- Senior Pastor
Alistair Begg has been the senior pastor of Parkside Church since 1983. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, he’s a graduate of The London School of Theology, and in addition to Sunday services at Parkside, can be heard daily on the Truth For Life radio program. Alistair and his wife, Susan, have been married since 1975, have three grown and married children, and seven grandchildren.
- Men's & Women's Ministries
Mickey Aquilino joined our staff in March 1996. Mickey earned an English degree from Kent State University and graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2000. He and his wife, Marilyn, have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
- Counseling, Membership, Pre-Marital, Special Needs, Welcoming, Basics Conference
Jonathan Cameron joined the Parkside team in June 2008. He spent his undergraduate time at Grove City College studying political science and molecular biology and has a master's degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jonathan and his wife, Megan, have three children: Charlotte, Lucy, and Scott.
Jonathan Holmes serves as the Pastor of Counseling at the Green and Bainbridge campuses as well as the Executive Director of Fieldstone Counseling. Jonathan graduated from The Master’s College with degrees in Biblical Counseling and History and holds an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four daughters: Ava, Riley, Ruby, and Emma.
- Middle School Student Ministry
Robby Lacey joined the pastoral team in the fall of 2020 after a year in the Parkside Residency program. He graduated from Kent State University with a business marketing degree.
- Missions, Community Groups, Residency Program
Dan Larison joined the pastoral team in September 2005 but he and his wife, Pam, have been members of the church since 1998. Dan hails from Cincinnati and attended Adrian College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and Pam have five children.
- Discipleship, Support Groups
Mac Matthews came to Parkside as an intern in 2016 and joined the pastoral team in 2017. Raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he graduated with his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and is currently taking classes at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary towards a Master of Divinity. Mac is married to his wife, Keara.
- Director of Ministries
Jeff Mills came to Parkside in May 1994. He was born and raised in Kirtland, Ohio, and attended Ohio Northern University in Business Accounting. After a career at Arthur Andersen, God called him into full-time ministry where he has served at Parkside as the Director of Ministries. He is married to Terry and they have two grown daughters.
- College, Community Involvement, Support Groups
Matt Ross joined the Parkside pastoral team in 2019. He was born and raised in the Cincinnati area and earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown College in Communication, a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Biblical Counseling Certificate from CCEF. Matt is married to Catherine and they have a son named JD.
- High School Student Ministry, Residency Program
Dan Schillero joined our staff in June 2013 and leads our high school student ministry. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute with his Bachelors of Science in Biblical Studies and recently completed a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dan and his wife Emily have three young children: Leo, Penny, and Rory.
Brandon F. Smith
- Care Ministries, Community Involvement, Young Adults
Brandon F. Smith was born and raised in the Dayton, Ohio area. He graduated from Cedarville University with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Seminary Bible. In the fall of 2013, he came to Parkside as an intern and then joined the pastoral team full-time the next fall. Brandon is married to his wife, Whitney.
Dan Southam was born and raised in Ohio. After graduating from Hudson High School he attended Duke University where he first met his wife, Olivia, and went on to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering. Dan joined our staff in August of 2007. He and Olivia have four children: Sophie, Lucy, Abby and William.
- Seniors, Support Groups, Young Families
Nick Spurgeon came to Parkside as an intern in 2015 and joined the pastoral team in 2016. Born and raised in Pineville, Louisiana, he received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana College in Christian Philosophy. Nick and his wife, Ally, have one daughter, Harper.
- Assistant to Senior Pastor
Kay Carter joined our team in 1992. She began her time at Parkside as the receptionist, then a few years later stepped into her position as assistant to Alistair Begg. She has two grown children and three grandchildren.
- Media Director
Bruce Coffy graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Video and Music Business. He worked in the sports and corporate video market until joining our staff in January 2005. He is married to his wife, Sonia, and has three grown children.
- Facilities Manager
Steve Coiro joined Parkside's staff in 2008 after serving four years in the United States Navy as an aviation electrician and 13 years as a facilities manager in another ministry. Originally from Connecticut, Steve and his wife, Tammy, have four adult children: Ben, Tabitha, Sarina, and Theresa.
- Children's Ministry Director
Kelly Coy joined the Parkside staff in August 2005 and serves as Children's Ministry Director. She and her husband, Michael, have two adult children, Elizabeth and Andrew.
- Business Administrator
Tony Gambatese came to Parkside in January 1999.
Mark Gifford joined our team in September 2011 in our accounting office. He graduated from CSU with his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to Parkside, he worked for a public accounting firm for five years then in private industry. Mark has two adult sons, Mark and Jesse.
- Music Ministry Director
Ruth was born and raised in Green, Ohio. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She and her husband, David, have two grown children: Matthew and Natalie. Ruth joined Parkside’s Music Ministry team in 1988 and has served in the role of Music Ministry Director since October 2004.
- Books by the Park Manager
Gayle Kall started working at Books by the Park in November of 1999 and currently manages the bookstore. She is married to Bob and they have two children and four grandchildren.
Donna was born and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area and joined the Parkside staff in 2020. She has been serving Parkside Church and Truth For Life finance offices since 1997, coming from a career in public accounting. She and her husband, Kevin, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Nicole LaRocca joined our team in the fall of 2015 as the church receptionist. She grew up in the Boardman-Canfield area of Youngstown, Ohio. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. After college, Nicole lived and worked in Cincinnati until moving to the Cleveland area in 2009.
- Administrative Assistant
Sandy Mansell was born and raised in Bedford, Ohio. She joined our team in March 2007 and has provided assistance to many of our ministries.
