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, which helps lead 9:30 am Sunday Worship Services.

Steve began playing as the solo guitarist for Portage Faith’s contemporary Worship Service in 2002, and currently serves also as its director.

Steve actively serves in other areas of Portage Faith’s leadership team, currently serving as chairperson of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.