Tom Miller is the pastor of Cridersville United Methodist Church in Cridersville, Ohio. After ten years of working in education and banking, he responded to a calling into ministry and served as both a youth minister and a supply pastor in the Lima area. He attended United Theological Seminary, graduating in 2008, and spent the next three years serving as the Director of Admissions and Recruiting, until he was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2010. Since then he has served as a pastor in urban and suburban churches, and planted a new church, all in the Dayton, Ohio area, until he was appointed as pastor of Cridersville UMC in 2021.
Tom is passionate about the Glory of God reigning in people’s lives and the kingdom of God growing ever wider as people are transformed. Coming from a farming family, he loves pastoring the local church in a smaller rural community, where church and community are one.
Tom is married to Rev. Dr. Lori Reiber, the pastor at Shawnee United Methodist Church. Between them they have three children: Madeline, Michael, and Samuel, all in their 20s. He loves all of God’s creation, so when he isn’t pastoring, you will find him hiking, playing with his dogs, or working in the garden; basically enjoying the beauty of God’s wonderful world.
Kim became the office manager in October, 2019. She is
from the Lima area and has been married to Bob for 33
years. They have 4 children, Ryan (Chelsea), Matthew (Isabella),
Josh, and Rebekah (Trey). She enjoys the many responsibilites
of working here in the office at Cridersville UMC and getting
to know the wonderful people who attend the church.
Her hobbies include playing the piano, reading, taking walks
in the park, and boating in Tennesee.
"One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 40:3-5. 'And he hath
put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many
shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.' That is my
prayer, that in and through everything, I would continually
praise my Savior and that others would see and come to know
I am a beloved child of God who enjoys playing the piano and helping people connect with God through music. My husband Howard and I enjoy traveling, especially to discover lighthouses. My favorite Scripture: "And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20b) How wonderful to know that God is with us always!
My name is Courtney Raines and I'm so excited to be the new Children's Ministry Director here at Cridersville United Methodist Church. I'm excited to be taking on this new role. I've always had a love for children and currently teach preschool full time as well. My faith is very important to me and I'm happy that I get to share it with our youngest members of our church. My favorite part about working in children's ministry is watching our kids grow deeper in their faith and seeking God in new ways. As Children's Ministry Director my prayer is that our kids would experience God in new and exciting ways through music, interactive Bible stories, games, and art.
Jeff and Melanie Reichelderfer have been the Youth Leaders here at Cridersville UMC over 12 years. They know that being here and having the opportunity to work with teens has all been part of God’s awesome plan!!! Jeff and Mel have been married almost 16 years and have two sons (Rylan is 10 and Noah is 4). During their free time they love to be outdoors with the boys…camping, bike rides and going to Red’s Games! Jeff is also a full time Firefighter and Paramedic with American Township Fire Department.
Bringing Jesus to Teens…and helping them to grow in understanding of who God is and taking that into the world…is what they base this ministry on!