Church Staff

Rev. Benjamin Graves
Pastor

Greetings! I’m Ben (though I’ll answer to “Pastor Ben” or “Rev. Graves” if you want to give me a title). I was born in Decatur, Illinois, went to elementary school in New York City, and moved to Kent, Ohio, when I was 10 years old. I grew up in the faith at Kent Presbyterian and Late-Night Christian Fellowship at Kent State. After some floundering in my college years, I found that I loved leading Bible studies and helping people understand Scripture, and that I was good at it. So I pursued ministry, going back to college to prepare for Seminary. I met my wife, Karen, at Kent Presbyterian, and we married two months before moving to Pittsburgh so I could attend Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. While there, I focused my studies on Pastoral Theology. I served Christ Church Presbyterian in Youngstown, from 2009 to 2015. While there, Karen and I had two beautiful sons. They love superheroes and trucks and pillow fights, and, with Karen, they are the light of my life and my highest calling under God.

Email: ben@pioneersolon.org


 

 

Dr. Patrick Wickliffe

Director of Music 


 

 

Susan Boehnlein
Secretary

Email: office@pioneersolon.org 


 

 

Anthony Beard
Custodian


 

 

Jack Erkkila
Building Engineer


 

 

Dave Papajcik
Financial Administrator

Email: dave@pioneersolon.org


 

Tricia McCarthy-Thompson
Preschool Director

 

Email: director@pioneerpreschool.org