I was born in Warren, Ohio near Youngstown in 1969. After graduating from Niles McKinley High School, I moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University. I trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord & personal Savior on April 26, 1997. I met my beautiful, godly wife Marta at my home church right about the time God was revealing His calling for me into pastoral ministry in 2003. We married in 2005 and shortly thereafter, I left my corporate job while attending seminary at Ashland Theological Seminary where I received my Masters of Divinity in 2009. My purpose in life is to live into my personal relationship with Jesus, the One who has redeemed and continues to transform me, so that I might be of use to my King to help others come to know and be transformed by Him.


Amber Foster

Amber grew up and is currently residing in Frankfort, Ohio. Her father, Neil Foster, is the United Methodist pastor in Frankfort and her mother, Brenda Foster, is a fourth-grade teacher at Adena Elementary School. She has two sisters, Danielle and Rachael. Amber graduated from Adena High School in 2014 and continued her education at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. While she was there, God confirmed her call to spread His hope and to serve His people. Amber then graduated with her undergraduate degree in Christian Ministries in August of 2018. Now she is serving here at Leesburg United Methodist Church.



Michelle Caldwell

Michelle and her husband,Tim have been married for 24 years and together for 27 years.. Their daughter, McKenzie, is a senior at Mt. Union where she'll graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in writing. Their son, Trevor, is on the McClain Tigers' swim team and turned 16 this year. Michelle is a former medical assistant of 20 years with a passion for oncology, obstetrics, and gynecology. The Caldwell's have a farm with a herd of cattle, laying hens, cats, dogs, and a retired standardbred horse. Michelle currently has the privilege of owning a few standardbreds, works for a home health care company, and serves as the treasurer for the church. 


Elaine Balsley (LUMC General E-mail) (Church Annex Office)

Elaine & husband, Cap are originally from Pittsburgh, PA and now are residents of Highland Co. Elaine serves as our church secretary and makes sure the various office duties are done each week (Bulletin, Announcements, Inserts, etc.). Her other duties are maintenance of the LUMC Website ( & Facebook Page ( She and Cap are involved in many church groups and activities, including the Family Fun & Movie Night, and are part of the Art & Deanne Link Life Group. Elaine leads monthly Jr/St High & B-Tween Youth Art Parties & some occasional field trips. Elaine is an artist and teaches occasional classes in local areas and participates in various local art shows. Cap & Elaine have a daughter, Wendy who lives with her husband in Colorado, along with their two boys. Their son, Dan, daughter-in-law & their two children (a boy & girl), live in Columbus, OH.


Jeff Davis

Jeff resides in Leesburg with his wife, Michelle ("Micki"), & two teens, Ethan & Anna. Their oldest son, Colin, is currently in college. Jeff works at Hospice of Dayton & is currently taking classes relating to his Chaplain position. He has taken over the church's custodian duties following Ike Hodson's retirement. Jeff has led the annual June for "Ride for Christ"  for the past 17 years. When the former Youth Director, Mitch Boothe, left the position to pursue additional college courses in ministry, Jeff stepped up to fill in as Interim Youth Director. He did so faithfully for several months until a new Youth & Family Ministry Director, Amber Foster, was recently hired.