One of Cleveland’s preeminent preachers, Dr. Mark Giuliano is a speaker, writer and community leader. He has been called “One of the best preachers in the Presbyterian Church (USA) today.” He speaks weekly at the Old Stone Church and regularly throughout the area.
His early studies in Urban Planning and Humanities, as well as his graduate work in theology and preaching communication (S.T.M., McGill; D.Min., Vanderbilt) make Mark a good fit with the mission of the Old Stone Church and its commitment to the region, and with the dynamic work of the city. Mark was recently elected to the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Board, the Downtown Cleveland Improvement Corporation and serves on a variety of committees and task forces, including the Public Square Task Force, Downtown Cleveland Homeless Task Force, the Advocacy Committee of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, and the Administrative Committee of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve. Mark is also the President of the Downtown Cleveland Residents Association.
A regular guest columnist with Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, Mark is also the author of dozens of articles, books and commentaries. He is also an accomplished singer songwriter, having garnered a Golden Viking for “Americana Album of the Year” in 2006, and received a letter of thanks from NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and a Presidential Citation from President George W. Bush for his 2001 9-11 tribute song, Shoulder to Shoulder.
Mark and his wife, Beth, live in and enjoy contributing to the health and vitality of the city and, particularly, to the vibrant life of downtown Cleveland.
Rev. June W. Begany, Associate Pastor
Pastoral Care, Christian Education, Mission
June Begany has served as the Associate Pastor of Old Stone Church for the past 20 years. Currently she works in the areas of Mission/Urban Wellness, Christian Education, Pastoral Care and with the Board of Deacons. Before entering the ministry, June taught American History in the Cleveland Public Schools for eight years. She also trained tellers for a bank in New Jersey and served on the staff of another Presbyterian church in the city. Becoming an ordained minister was a second career.
June graduated from Allegheny College with a BA in history. She received a Masters in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University and a Masters of Divinity from McCormick Seminary in Chicago. In addition she has an LSW in Social Work and is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory. Beyond her work at Old Stone, June served as Moderator of The Presbytery of the Western Reserve and as Moderator of the Mission Council. She has also served on committees at the Synod and General Assembly levels of the church. She completed two years as President of the Board of InterAct Cleveland (Interreligious Partners in Action in Cleveland).
When not involved with some aspect of the life of the church, June enjoys reading mystery novels, cooking, knitting and sharing a cup of coffee or tea with friends. She and her husband Paul recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
Beth Giuliano, Director of Operations
Beth provides pastoral leadership and empowerment for individuals and small groups within the congregation and the community at large. She supports many of Old Stone’s growing programs such as Young Singles, 20/30 adults, men’s and women’s events, home studies, and Dining Out/Friendship social group.
Reaching out to the broader community, Beth is responsible for many innovative outreach programs including the Old Stone Marriage Program, Open Doors, Yoga, Hope for the City leadership series, Sanctuary and Gallery tours, St. Patrick’s Day parade festivities, Celebrity Chef, Winterfest and partners with many organizations such as the Mayor’s Office (Cleveland), Renee Jones Empowerment Center, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Public Square Preservation Committee, Historic Warehouse Neighborhood, Presbytery of the Western Reserve’s Vital Congregations Committee and many of the over 70 outside groups who hold meetings, workshops and special services at the Old Stone Church.
Beth has also developed and oversees a thriving arts program at Old Stone which includes special concerts, a docent program, historic artifacts and archives, and rotating shows and openings of local, national and international artists in the Gallery at Old Stone.
Beth holds a B.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal, and a B.Ed. from the University of Windsor, Canada and brings over two decades of experience in education and ministry to her work at the Old Stone Church.
Rev. Donald C. Oglesby, Parish Associate
Home & Hospital Visitation
Don Oglesby is a retired minister who is serving as part- time Parish Associate and provides pastoral care to the elderly and home bound members. Don has a long history with Old Stone Church dating back to 1963 when he was an Associate Pastor for seven years. In the mid 1980s he was asked to return to serve as the Interim Pastor during the search for a new pastor. After he retired he was invited in 2007 to be one of the ministers to officiate in Old Stone’s Wedding Program. Don’s work in ministry brings years of experience working with people both as a minister within the church and as one who has worked in business for a number of years. He brings a unique understanding of our faith to people in all their circumstances of life.
Dr. JR Fralick, Director of Music
In addition to serving as Director of Music at Old Stone, Dr. JR Fralick is also an active teacher and performer. He teaches voice at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. His students have been accepted to prestigious graduate institutions like Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Indiana University, Florida State University, Westminster Choir College and the Maryland Opera Studio among others and have gone on to star in Broadway and West End (London) productions as well as with opera companies across the country. As a performer, JR has appeared as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, The Toledo Symphony and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed his favorite operatic roles (Rudolfo in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni) in the United States and Italy. An avid recitalist, he has been featured with Music of the Western Reserve, The Cleveland Musart Series, Austin’s classical band REVEL, numerous recital series and Lieder Recitals in Austria. While his specialty is Russian music and the music of Benjamin Britten, he has also ventured into cabaret and related styles, headlining at the Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Fusion-Fest, Cleveland Public Theater (in dance & cabaret concerts!) and other contemporary and pop venues.
Jason Lorenzon, Organist
Jason Lorenzon is originally from Windsor Ontario Canada. He received his first organ post at the age of nine. He went on to the University of Western Ontario and served as Music Director of Hyatt Avenue United Church. While at Western, he was the only freshman to have won the concerto competition and he has played with the University of Western Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Music Degree and Political Science Degree, he came to Cleveland for his master’s degree. After graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1995, he served as Music Director and Organist of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Macedonia, Ohio, The Hudson Community Chorus, and Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg Florida. In 2001. Jason placed second in the Marcello Galanti International Organ Competition in Italy. He was invited back in 2008 to serve as a judge.
In 2007 he graduated law school and currently practices immigration and aviation law. He is also a FAA commercially licensed pilot along with instructors and instrument ratings. Most importantly, he lives with his wife Heather and three children, Victoria, Todd and Emily in Richfield Ohio.
Abraham Augustus, sundays@six Music Leader
Greetings! I’m Abe, an undergraduate college student at Cleveland State University studying Biology. Although biology is my interest, serving Christ with my musical skill is my passion. I play the acoustic guitar and occasionally the piano every Sunday evening at sundays@six — Old Stone’s contemporary evening service. My goal, as the music leader, is to help establish a power-packed and rich worship experience every Sunday that will carry into our lives throughout the week too! I am also honored to be leading the distinctly talented Living Stones Praise Team worship band. Please come and join us in worship every Sunday evening at six o’ clock. Satisfaction guaranteed … or your troubles back!