Rev. Charles E. Tobias

Senior Pastor

Charlie Tobias, our Senior Pastor, and his wife, Diane, live in Wooster where Diane works as a Children’s Librarian at the Wayne County Public Library. They have two adult children: Sarah, who lives in Norton with her husband Joe Gaither, and their son (Charlie and Diane’s first grandson!) Sam; and Andrew and his wife Chelsea who live in Cleveland Heights. Prior to coming to Wooster, Charlie has served United Methodist churches in Parma, Mansfield, Canal Fulton, Canton, Richfield, Strasburg, and Belmont in nearly forty years of active ministry.

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Nancy Franck

Director of Music

Nancy moved to Wooster from Ontario, Canada in 2003, and joined Wooster United Methodist Church in 2005.  She has been occupied by music since she was four years old and has had active participation with musical theater, community and church choirs and sang with an a cappella trio.
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Stephen Leslie


Stephen Leslie comes from Atlanta GA. He is the eldest son of a Disciples of Christ Minister. His musical talent comes from his mom who was an aspiring opera singer. Marriage and children changed that but the family’s love of music lived on.

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Becky Pickett

Office Manager

Originally from North Canton, Becky is a College of Wooster graduate and moved back to Wooster in 2002. She has two daughters and an old scottie dog, Mollie. Becky enjoys travel, reading, and tennis.

Tina Fowler


Tina Fowler has worked at WUMC in an administrative/publicity capacity since 2013. She and her family moved to Wooster from Cuyahoga Falls in 1999 and love being a part of the Wooster community. They have worshipped at Wooster UMC since 2009 and love the sense of family they have here.

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Inez Shirer

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Inez is the Bell Choir Director at Wooster UMC. She studied music at Muskingum college and Ohio University. She plays piano and organ. In 1977 she moved to Wooster where she now resides with her husband Larry. They have 5 adult children.


Stephanie Clegg

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Stephanie Clegg was born and raised in Wooster and grew up attending Wooster UMC. She and her family moved back to Wooster in 2015 and have really enjoyed being a part of the Wooster UMC family again.

Ali Vizzo

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Ali Vizzo lives in Wooster with her husband, Aaron and two daughters Gwen (4) and Libby (2).  She taught special education for 7 years until she decided to be with her family full time. In addition to Co-Coordinating the Children’s Ministry, she runs an in home child care business. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and Yoga.

Marjorie Butler

Financial Manager

Marj and husband, Steve, live in the country near Apple Creek with their two dogs and two chickens.  They have five adult children, eight grandchildren, and enjoy their time with all of them.

Lisa Browning Wiseman

Youth Ministries Coordinator

Lisa Browning Wiseman lives in Wooster, with her husband, Dean, her kids, Tiffany (22) and Zach (16), and their dog, Lucky. She has been a part of the WUMC family for almost 20 years. Lisa loves working with children and helping them reach their full potential and has done just that as the Intervention Specialist at Mount Eaton Elementary for the last 28 years. She graduated from Hillsdale High School, received a BA at Muskingum College, and a Master’s degree from Mary Grove College in Michigan. For fun, she enjoys cooking, spending time at their camper, riding her Harley, babysitting their 1st grandson, Luke, attending all of Zach’s sporting activities, and helping coach the Waynedale archery team.

John Henderson


John grew up on a farm near Jeromesville, and is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ashland. He graduated from Hillsdale High School and Ashland County/West Holmes Career Center. He also attended Ohio State University in Mansfield. He worked for nearly 20 years in the printing industry, 10 of those as Production Manager, until the shop closed in 2008. Before taking the position of custodian, John has been employed in rental property repair and maintenance for several years, as well as completely renovating two of his own homes. He enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and antiquing. He currently lives in Wooster.



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