Teaching Staff

Don Giesmann

Pastor

 
Don was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has pastored different churches including in Fostoria, OH and here at St. John’s  Church (since 2012).
 
He has two daughters and sons-in-law, including one daughter now in Heaven after having had cancer.  He has seven grandchildren.  He has served as a public school teacher, a youth director, associate pastor, and as Vice President of a family organization.He has served in various organizations including a Salvation Army board, Rotary, and on a college board.
 
One of Don’s favorite verses is Psalm 46:1, “God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble.” He finds joy in knowing Jesus and sharing the Lord’s kindness with others.  Don is excited to see all that the Lord is doing at St. John’s Church, the Nurturing Center, and at Elderlife.
 
Some of his favorite things are: reading, visiting historic places, sports, nautical things, doughnuts, frozen yogurt, and much more. While currently petless, the family has had many pets including Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, dogs, cats, a parrot and more. He enjoys Toledo and the area very much.

 

 

Dawn Balduf

Part Time Assistant Pastor

Dawn has been a member of St. Johns UCC in Genoa for over 40 years. She is a graduate of Winebrenner Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in Family Ministry. Dawn is currently a student in care with our Northwest Ohio Association working towards ordination and expects to be licensed soon. She is a chaplain at Mercy St. Charles Hospital; she has spent much of her career in the business world in healthcare finance. Dawn has been married to her high school sweetheart, Dan, for 43 years, and they have 2 children, 2 daughters-in-law, and a 12 year old granddaughter as well as twin granddaughters who are deceased.
Mary Winters
Interim Youth Director
 
Mary was raised in Genoa and has attended St. John’s Church (UCC) for over 20 years. She was active in the youth group and attended various youth events and mission trips. She has her Bachelors in Psychology from Flagler College in St. Augustine FL. Mary has worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities for the past 10 years, most recently working with kids ages 3 – 22 and their families. Mary currently lives in Oak Harbor with her son, Matt.

Mary’s favorite verse is Hebrews 13:2 “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for some have entertained angels unaware.” In her spare time, Mary can be found gardening, reading, or at Cedar Point riding in the front row on roller coasters with Matt.

Support Staff

 
 
Office Manager:
Mary Muntz
 

 

Organist:

Debra Auer

Choir Director:

Bill Woycitzky

 

Treasurer:

Marsha Mihalko

 

Nurturing Center Administrator:

Bobbie Kehlmeier
 
 

 

Elderlife Administrator:

 Bruce Auer