Meet Our Staff

Reverend Joanna D’Agostino
Senior Minister

Rev. Joanna D’Agostino has been the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Congregational Church since June 2018. In addition to leadership, preaching, and pastoral care, her ministry has been focused in Restorative Justice work— formerly practiced in Wisconsin state prisons — ministry and advocacy for and with the LGBTQ+ community, and active participation in the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Services Ministries (CHHSM). Joanna serves as Vice-Moderator for the Living Water Association and as a member of the Strategy Team for Greater Cleveland Congregations. 

She received her Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, and a B.A. in creative writing and French language from Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. She was ordained by the Living Water Association of the United Church of Christ in August 2012, and served the First Congregational Church of Ripon, Wisconsin from 2012-2018.

Joanna was born and raised in Berea, Ohio, and both she and her husband have deep roots in the greater Cleveland area. They have three children, Evelyn, Amos, and Suzette, as well as a pit bull mix, three cats, and a bearded dragon. Outside of ministry, Joanna’s interests include art, animals, and spending time with family, friends, and neighbors, often on her Lakewood porch.

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Reverend Catherine Lawrence
Minister of Health and Wholeness

Reverend Catherine is a lifelong learner who began her career as a registered nurse. She worked in a variety of settings to gain a deeper understanding of healthcare needs,
ultimately practicing throughout the continuum of care including postpartum, emergency room, home care, long-term care, parish nursing, community outreach, palliative, and end-of-life care.

A focus on aging and the importance of assessing the whole person led to a call to seminary to deepen her understanding of the impact of emotional and spiritual needs on one’s quality of life. Graduating with a Master of Divinity and specialization in pastoral care, Rev. Catherine served as pastor and teacher for almost eight years at Zion UCC Fireside in Bellevue, Ohio. Born and raised as a “city girl,” she gained a deeper appreciation of farmers’ faith-filled commitment to caring for the land as part of God’s creation.

Invited to join the United Church Homes Board of Trustees, Rev. Catherine was actively engaged in creating a quality framework for healthy aging within the community, providing a holistic lifestyle.

In September 2016, integrating her passion for addressing the faith and health needs of our aging population, Rev. Cathy was called as the pastor and chaplain at United Church Homes’ Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio.

She returned to Cleveland, purchased a home in Fairview Park, retired in November 2020. Here, she enjoys visits with her daughter, Jennifer, and granddaughter, Eleanor. Her golden retriever Abigail is her constant and engaging companion.

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Rachel Burns
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries

Rachel is a life-long Ohio resident. She was born in Athens and grew up in Logan, Middletown, and Findlay, as her family followed her father’s career as a pastor. Growing up, church ministry was always a part of Rachel’s life. She chose to follow her calling into professional ministry in 2001 when she chose to major in Youth Ministry at Ohio Northern University.

It was that God-inspired energy that carried Rachel successfully through 14 +years of professional youth ministry at United Methodist churches in Findlay, Lima, and Rocky River. Most recently, Rachel worked at OhioGuidestone with young children who have mental and behavioral health challenges.

Rachel and her husband Chris live in Lakewood their two children, David and Lilly, and their two rescue dogs. Rachel enjoys music, crafting, thrift shopping, and spending time with her family, especially camping and family trips to Canada.

She is passionate about the full inclusion of all people in the church, including people who are LGBTQ or have any type of special needs. She is overwhelmed by the wonder, majesty, and love of God and wants everyone to feel that they are deserving of that same love.

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Kristen Humphreys
Financial Secretary

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Tim Hampton
Director of Children’s Music

Tim Hampton is a percussionist who plays and teaches in the Cleveland area. He is the percussion advisor for the Lakewood High School marching band, teaches percussion at the high school and the Lakewood middle schools, and maintains a private teaching studio in his home. He also teaches percussion with the Cleveland Junior Honors Band at Tri-C. Tim plays a wide range of styles from popular drum set, to musical theater, to classical orchestral percussion. He is in the percussion section of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, is the drummer for the North Coast Men’s Chorus, plays timpani for St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, and has played with Samba Joia Brazilian percussion ensemble.

Tim has a Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Youngstown State University. He is a lifelong Lakewood resident and graduated from Lakewood High School. He lives with his wife Laura, daughter Anna, son Seth, and dog Pierogi. They have been members of LCC since 2016. Tim is an active member of the church and sings in the choir. In his free time he enjoys biking, cooking, listening to history podcasts, and volunteering in the daycare room at the Hope Center for Refugees and Immigrants.
Tim’s life is guided by Psalm 150 verse 5: “Praise God with loud clashing cymbals!”

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Karen Lee
Office Manager

Karen Lee started attending LCC with her family when her daughter, Veronica, enrolled in Haynes Nursery School. Since then, she has enjoyed participating in many volunteer opportunities from VBS to the Youth Musicals and eventually volunteering in the office. Eventually, that volunteering lead to a position as Assistant Office Manager and in 2018 she became the full-time Office Manager. Karen has a BA in Directing, an MFA in Stage Management, and served as an Equity Stage Manager and Director until deciding to stay home with her daughter.

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Lakewood Congregational Church

1375 West Clifton Boulevard
Lakewood, OH 44107

Phone: (216) 221-9555


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