Our Staff

Church Staff

Pastor Hoyte Wilhelm


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.

Terri Wilhelm

Administrative Assistant

Terri brings a great set of skills to the position with her past work experiences in church, business, and higher education settings. In particular, Terri has excellent organizational, communication, teaching, and creative problem-solving skills. Of special interest is that she owned and operated her own ice cream retail shop called “SCOOPS,” and has worked in areas of membership recording-keeping, financial management, and music programming in several UMC churches.

Wendy Cooper

Christian Education and Youth Director

Wendy, a life-long United Methodist, 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 the Director of Christian Education since 2011, and she recently took on the additional position of Youth Director. Wendy has been married to her husband, Bill, a sales rep for S-Tec, for 27 years, and she has two daughters…Emily, who is a recent Baldwin Wallace graduate, and Amy, who is currently studying at Cuyahoga Community College. Wendy enjoys photography, scrapbooking, and reading. She is thankful to God for this opportunity to teach others 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

Javier Gonzalez


Javier studied Organ at Cleveland State University, where he earned a Masters in Music Performance.  He recently worked as organist at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and currently is the accompanist for the college choir at Oberlin Conservatory.  Javier has a wealth of knowledge as well as a diverse range of experience.

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.

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