- Administrative Assistant to Children's Ministry
Mandy McClendon joined our team in March 2020. She graduated from Hiram College with a degree in Early Childhood Education and went on to pursue her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. Prior to Parkside, Mandy worked within the public schools as a substitute teacher.
- Administrative Assistant
Linn joined the Parkside team in June 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and Masters Degree from Northwestern University. Prior to joining Parkside, she was the Director of Research at both Nestle and Signet Jewelers.
- Common Grounds Cafe Manager
Vicki started at the Common Grounds Café when it opened in November 1999.
- Administrative Assistant
Renee Pecek joined the Parkside team in June 2005. Renee was born in Fulton, New York, but moved to Mentor, Ohio she was eight. She and her husband, Marty, have one married son and three granddaughters.
- Facilitator in Communications and Technology
Rachel Peteya was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She graduated from Grace College with a degree in Communications and has a Masters in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Rachel joined our team in 2010.
- Administrative Assistant
Jacque Platek came to Parkside in February 2002.
- Student Ministry
Casey Poe joined the Parkside Student Ministry team in August 2020. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, and completed a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Design at the Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. Prior to joining the team, Casey worked in the architecture and planning industry.
- Business Administrator
Chris Riegler was born in the northeast Ohio area. She earned her BA at Baldwin Wallace College and her CPA shortly after graduation. Chris came to Parkside in 1997 as an outside CPA while working in public accounting. In 2017, she left public accounting and joined Parkside’s staff as the Business Administrator.
- Administrative Assistant to Director of Ministries
Lisa Scarpello joined our team in January 2002.
- IT Manager
Addam Skelly joined the Parkside staff in August 2019 as IT Manager. Addam is a graduate of Cedarville University and is working on a cybersecurity degree at Western Governor's University. Addam is married to April and they have three young children: Jackson, Anneka, and Josiah.
Carl Anderson was born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio where he started working on cars at an early age. Since 1986, Carl has owned and operated Exceleration, an automotive business that repairs both foreign and domestic cars. He and his wife, Becky, have two grown children, Daniel and Elizabeth.
Chris Brown, a native Clevelander, grew up in Chagrin Falls as the sixth of seven siblings. He has been attending Parkside since 1992 where he met his wife, Laurie. They have three adult children and live in Aurora. Chris graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BSBA and currently works as a risk management consultant at Huntington Insurance.
Dave grew up in Mentor, Ohio. He attended Miami University where he received his BA; he continued his education at Case Western Reserve where he earned his DDS. Dave also served in the US Navy Dental Corps from 1978-1981. He's had the privilege of being a part of Parkside since it was called The Chapel in 1974. Dave is married to Bitsy and they have five adult children: Jen, Jon, Chelsea, Heather and Chrissy.
Dave Friihauf was raised in Burton, Ohio, and later attended Bowling Green State University receiving a B.S. in Computer Science. Dave owns a business in Brecksville that provides services to manufacturing and distribution companies. He and wife, Carol, raised two daughters.
John was raised in Northeast Ohio and has spent his entire life here, with the exception of a five-year stint in sunny Arizona. He earned a BBA from the University of Akron and has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years, the majority of that time with The Charles Schwab Corporation. John and his wife, Joy, have two children: Katelyn and John.
Roger Jones grew up in Massillon and received engineering degrees from the University of Akron and CSU. He is an Executive Vice President for TransDigm in Cleveland where he has been employed since 1994. He and his wife, Kim, raised three children: Rebekah, Susan, and Ben.
Randy Miller was born in the northeast Ohio area, spending the majority of his life in Portage and Geauga Counties. He earned his BA at Yale University and is a self-employed Insurance Agent with Nationwide. He and his wife, Kathie, have seven grown children.
Bill Mills was born and raised in the Cleveland area. He attended Dartmouth College and continued his education at Cornell Law School. Bill works at Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. Bill and his wife, Laurie, have three adult children: Mike, Bruce and Amy.
George Ohman grew up in Northeast Ohio. He attended Moody Bible Institute and William Tyndale College where he received his Bachelor of Music, then earned a Master of Arts in Theology from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. George is married to Kim and they have four adult children: Jordan, Ashley, Josh, and Whitney. George manages a local health care residence that provides service to seniors through skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living.
Bob Pelletier spent some of his early years in Quebec before considering Bedford his hometown. Bob has belonged to Parkside Church since 1979. He received his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State University, and for the past thirty plus years, has been employed with Parker Hannifin in aerospace product development and advanced manufacturing. Bob and his wife, Julie, have grown five children: Sarah, Matthew, Rachel, David, and Ben.
Tom Piazza grew up in Solon, graduating from Solon High School in 1979. He furthered his studies at Kent State University and Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned a BBA, MBA and MS in Supply Chain Management. Tom currently works at Materion Corporation. He and his wife, Liese, have two boys: Tom and Brian.
Pat Presley was born in Conway, Arkansas, but raised in Chicago where he graduated from DePaul University. He and his wife, Kristin, have four adult children: Michelle, Stephanie, David, and Alyssa, along with eight grandchildren.
Eric Snyder grew up in Canton, Ohio, and graduated from Grove City College in 1994. He followed up his undergrad degree with an MBA from Cleveland State University and has held various Global Sourcing positions with a number of Cleveland-based companies. He currently works for the Oatey Company. Eric enjoys family life with his wife, Kristen, and their two sons, William and Andrew.
Steve Terrell was born in Chicago but raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1979. His professional career has been as a financial advisor. Steve is married to Sally, and they have three adult children: Hannah, Jeff, and Courtney, along with three grandchildren.