PASTORAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

CAROL MIDDLETON  My name is Carol Middleton. I have served on Pastoral Advisory Council for six years and have been the secretary for five of those years. I am currently the “senior” member of Council and have enjoyed working with several wonderful St. Michael parishioners. I converted to Catholicism in 1976 and my husband, John, and I have been parishioners of St. Michael the Archangel Parish for over 40 years. Together we have raised four children and now have seven Grandchildren. We have participated in and volunteered for many Ministries through the years and continue to serve the parish in our golden years. My favorite part of being Catholic is the Eucharist and being able to celebrate Jesus at every Mass. The “rituals” fascinated me as a teenager when I was worshiping as a Protestant. When I started attending Mass with John, it was important to us that we shared our faith. Many years later I had the privilege of working in the parish office and I considered it a ministry rather than a job.

JULIE STALL  Hi, my name is Julie Stall. I am a sixth year member of Pastoral Advisory Council with this being my final year. I have been a member of St Michael parish since 1997 coming from Bowling Green.  My husband, Jamie, and I have 4 children, all St Mike’s students/grads.  In addition to PAC, I volunteer at the school, help on the cleaning crew and decorating crew and I am a Eucharistic Minister.   St Michael the Archangel has been instrumental in my spiritual growth through mass, Eucharistic Exposition and the many bible study programs. I feel blessed to be a part of such a vibrant and caring parish community. I pray that St Michael parish will continue to nurture spirit-filled parishioners who value their faith and continue to be strong disciples of Christ.

KERRY TROMBLEY  My wife Abby and I will soon be celebrating our 7 year anniversary, and we have a 6 month old son Jonah. I have been on council since 2014 and severed as vice-chair in 2015-2016, and chair in 2016-2017. I am originally from Cincinnati and moved to Findlay in 2007.  My home parish in Cincinnati is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Milford, OH. I have been involved with the backyard mission for the last several years, and was an RCIA sponsor for my wife, when she joined the Church.  I am an engineer and work in Findlay and also volunteer as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City.  My wife and I are both runners, and you might see us at local races (with one of us now pushing the stroller!). I want our family to be a part of a dynamic parish and be welcoming community that has a focus on continuous spiritual growth. I am hopeful that my involvement with the council can help build that at St. Mikes. One thing I love being Catholic is its universality.  I can (and have) attended mass in different parts of the world and in different languages, but the message stays the same.  It helps connect and bind us together with the rest of the world in following Christ's message!

KIM BRICKNER  My name is Kim Brickner. Originally from St. Michael’s Parish of Fort Loramie, Ohio, I moved to Findlay after college for work as a nanny in 2009. Findlay was such a great place to live and work I have stayed ever since. I currently work full-time at Appraisal Research Corporation. Ministry has always been for me a great way to meet new friends at all stages of life. In Findlay, I have enjoyed coordinating the Young Adult Ministry events, Jimmy Evans Marriage Simulcasts, a Dave Ramsey FPU, & was a volunteer at St. Michael’s School. Currently I am serving as Chair of Council, am a server of Mary Mother of God Prayer Group, & teach 5th Grade Discipleship on Sundays. My husband Cody and I had a son, Oliver born in September of 2017. One of my favorite things about being Catholic is that our faith prioritizes my life: 1. God, 2. Spouse, 3. Children, 4. Work. I am passionate about being on council because I feel it gives the opportunity to make a real impact on the spiritual direction of the Parish.

DICK HACHEY  has been a member of St Mikes since moving to Findlay 34 years ago. He is currently a Eucharistic Minister in addition to serving on the Pastoral Council. Through the years, he has been active in the Youth Group, Share the Harvest and the Parish Festival.  He recently celebrated 25 years of marriage to Cathy and they have 8 children and 12 grandkids that keep them quite busy. Dick enjoys woodworking, gardening, golf and cooking. He is employed at TH Plastics as a Quality Engineer.

HOLLY GOSSER  Hello! My name is Holly Gosser, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our parish as a member of Pastoral Advisory Council. My husband, Joseph, and I have two sons, Simon (3) and Ambrose (2). A native of West Virginia and Findlay resident since 2008, my faith journey has led me through many different Evangelical Protestant churches before finally completing RCIA and coming home to the Catholic Church in November 2013. I truly value the faith-forming experiences I had as a Protestant and the resulting perspective on the Catholic faith that came through my conversion. While I previously viewed becoming Catholic as “giving up” certain aspects of my faith and relationship with God that I loved so dearly, after prayer, study, and reflection, I realized that the Catholic Church provides a way of connecting to Jesus that is deeper and more beautiful than I had ever expected it to be. St. Michael’s was a warm, welcoming environment to me as a skeptical not-yet-Catholic through a wonderful ministry called “Awakening Faith” as well as the Young Adult ministry and the kindness shown to me by our dear priests and parishioners. It is my prayer that, through my service on Pastoral Advisory Council, I might be a blessing to this body of Christ that has been such a blessing to me and my family.

