I was a stranger and you welcomed me…

About Us

Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Sandy Seaton-Todd
Email Rev. Sandy revsandy@churchofwesternreserve.com

Rev. Sandy came to the Church of the Western Reserve in 2013 with an eclectic background that includes marriage, motherhood, the practice of law and then being called by God to serve as a minister. She is a lifelong learner.

  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stanford University
  • Masters degree in philosophy from Duke University
  • Juris Doctorate from the Duke University School of Law
  • Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • Doctor of Ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary

She has experienced the painful loss of her husband and father of her five children at an early age. Her resilience in the face of personal tragedy is an example for others and has enabled her to lead her children into productive lives as young adults. Yes, she has a long and deep academic pedigree, but she has lived a real life touched by the ups and downs others face, too. She is an example for her church family of God’s power to heal and renew.

Rev. Sandy embodies all of the characteristics of her congregation. She never stops expanding her own ministry. She is relentless in supporting the ministries of her members.

Parish Associate

Rev. Matthew W. Peterson

Rev. Matthew has followed a fascinating journey of discovery prior to arriving at Church of the Western Reserve in Fall 2018. A lifelong Presbyterian, he has previously served on the staffs of Forest Hill Church and Fairmount Presbyterian Church.
From there, he was called to lead the youth program at Bryn Mawr (Pennsylvania) Presbyterian Church where he and his staff served more than 500 teens between grades 6-12. He has led multiple trips abroad for students to see how life and faith abound for people rich in the Spirit and poor in material possessions. His experience includes fellowship and Bible study, work in the inner city, and wilderness, mission and study trips including Christian youth conferences.

Rev. Matthew has an undergraduate degree from Allegheny College, a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a second masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh where he also taught in the religious studies curriculum.

Music Director

Alexandre Marr

Alexandre studied piano performance at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music and earned his degree from Kent State University. He won both the CWRU and Kent State Concerto Competitions. He has also performed at the “Rach Fest” held at Steinway Hall in New York City as well as Steinway-sponsored master classes in the Greater Cleveland area.

Alexandre has previously served as music director and pianist for Temple Israel in Canton and the Lakemore United Methodist Church in Akron. In 2016, he took on music directorship of select productions for The Akron Civic Theatre’s Millennial project. In 2016, he produced and directed the premier performance of The Cabaret Project in partnership with Akron’s BLU Jazz+, one of the nation’s top jazz venues. He also does some teaching.

Church of the Western Reserve welcomed Alexandre as our Music Director in September 2018.

Custodial Services

Cameron Durham
Cameron Durham keeps CWR looking its best. Cameron attends church at SPAN Ministry where he is head of the men’s division. He is married to Jakecia, and they have two daughters – Zoie, 9, and Zianne, 7 – plus their son Zavier, 5. Also a professional caterer, Cameron’s favorite hobby is cooking.

Lynnette Floyd
Lynnette Floyd has been in the general cleaning business for a number of years. She began her work as custodian for CWR in 2016. Lynette loves spending time with family and friends and says Autumn is her favorite season. “God has been and continues to be my Rock at all times.”

Michael Toth
Michael Toth retired from the U.S. Post Office after 36 years of service. Michael has also worked for the Richmond Hts. Police Dept. He is an active volunteer and brings that same sense of commitment to CWR. A native Clevelander, he has a daughter and two grandchildren.



Find Us

Contact Us

Church of the Western Reserve
30500 Fairmount Blvd.
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
(440) 442-2220
office@churchofwesternreserve.com

What They Say

You can feel God’s love in a special way the minute you walk through the doors.
Carol M. — Gates Mills, Ohio 44040

To me the most significant factor is the openness of this congregation to all points of view. Everyone of us is on a different path in knowing Christ, the Bible and Christianity. The “common attribute” is we all believe in Jesus Christ as our savior and we are all on a journey of faith, though not many of us are at the same point on that road.
David R. — Chesterland, OH 44026

CWR is a Spirit filled oasis in the midst of a troubled world where the love of God is preached and practiced.
John R. Mentor, OH 44060

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