Ray Sigworth was born on July 21st, 1971 and grew up in Deerfield, Ohio. He graduated from Southeast High School in 1989. He attended Portage Community Chapel his sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. Upon his high school graduation, he attended Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio and majored in Mathematics and Secondary Education and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1993. While at B-W he was also on the varsity wrestling team.
Upon graduating from B-W, Ray was hired as a math teacher, football coach and wrestling coach at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio where he worked until 1999. He was then hired by his alma mater and taught math at Southeast High School for 23 years.
Ray and his wife, Kristi, married in June of 1997. His daughter, Laura, and son, Joey, were wonderful additions to their family in 2001 and 2006 respectively.
The Sigworth family has been attending PCC since 1999. During this time, Ray and Kristi have been youth leaders, taught adult ABF, been on church leadership and served in other various ministries. In 2019, Ray was led to follow God’s calling for him to pursue the pastorate. Since then, he has been attending Trinity Theological Seminary and College of the Bible working toward his Master of Divinity degree majoring in Pastoral Studies. In March of 2022, the amazing people of PCC voted to affirm Ray as their new Lead Pastor.
George Daugherty is the Administrative Pastor of Portage Community Chapel overseeing the facilities, adult ministries, family ministries, and volunteer ministry teams. Prior to coming to work at PCC in 2015, he worked at Camp Carl for nine years. He graduated from Youngstown State University with degrees in Physical and Health Education and from Nations University a graduate certificate in Theological Studies. George and his wife Erin have been married since 2011 and have two sons: Andrew and Matthew.
Laura Wunderle has been serving as the Children’s Ministry Director at Portage Community Chapel since 2015. Prior to working in children’s ministry, she taught in the Ravenna School District and also spent time teaching oversees. She graduated from Hiram College with a degree in early childhood education. Laura and her husband Matthew have been married since 2008 and have three children: Adelina, Emma, and Bennett.
Emma Donkin is the Worship Arts Director for Portage Community Chapel. Since 2018, Emma has led the praise band, coordinated concert events and fundraisers for the Haven of Portage County, and organized Sunday and holiday services at PCC. As a worship director, she aims to continuously blend the sincerity of old hymns with the excitement of modern worship music, and focuses on choosing biblically-accurate, lyrically-deep, God-centered songs to sing each Sunday. She composes and arranges instrumental and vocal music for PCC and other musicians in styles ranging from jazz and classical to choir cantatas, and currently plays with two jazz bands in the Akron area, as well as a flute, clarinet, and piano trio based in Western Pennsylvania. As a composer, Emma has had original pieces performed in the US in Akron, Youngstown, Cleveland, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and internationally in Italy. She is a 2018 B.M. graduate of Youngstown State University, and a 2021 graduate of the University of Akron with a Master’s degree in Music Composition. Her musical influences include bands ranging from Genesis and Yes to The Oh Hellos, the Gettys, and The Arcadian Wild. Emma enjoys being able to share and grow in two of her passions in life—Music and Faith—at Portage Community Chapel.
Joyce Cavanaugh has been serving as the Portage Community Chapel office manager since August of 2018. She graduated with a Physician’s Assistant degree from Akron, along with a degree in Human Resources from SHRM and a safety director certificate from HSI. Joyce and her husband Dan have been married since 1982, and have three grown children: Nicole, Jaci, and Joe and two grandchildren: Maddi and Tristin.
Zach Coblentz came on staff August of 2022 as the Youth Ministry Intern at Portage Community Chapel. Zach has a passion for God and sharing the good news of Christ with students. He was raised in church and loves to study the Bible. Zach is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion with a focus on Next Generations Ministries and plans to graduate in December of 2023. Youth ministry has been a desire of Zach’s for a long time and having the opportunity to guide students toward Christ at PCC is truly an honor of his.
Pastor Barry has a Bachelors and Master of Divinity degree from Grace College and Seminary. Prior to seminary he served six years at Camp Carl (45 years before George was there – WOW!!). Before coming to PCC he served eighteen months as youth and young marrieds pastor at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Mt. Morris, Michigan. Barry was Lead Pastor at PCC for 38 years and as Pastor Emeritus spends his ministry time doing visitation, developing and teaching classes in the Berean School and occasionally preaching. Barry and his wife, Eileen, have two grown daughters, Susan and Rebecca, seven amazing grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.