Welcome to our new Director of Family Ministries, Christ Wood!

“I am thrilled to fill the role of Director of Family Ministries at Neal Ave! I have a lot of ideas for growing and starting our children/youth ministry program and would love to hear your ideas if you have them. I grew up in Mendon, Ohio and attended Mendon UMC. I was active in the church youth group, attending youth camp at Lakeside 10 summers as both a camper and eventually as a junior counselor. I was thrilled to start attending Neal Ave this past summer – the moment I walked in the door, I felt welcome and at home. This church reminds me so much of the church I grew up in – full of hardworking people trying to do and be the best they can be, all while spreading God’s good news.

I received my bachelors degree from Otterbein University and masters degree from The Ohio State University. My first career was in higher education administration. After graduate school, I moved to Maine to work at the University of New England, then to DC to work at American University, then back to Ohio to work at Denison University. In 2019, I decided that I wanted a change and pursued my teaching license. Last year, I taught high school math at C-TEC, and now I teach high school math at Newark High School. I am an only child, am very close to my parents (though they live 2 hours away), and am a proud dog-dad to Stella the pug.”

FREE Community Dinner & God’s Closet

January 25 @ 5 p.m.
 The community dinner will be held at the church in the Fellowship Hall. Meals will also be delivered. God’s Closet will also be open during the dinner for anyone in the community. 


Scout BSA Troop 7145 meets at the church at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. If you are interested in joining the troop, please call the church office.

YOUNG AT HEART – There are no meetings for January and February. See you in March!