Pastoral Staff

 

Bruce Ford, adjunct pastor, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati / CCM where he majored in Voice /Music Education and a minor in Marketing. While a student at CCM Bruce served in Music Ministry at several Cincinnati churches, including Dr. Croskery’s church, Trinity U.C.C. in Deer Park. Following his studies at CCM, Bruce entered the Federated Department Stores Executive Training Program. For 15 years, Bruce worked with several major U.S. retail stores, including Shillito’s and Macy Corporate, as a retail executive and merchandise manager.

Feeling God’s calling him to ministry, and after conversation with Dr. Croskery, Bruce began studies for ordained ministry at Yale Divinity School. Following graduation from YDS, Bruce was ordained in The United Methodist Church, where he served churches in Central and Northwestern Ohio. Bruce continued studies at The University of Toledo College of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate, in order to pursue social justice issues and minister to individuals / families who were victims of domestic and family violence. In 2005, the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministry of the UMC provided funding to help begin this ministry in earnest with New Hope Ministries / Hope Associates. Since it’s founding NHM / Hope Associates has walked hand in hand with women and children to find a path toward healing, hope and wholeness rooted in the realization that all are persons of sacred worth and find strength and hope through Christ.

 

 

Under the direction of Dr. Beverly Croskery, music coordinator, our music worship program also includes the Mt. Adams Pilgrim Chapel Ensemble.  The Ensemble performs semi-regularly and always during holidays. They always deliver an enthusiastic and inspiring version of the Halleluiah Chorus each Christmas and Easter complete with trumpets, trombones, organ, piano and guest soloists. Beverly has a Ph.D. in Education and has served as a teacher, principal and Director of Curriculum for a large school system. She has also taught workshops throughout the area, mostly in the field of Arts Integration. She is presently an adjunct professor at Wright State University.  Before receiving her Master’s and Ph.D. in Education from The University of Toledo, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wichita State University, majoring in Speech and minoring in Music. In Wichita, Beverly also served as “Miss Beverly,” the ROMPER ROOM teacher on KAKE TV for almost five years.