Meet the Staff Team!
Cara Stultz Costello - EXT. 105
Cara is a life-long United Methodist who becomes more enamored each day with John Wesley’s particular way of loving God in Christ and loving people. She delights that the faith journey with Jesus is as much about the questions we ask as the answers we receive, the steps we take as the places we land, the process we follow as the outcome we discern. She is honored to be a fellow traveler with the people of Christ at Faith UMC and to be engaged in ministry together with them in the community of North Canton and the world. Cara is married to Steve – yes, her co-pastor! They have two boys – Eli and Atticus – who are smart, energetic and creative and keep their parents hopping! Cara and Steve met while, respectively, pursuing their Masters of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. They fell in love in the midst of towers of books of Methodist History and Doctrine, Homiletics, Church History, Pastoral Care, Church Administration, Christian Ethics and Systematic Theology. They stay in love while putting “legs on that knowledge” (and seeking forgiveness when they don’t) together every day.
Sharyl Syler - EXT. 101
Administration and Finance Director
Sharyl is the Director of Administration and Finance. She has worked in several positions at Faith Church during her 27 years of service. She began in 1989 as a part time membership secretary. Later she added the role of finance secretary. In 2007 she began working full time. As Director of Finance and Administration Sharyl manages the busy church calendar, schedules meeting rooms and events, oversees the work of the custodians, pays weekly invoices for both church and preschool, processes payroll for 35 employees, keeps track of all pledges and donations, is involved with keeping track of 2020 Initiative income and disbursements and “anything else that comes her way.” The various requests she received daily keeps her on her toes! She is a staff liaison to Finance Ministry Team and Trustee Ministry Team. Sharyl met her husband, Scott, when they were both students at Ohio Northern University. He is a pharmacist at Alliance Hospital. They have been married 34 years. They live near Louisville and have one daughter, Melissa, and son and daughter- in- law, Greg and Alexandra, who live in Cleveland. In her spare time she likes to read and go out to dinner and movies with her friends.
Kathy Schmucker - EXT. 107
Spiritual Formation Director
As Faith’s Spiritual Formation Director Kathy’s desire is to inspire others to experience how God is at work in their lives and the world, to find holiness in the chaos of everyday living, and discover their passion and how God has equipped and empowered them to further God’s kingdom. Kathy grew up in Kent and Louisville, Ohio and felt God calling her into ministry in and through the many ways she served her church and community. Kathy serves on the executive board of East Ohio CEF (Christians Engaged in Faith Formation), the East Ohio Conference Education Committee and the Tuscarawas District Spiritual Formation Team. In 2012 she was awarded the East Ohio Conference John Lennon Award for Outstanding Christian Education. Kathy is married to Blake and has 2 daughters, Kaitlyn and Emily and shares their home with their black lab, Onyx. Kathy finds nature and wildlife fascinating and loves learning about God’s amazing creation! She enjoys relaxing in her garden with a good book and a piece of chocolate!
Amy Ferguson - EXT. 106
Amy was born in Hartville, Ohio, and has lived in Canton for the last 15 years. She was involved in mission work all throughout high school and from high school went into a discipleship training program with Youth With A Mission. Afterwards, she traveled to India on a mission trip for 2 months, which proved to be a life changing event. She is currently enrolled at Malone University where she is majoring in Theology and greatly enjoys being able to study the topics she is most passionate about. Amy has 2 children, Elijah (7) and Eden (1.5), who make her laugh daily. Her husband James is the Modern Worship Coordinator at Faith UMC for the 9:45 Service. James also has 2 children, Levi (6) and Hannah (4). Amy is excited for the ability to serve in the same church as her husband. She is very excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Youth Director at Faith UMC. She is particularly looking forward to connecting with the youth during 5th/6th Grade Transition Retreat, Youth Annual Conference, VBS, the Senior High Youth Mission Trip, Middle School Mission Week, and all youth related events. Amy has a diverse background in church activities from missions trips, worship leading, hospitality, and youth ministry. She is looking forward to using her gifts to serve at Faith UMC. Amy has a deep appreciation for the United Methodist Church, in particular the heritage of the Wesley brothers’ ministry. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with her family, studying the faith, and listening to NPR. Amy has always resonated with music as well and enjoys writing songs as time allows, but her favorite thing to do in the whole world is to snuggle with her kids and watch movies with them.
Modern Worship Coordinator
James is the Modern Worship Coordinator where he leads the worship band for the 9:45am service. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve Faith United Methodist in this way and looks forward to finding new ways to enhance the Modern Worship Service. He grew up in the Canton area, spent years trying to shred on guitar like Eddie Van Halen, and eventually found a love for leading worship in his late teen years. He moved to downtown Chicago to attend Moody Bible Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and served on staff at some very diverse churches in Chicago – from an inner city church to an Asian immigrant church in the suburbs! He has been leading music for churches for over 20 years – as well as having served in almost every capacity one can serve within a church. Currently he works during the week for Malone University in administration, and living for his passions: his kids, all kinds of music, and Star Wars.
