Our Cherry Grove Church Staff

Rev. Paula Stewart

Rev. Paula Stewart

Lead Pastor

Rev. Paula W Stewart began pastoring at Clough United Methodist Church in July 2017. Originally from New Jersey, Paula graduated from Webster University (aka College) before completing her seminary training at United Theological School in Dayton, Ohio. Her first appointment was to Collingwood United Methodist Church in Toledo. Paula was ordained an Elder in full connection in 2013. In her sixteen years of ministry, she has also served Central UMC (urban), Elliston Zion and LaPointe (rural) charges. Paula was married to Roosevelt Stewart, Sr and they had three children, one of whom is deceased. Together they have thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Rev. Patty Matthews

Rev. Patty Matthews

Retired Pastor

Rev. Patty Matthews retired from full time ministry in July 2020.  While a young woman, Patty attended Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky, graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, then received her Master of Divinity degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton.  Patty was ordained an Elder in the West Ohio Conference in 2006.  Patty and husband, Mike have three grown children and currently seven grandchildren and are the main reason that she has retired!  The love of ministry for Patty has been to work with people in all kinds of relationships, in all kinds of settings, through all the means she can to connect them to God.  She loves teaching children, youth, and adults new perspectives about God and the life saving ministry of Jesus Christ.  In many ways, she finds, they teach her!  Patty is delighted to continue in ministry at Clough and Cherry Grove in retirement because it is such a blessing to be part of a loving church community!

Rev. Jennifer Burns

Rev. Jennifer Burns

Fresh Expressions Pastor

Pastor Jennifer Burns has a deep love for all people rooted in her understanding that God is love (1 John 4:8). Other guiding life scriptures include: Matthew 5:1-12, Jeremiah 29:11, and Luke 15:1-7. She and her husband John were married in 2006. They have a heart for the marginalized and those whom traditional church does not reach. Jennifer has a BA in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MDiv from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She grew up in Toledo and Westerville, Ohio. She’s had the privilege of being part of a diversity of churches including being a charter member of the Church for All People in Columbus, children’s minister for Dayton Korean UMC, and Pastoral Intern for a new, emergent church in Maryland. She became an Ordained Elder in 2013, and has served as lead pastor at Howard UMC in Findlay, Community UMC in Brookville, and Memorial UMC in West Carrollton. Their son Micah will be six in August, and their daughter Malea just turned three. They are all looking forward to joining us in ministry for Christ!

Marge Robert

Marge Robert

Website Administrator

Lana Makin

Lana Makin

Office Staff

Valerie Haller

Valerie Haller

Office Staff

Debbie Desgrange

Debbie Desgrange

Lay Leader