Meet Our Team

Louisville Christ Pastor Larry Hinkle

Larry Hinkle

Seinior Pastor

Pastor Larry has served as senior pastor at Louisville Christ Church since 2002. Hewas ordained in the East Ohio Conference and joyfully embraces God’s assignment to minister with the faithful people of Christ Church Louisville.
Pastor Larry married Cathy, the love of his life, in 1981. Cathy partners in many ministry activities within the church and also serves as a speech pathologist in the Champion school system. Together they are parents of three daughters, Abby, Juliana, and Lacie, and three grandsons, Eric, Michael, and Henry.

Karen Nieschwitz

Director of Visitation

After 30 years driving school bus, Karen knew she couldn’t just sit around. She loves people and loves God. So when Karen was offered a position to serve both, she felt she had her mission in life. Karen began her ministry here at Christ Church Louisville in June 2007 and it has proved to be very rewarding. She has two married daughters, two grandsons and two granddaughters.

Wendy Thomas

Director of Children’s Ministries

Wendy Thomasserves Christ UMC asDirector of Children’sand Connectional Ministries. She is passionate about children and their walk with God and has served in children’s ministries at Christ Church since 2006. Wendy describes hergreatest contribution to the world as her three daughters Taylor, Madison, and Regan.

Louisville Christ Lee Nicholson

Lee Nicholson

Youth Pastor

Youth Pastor Lee Nicholson serves Christ Church with an extroverted personality,strong credentials and many years experience in youth ministry. He has a passion for relational evangelism and discipleship. Lee has achieved a level of first degree black belt in Soo Bahk Do Karate. His calling in ministry has equipped him to mentor young people to become strong leaders in the church. His wife Dr. Sue is employed as professor of Biblical Studies at Malone University. The Nicholson family live in Plain Twp. Conner age 17, loves studying history. Alex, 15, plays cello both at Glen Oak High School and Canton Youth Symphony.and also loves to read. They all look forward to greeting you in church.

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Cheri Miller

Office Manager

Cheri is the CUMC staff office manager/secretary. Cheri enjoys keeping the church calendar, making the weekly bulletins and the monthly Church Window newsletter along with assisting the staff and congregation with any secretarial needs. Cheri is married to Dan Miller and they have three awesome children Krystle, William, Taylor and two grandchildren Adrianna and Gaven. Cheri enjoys walking the family dogs Checkers and Lucky, the outdoors and gardening.

Louisville Christ Patti Wolfe

Patti Wolfe

Welcome Patti to our staff! We are very blessed to have herskills, gifts and graces on staff in such an important role in Christ church. email Patti Wolfe at

Kathryn Gerber

Music Director


If you enjoy singing, come join us in lifting our voices in meditation, praise, reflection and worship. Check out our handbell choirs as well. If you have any other kind of musical talents that you would like to share with us, let us know.































Denise Huthmacher is a musician who started her handbell and choir career at Christ United Methodist Church when she was in elementary school. She has been a member of the Louisville High School’s band and choir. Denise was also a member of Malone University’s concert and marching band while she studied English. She is excited to share her love of the art with the children and adults of the church.

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Billy Krills

Agape Worship Leader

Billy serves the Church as Worship Leader in the Agape 4.5 service. He has a passion for Scripture and song as well as compassion for the un-churched and de-churched. Billy is a Graduate of Malone University of Canton Ohio with a BA in Bible/Theology. His practical theology has shaped his work, worship and service into instruments of praise; platforms for sharing Christ’s unmerited favor. His wife, Holly, works at Walsh University and enjoys photography as a tool for ministry. They were married in 1999 and have two daughters. Amber, a junior at Malone University and Miryam, a freshman at Lake High school. Billy’s prayer for family and the community is connectivity and the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Recent Posts

Here’s what’s new at Christ Church

Agape God …How Do I Have Intimacy With You?

Agape 4.5 is awesome! Wednesday nights at Christ Church just got better!  The new and improved Agape 4.5 has launched, with great food, community, teaching and worship including a new worship leader Bill Krills! Get a glimpse of some awesome youth moving in worship on...

Chili Cook Off!

Chili Cook Off January 21, 11:30 AM: Cost: by donation. The Chili Cook Off will assist youth in their cost to attend STORM. Please sign up in the office to enter this very fun competition. Everyone is invited to sample and judge the chilis. Invite a friend for lunch....

Overcoming Barriers to Belief–Fear!

Christ Works! His power transforms timid disciples to become terrific ambassadors of God. Faith is the key, and your church is commissioned to grow your faith so that you will become courageous and confident. I believe the best practices for strong faith happens in...

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