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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)
11205 Euclid Avenue · Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Phone: (216) 421-0482
Fax: (216) 791-2228
Meet Our Staff
The Reverend Amy Starr Redwine came to The Church of the Covenant in July of 2014. Born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, Amy attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she graduated in 1997 summa cum laude with a B.A. in Religion. She was a Phi Beta Kappa member and won prizes for work in Latin and Greek. Amy earned her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary where she won prizes for Preaching, Pastoral Care and Church Leadership while at Princeton.
Amy was Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron, Ohio, from 2011 through 2013 (Acting Head of Staff for last two months) and was Pastor of the Firestone Park Presbyterian Church in Akron, Ohio, from 2008 through 2011.
While in Akron Reverend Redwine was a member of the Eastminster Presbytery Board of Trustees, from 2012 through 2013, serving as President in 2013. Since 2003, Amy has written feature articles for Horizons (the magazine of Presbyterian Women) and Presbyterians Today, and has written a regular column for Horizons called "Faithful Parenting" about the joys and challenges of raising children in the Christian faith. Amy is married to the Reverend Derek Starr Redwine, whom she met at Princeton, and has three children: Sarah, Quinn, and George and lives in the Inglewood section of Cleveland Heights with the family's friendly dog, Duke.
What I Believe
In Christ, God bridged the chasm between God and humanity. Jesus Christ not only reveals the depth of God's love for humanity, he also teaches us that we have an innate capacity to share God's love by serving one another. Jesus' death reveals how difficult it is for human beings to have their values and beliefs challenged. Jesus' resurrection reminds us that death, in any guise, never has the last word, but is necessary for genuine transformation.
Through the Holy Spirit, God is at work in all places, both inside and outside the walls of the church. The dominant cultural message is that we should put our own needs before the needs of others, horde goods and services for ourselves and our loved ones, and value material possessions above all. Yet Jesus calls us to lives of self-sacrifice and service. As his disciples, we are called to seek justice for all who are created in God's image, to love even strangers and enemies as we love ourselves and our loved ones, to give up a portion of our wealth for the work of the gospel, and to recognize that the gospel can thrive in even the most unexpected and broken places.
While God has claimed me as a follower of Jesus Christ, I have gained much from the wisdom of other religions. As a religion major at a small, liberal-arts college, I studied the teachings of Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. As our country becomes more diverse and cultures and countries more intertwined
The Reverend Laury W. Larson was installed as an associate pastor of the Church of the Covenant in August, 1978. He had previously served brief pastorates in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and, as a seminarian, in Glasgow, Scotland. The vision of a just society motivated Laury to enter ministry. It continues to motivate him.
Raised in a rural Illinois town, Laury did his undergraduate work at Illinois State University and his seminary training at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Subsequent to coming to Cleveland, and to fill some gaps in his earlier training, Laury completed a graduate degree in counseling at John Carroll University and a certificate program in non-profit management at Case Western Reserve University. He has participated in an advanced study program in cross-cultural ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary. In 1994, Laury did sabbatical study at the Christian Study Center in Pakistan.
At Covenant, Laury has primary responsibility for supporting the congregation's programs of community outreach and service as well as its educational programming for adults. Teaching adults is a priority for our associate pastor. He is certified as a mentor for Education for Ministry (EfM), a theological education by extension program of the University of the South, and currently co-mentors with the Reverend Rosalind Powell two EfM seminar groups. He has been a member of the Board of the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies since its inception in 1992. In his approach to biblical interpretation and teaching, Laury seeks to counter exclusionary ideologies and practices.
Committed to interreligious understanding and cooperation, Laury has served as a trustee of InterAct Cleveland and is currently co-chair of InterAct's Interreligious Affairs Committee.
As time allows, Laury reads historical fiction and browses in antique shops. He also enjoys dining out in Cleveland.
The Reverend Jonyrma R. Singleton has been an Associate Pastor at the Church of the Covenant since 1992. She is the first woman and African-American to be installed as a Pastor of the Covenant. Her areas of focus are working with youth, children, young families, member care as well as co-leading worship with the other pastors. She has also received affirmation for her sense of call to the healing ministry. The church supported her decision to receive training in Reiki (a hands on touch healing approach) which she incorporates in her pastoral care.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Jonyrma Singleton has earned degrees from Talladega College in Alabama, Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Virginia.
Jonyrma feels that Covenant is an exciting place to be because of its community of faith is diverse, open-minded, and willing to try new ways of doing God's work. Her youth ministry has been her most challenging call. Each year her youth groups travel to different regions of the U.S. and to Mexico to do habitat work and "experience the culture". The youth also join other Presbyterian youth at the Synod gatherings and national youth conference at Montreat, North Carolina. These experiences always seem to strengthen the ties between the youth and their faith.
Jonyrma has also been actively involved over the years working in the area of family ministries at the denominational level. She has traveled extensively throughout Central America, the Caribbean, West and South Africa participating with travel seminar groups as well as doing mission partner work.
Jonyrma has two adult daughters, a son-in-law, five grandsons, and one granddaughter. She loves to swim, hike and play guitar.
The Reverend Eileen Vizcaino, Chaplain to College Students and Director, Student-Community Ministries, joins the Covenant staff after a successful year as our Seminary Intern. Her primary focus is R & D of new ways this church can be of service to the many students and interns whose paths converge at Covenant.
