Lakewood United Methodist Church is blessed to have a dedicated group of pastoral and lay leaders to serve the congregation and the community. 

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our church, programming or mission.

Rev. Bruce Hartley

Lead Pastor  

Bruce has been the Lead Pastor at Lakewood United Methodist Church since July 2007.  

Rev. Laura Jaissle


Laura began her appointment to Lakewood United Methodist Church in July 2007. She previously served the Cardington Circuit UMC. Laura attended the Methodist Theological School in Ohio where she received her Masters of Divinity and served several churches while a student intern.  She met her best friend and husband, Michael, during her time at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.  Laura and Michael, a school principal, have three beautiful and courageous daughters, Mikayla and Liliana, and Molly.

Laura loves connecting LUMC to the Lakewood, Ohio community - discovering new and radical ways for people to experience the Gospel. She enjoys meeting new people, developing new relationships and walking alongside people on their faith journey. She is passionate about exercise, and you can often find her prayer running or playing on the soccer field. Laura also spends time cheering on the Cavs, Indians, Browns, and Ohio State or volunteering at the schools. When not in the office, she feels called to be present in the community, always looking for ways to connect people to LUMC.

Follow Laura on Twitter @LauraJaissle 

Gene K. Willett, Ph.D.

Music Director    

Gene directs both the Adult Chancel Choir, which sings each Sunday morning at the Traditional service at 9:45 a.m., and the Handbell Choir, which typically plays one Sunday a month at the Traditional service. Before coming to LUMC in 2010, Gene directed church choirs in Idaho and Texas. He currently teaches at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. He has taught music theory and ear-training at the University of Texas, Baylor University, and Trinity University.     

Hal Lissow

Organist and Associate Music Director      

Hal joined the staff in 1982 and plays the organ at the Traditional service at 9:45 a.m.. He also plays for weddings and funerals at the church. In the summer he directs the Summer Choir for the Traditional service.   

Brendan Smith

Impact Worship Leader    

Brendan chooses all of the worship songs for the Impact service at 11:05 a.m. He communicates with all parties responsible for the service, such as pastors, band, and multi-media.  His biggest job is to make sure there is a flow in the worship service, so everything meshes together smoothly and everyone can stay alert and hear the word of God.

Sally Weisbarth
Jennifer Dieringer

Financial Manager 

Sally works part-time and is usually in the church office on Mondays 

from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Operations Manager  

Jennifer manages our facility – overseeing contractors and vendors who are called upon for repairs, handles human relations functions- maintaining personnel records, supervising office and custodial staff, and coordinating payroll needs with East Ohio Conference Treasurer’s Office, and serves as a resource to both Trustee and Finance Teams. She will work an average of 20 hours per week. Jennifer will work in partnership with Sally Weisbarth. Jennifer and her husband live in Rocky River. She is active at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Rocky River.

Shannon Smoot

Director of Children’s Ministry 

Shannon’s role is to choose curriculum and plan lessons each week that line up with the liturgical calendar. She is in charge of recruiting and training volunteers to work with our children. She also organizes Vacation Bible School and all seasonal children’s programming. Shannon ensures that the children at Lakewood United Methodist Church are learning  to be the best they can be through the teachings of Jesus Christ in a safe, inviting, and loving environment. She is available Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and Sunday mornings.

Shannon Lubas

Nursery Care Coordinator

Jim Knab


Jim joined the staff in 1998 and works Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kim Rice


Kim joined the staff in 2005 and works Monday – Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.


Julia O. Leifer

Administrative Assistant


Julia has been the church secretary since September 2006. She is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and holds a B.A. in history. Julia is in the office Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Julia is happy to take your calls at  216-226-8644 and connect you with anyone else at the church.

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