Pastors & Staff
Reverend James F. Winkler
Phone: 440.729.4006 ext. 101
Our new lead pastor, Jim Winkler, started his ministry with the Mayfield Church on July 1, 2018. Jim grew up in Lakewood and graduated from Hudson High School, Ohio University (BA), Western Illinois University (MA) and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv). After teaching for two years as a Freshman English instructor at several branch campuses of KSU, Jim taught for three years at a school for economically disadvantaged adults in downtown Akron before answering the call to ministry from the Hudson UMC. While in seminary in Boston, Jim served the Wakefield/Lynnfield UMC as a youth pastor and then the Old South UMC as assistant pastor before returning to East Ohio where he served the Deerfield/Pricetown Charge (5 years), Brecksville as Associate Pastor (7 years), Ontario (11 years), Wadsworth (5 years) and most recently as superintendent of the Ohio Valley District (7 years). Jim and Lynelle were married May 20, 2017, in Lakeside with nearly 40 pastors present along with family and friends to make sure they got off to a great, blessed start! Katie and Adam Boyce (Elinor – 4, Vivienne – 2), Joslyn and Matthew Villalpando (Josephine – 6 mos.), Nate and Erin Winkler (married September 2017) all live and work in Chicago and bring great joy and blessing to the family. The three Winkler children are all graduates of the University of Cincinnati. Lynelle is a licensed mental health therapist with many hobbies and friends. As for Jim, he enjoys cycling, classic guitar, photography, reading, home projects, and spending time with Lynelle, family, and friends. Of the Mayfield Church Jim said, “Praise God for the mission, the history, the leadership and the wide variety of ministries offered to the surrounding communities and the world in the name of Jesus through this church. Take a look at the website, the newsletter and the Welcome brochure to see what I mean! The Lord is doing great things!”
Pastor Jan Fillmore
Phone: 440.729.4006 ext. 102
Jan Fillmore is Mayfield's associate pastor. She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. Jan joined our staff in July 2007 after receiving her master of divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Jan directs our LifeGroups (small group ministries for adults) and oversees our outreach ministries to two elementary schools. She also assists in preaching, teaching, pastoral care and administration. Jan enjoys adventure, and loves to travel (her latest trip was to Zimbabwe). She also enjoys reading, cycling and playing with her dogs: Puck the border collie, and Sweets, the terrier.
Phone: 440-729-4006 ext. 110
Adam Vodicka joined our Mayfield Church staff in July 2014 as Director of Student & College Ministries, after a successful stint at Southern Hills United Methodist Church in Lexington, KY. A native of Chesterland and a graduate of West Geauga High School, Adam holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Kate (Collins), first met at a Mayfield Church Aldersgate Camp Week. They have two daughters. He enjoys following all Cleveland sports and loves to play basketball and ultimate frisby, plus playing guitar, drums, singing and writing music.
Denny is our Director of Middle School Ministries, and a math teacher at St. Benedict Catholic School. Denny holds a Bachelor degree from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Master of Education from John Carroll University. Denny enjoys playing board games and talking about technology and math.
Phone: 440-729-4006 ext. 116
Patty Wenzel is our director of Heartland Childcare Center. The faith-based preschool and school-age program began in 2005; Patty brought 20 years of early childhood education to the ministry when she joined the staff in 2006. Her own children are all grown and she is now enjoying being a grandmother.
Phone: 440-729-4006 ext. 105
Jessica Martz is our Director of Children's Ministries. Jess grew up in Mayfield Church and has served in our children's ministry since before she was a teenager. She holds an associate degree in Arts and Sciences from Lakeland Community College and a B.S. in Social Work from Youngstown State University. She married her lifelong friend, Brandon, in May 2018.
Carrie Barry is our Coordinator of Nursery & Childcare Ministries. She included this growing ministry to her repertoire in 2011 in addition to her work as a weekday preschool teacher at Faith Church Preschool in Richmond Heights. She brings to our staff 13 years of experience in the childcare field and is nearing completion of her degree in Early Childhood education. Married and the mother of two, she cherishes family life, volunteering at Mayfield Church and friends.
