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 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."
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
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"
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