Rev. David Oliver Kling is a 2008 graduate of Wright State University earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and Religious Studies and is a 2012 graduate of Methodist Theological School in Ohio having earned a Master of Divinity degree specializing in Black Church and African Diaspora Studies. Pastor Oliver is the 2012 recipient of the Interpretation Journal Award in Theology and Biblical Studies upon graduation. By the end of 2013 Pastor Oliver finished a residency in chaplaincy at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia and then moved to the Massillon area to serve as a hospice chaplain. He is also an adjunct professor at a local college teaching medical ethics. Pastor Oliver is all but project/thesis for a Doctor of Ministry degree specializing in leadership for transformational change, and he is passionate about many things including such academic topics as history, philosophy, and open and relational theology on one hand and on the other he is a fan of all things nerdy (science fiction & fantasy). Pastor Oliver is committed to social justice, radical acceptance, and authenticity. He lives in Massillon with his spouse Jacki and their amazing daughter Vivianne.
Director of Technology
Brandon is our Director of Technology. He livestreams Worship, and handles the technology around the building. Brandon loves to be involved any where he can at St. John’s Massillon.
Director of Music
I’ve lived in Massillon all my life where I graduated from Tuslaw High School. I attended Mount Union College majoring in piano performance and minoring in organ performance. After receiving a full scholarship to The University of Akron, I majored in organ performance and minored in piano performance for my Masters.
I first attended St. John’s, in the 70’s, with an elementary school friend of mine. I remember sitting in the balcony with the other kids from the church. I came back to St. John’s in early 2001 where I started subbing before being hired that same year in the fall.
I married my wonderful husband, Bryan, in 1996. We have 5 amazing children and a beautiful daughter-in-law. When I started at St. John’s, I already had Chase and Paige. Faith, Claire, and Raine soon followed. Noel was added to our family when she married my son in 2020.
Custodian and Church Maintenance
Dave Fetzer maintains the church building regarding maintenance and repairs.
While in high school I enrolled in the Business Academy Career Tech option. Suring my senior year I was given an internship at the Stark County Auditor’s Office. I instantly knew that office administration was the career path I wanted to take.
I have been at St. John’s since mid 2019.
Steve has been a member of St. John’s all of his life. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s. Steve has served as a member of Consistory in the past and is now a licensed lay minister in the UCC.
Steve is married and has 1 step daughter, son -in-law and 2 step grandchildren.