Care and Prayer Ministries
Phone: 440-729-4006 ext. 106
Cyndi Nicholson is our director of care and prayer ministries. She was a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) leader for 20 years. She has also gone through the 50 hours of training to become a Stephen Minister and then continued with another 50 hours to become a Stephen Leader at Mayfield. She and her husband, Larry, live in Chesterland and have three grown sons and four grandchildren they enjoy watching.
Anne Parker is our Coordinator of Connecting Ministries. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Math and Secondary Education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She worked in the Actuarial field for six years, was a full-time mom to her two daughters for twelve years, then joined the Chardon Public Library staff on a part-time basis. Anne has served Mayfield Church in various volunteer capacities for 25 years and joined the staff in April 2014. Anne shares her gifts of friendliness and hospitality by connecting people within the church to various ministries. In her free time she enjoys sports, exercising and coaching middle school tennis.
Worship and Music Ministries
Phone: 440.729.4006 ext. 107
Sergio Castellanos is our Choral Director. He came to us by way of Massachusetts, Virginia and his home country of Colombia. In addition to his part-time role with Mayfield Church, Sergio is the Upper School Music Director of Hawken School in Gates Mills. He holds degrees from Conservatorio Nacional and P.U. Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, as well as a Masters in Music in Cello Performance from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Fluent in Spanish, English and Italian, Sergio is the former Choir Conductor for the 13th Brigade Choir of the Colombian National Army. As a cellist he has performed at important venues in Europe and the Americas, including Teatro Colon, Teatro Comunale di Trento, Luis Angel Arango, Anfiteatro de Tarragona and The Kennedy Center among others. In his free time he enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with his daughters, Sofia and Luisa.
Carol Neff has been our organist since 1987. She provides music for our two traditional services, and accompanies the Chancel Choir. She also rings with our handbell choir. Carol holds the Colleague Certification through the American Guild of Organists, and the Certificate in Church Music-Organ from Baldwin Wallace University. In addition, she is the accompanist for the middle school and prime choirs at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights. She teaches private lessons in piano, flute and organ. Carol is married to Brian, her high school sweetheart. They have two adult sons and four delightful grandchildren who live in the area.
Brandon has been our contemporary worship leader since May 2015. He holds degrees in Biology from both Calvin College and Kent State. Brandon began playing in church at a young age thanks to his parents' influence. His desire is to cultivate a worship experience that leads his team and the congregation into deeper intimacy with our Great God. In his free time he enjoys playing sports (especially basketball and golf), writing songs and noodling on the guitar, and spending time with his family and beautiful wife, Emily.
Phone: 440-729-4006 ext. 104
Darlene joined our ministry in January 2017 and serves as our financial administrator. Darlene holds a master’s degree in business administration from Lake Erie College and has 20-plus years of financial and administrative experience. She also teaches in the business department of a few area colleges on an as-needed basis and enjoys helping others reach their goals both personally and professionally. In her free time, you can find Darlene spending time with her two daughters as well as rooting on various Cleveland sports teams and The Ohio State Buckeyes.
Phone: 440-729-4006 ext. 127
Rebecca joined our staff as the Communications Coordinator in April 2018. She has been attending Mayfield Church since 1998. Mayfield Church has been an ongoing foundation in her faith and a huge support throughout her life. She is married to Drew and they have two sons, Nathan and James, whom you've probably met running through the halls on Sunday mornings. She enjoys playing piano at the 9:30 service, practicing yoga at Flow Yoga Studio, and applying her Art Therapy degree through the design committee at church.
Building and Grounds
Steve Vegel is our building manager who has been on staff since 2012. He supervises a staff of three custodians and serves as liaison to the board of trustees. He has had his own construction business, has built houses, restored cars and operated a window cleaning service. Steve has one son, Ben, who is in college. He enjoys bike riding and outdoor activities.