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 soon be completing her dissertation for her D. Min degree. 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 14 years, and they share in the ups and downs of parenting their 8-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 of 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.
Pastor Brian Otte
Brian has been the Executive Pastor at LUMC since January 2023, while previously serving as the Human Resources & Engagement Manager. Brian’s greatest desire is to see people equipped and empowered to serve in the church and impact the world around them. In 16 years of ministry, he has worked to support and develop staff and volunteer leaders in every area of church ministry, and he is excited to continue this work at Linworth UMC.
Brian has a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a masters degree in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has been married to his wife Kristen for 10 years, and together they have a 6-year-old son, Lincoln, and a 1-year-old daughter, Rachel. Rounding out the family are their two flat-faced dogs, Lilo the Boston Terrier, and Zelda the Pug. In his free time you will likely find Brian holding a guitar, a frisbee, or a good cup of coffee.
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.
Director of Traditional Worship Music
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.
Director of Contemporary Worship Music
Cara has always had a strong dedication to her craft as a vocalist. Ever since she was young, she knew that she wanted to use her gift to inspire and impact the lives of others. Although she has always sung in the church choir or the praise and worship team, she took on the opportunity to lead worship when she became faced with a youth ministry in need of someone to assist with bringing their vision for this ministry, to life. This is where the role as a worship leader came into fruition. Cara is excited to join the community at Linworth UMC as Director of Contemporary Music while studying to obtain her associate’s degree in Real Estate at Columbus State Community College. She continues to embrace her artistry apart from leading worship and enjoys training her 4-year-old daughter to sing and express herself through music.
Media Team Coordinator
Stephanie Haseltine has been a member of LUMC since 2018 and is eager to support the pastoral team, staff, and congregation. Stephanie graduated from Columbia College Chicago and quickly moved to Ohio after meeting her husband, Ryan. They have been married for fourteen years and have 4 children (Sephira, Alcyone, Beyla, and Thorin). Ryan has an older son, her bonus son, Ryland, who is serving in the Navy. She loves spending time with family, anything musical and creative, cooking/ baking, reading and being active outdoors with the newest member of the family, Hattie, a golden retriever pup.
Program Ministry Staff
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.