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
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 Arts & Community Development
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
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