pastor pic DSC02672Our Pastor

Pastor Julianne D. Smith, has been pastor at POP since 2010. She is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio with a Masters in Divinity, and Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, with a B.A. in Biology.  She was ordained in 1986, and previously served at churches in Ada and Upper Sandusky in the Northwestern Ohio Synod (ELCA). She resides in Poland with her husband, Stuart.


Pastor Julianne is studious about preparing her pastor at sermonmessages, typically using the scripture lessons assigned for Sundays in the Revised Common Lectionary used by the ELCA and other Christian denominations. She regularly studies with other pastors and attends teaching events to hone the preaching craft. Worship music and especially the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism are central to her ministry. Working with other clergy and churches in the community, in our Northeastern Ohio Synod (NEOS), and ELCA churchwide is very important to her sense of mission. She has been selected to be Dean of the Eastern Conference of the NEOS and she serves on Synod Council. pastor and bishop eatonShe is a collegial leader, nurturing and empowering members to be leaders in the congregation, and demonstrating and nurturing spiritual practices necessary for Christian leaders. And as you can easily see, she has an infectious inner joy.


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