Meet the Staff Team!
Steve Stultz Costello - EXT. 108
I grew up in Dumfries, Virginia. I'm the youngest of four. I've always loved music, math, science, the outdoors, and good stories! In college, I majored in mechanical engineering dreaming I'd be an engineer by day and a jazz and classical musician by night. Then, I worked one summer at Camp Alta Mons in Shawsville, VA and began to feel a call to ministry. Following that call led me to Cara in Seminary, to Ohio in separate parish ministries and to North Canton Faith United in ministry together as co-pastors. It's a great place to be raising a family. Thank you, God!
Jake became a local licensed pastor in 2013 while serving two churches in south-eastern Ohio. He has served 4 congregations (in two appointments) prior to his appointment as the Associate Pastor at Faith United in July of 2020. As Associate Pastor, Jake's work at Faith United covers a broad variety of areas for ministry. Jake grew up in Cambridge, Ohio where he met Rebekah, his wife. Jake and Rebekah have one biological son, Caleb, and are also foster parents to wonderful children! Jake has a passion for all of God's people, and gets excited when he sees someone find "their thing" in the life of the Church. Jake received his undergraduate degree from Malone University in Pastoral Ministry and his Master's of Divinity Degrees from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
We have setup "Getting to Know Pastor Jake Heskett" by Zoom Video Conference, ten gatherings. If you would like to meet Jake, please signup here for the day and time that works best for you.
Sharyl Syler - EXT. 101
Administration and Finance Director
Sharyl is the Director of Administration and Finance. She has worked in several positions at Faith Church during her 27 years of service. She began in 1989 as a part time membership secretary. Later she added the role of finance secretary. In 2007 she began working full time. As Director of Finance and Administration Sharyl manages the busy church calendar, schedules meeting rooms and events, oversees the work of the custodians, pays weekly invoices for both church and preschool, processes payroll for 35 employees, keeps track of all pledges and donations, is involved with keeping track of 2020 Initiative income and disbursements and “anything else that comes her way.” The various requests she received daily keeps her on her toes! She is a staff liaison to Finance Ministry Team and Trustee Ministry Team. Sharyl met her husband, Scott, when they were both students at Ohio Northern University. He is a pharmacist at Alliance Hospital. They have been married 34 years. They live near Louisville and have one daughter, Melissa, and son and daughter- in- law, Greg and Alexandra, who live in Cleveland. In her spare time, she likes to read and go out to dinner and movies with her friends.
Kathy Schmucker - EXT. 107
Spiritual Formation Director
As Faith’s Spiritual Formation Director Kathy’s desire is to inspire others to experience how God is at work in their lives and the world, to find holiness in the chaos of everyday living, and discover their passion and how God has equipped and empowered them to further God’s kingdom. Kathy grew up in Kent and Louisville, Ohio and felt God calling her into ministry in and through the many ways she served her church and community. Kathy serves on the executive board of East Ohio CEF (Christians Engaged in Faith Formation), the East Ohio Conference Spiritual Formation Committee and the Tuscarawas District Spiritual Formation Team. In 2012 she was awarded the East Ohio Conference John Lennon Award for Outstanding Christian Education. Kathy is married to Blake and has 2 daughters, Kaitlyn and Emily and shares their home with their black lab, Onyx. Kathy finds nature and wildlife fascinating and loves learning about God’s amazing creation! She enjoys relaxing in her garden with a good book and a piece of chocolate! Contact Kathy for questions about Children and Adult ministries.
Worship Arts Coordinator
Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Akron. He has been a music educator for the past 39 years. Currently, Dennis is at Rittman Exempted Village School District in Rittman, Ohio, teaching grades K-4 Music and also serving as an administrative assistant. Dennis, his wife Julie, and their three sons have been members of Faith United for nearly 20 years. He is excited to be serving on staff as the Worship Arts Coordinator at Faith United.
