Meet Our Staff

 

 
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Reverend Kimberly Wisecup

Pastor

On January 14, 2018, Kim began her appointment as pastor at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church (UMC).  Prior to that, she was serving as the pastor of Madison Mills UMC in Fayette County.  She tends to call Michigan home (OSU fans, please don’t hold it against her), as that is where she spent her high school and college years, but she has also lived in Vermont, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  Kim graduated from Central Michigan University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and German.  For many years, she worked in and around Ohio state government as an aide in the Ohio Senate and as a lobbyist for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Taxation, and a non-profit organization, the Children’s Hunger Alliance. 

As her career progressed, she began to feel like something was missing.  She likes to say that she had a midlife revelation, as she would not call the decision to enter the ministry a midlife crisis.  During a Lenten study at the church she was attending, she began to more fully recognize and accept the call God had on her life.  She resigned from her job, with the support of her family, and entered seminary.  Five years later, she graduated from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio with two degrees, a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Counseling Ministries.

Kim and her husband, Tim, live in Hilliard and have two daughters, Katie & Alyssa.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, all kinds of sports, music and theater, and anything Disney.

Contact: kimwisecup@summitumc.org


Rev. Michael Walls-Miller

Director of Music Ministries

Having been hailed as a countertenor with a voice of “ethereal beauty,” Michael Walls-Miller is comfortable both on stage and in recital with vocal, organ, and piano works. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. While studying under Dr. Kenneth Prewitt at Western Michigan University, Michael also worked extensively with the university organist and dear friend Dr. Karl Schrock. Together, Michael and Karl have presented and prepared numerous recitals and church services throughout Kalamazoo, Wichita, and Houston.

As a keyboardist, Michael has worked as an organist and pianist throughout the United States for many churches across many denominations. Michael’s first exposure to piano began at a young age when he would sit at his family’s piano and play tunes he had heard by ear. After being advised by his high school choral director, Michael began studying piano formally and soon after began to study organ under the direction of Dr. Karl Schrock.

Michael is currently enrolled at Phillips Theological Seminary as a candidate for the Master of Divinity degree and is a commissioned minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has recently relocated with his husband, Dwight, and his dog, Chloe, to Columbus, OH.

Contact: michaelwallsmiller@summitumc.org

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Patrick Azzari

Campus Ministry Intern

Originally from Barrington, New Jersey, Patrick Azzari moved to Columbus to pursue a career in vaccine research and development and medicine. He is currently working on Bachelor of Sciences in Microbiology and Psychology and is planning on going to nursing school upon the completion of these degrees. Throughout his entire time in Columbus, Patrick has attended and been a leader in UMC campus ministry. When he is not working to coordinate meetings and events with Summit’s Campus ministry organization, Progressive Christians, he is usually study or working as a patient care assistant at Riverside Hospital. Outside of all the work and school he enjoys traveling and spending time with his boyfriend, Jonny, and their dog. Patrick looks forward to making a positive change in in the lives of all Christians on campus, but especially those who are LGBT and have been hurt or rejected by the actions of churches.

Contact: azzari.1@buckeyemail.osu.edu


John Koon 

Director of Operations 

John spent eight years in Romania and Moldova where he encountered and was transformed by the presence of love among children living on the margins of society. These children instilled in him a fierce belief in the inherent dignity of all people, a belief that led him to his involvement at Summit on 16th. Outside of work, John enjoys playing cello, practicing Ashtanga yoga, cooking plant-­based meals and spending time with his wife, Rachel, and children, Oscar and Genevieve.

Contact: sumc@summitumc.org

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