Mike Wadlington - EXT. 109
Jan Bilek - EXT. 113
Steve Stultz Costello - EXT. 108
I grew up in Dumfries, Virginia. I'm the youngest of four. I've always loved music, math, science, the outdoors, and good stories! In college, I majored in mechanical engineering dreaming I'd be an engineer by day and a jazz and classical musician by night. Then, I worked one summer at Camp Alta Mons in Shawsville, VA and began to feel a call to ministry. Following that call led me to Cara in Seminary, to Ohio in separate parish ministries and to North Canton Faith UMC in ministry together as co-pastors. It's a great place to be raising a family. Thank you God!
Sue Capestrain - EXT. 102
Sue is a part-time Administrative Assistant at FUMC. She says it is a privilege to work with the enthusiastic, passionate people on staff, the office Angels, and visitors to the church office. Sue and her husband Don were married, by Barb Rich, over 28 years ago at Faith United Methodist Church. They have two daughters that are grown but continue to keep them very busy. Their oldest daughter Morgan was recently married and lives in Australia. Mallory is at Purdue pursuing an Engineering degree. Don and Sue have recently been blessed with a 3 year old Golden Retriever mix named Ella. Several of Sue’s hobbies are knitting, running with friends, biking, hiking, and any outdoor activity … which includes camping in the family 1978 VW Microbus. Sue has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Ohio State University. She has had the pleasure of enjoying many different careers from a Software Engineer at Diebold, stay-at-home mom, high school substitute teacher, a wonderful array of volunteer experiences and finally to Administrative Assistant at FUMC.
Jennie Ford - EXT. 103
Director of Communications
Digital Arts Specialist
Jennie holds two positions including the Director of Communications and the Digital Arts Specialist. She is responsible for internal and external communications, graphic design, print production as well as online social media, website development and our electronic newsletter, The Navigator. Jennie graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Advertising and Graphic Design. Since graduation, Jennie has eight years of experience ranging from advertising agencies to corporate graphics design departments. Jennie is recently engaged to her fiancé, Paul and they are planning their wedding for fall 2017. They both are new members of Faith United Methodist Church. They look forward to growing spiritually in their faith journey, being active members of the community and hope to raise a family in the future. Jennie enjoys spending time with her family, attending concerts and working with Paul around their home, a farmhouse in Plain Township.
Doug Olson - EXT. 112
Worship Arts Coordinator and Director of Adult and Carol Choirs
Douglas has close to thirty years of church music experience in a wide variety of styles. He is the director of the University Chorus and University Chorale and teaches private voice at Kent State Stark Campus. He is a guest music director for Voices of Canton in the Fall of 2018 for their Bernstein at 100 concert and Christmas at the Movies concert. He has served as the Choir Director and Voice Professor at Kentucky Christian University. He served as an associate professor of music at Indiana Wesleyan University, the founding director of the South Indianapolis Choral Society, and is a graduate in choral conducting at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. While there he studied with notable choral musicians Dr. Dale Warland, Dr. Vance George, Dr. Carmen Tellez, Dr. William J. Gray, Mr. Robert Porco and Dr. Paul Krasnovsky. His studies also included work in orchestral conducting under the tutelage of maestri Arthur Fagen, David Effron and Thomas Baldner. In his free time he enjoys fishing, sporting events and live music concerts. He grew up in Montana, but has lived in the midwest for most of his life serving in churches around the area.
Heather Cooper is an active pianist, educator, and church musician who enjoys the many different aspects of each role. She serves the congregation of Faith United Methodist on the 31-rank Schantz organ and the newly acquired Boston by Steinway piano. She teaches general music and choir at Canton Country Day School (PK-8). Working with the Summit Choral Society children’s choir program, she leads the Performance Choir in many engagements each year. Previous positions include rehearsal accompanist for the Canton Symphony Chorus, keyboardist on Canton Symphony concerts, and adjunct organ instructor at the College of Wooster. Heather holds degrees in Piano Performance and Choral Music Education from the University of South Carolina Honors College, with a minor in German. She earned her Masters Degree in Music Education from Capital University with an emphasis in the Kodály teaching philosophy. Heather is married to Britt Cooper, who is the choral director at Walsh University and the Canton Symphony Chorus. They are the proud parents of Megan and Mark.
Jessica Dent - EXT. 115
Faith Friends Learning Center Director
Jessica Dent is the Director at Faith Friends Preschool & Learning Center. In her role, Jessica oversees all aspects of the Faith Friends ministry including children, staff, classroom curriculums and supplies, and family relationships. Jessica is a North Canton native and Hoover graduate. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Grove City College and has worked as a teacher and/or child care director since 2003.
Byron L. "Butch" Ransom - EXT. 109
Afternoon and Sunday Custodian
Modern Worship Keyboardist
Celebration Bell Choir