Jessica Dent - EXT. 115
Faith Friends Learning Center Director
Jessica Dent is the Director at Faith Friends Preschool & Learning Center. In her role, Jessica oversees all aspects of the Faith Friends ministry including children, staff, classroom curriculums and supplies, and family relationships. Jessica is a North Canton native and Hoover graduate. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Grove City College and has worked as a teacher and/or child care director since 2003.
Amy Ferguson - EXT. 106
Amy was born in Hartville, Ohio, and has lived in Canton for the last 15 years. She was involved in mission work all throughout high school and from high school went into a discipleship training program with Youth with A Mission. Afterwards, she traveled to India on a mission trip for 2 months, which proved to be a life changing event. She is currently enrolled at Malone University where she is majoring in Theology and greatly enjoys being able to study the topics, she is most passionate about. Amy has 2 children, Elijah (7) and Eden (1.5), who make her laugh daily. Her husband James is the Modern Worship Coordinator at Faith United for the 9:45 Service. James also has 2 children, Levi (6) and Hannah (4). Amy is excited for the ability to serve in the same church as her husband. She is very excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Youth Director at Faith United. She is particularly looking forward to connecting with the youth during 5th/6th Grade Transition Retreat, Youth Annual Conference, VBS, the Senior High Youth Mission Trip, Middle School Mission Week, and all youth related events. Amy has a diverse background in church activities from missions’ trips, worship leading, hospitality, and youth ministry. She is looking forward to using her gifts to serve at Faith United. Amy has a deep appreciation for the United Methodist Church, in particular the heritage of the Wesley brothers’ ministry. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her family, studying the faith, and listening to NPR. Amy has always resonated with music as well and enjoys writing songs as time allows, but her favorite thing to do in the whole world is to snuggle with her kids and watch movies with them.
Modern Worship Coordinator
James is the Modern Worship Coordinator where he leads the worship band for the 9:45am service. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve Faith United Methodist in this way and looks forward to finding new ways to enhance the Modern Worship Service. He grew up in the Canton area, spent years trying to shred on guitar like Eddie Van Halen, and eventually found a love for leading worship in his late teen years. He moved to downtown Chicago to attend Moody Bible Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and served on staff at some very diverse churches in Chicago – from an inner city church to an Asian immigrant church in the suburbs! He has been leading music for churches for over 20 years – as well as having served in almost every capacity one can serve within a church. Currently he works during the week for Malone University in administration, and living for his passions: his kids, all kinds of music, and Star Wars.
Sarah is very excited to join the ministry team at Faith United! She has both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, where she is currently a vocal coach and accompanist in the musical theater department. She also coaches for Opera Westminster, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA.
Sarah and her husband live in Poland, Ohio and also maintain the family homestead across the line in rural Pennsylvania. In this new position Sarah will build upon and strengthen the excellent Faith United Music program.
Chancel Choir Director
Michael Wiley is the adult choir director at Faith United in North Canton, OH. He is the current middle school choir director at Revere Middle School in Richfield, OH. He has taught at Timken High School and Louisville Schools. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Kent State University. Michael is a part of the Cleveland Chamber Choir, has performed in Opera Cleveland productions of Falstaff, La Boheme, and Don Giovanni. He has also been part of Opera Circle’s productions of I Pagliacci, Don Pasquale, and Madame Butterfly.
Communications, Outreach and Marketing (COM) Coordinator
Dustin has worked as a freelance cinematographer in Cleveland making independent films and shorts. He has also been a wedding videographer. Dustin has attended the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and a minor in Public Relations. In college Dustin was a part of the Akron radio station WZIP for a brief time until he attended the Chapel and volunteered in their video and media production. As Communication Coordinator, Dustin will create videos and photos for the church’s social media platforms, and will oversee all media volunteers and interns. Dustin lives in Akron and enjoys cooking, playing music, traveling, and taking a lot of photos and videos.
Amanda transitions to our staff after being a member and volunteer since 2017. She serves within the Youth Group and Confirmation. She is a native of Dover, Ohio, and currently lives in Green with her husband, Steven and their 1 year old daughter, Olivia. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys being outside, camping, spending time with her nephews and reading mystery books. She is excited for this career shift and learning more about how the church functions in the background.