Pastor Phil Hohulin is an ordained minister in the NALC. He holds a BA (Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH), MDiv (Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando FL), and a DMin in Missional Leadership (Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur GA). Additionally, he has completed 2000 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Counselor (CPSP). He has served congregations in Georgia, Indiana, and Ohio. He has worked as a hospice chaplain for eight years and currently, in addition to serving as our pastor, ministers as a grief counselor and is now Director of Bereavement and Spiritual Care with a local hospice in the greater Dayton area.

Pastor Phil will quickly tell you that second only to his relationship with Jesus, his greatest joy is being a dad to his two sons, who are college and high school juniors respectively. Pastor Phil enjoys traveling for education, enjoyment, and mission. He has traveled to the vast majority of the 50 states, mostly camping with his sons at National Parks during their younger years. He also has traveled to 15 foreign countries. In his “spare time,” Pastor Phil enjoys reading, playing guitar, golfing (poorly), working out at the YMCA, and bicycling along the awesome trail system we have here in the Dayton Metro area.

Administrative Assistant Our administrative assistant, Jennifer Sizemore, is always a pleasant servant of Christ.  Jennifer, her husband and children are residents of Miamisburg.  Jennifer can be contacted at 937-859-3941 or you may email her at
Website Administrator/Editor Our website editor, Gary Petticrew, is always eager to post the news and events happening at Grace.  Gary and wife Nita are residents of Miamisburg.  He can be contacted at 937-866-1285 or you can email him at
Worship Music Staff   “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the 
most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”      Martin Luther
Choir Director Cynthia Michael is a retired music teacher working in the Middletown City School District. She has sung with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus, the Dayton Bach Society and studied voice with the late Peggy Albrecht. She has been a choir member and soloist in churches her entire life. Cynthia has been choir director at Grace since 2011. She is passionate about sacred choral music and feels blessed to serve the Lord along with the talented musicians and choir at Grace Lutheran.
Pianist Dr. Samee Griffith-Mood received her Master of Music degree in piano performance and collaborative piano from Bowling Green State University and her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Wright State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. An experienced instructor, Samee has taught piano for more than fifteen years, including at the Penn-Griffin School for the Arts in High Point, North Carolina. Her students regularly place in the top tier of competitors in state level piano competitions and festivals.
Organist Aaron Mood, received his Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Allegheny College, where he graduated magna cum laude. Aaron is a collaborative pianist at Wright State University. He holds a position as Weekend Host on Discover Classical FM 88.1/89.9. He also is a Master Teacher of Piano at Star City Music Studios in Miamisburg, which he opened with his wife, Dr. Samee Griffith Mood, in 2014. Previous positions include Staff Accompanist at Winston-Salem State University, Adjunct Instructor of Theory and Music Appreciation at Guilford Technical Community College, and Associate Master Teacher, Music Academy of North Carolina.
Violinist Bill Slusser lives in Kettering Ohio with his wife, Joyce. He has been a member of the Dayton Philharmonic orchestra for the last 19 years, and just retired as their orchestra librarian. Before coming to Dayton, Bill served in the US Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Air Force Symphony, String Orchestra, and Strolling Strings. He was privileged to be director and superintendent of the strings. During his Air Force career he performed at White House state dinners for five
administrations, President Ford through President Clinton. The strings toured all of the states, Europe, Africa, the Pacific, and South American, entertaining our troops and
supporting US protocol events. Bill earned a Bachelor of Music from Baldwin Wallace College and Masters of Music from the Catholic University of America (DC). Church
music has always been a part of his life, playing in church orchestras, directing choirs and orchestras, and in solo performances.
2019 Grace Council
Council Officers
Paul Hess                   President
John Michael            Vice-President
Steve Gross                Secretary
Wanda Petrenio        Treasurer
Council Members
Pastor Phil Hohulin
David Hesp
Diane Jergens
N’Anne Knight
Becky Reinhart
Lea Ravlin
Bill Slusser
Bill Wheeler
Jean Wheeler