I grew up in Cincinnati with Graeter’s Ice Cream, Skyline Chili and a dysfunctional family. God hunted me down at 16 years old through a High School ministry that reached out to this messed-up, hurting kid. During college, I met Shannon on a summer mission project. I graduated in Economics from Denison University in 1992 and we married the next weekend. We then spent 15 years doing college ministry, while I took seminary classes from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Ashland Seminary. I switched over to being a pastor in 2008. Because I love watching Jesus write stories of redemption, I love welcoming and helping humble sinners like myself, and I don’t mind ticking off a few Pharisees along the way. I have two kids (Caleb & Madison), a pit-mutt named Taco, and my motorcycle.
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. I came over to Ohio to attend Kent State and never left. I wasn’t really raised in the church and I didn’t even know working at a church was an option. When God got ahold of my life in college and I found out that I could spend my days helping people connect with Jesus, I never looked back. On my day off, I love to just be with my family. We are always pretty active and on the move. We love being outside, whether that is the zoo, a park or just a hike. If I get time alone, I am definitely a coffee shop and book kind of guy.
Worship Arts Director
I was born in Decatur, Illinois, but grew up all over the country. I’m a second generation worship leader and was led to Christ by my Dad at a very early age. I married my wife, Jennifer, in 1999. We have a son named Josh (born in 2004) and a daughter named Jade (born in 2008). In the Summer of 2016, I joined the team as Worship Arts Director. I’ve been in full-time Worship Ministry since 2002, serving in churches in Illinois, Florida, Colorado and now Ohio. My passion is all about helping people truly connect to God. I’m also a songwriter, blogger and a die-hard Celtics fan!
Student Ministries Director
I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and I’m a die-hard Duke Blue Devils fan. During high school God started to give me a desire and passion for full-time ministry. I attended Piedmont International University where God confirmed in my heart that calling, especially in student ministry. I continued my education at Liberty University School of Divinity. In 2012, I married my wife Crystal and joined the team as the Student Ministries Director. My desire is to introduce students to Jesus and help them understand how to live a life built upon God’s Word.
I’m from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I graduated from Appalachian State University and moved around quite a bit before settling in Roanoke, Virginia where I met my husband, John. We moved to Ohio in 1992. We have 2 daughters, Kelly (born in 1991 and married to Ray) and Kristen (born in 1995). I joined the staff of Redemption Chapel in July of 2009. I love connecting people and seeing them use their gifts in our church. I also love a good chick flick!
Women's Ministry Director
I’m Ohio born and bred and am grateful for those Midwest roots. Growing up, my family changed significantly when my parents both became Christians when I was 10-years-old. It wasn’t long before I followed them and gave my own life to Christ. God sparked my desire for His Word and His kingdom early on and that was fanned into flame when I got involved with CRU at Kent State University in the Fall of 1988. I still can’t get over the fact that (a) God invited me into relationship with Him and (b) that He lets me have a part in His work here on earth. I count it a privilege that my primary callings in life right now are as a wife and a mom. I’m happiest when I’m taking a walk or when I’m reading or writing at my blog… especially if I have a cozy spot and a pot of tea on hand.
Student Ministries Intern
I come from the great city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I grew up Catholic but I never really grasped the concept of a personal God. I continually wrestled with the existence of God until my first year at Kent State where I began to see God in a personal way. I have been married to my wife, Taylor, since 2014 and in 2016 we had our baby boy named Quin. I have had various roles in ministry, but my passion is in student ministry. I am a massive sports fan (football, soccer, and hockey specifically) and a spoken-word writer.
Early Childhood Kidzone Coordinator
I was born & raised in Parma, OH as the youngest of 6 and the only girl. My husband Jack and I were married in 1986. We have 4 boys, Jack (born 1994), Jacob (born 1996), Jarod (born 1999), Jordan (born 2001). It wasn’t until after my children were born that I was led to Christ and we started attending and volunteering at church. I joined the staff in 2010 and I love seeing kids get connected with Christ at an early age. I love spending time with my family and I like jazz music…the funkier, the better!
I grew up in Grand Blanc, Michigan. I went to college in Nashville and worked as a fifth grade teacher in Tennessee for several years. In 2016, I married my husband Blake, and we moved to northeastern Ohio. Soon after, we started attending Redemption Chapel, and it has become our church home. I love helping kids come to know Jesus and discover His grace and love at a young age, so I’m thrilled to be joining the team! In my free time, I love to be with friends and family, travel, read, craft, cook, and be outside as much as possible.
I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. I was raised Catholic, but came to know Christ while attending a Baptist church when I was 15. I married my high school sweet heart in 1992. We moved to Ohio in 1997 where both my children were born. Tyler was born in 1998 and Alyssa was born in 2001. We currently live on 6 acres and love to entertain families with our pool, zip line and ATV’s! I joined the staff in January of 2017. In my free time, I like to read and watch TV.