Pastor Rocky came to St. John's in May of 2020. He grew up UCC in the village of Sugarcreek, Ohio, a small town in the heart of Amish country. After graduating from high school, he worked at a brickyard for ten years. He met Stephanie in the nearby town of New Philadelphia. They got married and made their home in Sugarcreek, raising their two daughters, Deanna and Katelyn. Pastor Rocky soon began to discern a call into ministry. Initially, he began working toward becoming a part-time licensed lay minister for a small church and keeping his job at the brickyard. After he preached his first sermon in his home church, several members collectively offered to support him financially in the pursuit of a theological education and ordained ministry in the UCC.
After prayerful discernment with Stephanie and their pastor, Pastor Rocky left the brickyard and began working on his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kent State University. He found things like marketing, human resource management, finance, and organizational psychology easily applicable to the church. After graduation, he and Stephanie moved to the city of Webster Groves, Missouri. As Deanna and Katelyn began their first year at a new elementary school, Pastor Rocky began working on his Master of Divinity degree at Eden Theological Seminary. During those three years, he served three different congregations in the St. Louis area as a student pastor. He also spent one summer doing a chaplain internship at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
Pastor Rocky graduated from Eden Seminary in 2006 and moved to Evansville, Indiana to serve as associate pastor at Bethlehem UCC for five years. He and Stephanie lived in St. Charles, Missouri (near St. Louis) where he served St. John UCC as associate pastor for the past eight years. Their daughters have grown up and are living on their own. Stephanie has her own house cleaning and organizing business with almost two dozen clients. Pastor Rocky is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry degree at Eden Seminary and hopes to finish in a couple of years.
Pastor Rocky enjoys music, theater, movies, reading, running, bicycling, and golf.