Pastor Ted feels truly blessed to be serving as the pastor of St. Mark’s because Lima/Allen County is his home. Upon graduation from Elida High School he began a 20 year banking career at Tower National Bank which later became known as Bank One. In 1998 he switched careers from banking to higher education and worked at Bluffton University for 18 years.
Pastor Ted earned his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University, his Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay and has continued his education at United Theological Seminary in Dayton.
Pastor Ted is married to Jean who is also a lifelong resident of Lima/Allen County having graduated from Shawnee High School and Bluffton University. They have a daughter, Megan, who will attend Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in the fall of 2021.
Pastor Ted is passionate about building relationships with people and about preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2007 he discovered a love for mission work and has been on over 12 mission trips to Tijuana, Mexico and has served in a variety of local mission outreach activities.
Resource Center DirectorJessie’s journey to a better life through Christ led her to St. Mark’s where she has been the Director of the Resouce Center since 2014. This position allows her to build relationships with those in the community who are in need. Through the Resource Center, St. Mark’s can address the immediate needs for food and clothing and provide assistance with other needs that may be hindering the client’s ability to become self-sufficient.
Jessie is very passionate about serving those who are affected by incarceration and is a vital member of the United Methodist Conference re-entry program “All in Community.”
Jessie credits God for the broken road the lead her to her now husband, Roger. Roger and Jessie share three wonderful girls and have four grandchildren. Jessie is a 2013 graduate of the University of Northwestern Ohio with an associate degree in business and medical coding and a 2000 graduate of Rhodes State College with an associate degree in accounting. She is also a 2017 Jefferson Award winner.
Jessie also serves on the Mission Ministry at St. Mark’s.
Office Phone: 419-222-3601