Mr. Ross Lenhart



I went to Christ Our King Church and Elementary School.  I graduated from La Brae H. S. and have a B.S. Degree in Industrial Design from Kent State University.  Gayle and I were married at St. Pius X in 1981. We built a home and moved to Champion with our sons in 1991 and became members of this parish shortly after.  I retired from the Kmart Distribution Center after thirty one years and started the maintenance position April 1, 2018.

Our oldest son Brian and his wife Susan are members here.  I can claim getting him interested in photography, volunteering with festivals, decorating and fish dinners.  Our youngest son Scott married his wife Chelsea in Eatonville, Washington while serving in the army.  We visit them and their four children there about 30 miles west of Mt. Rainier.  He is a heavy equipment operator apprentice.

As a young man I approached Father Tom Ziegler about ideas that most people saw as idealistic or even utopian.  He suggested I write them down.  Over the years in my spare time I put these ideas and plans into .  In 2002 I presented Basicliving  at Kent branch as a class project to the Power Technology class.  I believe society would be better off if we could live simpler, more sustainable lives in community with each other.  There are cohousing communities doing this around the country.  

Over the years I have tried to market a mail order grocery concept, Fold-N-Loc building blocks and a vehicle hatch tent.  I enjoy poker, tennis, genealogy, civil war history and science fiction. Gayle and I enjoy spending time with family and grandchildren.  We enjoy nature while camping, hiking, biking, and kayaking.  

Dr. Daniel Robinson

Communications/Webmanager/Newsletter Editor


Mr. Robert Kane
Bulletin Editor

Bob was born and raised in Struthers, Ohio where he attended St. Nicholas Church, St. Nicholas School and graduated from Ursuline High School in 1958.  He is a retired art teacher, having received his B.S. in Art Education in 1966 from Youngstown University where he also did graduate studies.   He met his wife, Marcia, while at Y.U.  They were married in August of 1966.  They moved to Champion in 1967 when he accepted a position in the Champion School District, after teaching one year at the Norton Ohio School District.  He retired in 2001 after teaching art for 35 years and assumed the position of Bulletin Editor at the parish.
He has been a Eucharistic Minister for 20 years, has served as a member of the Parish Life Committee, Liturgy Committee and has helped with the Holiday Tour of Homes and the Fish Dinners, among other activities in the parish and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He and Marcia have three children, Robert, Jr., Tricia and Elizabeth and eight grandchildren, ages 18 months to 20 years.
He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing cards, crafts and reading about the Revolutionary and Civil wars.
Mrs.  Tina McCue
Pastoral Associate

Honored to be a part of the pastoral team of St. William, Tina serves the parish as Pastoral Associate in areas of Catechesis, Adult Faith Formation, Sacramental Preparation, Youth Ministry and spiritual growth. 

Tina has been a member of St. William Parish since her family moved to Champion in 1970.  She is the fourth of six children of John and the late Rose Makosky.  In 1985 she married Brian McCue.   In 1983, Brian and Tina became members of the newly formed Folk Group and have proudly served in Music Ministry since that time.  They are 1982 graduates of John F. Kennedy High School and continue to support Catholic Education in raising their children, Joshua and his wife Ashley, Katie, Anna, Elizabeth and Nathan.  The McCue children have served the parish in various ministries.  They currently have two grandchildren.

Being a lifelong member of St. William Parish, she considers the good people of St. William to be an extension of her own family.   She has been an active member of the Women’s Guild and along with music ministry, enjoys serving the youth of our parish as a Religious Education Teacher and Youth Minister. 

Tina holds a Certificate for Catechetical Ministry as a Pastoral Minister from the Diocese of Youngstown, a Certificate of Pastoral Studies in Christian Spirituality for Ministers from Loyola Institute for Ministry and is a member of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership(NCCL).

Tina shares her love for Jesus and thoughts on matters of faith in the weekly blog, From the Heart, which can be viewed on the parish website.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking and baking.
Mrs. Carol Timko
Coordinator of Religious Education

I was born and raised in Warren. I attended and received all of my sacraments at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, and attended John F. Kennedy High School. I became a member of St. William Parish in 1983, after marrying Timothy Timko.   I worked 13 years as assistant to the DRE, Sr. Mary Cora Skrivan, SND.  I took over for Sister Mary Cora in 2007, when she retired. I am hoping to start classes at the Loyola Institute for Ministry in the fall.  I have been called to be a light and guide to the children of the parish in their religious studies.   In the time I have been involved with PSR, it has warmed my heart to watch students from kindergarten to confirmation take part in different church activities. I am a member of the Liturgy Committee and the Environment Committee, and past Parish Council Secretary.

