God saw fit to open a door in a new direction, and Heidi and her husband Chuck followed God’s leading to Strongsville United Church of Christ. Together, they are the proud parents of seven grown children and twelve grandchildren. They are excited about what God might have planned next for their lives together and for their church—together.

Members of the Pulpit Search Committee are:
Sally Herzog (Chair)
Ted Bickley
Judy Carte (Co-secretary)
Kristen Clotworthy, (Co-Secretary)
Jim Dettmer
Ingrid Dickson, (Chaplain)
Bill Schneider (Co-secretary)