Nancy Day-Achauer


WABA's chairperson is featured in the latest People of Prairie. Follow People of Prairie to learn more about our neighbors.

Pastor Nancy spent most of her life in Northern California until feeling the calling to go into full time ministry as a pastor. She left her corporate job as Assistant to the Chief Legal Officer of Catholic Healthcare West to move to Ohio to attend seminary in Delaware, Ohio. She first served in York Center then spent two years serving in Ostrander before being appointed to Saint Marks United Methodist Church on Sullivant Avenue. Pastor Nancy has been serving both the Church at Saint Marks and the Westside since July of 2012.

Pastor Nancy serves as on the Westland Area Business Association (WABA), Westland Area Commission (WAC), United Westside Coalition, Prairie Township Community Health Action Team (CHAT), the Franklin County Opiate Crisis Taskforce and many other community organizations. She is also one of the organizers for the Westland Area Parade and Discover Westland.

In her limited free time Pastor Nancy has recently picked up doing origami and she loves to walk with her dog Tavish and travel with Jeff, her husband of 10 years. She also flies back to California whenever she can to spend time with her daughter and two grandchildren.

Pastor Nancy loves the diversity of the Westside of Franklin County, both the amazing cultural and economic diversity. Under her leadership Saint Marks works extremely hard to engage this diversity by having both English and Spanish speaking services and focusing on reaching out to the children in the area. This year she received the Ohio Latino Award for Religious Leader. Saint Marks has an extremely fun free monthly program for kids called Kid’s Zone. Kid’s Zone takes place on the second Friday of every month at 6:30pm and includes dinner. Saint Marks also runs an affordable child care program for children ages 18 months to 12 years. The church believes that affordable child care empowers parents to provide for their families and helps them rise above of poverty and that early education sets kids up for life as productive members of society. For more information on either of these programs and to discover other things going on at Saint Marks check out their website at www.stmarksumcoh.org

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