PastorRachel Nolt enjoys hearing people’s stories and noticing where God is at work in their lives.
Raised on a dairy farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Rachel was a school teacher and church office administrator before entering pastoral ministry. Prior to coming to Akron Mennonite, she served on the pastoral team at Silverwood Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana.
Rachel graduated from Goshen College and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and completed Clinical Pastoral Education at Lancaster General Hospital. She and her husband Steve have two teenage daughters.
Director of Equipping MinistriesMelody Rupley grew up in Nigeria, W. Africa. Before serving at AMC, Melody was a teacher and then spent many years in a variety of roles with Mennonite Central Committee both in Africa and at the Akron Headquarters offices. She graduated from Manchester University (BA) and from University of Illinois (MEd). Melody is a people person. Much influenced by African cultures which prioritize relationships, Melody turns to the African proverb “I am because we are” for her vision of a deeply connected church community.
Rebecca Pereverzoff was born and raised in Mississippi. Her interest in living things of all kinds led her to major in Biology. That same interest took her to Bangladesh through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), to work with village women in Agriculture. Another term with MCC in Jordan soon followed. As church administrator, she enjoys the wide variety of tasks, interacting with the congregation and staff, and the opportunity to help AMC carry out its vision. She is married to Paul, and they are the parents of Sarah.
Interim Director of Children & Youth MinistriesKaryn Nancarvis was born in New York City, NY, and raised in Northern New Jersey. A job transfer brought her family to Christiana, Pennsylvania where she graduated from Octorara High School. She earned an Associates Degree in Business in a small college in Wilmington Delaware. She currently attends Eastern Mennonite Seminary part time and has earned 27 credits towards a Masters Degree in Divinity.
Since May 2011 Karyn is employed part time in administration at Landis Homes Retirement Community. An active member of Akron Mennonite Church, she’s been serving in the role of Interim Director of Children and Youth Ministries since March 2015.
Previously Karyn has held positions working with children in child care settings, as teacher and coordinator for Agora Cyber Charter School, and homeschooled her five children for almost 17 years. She enjoys running, road cycling, hiking, reading and spending time with her family.
Karyn and her husband Tim, a supervisor for R R Donnelley and Sons, have five children: Feleen, 23, David 22, Matthew 17, Anna 14, and Isaac 9.
Minister of Music and WorshipPatricia Martin grew up in Elizabethtown, PA and attended Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Before coming to Akron Mennonite she served for 25 years in various denominations as Organist and Choir Director. She was also employed as Music Teacher at Kraybill Mennonite School (Mount Joy, PA) and other public schools in PA and MD. She currently works part-time as Music and Bible Teacher for Diamond Street Early Childhood Center, a mission of AMC. Patricia studied at Millersville University (BA Music Ed) and University of Maryland. She and her husband John have two adult children.