Spiritual Care Providers

Chaplain Matt Bauhof

Matt has been the Associate Minister at Plymouth Church since August 2017 and an on-call chaplain since 2019. At Plymouth, he has the privilege of running the junior and senior high youth programs, providing pastoral care for the Plymouth community, helping lead worship and being a part of the life of this vibrant community.

He is a native of Michigan, growing up in the suburbs of Detroit with his parents and two sisters. After graduating from Alma College, Matt spent time working at a youth residential home in Chicago, and then went on to obtain his M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary. He then spent a year as an oncology chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) for his entire life and is ordained within the PC (USA).

Matt lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife Mary Pat Brogan and son Francis. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, playing sports, exploring the outdoors, building things around the house and cooking.

Chaplain Denise Brown

Denise is currently a chaplain at a home for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, where she’s served for more than two decades. She loves to play – and through play, shares the love of Jesus with residents, families and staff. Previously, she served as a chaplain for several facilities and pastored St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

As an undergraduate, Denise majored in therapeutic recreation at the University of Alabama and later attended Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia with a focus on specialized ministry.

When not working as a chaplain, she is swimming or biking. She competes locally, nationally and internationally as a member of United States Masters Swimming and in ironman distance Aquabike competitions (the first two legs of a triathlon) as a member of USA Triathlon. Denise is head coach for a local high school swimming and diving team as well as a Special Olympics swim team. Her four-legged furry “child” is named Tevah.

Chaplain Sharon Budin

Sharon is pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Gordon Square, Cleveland, Ohio. She has been married to Noah Budin since 1986. Together they have three children and one grandson.

Sharon is an artist and teacher. She holds a BFA in art and education from Kent State, an M.A. from Chicago Theological Seminary, and an M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary. She enjoys spending time in her art studio, watching murder mysteries and playing with her grandson.

Chaplain Adam Ford

Adam was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from John Hay Business School. He has been a member of The Word Church for 14 years, where he is an ordained elder and his area of responsibility is the visitation ministry.

He has served in many ministries over the last 30+ years and as a hospital chaplain for 10 years. He was the founder and president of Unity Ministry, a men’s fellowship group that distributed turkeys at Thanksgiving and toys for children at Christmas.

Adam and his wife, Carla, have volunteered for more than 10 years at Cuyahoga Hills Youth Prison, where they’ve taught Bible classes. They have four children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. He loves to read spiritual books, watch Cleveland Browns football and travel.

Chaplain Elizabeth Hewett

Born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in California and Maryland, Libby holds a B.S. in Philosophy and Religion from Westminster College in Salt Lake City and an M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Libby’s chaplaincy training included a residency specializing in palliative care, post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury. She served for 15 years as a hospice chaplain and one year as a trauma chaplain. She also served three congregations as pastor.

Libby enjoys sailing, bicycling, music, reading and spending time with her spouse and cat.

Chaplain Kate Huddelson

After a career of more than 25 years in non-profit administration and special event fund raising, Kate was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) Detroit Presbytery and served in three congregations.

In 2016, she began working as a hospice chaplain and worked on her chaplain internship and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She then served the Presbytery of Long Island as a palliative care chaplain at Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Kate graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Urban Planning/Behavioral & Social Sciences and from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with an M.Div. Native to Washington, she has two adult children.

Chaplain Gordon V. Jardy

Gordon was born and raised on the near west side of Cleveland, Ohio in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. He has more than 20 years of pastoral care and ministry experience in several communities in the United States and is a ruling elder in Amazing Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Highland Heights, Ohio.

He has an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and a graduate degree in Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.

In 2019, he played an FBI agent in a Warner Bros. movie filmed in Cleveland. Gordon is a Cleveland sports fan and his favorite dog is Mr. Jack Alexander Blessing.

Chaplain Glen Johnson

Glen, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, served as chief chaplain at the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, Ohio and a staff chaplain at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He is retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons with 23 years of service.

He has an M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and is ordained and endorsed by the Bible Way Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although he now serves as a hospital chaplain, Glen and his wife, Marion, remain a part of prison ministry. Both enjoy music, Bible teachings, educational vacations, and good movies.

Chaplain Andrew Knapik

 

Chaplain Beverly Lund

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Bev graduated from Wagner College with a B.S. in Mathematics. After raising children, she returned to the workforce in the accounting field. Called into diaconal ministry, Bev entered the formation program of the Lutheran Deaconess Association, Valparaiso, IN and was consecrated in 2008. Her internship year took her to the bayous of Louisiana where she witnessed the impact of poverty, hurricane destruction and environmental degradation on the lives of the residents. Upon returning to Cleveland, she joined the staff of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry.

Now retired from full-time employment, Bev serves as an on-call chaplain and also volunteers with several agencies including Malachi House and Hunger Network. In addition to spending as much time with her grandsons as possible, she enjoys traveling, walking/biking, playing games (card/board/video) and considers herself an urban farmer.

Chaplain Andras Mezei

 

Chaplain Beth McKee

Beth is a native of northeast Ohio, having grown up with her two brothers in Canton, Ohio. Before returning to the Cleveland area, Beth lived in six other states as she studied, worked, and had outdoor adventures.

She loves to travel and has been to most of the United States as well as 20 other countries. Beth enjoys connecting with people through the stories that patients, family, and staff share through chaplaincy encounters.

 

 

Chaplain Anthony O’Neal

Anthony currently serves as a chaplain at University Hospitals and as an elder at Faith Tabernacle New Age Pentecostal Church located in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended a biblical college in Cleveland and after being ordained in 1987, has served as associate pastor, interim pastor and minister of music. It is his love for people that encourages Anthony to continue to serve with great pride and passion; to God be the glory!

He has been married for 18 years to Zenja O’Neal, and together they have a big, happy family. Anthony enjoys bowling, reading, watching Forensic Files, and spending quality time with his children and grandchildren.

Chaplain Renee Shelton

 

Chaplain Julie Thoms

Julie was born and raised in Southern California. She received her B.A. in Communication Arts from California Lutheran College. She moved to Ohio to attend Trinity Lutheran Seminary where she earned her M.Div.

For the past 28 years as a chaplain, she has worked with residents, families and staff in a long-term care facility. She also serves a Lutheran (ELCA) congregation.

Julie considers herself truly blessed to have had the opportunity to travel and enjoys scrapbooking the pictures of her adventures. Her husband Paul is also an ELCA pastor.

Chaplain Joan Webster

Joanie brings a wealth of experience to her spiritual care work, having served with dedication in her roles as a pediatrician, chaplain and medical educator. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she did her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

She has served as a hospice chaplain and as a hospital chaplain focused on adult palliative care. Joanie currently serves on a pediatric palliative care team in a hospital setting.

Since 2007, Joanie has been an adjunct assistant professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), where she teaches medical students narrative medicine, palliative care and mindfulness for stress reduction. She holds a 200-hour level certificate as a yoga teacher, is a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and has extensive training in mind-body relaxation techniques.

 

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