I've been at Discover since 2004 (and also 1991-2000 and 1986-1988) - what a blessing! I decided to follow Jesus when I was 9, and have been following Him imperfectly since then. I'm very grateful for my wonderful wife, Theresa, and our fantastic children and grandson (Carmen and her husband Mike and their son Todd; Aaron; Nate and his wife Ariel. FYI, we’re also the “grandparents” of 3 cute dogs). I enjoy family/friends, music, tech, sports, good movies (especially at theaters with recliners), laughter, and fixing stuff (or trying). "My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.”
My family has been at Discover for more than 12 years. I consider it a great blessing that my adult kids -- Calvin, Jay, and Kaylie -- have called DCC "home" all their lives! I have been on staff here since 2007, first as Upward Coordinator, and since 2011 as Children's Minister. My biggest passion is for teaching -- whether that means inventing creative new ways to show Jesus to kids, helping Boy Scouts learn a skill, or just dazzling kids with big words to add to their vocabulary! I love science, and all the cool ways we can learn about God's amazing creation, as well as spending time IN that great creation with my awesome family!
I first came to Discover back in 2012 when friends of mine invited me to come to student events. The Student and Worship ministries here are where I came to truly know Jesus and build a relationship with him. I feel very blessed to be in the position to help others the same way my leaders helped me. I also really enjoy music, Star Wars, and hanging out with my wife Lizzie.
"I knew exactly what to do, but in a much more real sense I had no idea what to do."
Discover has been our family's home since 2002. God blessed me with a great wife, Cheryl, 3 awesome sons, and a daughter-in-law: Andy and Lyndi, Kyle, and Noah. Prior to the ministry, I spent 20 years in agricultural accounting and consulting. Much of that time was spent living in Washington Court House. I am still connected to this industry on a part-time basis. I accepted Christ as a child at my home church, North Industry Christian Church. I love draft horses, cheese, green olives, agriculture, and Holmes county (where my ancestors settled after coming here from Switzerland). This list makes me rather unique on our staff...ha! My first love, though, is Jesus and His mercy. I am an alum of Cincinnati Christian University where I deepened my understanding of the rich grace and mercy God gifts to anyone who takes hold of it.
"Pay forward, because so seldom can we pay back."
I joined the Discover team in 2021. I grew up around the Columbus area. I’m a sports fan of all things Columbus and Cleveland! Apart from playing music, I enjoy running, hiking, biking, and playing disc golf.
“I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.”
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
I have been attending Discover since 1995. I was born and raised a Buckeye and have lived in the central Ohio area all my life. My wife, Rhonda, and I have 4 adult children. I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, and doing creative things.
"Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come."
Discover has been my home since 1999. Growing up, one of my favorite places in the world was Round Lake! I am passionate about animal rights, and you can probably find me listening to music, writing letters, or obsessing over vegan food.
"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has -or ever will have- something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression"
We are a church that REACHES intentionally into the local and global community, developing authentic relationships. // Luke 15; Romans 12:9-18
We are a church that LOVES people wherever they are, especially in their brokenness and messiness, but loves them too much to let them stay there. // Matthew 25:35-40; John 4:4-42
We are a church that IMITATES Jesus, seeking real life change through obedience, being transformed by the Holy Spirit, and following Christ’s example. // Ephesians 5:1-2; Galatians 5:22-23
We are a church that DUPLICATES this process through relational ministry, making disciples who make disciples. This is the personal responsibility of everyone who follows Jesus. // Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2
LOVE We believe authentic love is expressed in the life-giving tension of unconditional grace and uncompromising truth, which was best modeled by Jesus. // John 1:14; 8:10-11; 17:17; Ephesians 2:8, 4:15; Romans 12:9
GROWTH We are responsible for our own spiritual growth, and the growth of God’s Kingdom, which happen only as we remain connected to Jesus, both individually and in community. // John 15:5; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:5-8
GENEROSITY Our time, talents, money, and the Good News of Jesus are gifts from God that are meant to be generously shared. // 1 Peter 4:10-11; Mark 10:45; Romans 12:6-8; 2 Corinthians 8:7
DISCIPLESHIP Followers of Jesus should have an outward focus, intentionally loving our neighbors, serving people both locally and globally, and making disciples who make disciples. // Matthew 4:19; 5:16; 28:19-20; Mark 12:31
At Discover, we don't have an official "creed," but these are our core beliefs:
There is one God, Creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. // Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; John 1:1, 14; 10:30-33; 14:9; Acts 7:55
The Bible is inspired and given to us directly by God. It has no fault. It should not be added to or taken away from. // 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Revelation 22:18-19)
All have sinned and deserve eternal separation from God. It is impossible for anyone to restore their relationship with God by their own good works. // Romans 3:23-24; James 2:10
Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God who led a sinless life, was crucified, and was raised to life. His sacrifice allows us to be seen by God as holy and without sin. // John 3:16; Romans 8:34-39
The forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit are granted by God's grace through faith in Jesus. That faith is obediently lived out through belief, confession, repentance, baptism, and following Jesus. // Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-4; Matthew 4:19
The Church exists to take the good news of Jesus to all people in every nation; to serve the world; to encourage and strengthen other believers. // Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Peter 4:10-11)
Believers should worship God and love Him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Christians are to grow in faith and practice as empowered by the Holy Spirit. // John 4:23; Mark 12:30-31; Galatians 5:22-23
Jesus will visibly return without warning to judge all people. Non-believers will spend eternity separated from God, and faithful believers will spend eternity with God. // Revelation 20:11-21:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
Note: We do not wish to post individual documents regarding other specific “issues;” rather, we rely on the truth of the God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit to address every area of our lives. We are happy to sit down and discuss our understanding of how the Bible applies to any specific topic, and believe those conversations happen best in a relational context. If you wish to discuss something not covered in this belief statement, please feel free to contact any of the Elders or the Lead Minister.
The congregation that would one day be known as Discover Christian Church began its life as all ministries do: a bold idea. The Northwest area of Franklin County needed a church, and a group of members from Beechwold Church answered the call to fill this need. But they needed a place. The Farmhouse, would be the congregation's first gathering site.
"The property was purchased and many joyous hours were spent remodeling, painting, cleaning, and preparing our grand old house for the first service. This is said with tongue in cheek remembering the time we all came for prayer meeting and Clayton Grimstad, Harold Grandy, and Cliff Purvis were all covered from head to toe with soot. The old chimney had fallen down when they were working on it and the soot was everywhere."
-The History of the Church of Christ on Martin Road
Over the years, the congregation grew, so the building grew with it. Where the farmhouse once stood, a new building was raised. Then the section on the right was added to it. Look familiar? What was once the new chapel is now the Student Center!
Recognize these two? Our Lead Minister, Steve Murphy, and his wife, Theresa, have been serving at Discover since way back.
"We have seen the loss of many of our loved ones, we have had disappointments, but the Lord has always been there for us and made our sad days, glad days. Let us keep on moving for HIM." -The History of the Church of Christ on Martin Road
Let's face it. Things change. Our building and congregation may look different than it did years ago, but we remain a place to worship, have fun, form meaningful relationships, and belong. We're so glad you're here.