Our Team

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Matt McAlvey

Lead Pastor

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Matt McAlvey started at Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in July of 2001 and served in various roles on the pastoral team. In 2015, he was commissioned by the church leadership to help start and lead Parkside Church Westside. He graduated from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, and received his MA in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, IL. In his spare time, you'll find him with his wife, Beth, and their three sons, Titus, Graham and Carter, or out on a run.

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Nate Vogel

Pastoral Team

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Nate grew up in Grand Rapids, MI. He studied applied math and physics at Taylor University and was called into full-time ministry. Along the way, he met Emma, his wife. Nate joined Parkside's pastoral team in the fall of 2014 as an intern, and in 2015, gladly agreed to serve at Parkside Church Westside. In his free-time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing sports and board games, and being outside.

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Jeff Port

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A graduate from Solon High school, Jeff received his B.A. in English from Wheaton College and earned an M.A. in English from Ohio University. He and his wife, Karen, have been married for over 35 years and have three adult children, Katie, Stephen, and Aaron, two grandchildren, and more on the way! Jeff retired in the spring of 2019 from Strongsville City Schools where he taught middle school English for the past 32 years. He and Karen enjoy camping and hiking, and only have two states left in Jeff’s quest to visit all 50. His favorite reads are Up from Slavery , the autobiography of Booker T. Washington, and Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Lisa Lenhart

Children's Ministry Coordinator

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Lisa Lenhart grew up in Northeast Ohio, but has been a Clevelander for over 30 years. Lisa received her undergraduate degree in education from Bowling Green State University, her master's degree from John Carroll University, and a doctorate from Kent State University. She has been a professor at The University of Akron for over 20 years. Lisa has two grown daughters, Hannah and Emma, who she loves spending time with. 

Jared Jolley

Music Coordinator

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Jared Jolley grew up in Elyria, Ohio, and attended Open Door Christian School for the majority of his youth. After taking a variety of art courses at community college, Jared ultimately decided to pursue his love of music. Having traveled extensively with a band, God introduced Jared to his wife, Cristina, at a concert in Atlanta, Georgia. They married in 2008 and have two sons, Lukas, 9, and Jake, 7. Just this past year, they moved from Lakewood to Strongsville. Jared has been leading worship at Cross Point Church for the last few years and works full time at his family’s mechanical business, E.M. Service, in Elyria. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and being creative with music and arts.

Kaitlyn Peterson

Ministry Assistant

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Kaitlyn grew up in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and attended Grove City College where she met her husband, Kris. She moved to Cleveland after they were married in December of 2015 and began attending Parkside Church Westside shortly after. Kaitlyn is studying to become a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and is excited about the new path the Lord is laying out before her. She loves to cook and bake and is looking forward to mastering the art of making stone-fired pizzas with Kris!

Don MacDonald

Elder

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Don grew up in Rocky River and received his undergraduate degree in education from Youngstown State, and a master's degree in Educational Technology from Cleveland State. He currently teaches 7th grade math at Rocky River Middle School. Don is married to Julie and they have two kids, Kaitlyn and Joshua.

Jon Hockenberger

Elder

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Jon was born in Ohio, but grew up in Flint, Michigan. He and his wife, Mandy,  moved to Ohio in 2009. Jon is an electrical engineer with master's degree in manufacturing operations and works as an operational excellence manager at General Motors. Jon enjoys backpacking, biking, and anything with wind or pedal power. His typical summer weekend activity is riding in the valley with his kids, Jade, Claire, Ruby, and Matthew, in tow.