Meet Our Team

Rev. Bill Graham

Bill Graham began serving as pastor of Portage Faith United Methodist Church in July 2023. Bill brings 37 years of experience in ministry; 13 years as a pastor of local congregations and 24 years as Director of Camp Asbury, a year-round United Methodist camp and retreat site. As a pastor, Bill’s gifts in ministry include teaching, preaching, and building community. He is passionate about helping others deepen their spiritual life and discern their calling.

Bill is a graduate of Earlham College and the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University. He is certified in United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministry through the Theological School of Drew University. In the wider community Bill currently serves as president of the Portage Park District Foundation and he volunteers as an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.

Bill is married to Diane. He enjoys outdoor activities, gardening, and photography. Read his current Pastor’s Corner message.

Jeanette Ryman, Church Secretary, Portage Faith Church, Mantua OH

Jeanette Ryman
Church Secretary

Jeanette has a gift for administrative service. She is organized and responsive to the needs of others. Jeanette works diligently to support our church’s staff and volunteers and conduct the daily business of our congregation.

Sandy Halvena
Music Director & Church Treasurer

Sandy began taking piano lessons at age 6. For decades she has been an accompanist for many choruses. For many years she sang with Sweet Adelines International. Now Sandy sings in Encore Chorale of Cleveland. Sandy’s lifelong love of piano and singing thrive in her position as Music Director at Portage Faith United Methodist Church. As a versatile musician with diverse tastes, Sandy’s leadership enriches worship at Portage in depth and spirit.

Sandy also serves Portage Faith as Church Treasurer.  In addition to music, Sandy loves dogs, nature, her family, and math!

Steve Weinkamer, Director of Praise Band "Solid Ground" Mantua OH

Steve Weinkamer
Praise Band Director

Steve Weinkamer is the founding member of Portage Faith United Methodist Church’s praise band Solid Ground. He started playing as the solo guitarist for the church’s contemporary worship service in 2002, and is currently the praise band director. Solid Ground helps lead 9:30 am Sunday worship.

Steve describes worship music as “blended,” a mix of traditional hymns and contemporary music. Members of Solid Ground enjoy playing a wide variety of musical styles – from older hymns, to contemporary Christian, to original compositions, to traditional hymns in contemporary settings. Currently the band consists of 6 members who love sharing their musical talents for the glory of God each week. The band is always on the lookout for others who wish to share their musical talents in church.

Steve actively serves in church leadership, and is currently chairperson of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.