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 Garrettsville with her husband Joe Gaither; 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 over thirty years of active ministry.

Charlie graduated from North Canton (OH) Hoover High School, Hiram College (B.A. – Political Science), and Vanderbilt Divinity School (M.Div. – New Testament, Church History), and received advanced training at the Academy of Preaching in Nashville TN. He sings in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and has performed in Cleveland, New York, Toledo, and Youngstown, as well as in London, Oxford, Cardiff, and Edinburgh in the U. K., and Lucerne, Paris, Frankfurt, and Luxembourg City on the continent of Europe.

Diane and Charlie have two cocker spaniels, Wesley and Martin. They enjoy music, travelling, and eating out. Charlie loves to walk and is a big fan of the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

To contact Rev. Charles by email: ctobias@woosterumc.org