Colette M. Jenkins

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has called its 14th senior pastor.

The Rev. David Lee Nevergall will officially begin his pastorate on Sunday. He replaces the Rev. Landis Coffman, who retired in July 2012.

Nevergall is a native of St. Mary’s, a small city in west central Ohio. He earned an undergraduate degree in music at Ohio Northern University. Before entering Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, he worked in advertising and marketing communications.

As a seminarian, Nevergall served at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church near the Victorian Village area of Columbus. He completed his clinical pastoral education at the Ohio State University Medical Center and worked as a chaplain for Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Hospital. He spent his internship in three small congregations in southern Marion County.

Nevergall began his ministry as a pastor in 1994 in the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at Grace Lutheran Church in Elmore. He served the congregation until being called to Holy Trinity, which traces its roots to 1866 and counts Akron notables John F. Seiberling, Charles Miller and J.H. Hower as founding members.

Holy Trinity is located at 50 N. Prospect St. It offers Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., September through May. For more information, call 330-376-5154 or go to

In other religion news:


The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 state Route 619, Marlboro Township. 10:15 a.m. Sept. 8. Creation Science JAMboree will be held for grades K-5 and middle school ages. It features a lesson titled The Seven C’s of History. It will be presented by John Lookabaugh from the Akron Fossil and Science Center. He also teaches elementary science and history in Burton. For more information, contact the Rev. Rob Cochran at 330-935-0132.

Christ Is The Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Bishop Langford Floyd from Hill’s Temple First Born Church of the Living God will be keynote speaker and the Rev. John Peterson from Fellowship Baptist Church in Medina is featured guest to celebrate the Rev. J. Michael Martin’s 19th pastoral appreciation. At 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, encouragement services will be held. 330-376-1869.

Cross Road Unity Church — 920 Brown St., Akron. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7-8. Fun Day fundraiser event for an October mission trip. Bake sale, donation sale, raffle basket, car wash, face painting and games. The public is invited. 330-835-7345.

Dominican Family Church — 90 W. Thornton St., Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. Supportive Pastors will sponsor a Fellowship of Love service in honor of the Rev. Ann Davis of Alpha & Omega Church. Church choirs will be welcomed, along with praise teams/dancers, soloist for an A selection or representatives to give words of encouragement. 330-376-1869.

God’s Women of Purpose: Persecuted for Perfection — at Grace Park, Perkins Street and Prospect Avenue, Akron. 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7. Unity Prayer Vigil will be held. Prayer from 6 to 7 p.m. Purpose is to pray for women and children around the world that have fallen victim to violence, including rape, kidnapping, murder and domestic violence.

Mount Haven Baptist Church — 545 Noble Ave., Akron. 5 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Terrance Bivins and the Worship Cathedral from Lorain will be guests at a pre-anniversary pastoral celebration for the Rev. Richard B. Cash. 330-253-2923.

Mount Lebanon Baptist Church — 180 Edward Ave., Akron. Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 7. Community Day will be held. Free food, games, music and other activities.

Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church — 844 Garth Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. A three-day Youth Revival will be held. Elder Jimmie K. Rodgers will be keynote speaker. 330-762-4997.

Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 9 a.m. Monday. Labor Day Mass in the pavilion, or inside the church in case of rain. Doughnut social will follow. 330-896-2345.


Living Hope United Methodist Church — 3406 S. Hametown Road, Norton. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7. A free community meal and concert will be held, featuring the Glory Way Quartet of Mansfield. The group has released three albums of original gospel songs, and toured extensively throughout Ohio and neighboring states. It is open to the community. Free-will offering. 330-658-3060.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church — 442 Bell St., Akron. 2:30 p.m. today. Jennifer Mekel & Friends will appear at Cedar Point live in concert. A tribute event for Taylor Robinson, a 13-year-old Akron girl missing since May 4. Sponsored by Power of Word and Music Ministries. For more information, call 330-253-3733.

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Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9. First of a six-week series on Mondays, Journey to Peace Bereavement Support, a ministry of information, consolation, spiritual and emotional support. For those of any faith who have experienced the death of a loved one. For information or to register, call Sue Lyons at 330-499-3937.

RiverTree Christian Church — 7373 Portage St. NW, Jackson Township. 5 p.m. today and 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer at VMware, a $36 billion global corporation, will speak during worship services.

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