Our Mission & Vision
A Christian community guided by scripture, growing in faith and serving others.
Mission & Purpose
At University Church, our mission is rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ, as outlined in Matthew 22:37-39. We are called to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to extend that love to our neighbors as ourselves.
As a community of believers, we come together as a family, bound by our shared commitment to scripture and our collective journey of growth. We affirm our belief in God as the creator of us and the entire universe. We recognize Jesus Christ as God’s son, equal to the Father, and acknowledge the Holy Spirit as an equal part of the Trinity residing within each of us.
Our purpose is to facilitate your growth in faith as we, in turn, encourage others on their faith journey. Following Christ’s teachings, we serve one another in love, understanding that we are all brothers and sisters of the Father.
Our church’s leadership is made up of staff, elders, deacons, and support teams who lead our congregation through our mission and support the community at large.
Meet Our Staff
Pastor of UNIVERSITY Church. Aaron studied Biblical Literature and Theology at Malone University. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Secretary and Organist
Penny is the organist and part-time secretary at University Church. Outside of her church work, she
enjoys crosswords and word puzzles, watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and British/Australian/New
Zealand/Canadian mystery shows, spending time with her grandsons, and participating in community
Colton is a graduate of Kent State University. He has been doing student ministry since 2016. He believes that every kid should have the chance to know who Jesus Christ is, and have someone willing to help them understand what it means to grow in their faith.
Director of Pastoral Care
Nathan is a graduate of Kent State University in 2017 and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2022. He has a passion for leading people to Jesus Christ through fellowship and understanding of scripture. In his free time, Nathan backpacks, races RC rock crawlers, and is undefeated Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Circuit track champion.
History of UNIVERSITY Church
UNIVERSITY Church has its beginning on March 15, 1959, when 20 persons met in a classroom at Kent State University, establishing the only Presbyterian church in Portage County. Dr. Henry Lietman, minister of the United Presbyterian Church of Cuyahoga Falls, acted as clerk.