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Power of the Pillars: Religious Life

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After a successful launch last winter, Lakeside Online is back! Through April 2024, join virtual conversations with the Chautauqua Pillar Directors; create meaningful connections through Centering Prayer, Advent and Lenten Studies; get a behind-the-scenes look at the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra; and introduce young Lakesiders to Chip Richter’s interactive Once Upon a Porch series.

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Religious Life Pillar hosts 15 programs each week, including Sunday Worship Services, Faith for Living Hour, Wednesday Family Picnics and Vespers by the Lake, as well as children, youth and teen ministries.  

This “Power of the Pillar” program will give a sneak peek into Lakeside’s 151st Chautauqua season programming. Learn about some of the preachers visiting Lakeside this summer and new program initiatives.  

Lakeside Online programs are free of charge and easily accessible via Zoom. Donations are gratefully accepted to support these mission-driven gatherings. Visit to contribute. Register now for one or all of the Lakeside Online experiences. Zoom links will be sent via email 48 hours in advance of each program.


The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost is Lakeside Chautauqua’s Senior Director of Religious Life & Pastoral Care, a position he has held since September 2018.   

After 17 years as Senior Pastor of Church of the Saviour, a 1,500-member United Methodist Church (UMC) congregation in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Yoost became Pastor Emeritus in 2015. He has also served as District Superintendent and Dean of the Cabinet, Senior Pastor of Church Hill UMC, and Pastor of Northampton UMC in the East Ohio Conference.   

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron, Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry from Boston University School of Theology.  

Yoost was the Conference Preacher for the West Michigan Annual Conference in 2009 and for his home Conference in 2015. He has served as the Preacher of the Week at Bay View Association in Michigan and Lakeside Chautauqua. He also served on staff at the Lakeside Institute for senior high youth for 25 years.   

He was a trustee of Ohio Northern University for 23 years, and a director of the General Board of Discipleship of the UMC for eight years. Yoost also served on the Lakeside Association Board of Directors.   

A delegate to three General Conferences and the World Methodist Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Yoost is the author of numerous publications, including Daily Bible Study and the New International Lesson Annual. He served as Interim Pastor at Lakewood UMC in 2016 and was Associate for Care at the Old Stone Church (Presbyterian) in downtown Cleveland from 2018-2021.   

His wife, Barbara, is a nurse educator and author of several nursing textbooks. The couple has two married sons and six grandchildren. In his spare time, Yoost enjoys playing the piano and reading. 

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Jan 21, 2024


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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