People's Community Church

Address: 631 North Rocky River Drive
Berea, OH 44017
Contact: Rose Cansler
Phone: 440-234-0609
Fax: 440-234-0029
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About Us:

Since 1975, pastor McCreary has served as pastor of the People’s Community Church of Berea, OH. In this capacity, he has provided outstanding leadership and direction to the congregation in identifying, purchasing, and establishing a permanent home on the North End of Berea. In 2003, pastor McCreary led the church in constructing a new sanctuary and adjoining it to the church's existing sanctuary. A few years later he led the church in  purchasing an administrative building and the Reverend Leroy and Elaine McCreary Youth Center both of which are located and connected on the west side of the church's property. In 2014, he led the congregation in securing housing on the north side of the church's property for a Katrina family that the church assisted in relocating here after the storm.

Additionally, under his leadership the congregation steadily increased in membership and in its involvement and participation in the International Council of Community Churches in which the church holds membership. For many years pastor McCreary has held a number of leadership positions. He completed a two-year term as president of the International Council of Community Churches.

On September 30, 2002, pastor McCreary retired from the NASA John Glenn Research Center. He retired from the position of Chief, Operations Office of the Office of Human Resources after 37 years of Federal Service.

He has and continues to be active in the Berea community. From 1979 to 1989, he was an elected member of the Berea Board of Education. Also, he is presently a board member of the Education Foundation of the Berea City School District where he has served for 15 years. From 1995 to June 2013, he served on leadership boards of the Southwest Community Health System. From 2007 to June 2013, he served as chairman of the Southwest Health Center Board, and prior to that he served as vice-chair of the Southwest Community Health System. Also, he is presently serving on the board of Ohio Guidestone.

Also, Pastor McCreary is Board chair and president of the North End Foundation of Berea. He has served in this position for more than a decade. In this capacity he has provided leadership to the board in securing an increasing number of summer jobs for Berea/Midpark students throughout the Berea City School District. Also, he is a 2009 City of Berea Grindstone recipient.

Under the city administrations of Mayor Stan Trupo and Mayor Joe Biddlecombe he served as Chaplain to the Berea Police Department. He continues to work closely with the Berea Police Chief in establishing strong community relations.

Pastor McCreary holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cleveland State University, a Masters from Case Western Reserve University, and a Masters from Ashland Theological Seminary.

He resides in Berea, and is married to Elaine McCreary. They have two daughters, Tina Manning (her two sons Amari and Malik) who reside in Cincinnati, and daughter Nicole Batson who resides in Berea, OH with her daughter, Ava Pearl.

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