Rev. Néstor Nazario served four years (2013-2017) as pastor of Hope United Methodist Church which was birthed out of the merger of Bedford UMC, Maple Heights UMC, and Hathaway UMC before being appointed to the Cabinet as superintendent of the Mid-Ohio District. In 2022 his responsibilities were expanded to include also serving as superintendent of the Firelands District assisted by Rev. Donna Van Trees, who was appointed as district superintendent associate.
Nazario’s first East Ohio Conference appointment was to Christ Community United Methodist Church (North Coast District) in 1985. In 1988, he became a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. During 20 years in the Navy, he served side-by-side with clergy from different faith traditions providing him with an appreciation and respect for people of other faith groups and religions. After retiring from the Navy in 2008, he returned to the local church, serving five years as pastor to both Christ UMC and First Hispanic UMC (North Coast District), before his appointment to Hope UMC in Bedford.
Nazario earned a Bachelor of Psychology degree from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master of Divinity from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, and a Masters in Counselor Education from Mississippi State University.
He is the father of two adult children.
Mid-Ohio District Office:
Rev. Néstor Nazario
410 Park Ave. W, Suite 2
Mansfield, OH 44906
Phone: (419) 522-3881
Fax: (419) 522-5485
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Closed on Fridays June-August)
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