Dover UCC installs new pastor

Reverend Melinda Quellhorst will be Installed as the new pastor at Dover UCC on Sept. 24.

The community is invited to join in the Installation celebration of Reverend Melinda Quellhorst at Dover Congregational UCC in Westlake on Sept. 24. A pastor’s Installation is a church service in which a new pastor is charged with duties and welcomed into the church family, marking the beginning with a sense of hope and possibility. 

Those who called Reverend Quellhorst to serve believe in her unique gifts, vision, passion and talent. The service of Installation is a way of saying, “You belong here!”

The Installation will include a time for ministers and community members to welcome Pastor Mindy into this fellowship. In the UCC there are promises by the larger church to support the minister in a covenantal relationship.

The pastor promises to support the denomination and other ministers. The minister also promises to be in covenant; a relationship of mutual trust and working together with the people of the congregation, preaching and teaching and caring for them.  

Reverend Quellhorst believes, “Leading with the gifts that God has given me, I am blessed by my call from God.”

Please join us at the Dover Congregational United Church of Christ, 2239 Dover Center Road, on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m.

A reception will follow the Installation. For more information, call 440-871-1050.


Michael DiLauro

Michael Angelo DiLauro earned an M.F.A. in Film Studies from Ohio University. He served as Director of the Academic Media Center and Associate Professor of Media Arts (2006-2018) and retired with Emeritus status at Robert Morris University. A celebrated director and producer of documentaries and television programs, DiLauro has earned five EMMY Awards, a Blue Ribbon from the American F.F. and the prestigious Gabriel Award for outstanding television programming. Michael has received funding from the Bill of Rights Commission, Catholic Communication Campaign, National Italian American Foundation, Pennsylvania Arts and Humanities Councils, Ohio Educational Television Network and the Public Broadcasting Service. In 2013 he received a grant through Robert Morris University from the R.K. Mellon Foundation to produce and direct “We Built This City: How the Allegheny Conference Remade Pittsburgh”. His feature documentary film, “Prisoners Among Us: Italian American Identity and WWII”, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the New York International F.F. and Montreal F.F. DiLauro’s “La Mia Strada” an ethnic journey, was screened at the Palestrina F.F. in Italy, Atlantic City F.F. and was awarded a Silver Medal from the Media Communications Association-International F.F. “Prisoners Among Us” and “La Mia Strada” have been screened at several cultural centers and universities throughout the United States and Europe. His passion for Italian American culture and identity was recognized by the University of Pittsburgh’s “Italian American Heritage” award. Additionally, UNICO (the largest Italian American service organization) awarded Michael a “Mille Grazie” award for his cultural contribution to the Italian American community. He currently lives in Westlake, Ohio with his wife of 41 years, Janet.

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