Meet Our Staff

Employment Opportunities:

Christian Formation Coordinator Position Description (rev. April 2017)

Outreach Coordinator Position Description (rev. April 2017)

Facilities Manager Position Description (rev. April 2017)

Rev. Nathan Howe

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Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Nathan completed his undergraduate studies at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio and M.Div. and D.Min. degrees at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  Before coming to the UMC of Berea in 2016, Nathan served as pastor of local congregations in Tiffin, Ohio and Niles, Ohio.  He is passionate about ministry in and through the local congregation, connecting the life of the congregation with the local and global community, and enjoys facilitating Christian formation through classes and small groups, providing pastoral care, and planning and leading worship.  In his free time, Nathan enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and otherwise spending time outdoors with his wife, Megan.


Vivien Swaddling

Children's Ministry
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Vivien Swaddling came to Berea in 1959 as a student at Baldwin-Wallace College.  After graduation with a BS in Education, she taught for Berea City School for 30 years.  She received her MED from Kent State University and taught child development in the Early Childhood Education Department at KSU.  She began at the United Methodist Church as a volunteer in the toddler room during college.  She has also been an active volunteer and chairperson of many committees over the years.  She joined the staff officially in 1989 as the Director of Children’s Ministries.  The position of Facility Manager was added to her responsibilities 2006.  She has also been an active volunteer in Girl Scouting for over 35 years.She has 2 adult daughters, Rachel Swaddling and Rebecca Swadding Krol, and 7 grandchildren, and one fat cat named Rowdy!

Barbara MacGregor

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Barbara MacGregor is organist at The United Methodist Church of Berea where she enjoys playing the 49 rank Janke tracker pipe organ and being in the Ministry of Music with a very musical congregation.  She was awarded the Associate Degree by the American Guild of Organists and is on the Executive Committee of both the Cleveland and the Akron chapters. Barbara also received national certification as a Director of Music through the Board of Diaconal Ministry in the United Methodist Church. She has been involved in the musical life of Northeastern Ohio throughout her career and was keyboard player for the Akron Symphony Orchestra and accompanist for the Akron Symphony Chorus for many years.

Barbara is Professor of Music Emerita at The University of Akron where she taught Organ, Harpsichord, Music Theory courses and served as Performance Coordinator and Keyboard Studies Chair for 35 years. As a church musician, she was Principal Organist/Director of Music and Artistic Director of the Trinity Organ Concert Series at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron for fifteen years and previously served as Organist and Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Akron for twenty years. For twelve years she also was organist for the Chautauqua on Lake Erie Program in Lakeside, Ohio.

As a performer and a clinician, Dr. MacGregor has been invited to perform and to give presentations for professional music organizations such as the American Guild of Organists, Music Teachers National Association, the American Federation of Music Clubs, the American Bach Society, Masterclass Church Music Conference, and for church denominations throughout the United States. Solo performances include appearances at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, South Carolina, the Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, Washington National Cathedral, Interlochen Arts Academy, Heinz Chapel – Pittsburgh, Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall.  She also enjoys collaborative playing and has performed with a variety of artists including Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Dave Brubeck and Eugenia Zuckerman. In Europe, she has performed on historic pipe organs in England, Scotland, France, Holland, Lithuania and Latvia. Barbara continues to perform solo recitals and chamber music with many wonderful musicians in our area.

Christopher Neely

Chancel & Bell Choir Director
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Born in Florida but raised in Cary, NC, Chris Neely has been an active church musician for almost fifteen years. He has served in a number of capacities in churches of different denominations and has a clear passion for helping others to make a joyful noise to the Lord. Chris has a Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance from East Carolina University and a Masters in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was a Dieterle Scholar.

In addition to being a church musician and worship leader, Chris has been performing and teaching for a number of years. Trained as an operatic tenor, he has performance credits in the United States and Italy. Operatic roles include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème, the title role in Massenet’s Werther, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata and the Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des carmélites. Most recently, Mr. Neely has performed Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore as well as selections from Mendelssohn’s Elijah with groups throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

Prior to coming to the UMC of Berea, Chris was the Worship Minister at Trinity Community Church in Deer Park, Ohio for five years and taught as a member of the voice faculty of the Cincinnati-College Conservatory Preparatory Department for ten years.

Margaret Proctor

NEWSingers Director

Sue Cowell

NEWSingers Accompanist