MARK RAVENSCROFT  Vice-President Pastoral Council. I have been on Pastoral Council for a little over a year now. My wife Dylana and my three daughters Emma Sophia, Miranda and Samantha and I have been parishioners at St Mikes for 12 years now. All my daughters previously attended St Mikes. In 2012 I went through the RCIA program and became a member of the Catholic Church. My wife and I are co-leaders of the Mary Mother of God prayer group and I recently became a Eucharistic Minister. I work from home for American Standard as a Project Manager and I enjoy playing golf and cooking. My hope is that by being English I can bring a little diversity to the council. To me “being Catholic” means being part of the original church.

LAURALEE VONLEHMDEN  My name is LauraLee Kemp VonLehmden and I have been a parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Findlay, Ohio my entire life.  I attended St. Michael School K-8th Grade and then continued my catholic school education at Fostoria St. Wendelin High School. I met my husband Paul while in college at Bluffton University.  Paul and I have three children. Justy and EmmaLee attend SMS and Jack will be starting school soon. My passion is teaching, and I have taught at St. Wendelin Elementary School and currently I am the Title One Reading teacher at St. Michael School.  I feel very blessed to be teaching at my elementary Alma Mater. I have volunteered in the past with the High School and Middle School Youth Group, Familia, Sunday School, Dinners for 8, Baptism Welcoming Committee, and TOOL (Teams of Our Lady).  I love being a part of St. Michael's Parish where our family has formed true friendships.

MATT LEDDY  My wife Stephanie have been married for almost 5 years.  We have a daughter, Mary, who is 4 months old.  This is my second year of my first term on PAC.

 

I completed RCIA in 2013 at St. Aloysius in Bowling Green, OH, and have been an active Catholic ever since.  My grandparents, Tom & Gloria Leddy, were parishioners of St. Michael's prior to my conversion. Ministries that I'm currently involved with include PAC, Mary Mother of God, Lector, Couples Corner, and the Young Adults. I currently work in banking, have served as a United Way Community Solutions committee member, Rotary International, and am an active YMCA member. I hope to use my creativity to help Council grow to further meet the needs and requests of the parishioners of St. Michael's and our Christian family throughout the community. I love being a Catholic because it causes me to fully engage in practicing my faith not just spiritually, but also mentally, physically, and emotionally.

NICOLE BRUSKOTTER  is serving her first term as a member of the Parish Council.  She lives in Findlay with her husband, Mike, and two boys, Jackson and Lincoln who both attend St. Michael’s School.  She is a stay at home mom who spends her time teaching fitness classes, volunteering and taking care of her family.  Nicole is also Ministry Leader of the Welcome Walk Committee, a Den Leader for St. Mike’s Pack 319, Eucharistic Minister and Vacation Bible School volunteer.  Nicole looks forward to serving the parishioners of St. Mike’s and working to continue the council’s work of making our parish a great place to worship.

JENNI WILSON  has been a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish for 30 years. She was a long-standing teacher for CCD, currently the Discipleship program. She is a Eucharistic Minister. She lives in the Arlington community and teaches at Cory-Rawson Elementary School. What Jenni loves about being Catholic: We like to celebrate our faith! There's a different feast day almost every day!

JAN DEGYANSKY   I have been married to my husband Marty for 47 years. We are both from Parma, Ohio. We have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren. We have lived in many different places. We lived in Findlay two separate times.  The first was for 9 years in the 80’s. Our only daughter was born & baptized here at St Michael. Our oldest son was confirmed here, and the other 2 boys received their First Holy Communion here. When we returned to Findlay, I started singing with the Folk Group. I also led the music for VBS and directed the Children’s Choir at Mass. I am a lector and a Eucharistic Minister.  I have attended & helped facilitate several bible studies, and we try to help out whenever the wonderful ladies in the office call on us. I try to be of service in our community as a Hospice Volunteer. I am also a member of the Hancock County International Women’s Club and a book club. I love this parish and the people who worship here. St Michael is a vibrant, generous, dynamic parish. It is my honor and my pleasure to serve on our Pastoral Council.

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