Staff

Pastor

Josh White

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Hello! My name is Josh White and I am blessed to be the pastor of East Goshen Friends Church. I am a native of NE Ohio and grew up in Canal Fulton. I met my wife, Melissa, in 2007 on a youth mission trip to Chicago and we have been together ever since. We got married in August 2014 after seven years of dating, so at this point we've been together a little over twelve years. I am a graduate of Malone University, where I attended from 2010-2014 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible/Theology and Philosophy. In 2015, we felt the urge of the Holy Spirit to continue pursuing our call to ministry, so we moved to Wilmore, Kentucky. While there, I attended Asbury Theological Seminary from 2015-2018, where I earned a Master of Divinity degree. In May of 2018, we welcomed our son, Oliver, into the family. We expanded to a family of four in December of 2019 with the birth of our son, Everett. When we aren't at work or serving, we enjoy spending time with friends, playing board games, watching HGTV, and enjoying anything nerdy. We would love to have you join our church family! 




Oversight Elder

Ken Diver

Hi! I'm Ken Diver, I grew up in the Friends church and received Christ as my savior at the age of 12 and have been a member of East Goshen since 1980. I have been heavily involved in the church from being a board member most all of those years and a Sunday School / Bible study teacher again, for most of my years here. I'm married to my wife Linda (Baringer) and we have two grown sons.

As Oversight Elder, I preside over both the regular meetings of the Oversight Board and the Congregational Business Meetings.

If you are looking for a welcoming Church, I believe you will find that here.




Missions Elder

Arlinda Greenfield




Finance Elder

Linda Stroup

I have been a life-long resident in the area and have attended East Goshen Friends Church my entire life. I have held many positions during that time and am currently serving as Finance Elder. I also teach a Sunday School class for elementary/middle school students. I have two children and three grandchildren. I am so thankful to God for His constant presence abiding in my life, and strive to share that compassion with others.




Church Life Elder

Melissa White

Hello Friends!  My name is Melissa and I have been attending East Goshen for a little over a year.  At church, I oversee everything that goes on in the church building, from special events, to kids and youth, to adult activities, and to many, many other things.  If you wanna know what's going on, I'm your girl! 

When I'm not at church, I am either working or taking care of my littles.  I am a teacher at Youngstown City Schools for scholars learning English as a second language.  This is my dream job.  At home, I have a wonderful husband (Pastor Josh) and two sons, Oliver, 2 years old, and Everett, 8 months old.  My goodness they keep me busy, but my heart is full.

In my free time (Ha!), I like to run, drink coffee, and play board games.  I even play an elf in a DND campaign!




Spiritual Life Elder

Susan Hartzell

Hello!  Thanks for visiting our website.  My name is Susan and I grew up attending East Goshen Friends Church. I accepted Christ as my Savior at an early age and chose to call East Goshen my church home as an adult. I met my husband George when he began attending East Goshen as a teenager.  We’ve been married 45 years and are empty nesters except for our furbabies. Our son is deceased, but our daughters both still live in the area.

I’ve served in many different capacities as there’s been a need and I felt the accompanying nudge of the Holy Spirit. In my current position of Spiritual Life Elder, my foci are the first and the last of our Core Values:  #1 – “We value Biblical teaching” and #6 – “We value the power of prayer.”

 




Coordinator of Trustees

Art Lora




Church Secretary

Beth Burns

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Hello! I'm Beth Burns and I'm the church secretary. I've been the church secretary since March of 2019. My family and I have been attending East Goshen Friends Church since August of 2016 and been involved in church activities since 2005. Before attending East Goshen Friends Church, I was very involved in the church I grew up in and where my parents still attend. I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to East Goshen. I believe strongly in the Core Values of East Goshen and felt it best to raise my children in a church with these values. My family consists of, husband of 22 years, Rhett, and daughters, Taylor, Carrie and Elizabeth. 




 
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