Teaching Staff

Don Giesmann


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 Rizzo

Director of Christian Education

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. Mary is married to Branden Rizzo and they have three children: Matt, Jayden, and Delaney. The family resides in Elmore and are proud Woodmore Wildcats! 
Mary’s passions include serving and missions trips (local and abroad), reading, journaling, and gardening.

Support Staff

Office Manager:
Mary Muntz



Debra Auer

Choir Director:

Bill Woycitzky



Marsha Mihalko


Nurturing Center Administrator:

Bobbie Kehlmeier


Elderlife Administrator:

 Bruce Auer