Our Staff

Rev. David R. Aber, Pastor and Head of Staff

DavidAberA life-long Presbyterian born in Pittsburgh, David values the place of the church in the life of faith. In his previous pastoral ministry, he served as Head of Staff, as solo pastor, and on staff in urban (Chicago, San Francisco, Findlay), suburban (Lower Burrell, PA), and small town settings (Huron, OH).

His objectives are: preaching the gospel of Jesus, teaching at the intersection of the Bible and life, and walking with the congregation as pastor and friend. He has served at every level of the Presbyterian Church, but finds his passion serving the local congregation.  As an adjunct professor, he has taught Business Ethics for Ashland University in Ohio’s Department of Corrections, and in Tiffin University’s Associate Degree program. He is a Big Brother to a special needs young man and even carried shingles, raised walls and hung drywall for a Habitat for Humanity build. David holds a Master of Divinity Degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary, an MBA from University of Findlay, and earned his BA from Carnegie Mellon University.

At Carnegie Mellon, he met his wife, Gwen, a native Philadelphian who teaches Language Arts in the Huron City Schools. They are proud of their talented children, Dana and Drew; aspiring and accomplished individuals with BFA degrees in Musical Theatre.

David enjoys brewing beer as a hobby, maintaining their home in Huron, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He began serving our congregation in October 2014, and credits the Holy Spirit for Collingwood’s compelling Christian witness in the Old West End of Toledo, Ohio.

Christine Palmer, Pastor for Education & Evangelism

ChristinePalmerChristine has been a member or Collingwood Presbyterian Church for eight years, serving as the Christian Education Director and Youth Leader for six of those years.

She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University (CMU), where she majored in Psychology, Sociology, Public Health Education, and Substance Abuse Intervention, Prevention and Treatment. While at CMU she received the Psi Chi Award. Chosen by by the professors, this is the highest honor awarded through the Psychology Department. Christine is a life member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, where in 2010 she was honored by having the Pledge Class named after her.

In 2002, Christine was ordained through Universal Life Church and enjoys officiating weddings.
In 2008, she became certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio in Dispute Resolution and Mediation.

While at CMU she met her husband, Dale, who is an RN (Heart and Vascular ICU) at Toledo Hospital.  They have two beautiful children who are very active in our church.  Elias (15) teaches Sunday school and drama classes.  Olivia (10) participates in Sunday school, drama class and children’s choir.

In addition to her work at CPC, she is the owner/operator of Pistachio Joe’s Ice Cream Emporium in the Old West End, set to open in spring of 2017.

Rev. David C. Koch, Parish Associate

DavidKochDavid (Cook) grew up in Philadelphia in an area called Fishtown along the Delaware River. He graduated from Temple University with a liberal arts degree in February 1959. He then attended Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh. As class president his first year, he was part of a group that represented Western Theological as it merged with Pittsburgh-Zenia, a former seminary of the United Presbyterian Church, to help ease the transition.

David married Beverly H. Garlick in June 1960 as she graduated from Ursinus College.  They then took a fifteen-month leave to answer a call to the Christian Ministry in the National Parks, a ministry of the National Council of Churches, at Zion National Park, Utah. On return to the  newly united Pittsburgh Seminary in Fall 1961, David completed his degree in June 1963.

After graduation David accepted a call to the First Federated Church (Methodist and Presbyterian) along the Ohio River in Cincinnati, where their first son, Timothy, was born in January 1964.  They later moved to Anchorage, Alaska, for Dave’s second call, Hillcrest Presbyterian Church. Sons, Allen and Stephen, were born during their six years in Alaska.  While in Anchorage, David took his first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) which led to a year-long residency at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. David then returned to Philadelphia for training as a CPE Supervisor (teaching chaplain) at Philadelphia State Hospital.

David then began a CPE program at Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, New Jersey.  Leaving Philadelphia in 1985, he started a CPE program at Riverside Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, completed one year as a substitute as CPE Supervisor at the University of Michigan Hospital, and then started a unique CPE program through the Samaritan Counseling Center of Toledo.  He also started the daughter counseling center in Lima, Ohio. In 2002, the Toledo counseling center closed and David and two colleagues started the Spiritual Care and Education Center which offers CPE training across northern Ohio and southeast Michigan. David retired at the end of 2014.

Beverly, now mostly retired, previously worked for Family Service of Northwest Ohio and then started her own private practice, Robinwood Psychosocial Services. Their son, Timothy, has a PhD in astrophysics and works in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California; Allen is an engineer for Fanuc Robotics in Auburn Hills, MI; and Stephen works in hospitals in eastern Pennsylvania monitoring Evoked Potentials during brain and spine surgeries.

David is an avid collector of technology, sings in the Sanctuary Choir, and enjoys living in the Old West End.

Dennis Blubaugh, Music Director

Dennis Blubaugh studied church music, organ, and conducting at Valparaiso University, The University of Notre Dame, and Syracuse University as well as arts management at The University of Akron. He has worked as a full-time church musician at churches in Syracuse, Detroit, and Toledo and as accompanist for the Detroit Lutheran Singers, Cantare of Northwest Ohio, and Masterworks Chorale.  In 2002 he took over the management of Musical Resources, a retail music store specializing in music for choirs, from original owners Stace and Sandra Stegman.  While devoting most of his efforts to the business of choral music, Dennis still continues to practice his musical skills as the choir director / organist at Collingwood Presbyterian Church in Toledo.

Scott Bley, Youth Group Leader & Bell Choir Director

ScottBleyScott Bley studied music education at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where he took lessons on euphonium and secondary lessons on piano and voice. He performed with the concert band, pep band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and brass ensemble. He also directed the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble and the McPherson Middle School Brass Ensemble. He was selected for the Kansas Intercollegiate Honor Band. He completed his student teaching with Gayle McMillen at Lakewood Middle School and Salina Central High School in Salina, Kansas and took over the position when McMillen retired in 2005.

Bley has performed with the Salina Symphony, Hutchinson Symphony, Heart of America Band, and Salina Municipal Band. He directed the orchestra pit for the Broadway RFD (Lindsborg, KS) productions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Guys and Dolls. He earned his Master of Arts in Education from Baker University in 2010. Later that year, he enlisted in the 312th Army Band in Lawrence, Kansas. In 2011, Bley travelled with a delegation of music educators from across the U.S. to Cuba where he observed music education in the Havana area. He studied music at the Army School of Music in Virginia Beach in 2012. In 2013, he transferred to the 338th Army Band in Livonia, Michigan and completed his Master of Music in Music Education at Bowling Green State University in 2015. He currently directs the handbell choir and leads the middle school and high school youth group at Collingwood Presbyterian Church in Toledo. In 2015 he began his first year teaching music at Patrick Henry Schools in Hamler, Ohio.