No stranger to student life, Eileen has long experience in foreign language education and an advanced degree in guidance. Her late husband Israel Vizcaino served as counselor to non-traditional students at Seton Hall University. A native of Cuba, he was a doctoral candidate in Latin American history at New York University. Eileen is a Cleveland area native who spent most of her adult life in New Jersey, though she has strong family ties here.
Eileen was drawn to Covenant because of its commitment to social justice, its ecumenical involvement, and its outreach to the community. She sees Covenant well positioned to create a network of support for students as well as providing ways they can exercise their developing talents to serve the larger community.
Serving as an interpreter for the first Mission trip to Central Presbytery Cuba by the Presbytery of Monmouth, Eileen helped develop the Statement of Partnership. She then spent nearly a year as a Volunteer in Mission at Montreat, a national Presbyterian conference center in Western North Carolina. There, meeting church staffs from many venues, she solidified her call to ministry.
A graduate of Kent State with a Bachelor of Science in Education for Spanish and French, Eileen earned her Masters in pupil services from Montclair State University of New Jersey, and a Masters of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Vincent's Hospital, Cleveland, and has been a National Endowment for Humanities Summer Fellow at Tufts.
Jonathan William Moyer maintains a dynamic career as organist, pianist, singer, and conductor. Critics have described his playing as "ever-expressive, stylish, and riveting." (The Baltimore Sun) He is music director and organist of the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, Ohio and is an assistant professor of organ Oberlin College. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including such venues as Wellesley College, Washington National Cathedral, Princeton University Chapel, St. Thomas Episcopal Church (NYC), Gloucester and Norwich Cathedrals (UK), the Musashino Civic Cultural Hall (Tokyo), and the Dvorak Spring Festival in Prague and Vienna. He has performed with such ensembles as Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins University Chorale, and the Cantate Chamber Singers of Washington DC. He is member of the critically acclaimed early music vocal ensemble, Quire Cleveland.
At the Church of the Covenant, Dr. Moyer oversees a dynamic music program consisting of a professional and amateur choir, children’s, youth and handbell choirs, one of Cleveland’s largest pipe organs (E.M. Skinner/Aeolian Skinner/Holtkamp), the Newberry baroque organ (Richards Fowkes), and a 47-bell Dutch carillon.
Cleveland Classical.com wrote of Moyer’s dedication recital of the Newberry Organ, “Moyer skillfully chose registrations that showed the range of color the instrument can produce and suited them perfectly to the music at hand… His runs were thrilling and his sense of pace made the piece (Muffat’s Toccata Quinta) sound suitably rhetorical… Bach's canonic setting of Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot and the long setting of Komm, Heiliger Geist with the choral in the soprano were elegantly and flawlessly played… It's delightful to hear an organ recital where everything seems so right and the playing so much in the service of the instrument and the repertoire.”
In 2008, Moyer performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in four recitals at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD, celebrating the centenary of the composer's birth and the renovation of the cathedral's organ. The Baltimore Sun, said of his second recital, "Moyer revealed the composer's musical genius as vividly as his spiritual richness, taking full advantage of the cathedral's Shantz organ. …Passages of rapt reflection were shaped with a keen sense of import."
In 2008, he received the second prize in the Sixth International Musashino Organ Competition in Tokyo, Japan, and in 2005 he was one of four finalists in the St. Albans International Organ Competition. He has served on the executive committee of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Dr. Moyer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ under the tutelage of Donald Sutherland at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore), where he completed both a Graduate Performance Diploma in organ and a Master's degree in piano as a student of Ann Schein. While at Peabody he studied harpsichord with Webb Wiggins and served as graduate assistant choral conductor to Edward Polochick. He holds an Artist Diploma in organ from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of James David Christie and Olivier Latry. He received a bachelor of music degree in piano from Bob Jones University where he studied with Laurence Morton. He has attended organ festivals throughout Europe and has coached with such organists as Susan Landale, Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Michael Radulescu, and Gillian Weir. Dr. Moyer resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio, along with his wife, organist, Dr. Kaori Hongo, and sons, Christopher Sho and Samuel Kazu.
Kaori Hongo, organist and native of Japan, continues a musical career that has led her around the globe. Following her formative years in Japan and California, she attended Westminster Choir College of Rider University, as an undergraduate student of Donald McDonald, where she received the Alexander McCurdy Award in Organ Performance. After completing her Master’s degree in organ at the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Donald Sutherland, Ms. Hongo attended the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatoire in France, where she studied with Susan Landale, and received the Deuxieme Prix de Niveau Superieur in 1999. After studies in France, Ms. Hongo returned to Japan, where she was the conductor and founder of several choirs and taught organ and piano. In 2012 she completed her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland. She has participated in music festivals including the McGill Organ Festival in Montreal and the Summer Organ Academy at the Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig. She has participated in master classes with Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Gillian Weir, and Joan Lippincott.
She has served as organist and choir director at First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Baltimore, and the Church of the Advent (Episcopal), Baltimore, and currently is the Assistant Organist and Director of Children’s and Youth Music at the Church of the Covenant, Cleveland, OH. Ms. Hongo lives with her husband, Jonathan Moyer, and sons, Christopher Sho and Samuel Kazu, in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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