Meet the Staff
Rev. Anna Guillozet
Pastor Anna joined LUMC in Summer 2019. She is a graduate of Ohio Northern University, holds an M. Div degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and will complete her dissertation for her D. Min degree Fall 2020. She has previously served at Church of the Master, King Avenue, North Broadway, and the Darby Plains Parish United Methodist Churches.
Pastor Anna is married to Garrett, her spouse of 12 years, and they share in the ups and downs of parenting their 5-year old daughter. In her down-time, you’ll find her reading the latest selection of her book club or out for a run. She’s completed 3 marathons.
Pastor Anna feels passionately about building relationships and communities that are focused on the life-changing love of Jesus.
Rev. Dr. Eugene Folden
Associate Pastor – Congregational Care
Gene has been a pastor at Linworth UMC since the summer of 1986. Gene’s primary ministry area is congregational care, which includes the Stephen Ministry, the Stay-In-Touch ministry, the Bereavement Ministry, and visitation to nursing homes and hospitals. Gene received a B. A. from Muskingum University in 1981, a M.Div. from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 1984, a M.A. from Miami University in 1986, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1994. He enjoys gardening, walking, reading, and Maine.
Rev. Sara McSwords
Pastor Sara was appointed to Linworth UMC in the Sumer of 2020. Sara grew up in the Worthington area, received her bachelor’s degree in public relations (with a music minor) from Otterbein in 1995, and earned her M.Div. from Methodist Theological School of Ohio in 2017. Prior to answering the call to ministry Sara worked in membership and public relations for trade associations, non-profits, and a managed health care organization. Sara also has experience serving churches in a variety of ways, including a focus on communications and music ministries.
Pastor Sara is passionate about cultivating engaging communities where all can freely listen for God’s guidance as we grow in our faith together. She looks forward to praying, planning and preparing for Linworth’s beautiful next chapters as we share the love of Jesus Christ with all people!
Tom Cook has undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from Ohio State University with a minor in church music. Mr. Cook has been the organist at LUMC since 1992 and a full- time organist at five different churches since 1967. He is retired from the music department at OSU where he was an administrative assistant for music education and bands for thirty years. Prior to this, Mr. Cook was a choral and instrumental teacher in the public schools for eleven years. Tom has been married to Marilyn since 1973. They have two grown sons and seven grandchildren.
Chancel Choir & Handbells Director
Christine became a member of the LUMC staff in September of 2016 as Music Director of the traditional service, leading the Chancel and Handbell Choirs. She loves working in the overlap between the arts and the spiritual life, sharing with others in worship as a musician and self-taught artist. Christine has Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Voice from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL; Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and she holds a certification in Spiritual Direction from the Wellstreams Program in Columbus, Ohio. Christine and her musician husband, Jason, have four children and they are all board game fanatics who love traveling in an RV whenever they have the opportunity. Her other interests are reading, writing, and seeking God in wide open places.
Children's Choir Director
Becky Stout has had a passion for music and theater since she was very young. She loves sharing the joy of making music with children. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2005 and her Masters in Music from Boston University in 2011. Becky and her husband, Aaron, have been members of Linworth United Methodist Church since 2012 and have their hands full raising three young children. Becky enjoys reading, baking, crafting, and playing piano.
Contemporary Worship Band Leader
Nick has over 6 years of worship/band leading experience and is very excited to get creatively involved with LUMC. He has a bachelors degree from Baldwin Wallace University (’16) in Music and in Entrepreneurship and moved to Columbus in the Summer of 2018 with his wife, Renee. Outside of LUMC he works full time in finance & data analytics. When he’s not in the office he loves spending time with his wife, his pets, his family, cooking, playing music, and working on the occasional DIY project.
Program Ministry Staff
Membership & Outreach Director
Shelby began serving LUMC as Membership + Outreach Director in Fall of 2017. Her background is in design and communications, and she is passionate about using those skills to strengthen the life of the church. She received digital media training at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, and holds an A.A. in Communications from Columbus State Community College and a B.A. in Religion from Capital University. She has future plans to attend Methodist Theological School in Ohio to pursue ordained ministry. In her free time, Shelby enjoys DIY projects, cooking, and spending time with her 7 year old son. If you have questions about Membership, want to get involved, or have any other concerns about life at Linworth, she is always happy to help!
Rev. Brooke Hilliard
Director of Discipleship Ministries
Brooke is an ordained Deacon in the West Ohio Conference. She is a graduate of Polk Community College and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Brooke moved to Ohio in 1999 from Florida to attend the Methodist Theological School in Ohio where she earned a Masters of Arts in Christian Education. While in seminary, she served as the Young Disciples’ Minister at the former New Life UMC in the Short North. Brooke fell in love with the people of Central Ohio and the changes of season, yes, even winter, and chose to make Ohio her home.
Brooke has served congregations in the inner city, suburbs, and rural towns and most recently, The United Methodist Publishing House as a Cokesbury West Ohio Conference Resource Consultant. This school year she was blessed with the opportunity to journey with Maple Grove UMC as their Minister with Children and Youth.
Brooke has been married to her husband Jess for thirteen years. She is proud to be a fur momma to Sherman, an 11 year old pugapoo, and Annie, a 6 year old toy poodle. In her spare time, Brooke loves to create. She dabbles in fiber arts, watercolors, sketching, mixed media, and is determined to better utilize drawing apps with her IPad. Brooke also enjoys watching sci-fi and superhero movies with her husband and reading a good book.
Director of Linworth Children's Center
Anna is the Director of LCC and has been with LCC since 2001. She started as a teacher and then was the Program Coordinator prior to becoming the Director. She graduated from Wittenberg University with a degree in Sociology. She has many years of experience in early childhood development and programming. She and her husband have two beautiful daughters who both attended LCC.
Building & Support Staff
Eliezer Molina has been with Linworth since 2010. His responsibilities include cleanliness and upkeep of Linworth UMC, including Linworth Children’s Center, to ensure a sanitary, attractive, safe and usable environment for all who utilize the LUMC building. Eliezer likes to keep busy and enjoys working on remodeling projects and playing golf in his spare time.
Patrick Nyarko has been working at Linworth since June 2013. His ministry areas include cleanliness and upkeep of Linworth UMC, including Linworth Children’s Center, to ensure a sanitary, attractive, safe and usable environment for all who utilize the LUMC building. He’s an avid soccer fan, especially of Chelsea FC.
Join our Team
We are prayerfully seeking an office coordinator. This 25 hr./week position is a great position in a friendly, warm, and welcoming congregation. This individual will be responsible for general office and administrative tasks that provide support for the work of the pastors, and staff.