Pastor: Cheri Holdridge has a passion for urban ministry and for leading The Village Church to be a community of people committed to following the way of Jesus and changing the world.  Her core values are: prayer, justice, and compassion.  Cheri lives in Toledo’s Old West End neighborhood with her husband, Kurt Young, an attorney who represents injured workers in their Worker’s Compensation claims.  They have two children:  Rebecca and Jamie. 

Cheri grew up in Kansas and Texas, and studied at McMurry College in Abilene, TX, The University of Durham, England, and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has served churches in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Findlay, and Toledo.  In her spare time Cheri loves to read novels, go for walks, do yoga, play with her kids, go to the movies, and going to hear live music.  Cheri is an ordained United Methodist pastor and is in process to be connected to the United Church of Christ.

In talking about The Village Church, Cheri says, “A few years ago, I began to dream about planting a progressive, justice focused church.  As I prayed about it, I could see situations in my life, since I was quite young, that were all leading me to this moment.  This is the work I was put on this earth to do. I am planting the church that Kurt and I want for our children and for others who are searching for a new way of doing church.”   

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Office Manager:  Shelly Savory/

Shelly joined the staff of The Village in 2009 first as a volunteer and later as a paid servant. She is the longest serving staff member other than our pastor. Shelly is the glue that holds together all the details to keep our ministries running smoothly. Contact Shelly if you want to put an announcement in the Sunday program or weekly e mail; or if you have questions about financial giving on-line. Chances are, if you have a question about The Village, Shelly can answer it.



Music Minister:Travis Ross

Travis joined The Village staff in December of 2011. He is a graduate of The University of Toledo where he studied Jazz Guitar. Travis is also the band leader of local Toledo band, Vintage Mojo. He owns a local sound engineering studio.




Village Kids Leader: Megan Kemerley

Megan is a Education major at Bowling Green State University. She has been our Village Kids leader since September 2013.




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