I married Tim in March of 1983.   We have three adult children, Stephen, who lives in Munroe Falls, Shawnna, who lives in Warren with our granddaughter, Alexa, and Emily, who lives in Fredericktown, Pa with her husband Brian, his son C.J. and their three pugs, Gabbi, Otis and Mia.  As a family, we have been involved at the parish. All three of our children have been Altar Servers, active in the Youth Ministry, and helped in other various ways.  Tim is presently a Lector and I am a Eucharistic Minister. We generally attend the Saturday evening Mass and enjoy having dinner and socializing with friends after Mass.

I enjoy cross stitching, bowling, reading, wine making with Tim, and spending time and sharing our wine with family and friends.  I also enjoy spending time with our granddaughter, Alexa, grandson, CJ, and our grandpups. We enjoy going to different wineries, going to Kelley’s Island, going on long drives in our convertable and spending time with our family and friends
Mrs. Patricia Maciejewski
Music Director

As music director, Pat is devoted to liturgy and the singing assembly. She is responsible for developing, managing and leading the parish's music program, including weekend masses, wedding liturgies and funerals. She plays organ, piano, guitar and flute. She enjoys being present to and serving the wonderful people of St. William. 

Pat serves as a Lay Leader of Prayer for the Diocese of Youngstown at St. William. She is a member of the National Pastoral Musicians (NPM) and has completed NPM schools for Organ, Cantor, Guitar and Children's Choir. Pat recently completed 20 years of service on staff at the Church of St. Helen in Newbury, Ohio as liturgist, musician and planner of their weekly school masses. Previous to her time at St. William, she was Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Mary Church in Orwell, Ohio.

Pat was born and raised in Trumbull County and attended The Ohio State University School of Music. She received a Diploma in Church Music from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA.   

Pat is married to Joseph, a musician himself. They have one daughter, Rose Eileen, who lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband Greg and her daughter, Magnolia. In her free time Pat enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, reading, gardening, musicals, biking and walking the nearby trail.
Mrs. Ann Sprague

Liturgical Coordinator

330/847-8677 or  440/685-4652

I was born and grew up in Cleveland to a large Catholic family.  My grandparents had sixteen children which provided me with many aunts, uncles and cousins.  I was the third of seven children born to my parents.  At present, I am a wife who is blessed with a wonderful husband, mother of five children, grandmother of eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.  I love spending time with my family and I especially love being a grandmother.

I have been on staff as the Liturgy/Worship Coordinator at St. William for 12 years which have been a great joy to me.   I have always felt that the people of St. William Parish are very special.  I also serve as a Cantor, Eucharistic Minister and will gladly help out wherever there is a need. Aside from spending as much time as I can with my family and working for the church, some of my favorite extra curricular activities are cooking, gathering with friends, reading, dancing, fishing, especially in Quebec, camping and traveling.

I am an Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame which has been an ongoing spiritual journey for me.  I believe a spiritual life is extremely important--not only for me, but for all the people I encounter.  Through this association I endeavor to grow in my relationship with God and perhaps I can help to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Mrs. Marcia Kane
Parish Secretary/Bookkeeper  


Marcia joined the staff as  Secretary/Bookkeeper of St. William Parish in April of 1987 and has served in  that position under three pastors. Originally from Girard,   Ohio where she was born and  raised a protestant, she is the third child in a family of four girls.  She became a convert to Catholicism at St.  Rose Church in Girard in April of 1965, where she and her husband, Bob, were  married in August of 1966.  They have  been members of St. William Parish since moving to Champion in 1967, after Bob  accepted a teaching position in the Champion School District.  They have three children, Robert, Jr.,  married to Jill; Tricia, married to Glenn; and Elizabeth, married to Joe; and  eight grandchildren. 


Marcia is a Eucharist Minister and an active  member of the Women’s Guild, having served as President, Secretary and  Treasurer.  She has served as secretary  for Parish Council and been on various committees throughout the years she has  been a member of the church.  She is also  an Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame. 


She enjoys reading, needlework and crafts,  genealogy, Williamsburg, VA and spending time with family and friends.

Rev. Michael D. Balash
Pastor (July 1, 2008 - present)


Rev. Michael D. Balash has served as Pastor of St. William since July 2008.  Ordained in 1987, Fr. Balash has had pastoral assignments at St. Michael Parish, Canton; St. Patrick Parish, Kent; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Ashtabula; and Saint Joseph Parish, Mantua.  He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.  In addition to his pastoral duties at Saint William Parish, Fr. Balash was appointed Director for the Office of Worship for the Diocese in September 2012. He served on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and as Treasurer for the organization until 2014.

Pastoral Staff

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