We invite you to learn more about our team


Pastor Matt Whisenhunt

Interim Director 

Matt has been involved with the ministry of the Nehemiah Mission for over ten years. As a youth director at Strongsville UMC he brought teams of teens to the mission to learn about and serve the neighborhood. During that time Matt also came on board to the Site Committee where he's been serving for four years, the last two as the chair.


Most recently Matt has been starting the Harbor and Bridge Community Center just down the street from the Nehemiah Mission at W.44th and Bridge Ave. as a way to support the neighborhood and someday begin a new faith community in the space. 

Becky Trout 

#Corner65 Program Manager 

Becky began her relationship with the mission as a team member from St. John’s UMC of Turnersville, NJ in 2008. From there she fell in love with the city and Nehemiah's ministry.  Becky now operates and manages the #Corner65 program. 

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Rachel Palmer 

Program Assistant 

Rachel is originally from Kent, Ohio and was very involved with the United Methodist Church there. She was also a summer camp counselor at Camp Wanake. 

Rachel studied International Relations and Arabic Language at American University in Washington, DC. She held multiple internships on Capitol Hill, at the Middle East Institute, and most recently, was a Youth Development Specialist with Peace Corps in Morocco. 

Rachel is responsible for assisting work teams and volunteers, the general maintenance of the building, and assisting with the #Corner65 ministry. 

Blair Porter

Summer Intern 

Blair just recently graduated from Huron High School. She has huge passions for missions and ministries and one day dreams of becoming a full time global missionary. Blair plans to attend university to study international studies and theology.


Blair is very involved in the United Methodist Church and is a part of several leadership activities and committees on the local, district and conference level of the UMC.