Rev. Allan C. Lane, Interim Pastor

 The Reverend Allan Lane is the interim pastor at Christ United   Church as we search for a permanent pastor.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto and his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also traveled to Thailand to share the good news with a Christian leper community. He returned to Toronto to serve at Celebration Presbyterian Church from 1997 to 2006.   He then transferred to First Presbyterian Church of Batavia in 2006 to be closer to his wife, Kate. They have three lovely children – Emily, Noah, and Adam. In 2016, Kate accepted a faculty position at Baldwin Wallace University and the family moved to Middleburg Heights, OH. In 2017, Pastor Allan became the Interim Pastor at Christ United Church. Pastor@ChristUnited.Church  
 
 
 

 

   Bryan Bowser, Director of Music 

Bryan Bowser previously served as Minister of Music for First Congregational United Church of Christ, Berea for 17 years. He is also the Program Director for Arts Management & Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music; he was Associate Director of the Conservatory for External Affairs at BW previously. Bowser spent three seasons as Director of Operations and Development with Lyric Opera Cleveland before returning to his alma mater Baldwin Wallace as Director of the Conservatory Outreach Department. He has been seen in many local theaters, colleges and universities as a music director and conductor. Bowser is president of the board for the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, an advisory board member of Brecksville Theater on the Square and previous Chair of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts’ Central Great Lakes Region. He holds an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and B.M.E. from BW. He has been invited to present at numerous professional meetings including those of the College Music Society, National Association of Schools of Music, National Guild for Community Arts Education and Ohio Music Teachers Association. Bryan leads the Christ United Church Adult Choir and oversees the entire music ministry of the church. bbowser@bw.edu
 
 
   Janet Winzenburger, Associate Director of Music

Janet Winzenburger is the former Director of Music for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church where for 20 years she directed the Chancel Choir, various children and youth choirs, and instrumental groups. In the fall of 2014, she started JuBELLation Ringers, an intergenerational group of bell ringers. Prior to her work at St. Andrew’s, she was active as chorister and director in various Methodist and Lutheran congregations in Iowa, South Dakota, Pennsylvania and here in the Cleveland area. Janet recently retired as music librarian at the Cleveland Institute of Music (25 years). She also directed the Baldwin Wallace University Collegium Musicum (Early Music Ensemble) for 48 years. She strongly agrees that “When in our music God is glorified...it is as the whole creation cried; Alleluia!” (PH 264) j.b.winz@gmail.com
 
   
 
Keyboardist/Organist: Open position at this time

 

Betsy Clark, Office Manager

Betsy Clark began her church office career in March of 2005 at First Congregational UCC, Berea. She continues her adventure in church office management with Christ United Church. Hers is the first voice and face you will encounter when calling or visiting the church office. A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University), she holds a B.A.  in Music and a business minor. Although music is now mostly a hobby, Betsy enjoys singing and playing piano and does both occasionally at Southwest Unitarian Universalist Church in N. Royalton where she and Bernie, her partner who she believes is her happily ever after, are members. Betsy raised her two children, Taylor & Nick, in Berea but now resides in Cleveland. Taylor is a graduate of Allegheny College and Nick is a 2018 Miami University, OH graduate. office@christunited.church