Church Staff

church staff

To contact a member of the Forest Park UMC staff, please use their link to our secure Contact form or call the church office at 419.227.8445.

pastor, Tim Benjamin

Tim Benjamin

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Tim is a 1997 graduate of Ohio Northern University and a 2000 graduate of United Theological Seminary. He has served as pastor at Elida Immanuel, Fort Recovery/Erastus charge, Westwood, and Marseilles Circuit. His calling in life is to inspire every Christian to work to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the purpose of transforming the world. The clear guidelines we have to accomplish this calling is for the church to engage the community through radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service and extravagant generosity.

"I have been here since July of 2010 and we have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the life of this congregation. We are working hard to provide a place for people to connect to our fellowship here at Forest Park. This is a wonderful place to connect and we have many faithful servants who are dedicated to providing any one with an opportunity to be a part of the Body of Christ. We hope you will join us soon!"

Tryna Brown

Tryna Brown
Director of Music Ministry

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Tryna Brown has been involved in music at Forest Park all her life. Tryna is the organist and directs the church choir and bell choir of the traditional worship service. She plays the keyboard for both praise teams of the contemporary service. She enjoys playing for weddings and special music as well.

Tryna lives in Shawnee Township with her husband, Dean, and their black cat, Blair. Tryna retired after 33 years of teaching elementary music at Perry School. She now baby-sits her grandchildren, Kyle and Jenny-Lynn. Tryna enjoys scrapbooking, camping, fishing, and reading fiction by Christian authors. During the summer Tryna participates in mission work in Tijuana, Mexico where she enjoys working with children.

Michelle Kirian

Michelle Kirian
Director of Children's Ministry
2 year PreK teacher

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Michelle Kirian is the Director of Children's Ministry at Forest Park and is the 2 year PreK teacher. She graduated from the University of Findlay with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She lives in Waynesfield school district and is married to Josh. They have two girls Riley (11) and Teagan (9) who keep them busy with many activities.

Nicole Coleman

Nicole Coleman
Administrator/PreK Teacher

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Nicole Coleman is the administrator and a teacher for the preschool.   She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Canyon University and worked for the Lima City Schools before coming to Forest Park Preschool. She thoroughly enjoys seeing and helping children develop and grow. She is married to PJ and they have three very active boys: Brady, Brennan, and Bronson. Most of their free time is spent watching their sons participate in many activities at Bath schools. She is looking forward to working with all of the children this fall and seeing them explore, play, socialize, and learn.