Our Staff


Pastor Lisa Kropinak

About Pastor Lisa: Pastor Lisa began her ministry as a Youth Minister in 1993 in Elkhart IN and received a Master of Arts in Christian Formation while there.  She earned it from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.  In 2001, she then accepted a youth ministry position at Brecksville UMC and served the teenagers faithfully for ten years.  Pastor Lisa earned her Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2005.  Pastor Lisa served the Windham UMC & Nelson UMC churches in the Western Reserve district until July 1, 2014 when arriving at York UMC.  Pastor Lisa married her husband Tony in 2010 and they were blessed with the addition of their daughter, Adalyn in 2011.  Their family enjoys camping, playing with princesses, and sitting around a good fire in the backyard. 

Favorite Verse:  “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”  -Jeremiah 29:11

Email: pastorlisa@yorkumc.org


Kelly Obermeier Administrative Assistant

About :  Kelly joined the staff of York UMC in the summer of 2017 after serving as the office administrator at North Royalton UMC for the past three years.  She and her husband reside in Medina with their two young adult children. They are unabashedly Disney fanatics and enjoy family trips to Walt Disney World.  She believes it is a blessing to be here to serve the people of York UMC.  

Favorite verse: Psalm 23

Email: yorkchurch@zoominternet.net

                    Alanna Furst 

Choral Choir Director

About Alanna: Alanna Furst recently graduated with a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Kent State University, where she was a member of Kent State Opera and the New Music Ensemble.  Prior to her work at Kent, she earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Case Western Reserve University.  Since 2011, she has been a member of Singers' Company, a semi-professional chorus based in Akron, Ohio.  In her spare time, Alanna enjoys playing video games, watching movies and television (especially animation), reading fantasy, sewing, and attending comic and anime conventions.  She currently lives in Stow with her husband, Daniel, and a very sweet cat named Peepers.

Pianist - Gayle Maly

About Gayle: Gayle has been married 55 years she has three kids, four grand kids, and four great grand kids.  She was a nurse for 51 years. Music has been her avocation, since the age of five.

Her Favorite scripture is Romans 8 :28:

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."