Our Staff

Church Staff

Pastor Hoyte Wilhelm

Pastor

Pastor Hoyte Wilhelm grew up in Ada, Ohio where his father was a Chemistry Professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ohio Northern and his mother was a 5th and 6th grade teacher in the public school.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Valparaiso University and worked in marketing research. Attracted to Higher Education Administration and College Student Personnel he earned a Master’s of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University and began an 11-year career in that field working at Albion College, Kenyon College, and the College of Wooster. 

In 1996 he discerned and responded to a clear call to ministry and enrolled at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio where he earned his Master of Divinity degree.  He served as pastor at five churches prior to his appointment at North Olmsted UMC beginning July 1, 2019.

Pastor Hoyte’s interests with ministry include fishing, boating, biking, hiking, silence, prayer, meditation, reading, playing the trombone, traveling, and visiting with families and friends.

The Wilhelm family includes two adult children: Megan and Timothy.  Pastor Hoyte’s wife, Terri, is a Realtor with ReMax Realty where she has built a very successful career. Terri also has a music degree, is a vocalist, and has directed music programs in churches and public schools.

Megan Howe

Administrative Assistant

Megan is grateful and excited to be a part of the dedicated staff and the faithful community of North Olmsted United Methodist Church.  A lifelong United Methodist, Megan grew up in Jefferson, Ohio. She is a Sunday school teacher and a Stephen Minister, and she loves getting to know people’s stories. Megan attended Grove City College for her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education.  Megan has been married to Nathan for 14 years, and they share their home in Berea with their dog, Rooney.  In her free time, you can find Megan reading, going to the drive-in, camping, and enjoying the Cleveland Metroparks.

Wendy Cooper

Director of Christian Education

Wendy Cooper graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in 1991 with an Associate of Arts degree. She moved to North Olmsted in 2003, and has been a Member of NOUMC since 2004. Wendy has been a stay-at-home mom since 1998.  At NOUMC she teaches Sunday School and is the director of VBS and Son-Fest.  She also works part-time at her daughter’s dance studio.  Wendy has taken 12 years of Bible study through BSF International. She is a preschool and portrait photographer. Wendy’s interests include photography, scrapbooking and reading.

Wendy’s husband Bill is a sales rep and has recently started working for Agrinomix.  She has two beautiful daughters, Emily and Amy. Amy is a freshman who loves music and dance, and Emily is a sophomore at Baldwin Wallace University. Wendy is thankful to God for this opportunity to help others learn about Jesus!

Gabriela Martinez

Director of Music

Gabriela Martinez began musical studies at the Alejandro Garcia Caturla Music Conservatory in Havana, Cuba. She completed the high school music program at the National School of Music in Havana. In Santiago, Chile she obtained the Bachelor Degree in Choral Direction and Vocal Performance at the University of Chile. In Santiago, she conducted several choirs including the adult choir of the Catholic University of Chile and the Choir of the Supreme Court of Santiago. She also worked as a choir supervisor and voice teacher in the children’s program of the Municipal Theater of Santiago.

From 2004 to 2008 she was the director of the adult choir and the youth choir of the Municipal Theater of Temuco, Chile. She also directed other choirs in Temuco including the Universidad Mayor Chorus and the Children’s Choir of the German School.

She performed soloist roles in La Traviata and Madama Butterfly at the Municipal Theater of Temuco. Ms. Martínez was part of the Cleveland Orchestra Choir for the 2008-2009 season.

In 2010, she obtained her Master Degree in Vocal Performance at the Cleveland State University(CSU) under Professor Elizabeth Chesko. She has been part of the Voice Faculty at Cleveland State since the fall of 2012.  She is also a voice teacher at Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio

Marlene Dirksen

Organist

Marlene Dirksen is organist and choir accompanist at North Olmsted United Methodist Church.  She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Cleveland State University where she studied organ with Dr. Margaret Scharf. Following graduation, Marlene served as organist and choir director at several churches in the Cleveland area.  She has earned the “Service Playing and Colleague” certificates from the American Guild of Organist and also taught Music K-8 at Urban Community School.

Katie Chapman

Youth Leader

Katie Chapman is Youth Leader at North Olmsted UMC.  Katie plans and leads our youth events, youth group meetings, mission opportunities, etc.  She also takes an active part in our annual Youth Work Mission Trip.  Katie has a background in preschool and early childhood education.  When not working for the church, she enjoys kayaking, camping, and supporting her cheerleading daughters.  Katie lives in North Ridgeville with her two daughters had her husband Bob.

Hanna Moore

Web and Social Media Manager

Hanna Moore serves as NOUMC’s Web and Social Media Manager. Hanna graduated from Kent State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and minors in marketing and information design. Upon graduation, she worked as a communications intern for the Cleveland Indians for the 2018 season, where she assisted with the team’s public relations and marketing communications efforts. She currently works as a marketing and communications specialist at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In her spare time, Hanna enjoys following Cleveland sports and spending time with her family, friends and dog Mazy.

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