Pastor Vernon Palo and his wife Karen have been married for 35 years and are the parents of three adult children: son Evan Palo (Lorain Elementary School Assistant Principal) and his wife, Brita, reside in N. Olmsted, OH; daughter Amber and husband, Hugh Yeckle (Serving Navy USS Gettysburg), parents of 1 year old Hadley and 4 month old Evelyn, and residing in Norfolk, VA; daughter Erin and husband, Eddie Sanders, parents of Trinity, 10, Bethany, 9, Adalynn, 6, and Eddie IV, 4 months, who reside in Johnston (near Cortland) OH.
Vernon’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Hiram College in 1996 and a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological School, 2000. Karen is a graduate of Malone College with her Master’s Degree from Ashland College. She is a retired teacher for the state of Ohio with 30 years’ experience serving students with special needs.
Vernon and Karen have a great love for missions going back as far as their teen years and have been able to serve either together or individually in many short term mission opportunities. Most recently they served Ukraine Orphanages in Russia. Karen served in Liberia, Africa, and Wales-England through Volunteers in Mission-In Search of John Wesley. Other missions have included Red Bird and Henderson Settlement, Kentucky. Camden, NY, Oak Hill, WV, the Nehemiah Mission, and Steubenville, OH.
They enjoy gardening, historic sites, and are trying to remain healthy in their daily living. Karen enjoys music, various crafts, and cooking.