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Meet our staff:
Pastor Jon Truax is our senior pastor. Pastor Jon came to Science Hill Community Church in 2007. Previously, he had served Steeles Corners Christian Church, Louisville Christ UMC (Associate), Prairie Chapel UMC in Coshocton, and East Liverpool First UMC. Pastor Jon graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary (M. Div.) in 1996. At Science Hill, Pastor Jon preaches and leads small groups, as well as counsels, visits, and advises church committees. Locally, he serves on the board of the Alliance of Churches and volunteers with area missions and the Walk to Emmaus. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children: Daniel, Bethany, Katie, and a dog, Toby. Pastor Jon enjoys traveling, writing, and spending time with his family.
Pastor Josh Smith is our associate pastor. Pastor Josh came to Science Hill Community Church in 2012. He graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary (M. Div.) in 2014, and was ordained by Science Hill in April 2015. Pastor Josh guides the church’s young adult ministry, as well as leads worship and serves on several church committees. In addition to his work at the church, Josh is also Resident Chaplain as part of Summa Akron City Hospital’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program. He and his wife, Chrissy, have a son — Lincoln — who they welcomed into the world in June 2015. With Lincoln’s birth, they now also have a very jealous 6 year old English Bulldog named Darius. Josh enjoys reading, binge watching shows on Netflix, sports, and the band Third Day.
Nicole Scafidi is our organist. Nicole has been the pianist and organist at Science Hill Community Church since 2011. She also works as a unit manager at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities, and as a cake decorator for Baskin-Robbins. Nicole is a 2001 graduate from Marlington High School and graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2006. She has 2 cats and 2 rabbits, and enjoys playing trumpet, cooking, gardening, and exploring the area parks and bike trails.
Jan Raber is our director of choirs. Jan and Bruce (deceased) came to Science Hill Community Church in December 2005. Previously, the Bruce Raber family were members of Maximo Zion Church. Jan has been a nurse for over 40 years working at Timken Mercy Hospital for 17 years, Timken Company Medical Department 5 years and at the Alliance City Schools as an instructor, Coordinator Health Programs, Pre-school nurse, Supervisor and Director at the Alliance Career Centre. At Science Hill Community Church, Jan leads the Worship Choir and Bell Choir, Worship Committee member, fill-in pianist, and is a Trustee. Locally, Jan serves on the Scholarship Committee for the Alliance Career Centre, a member of PACE/ACTE at the state level for Adult Education. Jan has two daughters, Tam and Heidi, and a future son-in-law, Nick. Sam and Sadee, Golden Retrievers, complete the family. Jan is owner of B&J Raber Farms and Rainbow’s End Nursery/Hydroponics. Jan enjoys traveling, walking, biking, exercising, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Shirley Farnham is our custodian. Shirley has been a member of Science Hill Community Church since 1992 after moving back to the area with her husband Robert to raise their family. She has been active in many ways. She has directed Vacation Bible School, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday School. Shirley has also served on several committees, including Christian Education, Worship, and Fellowship. Some of her favorite things to do include singing, being outdoors, and going back to Pennsylvania. Shirley loves to spend time with family. Bob and Shirley have three children: Sarah, Daniel, and Katie.
Karen Wolfe is our secretary/treasurer. Karen was born and raised in Alliance. She graduated from Alliance High School and attended the University of Akron. Karen worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Research Center for over 28 years as a secretary and information specialist. She is a baptized and confirmed member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where she serves as a member of the Chancel Choir and the Evangelism Committee as well as secretary of the church council. She has been the secretary/treasurer for Science Hill Community Church for seven years. Karen enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with friends.