Over the past 20 years Michele has had the opportunity to work with some great ministries spanning from Illinois to California. With a potpourri of job descriptions and a diversity of age groups, Michele has been strengthened by these experiences and training and feels compelled to give that away to others. Her passion for developing leaders is what brought her to Ohio in 2006. Since then, she established a children's ministry in that local church, a leadership environment that helped kids, students, and adults be all they can be for Christ. She also lead the guest relations and assimilation teams for her church.
Over the past 3 years, she has worked with the Ohio Ministry Network and been able to create a Network of Women Ministers for the strategic purpose of encouraging, equipping and empowering the many women ministers across Ohio. Michele has been a Licensed Minister in the Assemblies of God and has been serving in full time ministry since 1999 and was recently ordained in 2017. She is also a certified Leadership Coach with the John Maxwell team and continues to have a passion to teach, train and develop leaders of all ages.
Michele is married to Charles Thompson and they are blessed to be able to create a blended family with Charles' twin daughters, Acelynn and Adrianna (Anna). Charles is a Clinical Registered Nurse at the University Hospital in Cleveland and has served there for over 12 years. His heart to care for people shows not only in his personal career but also in his heart to serve the church however he can.
Gary Craun joined the team at ROCKSIDE CHURCH as a team pastor (also known as associate pastor) on Sunday, July 15, 2015. As a credentialed minister, Gary is able to officiate weddings and funerals and interface within community institutions as a minister of the gospel. His duties include teaching, preaching, pastoral care, counseling/coaching of couples and individuals and pastoral oversight of men's ministry. Gary also serves as a liaison between A/G's church plants and existing churches in the Cleveland area. Gary received his initial pastoral training in a four year local church based ministry school then recently finished his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Christian International and attended Ohio School of Ministry for a few required courses unique to the Assemblies of God.
As a credentialed pastor, Gary is able to officiate weddings and funerals and interface within community institutions as a minister of the gospel. His duties include teaching, preaching, pastoral care, counseling/coaching of couples and individuals and pastoral oversight of men's ministry. Gary also serves as a liaison between CITY REACH CLEVELAND and ROCKSIDE CHURCH. Gary received his initial pastoral training in a four year local church based ministry school then recently finished his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Christian International and attended Ohio School of Ministry for a few required courses unique to the Assemblies of God.
He comes to us with rich ministry experience having planted a church in the Cleveland area where he pastored for eight years prior to joining the staff at North Coast Church, where he coordinated several inner city ministries, helped to start Love INC of Cuyahoga County, and organized their small group ministry. Gary took an early retirement from chemistry to serve full time as a staff pastor at North Coast Church.
After six years he felt called to return to the world of chemistry, and to go back to pastoring in a volunteer mode. Gary is a bi-vocational pastor employed full time as a research chemist by AkzoNobel (Glidden Paint). He did his graduate work in polymer chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University. Gary and his wife of over four decades, Barb were high school sweet hearts. They have four children, Dawn Dulin (husband Mike), Missy Hammond (husband Bob), Jonathan (wife Anne), and David (wife Jen). Presently they have 13 grandchildren. Barb is a retired teacher, now full time grandmother and home maker.
Presently serving the church in overseeing administrative areas, Vaso brings years of church ministry experience to the team and has been part of Rockside Church leadership team from the church's beginning in 2002. Vaso has served in various roles over the years, can fill in wherever needed, and presently carries out administrative duties. Her passion for Jesus Christ mixed with her exposure to the business neighbors through her employment in the Rockside Road business area makes Vaso a great networker and representative of the church and the Lord.
Cathy Monnin has served in a wide range of church leadership positions in the
Cleveland area for decades. She was a founding member of 2 Christian non-profit organizations and is a graduate of Christ for the Nations (Dallas, Texas). She recently retired from 35 years of public service with the Cuyahoga County Public Library where she last served as the Branch Services Director. She is a member of the NE Ohio Peacemaking Network and a resident of Independence.
She is the Director of Missions and Community Outreach at Rockside Church overseeing the church's relationships with over 60 missionaries or organizations, chairing our missions committee and connecting with community organizations and
City leaders on behalf of Rockside Church.
Cathy is a Graduate of University of Mount Union with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Philosophy and earned a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Case Western Reserve University. In addition, she is also a certified Relational Wisdom Instructor.
Daniel Conner works with the youth at Rockside Church providing Sunday evening small groups and Wednesday night youth service at Parma Bethany A/G (our sister church), 6195 Broadview Road, Parma where he is full time youth pastor. The youth events and ministry he provides draw students together from the surrounding area.
He and his wife Sara, have a passion for missions that overflows into what they do with the youth. In their ministry training they have traveled to a combined six different nations ranging from Central America to the continents of Africa and Asia. Their focus is to see lives changed for the glory of God. They are both graduates of Agora School of Global Ministry. Daniel is ordained (as of May, 2018) with the Assemblies of God.
They just had their first child together, Sophia Geraye Conner - born December, 2017. Daniel explores the arts of music and writing, finding time to teach piano and enjoy a good book. His literary heroes include: C.S. Lewis, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Oswald Chambers.