Central Christian Church Staff
Front LtoR: Jan Douglas, Barbara Smetzer, Wayne Gilkey
Back LtoR: Chloe Raber, Ryan Mathys, Rev. J. Alexander
Rev. J. Alexander was born in Dallas, TX and moved to Wooster in 2016 to become the interim minister here at CCC. Rev. J. is married to Donna DiPaolo Alexander, and Donna’s sister Deborah Tharp also lives here in Wooster. Rev. J. also has a daughter and son in law, Jill and Alex Levario and grandson Alex Johnson. Rev. J. and Donna have two cats, Autumn and Katnip Everdeen. When not ministering here at CCC, Rev. J. loves to read, sing, and collect stamps. He lists his favorite food as brisket and favorite restaurant as, The Winking Lizard. When vactioning Rev. J. loves to visit the Gulf Coast of Texas. When asked what he loves most about CCC, Rev. J. said, “I love the fellowship and feel of family. The very real sense that the people in the congregation love and care about each other and about their pastor and pastor’s family. It’s a wonderful feeling”.
Our church secretary, Jan Douglas, was born in Alma, MI but has lived in the Wooster area most of her life. Jan and her husband John have two grown daughters, Kelly and Trista. Over the years Jan has taken many great vacations but could not narrow it down to just one favorite. In her free time Jan loves to read. The Maine Diner, in Maine :), is Jan’s favorite restaurant and she loves to eat fish. The thing Jan loves most about CCC is simply “the people”.
Church treasurer, Barbara Smetzer, was born in Wooster and has lived here for a long time but wasn’t willing to tell us how long :). Barbara has one cat who is very spoiled, Susan The Cat, and she lists her favorite vacations as trips to the casino, beaches, or visiting historical places. Barbara enjoys working in the yard, playing board games, collecting troll dolls and campaign buttons, and of course watching the Cleveland Indians and Ohio State Buckeyes. She is rather fond of milk chocolate and says that her favorite restaurant is a toss up between Steak n Shake, Master’s Pizza, Tumbleweed, and Longhorn. Barbara most loves the members here at CCC. She says, “They are the most generous, caring, and compassionate group of people I’ve ever dealt with. When they hear of someone’s misfortune, the response is not ‘Gee, that’s too bad’…it is ‘What can I do to help’.”
Ryan Mathys is the Technology and Communications Coordinator here at CCC. Ryan was born in Orrville, OH and other than a few years away at college has made his home here in Wayne County his whole life. Ryan and wife Tracy have five year old twins, Charlotte and Cohen. Along with the twins, beagle Braylon, beagle mix Vera, and two fish, Fishy and Hermie make for an always exciting household. Ryan loves vacationing in Cape May, NJ and loves to eat pizza which he makes it a point to do when visiting the East Coast. Locally pizzerias Grande Ranch and Boscos are his favorite. When not playing sports or watching sports Ryan also likes to hunt and fish. Ryan loves the “tight knit community” we have here at CCC and “loves that we love to help others”.
Chloe Raber, our church accompianist was born in Indiana, but has lived here in Wayne County for the past 15 years. Chloe’s parents and many family members also live in the local area. Chloe loves to visit the beach and says, “the warmer, the better”. She loves to make music, especially with other people. She also likes to read, listen to podcasts, and visit with friends and family. Chloe loves a variety of foods: rhubarb, sweet potatoes, rice and beans, cinnamon rolls, lasagna, pupusas, coconut, and sticky rice are some of her favorites. Baja West Coast Kitchen in Orrville is one of her favorite restaurants. Chloe loves the congregation’s energy at CCC. She says, “the congregation is engaged in the church and in the community, and I love the value they place on people and relationships”.
Wayne Gilkey, is our church custodian. He was born in West Middlesex, PA, but has lived in Wooster for over 40 years. Wayne’s family includes his mother Donna, and brother Norm. His favorite vacation was a trip to St. Maarten. Wayne really enjoys music and surfing the web in his spare time. When it comes to eating out, the Waterloo Restaurant is Wayne’s favorite. And, the stained glass portrait of Christ is Wayne’s favorite part of CCC.