Pastor & Staff

CoskeryThe Reverend Robert W. Croskery is the is Lead Pastor and plans to retires 12/31/17. The Reverend Robert W. Croskery is a Minister of the United Church of Christ (retired). He earned his BA degree at Phillips University, his Masters at Divinity school at Yale and his Doctor of Ministry at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He worked his way through college as a broadcaster and through divinity school as a science teacher at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden CT.

He began his career in Greenwich, Connecticut, and has been Senior Pastor of large Congregational and United Church of Christ congregations in Wisconsin and Ohio. In retirement he has served Mt. Adams Pilgrim Chapel in Cincinnati and Shiloh Church in Dayton, OH on an interim basis. Prior to coming to Cincinnati in 1976, Dr. Croskery was Executive Director of the Academy of Parish Clergy, a national Professional Society and Continuing Education Academy for Ministers, Priests, and Rabbis.

Dr. Croskery has been a Rotarian since 1966 and a member of the Cincinnati Rotary Club since 1977 where he has filled numerous leadership roles. He is a Past President of the Cincinnati Yale Club; Past President of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, where he continues to serve as Director. He is a Director of the Friendly Sons ofSt.Patrick Foundation. He has been a Director of the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratories, a member of the Community Action Board of theHoxworthBloodCenter, and a Trustee of the Cincinnati Ballet.

He is married to Dr. Beverly Croskery, a well known educator, author, and education consultant. They have four children: Richard Croskery, MD, Col. Robert F. Croskery, Esq., (Rev.) Kathryn Croskery Jones, Esq., and Dr. Virginia Croskery, opera singer, professor and equestrian.

He has served in churches as Pastor for nearly 70 years. This December, Dr. Croskery will retire from ministry. However, we know that he has impacted thousands of lives and therefore, what he has taught, inspired and lived as an example for Christian endeavor shall live on and be passed forward for countless years to come by those who have had the privilege to know him.

 

Bruce Ford, adjunct pastor, holding degree work from University of Cincinnati / CCM (B.M.); Yale University Divinity School (M.Div.); and The University of Toledo College of Law (J.D.) Rev. Ford has extensive business and marketing experience having worked for several Fortune 500 firms as a Senior Executive. He is a skilled negotiator, conflict management advisor and mediator. These skills have proven invaluable in both his secular as well as endeavors as a clergyman. He has served churches in Connecticut, and Ohio both as a Pastor and Minister of Music.

 

 

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.