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Rev. Dr. Matthew Wooster (he/him/his) has served as the 19th settled Senior Minister of Plymouth Church UCC since August 2021. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Matt is a graduate of Miami University, and completed his Master of Divinity at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Matt was ordained on January 7, 2001, and served UCC congregations in Tallmadge, Ohio and Hudson, Ohio, before serving most recently as Senior Minister of Wellesley Hills Congregational Church UCC in Massachusetts. Matt completed his Doctor of Ministry at Chicago Theological Seminary in 2013, with a focus on preaching.


Matt describes his ministry in these words: “I am called to nurture among people an awareness of God’s presence in our lives and a faithful response to God’s love. I believe that it is the practices of worship, pastoral care, and communicating a prophetic vision that foster a vibrant and growing faith.”


Matt is married to Rev. Betsy Wooster, and they are proud parents and grandparents of two sons, and their spouses, and one grandchild.

Matt enjoys playing basketball, hiking and cycling, music and theater, reading on a hammock, and spending time with family and friends.

Listen to a sermon from Rev. Matt W. 

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Pastor Dillon Shipman (he/him/his) joined Plymouth Church as Designated Associate Minister in February 2023. Originally from Painesville, Ohio, Dillon studied at Cleveland State University for his undergrad, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, Illinois) for his Master of Divinity. While living in Chicagoland for a decade, he served as Director of Music and Associate for Pastoral Care at St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church (Glencoe, Illinois). Dillon is excited to be back home in Northeast Ohio, near family and friends, and ready to grow new relationships here at Plymouth and in the United Church of Christ!


Dillon is passionate about liturgy and music, queer spirituality, interfaith dialogue, and youth and intergenerational ministry. He is thrilled to work alongside the Plymouth congregation to share God’s radical, boundless love to the community within and beyond our church walls. His fiancé Cody is a hospitality director and world traveler, and Dillon enjoys all the trips they take together. You’ll often find him at the piano bench, lost in a good book, sharing a good meal with loved ones, and on Sunday afternoons, watching the NASCAR and IndyCar races!


James P. Riggs (he/him/his) has created a diverse music program, bringing children, adults, instrumentalists, handbell ringers, and singers together through music of many genres since becoming our Minister of Music & the Arts in 1998. He oversees ArtsPlymouth programming for Plymouth Church and for the community including an active concert series attracting 4,000 people annually by The Cleveland Chamber Music Society, The Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, Les Délices, and BlueWater Chamber Orchestra. Jim has developed an organ scholar program, now in its 19th year, to provide student organists with professional experience.  Jim holds a Master of Arts in Organ Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from Seton Hill University, and an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management from Harrisburg Area Community College.  He is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) where he has served as Dean of the Cleveland Chapter and has articles published in The American Organist, the official journal of the AGO. He serves as organist for the Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus and volunteers for Meals on Wheels.  Jim enjoys cooking and gardening with his partner Scott, and spending time with their rescue dogs.


As the Director of Christian Education for Plymouth, Leslie Szalay (she/her/hers) oversees the programs for young children and families including Sunday School and summer Children’s Church.  A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Leslie served as the DCE for the Bath United Church of Christ for two years, before joining the Plymouth Church staff in 2015. Leslie is married to Shaker Heights High School German teacher Herr Dr. Keith Szalay, and they have three young children. Together they enjoy spending time outdoors, gardening, cooking and traveling.


Paul Holter (he/him/his) joined the staff of Plymouth Church as the Facility Manager in September of 2018.  Paul is a lifelong learner and student of the liberal arts and sciences:  he holds a B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster; a B.S. in Chemistry from Cleveland State University; and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University.  He has served in many roles, from engineer to safety officer to facilities leader in settings as varied as academic institutions and horse racing tracks. He is resolutely committed to service and stewardship in his role.  Outside of Plymouth Church, he is married to his College of Wooster classmate & sweetheart Connie and together they are the parents of Avery and Grant, residing in Euclid.  At home he enjoys binge watching Netflix, reading, and hosting parties at the local neighborhood beach club, especially beer tastings!  He is an avid high school football fan and a collector of comic books!


Kathryn Kundrat (she/her/hers) joined the staff of Plymouth Church in January of 2019 as our Finance Administrator.  She is a graduate of Oberlin College and has enjoyed a long career providing accounting and human resource services for a wide range of organizations. Her goal is always to simplify and streamline information systems so they are accessible and serve the needs of the organization.  She will be the main contact for information and questions about your pledges and giving.  She is married to her high school sweetheart and their daughter is a third generation resident of Cleveland Heights, OH.  In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys reading a good book, walking, cooking and tending her garden that blooms February through November!

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Sol Rizzato (they/them/theirs, he/him/his) has served as Organ Scholar at Plymouth church since August 2021. They are a candidate for the Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM ’23 Todd Wilson) and previously earned dual bachelor’s degrees at the University of Oklahoma in organ performance and viola performance. Equally comfortable in the roles of church musician and organ technician, Sol is also a service technician at the Muller Pipe Organ Company in Croton, Ohio, where they tune and service pipe organs in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Kentucky.


Due to their background as an orchestral musician, Sol enjoys transcribing orchestral works for solo organ as well as performing both arrangements and improvised film scores on theatre organ and can frequently be found accompanying shows at the Lorain Palace Theatre (Lorain, Ohio) on the 3/10 Wurlitzer organ. In March of 2021, Sol was named as a recipient of the Diapason’s “20 under 30,” a national award “recognizing young talents in the fields of organ and harpsichord performance, organ and harpsichord building, carillon, and church music. Sol continues to remain active as a professional violist and enjoys cooking, reading, writing poetry, and weightlifting. They also have a particular passion for education and outreach and hope to be in a teaching role in some capacity.

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