Meet our staff

  • Pastor tom south, Interim Lead Pastor


    Pastor Tom spent 26 years in pastoral ministry. Since 2006, Pastor Tom has been part-time jail Sr. Chaplain, Marketplace chaplain, and hospital chaplain. He finished his Masters of Divinity in 2020. He enjoys theatre, movies, vacations with family, quite evenings with his wife, Dana, and giving hope away.  

    Life Verse: Matthew 6:33

    Favorite food: Potatoes of all shapes, flavors, and textures.

    Favorite Team: St. Louis Cardinals Baseball. University of Illinois basketball. 

    Favorite snack; popcorn

    Favorite drink: Diet Mt. Dew. 

  • PASTOR MARK KAUFMAN, associate pastor

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    Pastor Mark Kaufman accepted the call to full-time ministry later in life and began as the Associate Pastor of Missions and Connecting in March of 2019. He is married to Deb. They have three grown children: Nick, Matt, and Megan and six grandchildren. 

    Life Verse: John 3:30

    Favorite Food:  Any smoked meats

    Favorite Teams:  Columbus Bluejackets & Cincinnati Bengals

    Mark enjoys: time with his grandchildren, gardening, cooking and running 5Ks.

  • Pastor tyler richardson, Pastor of student ministries
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    Pastor Tyler is our Associate Pastor of Student Ministries (i.e., the Youth Guy). He is married to Dannielle and they have a set of feisty twin girls Parker and Bailey.

    Favorite Food: Sushi, Poke Bowls and Thai Cuisine

    Favorite Teams: Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Penguins

    Favorite Things to do: Read comics, watch movies, play board games, cooking and playing music.

  • Jess Ralston, WORSHIP LEADER:

    Jess is our part-time Worship Leader. He organizes and leads a group of talented musicians. Jess is married to Lesly.

  • megan shadley, interim children's director


    Megan spent 9 years teaching middle school special education in the public schools before leaving the classroom to spend time at home with her children. During this time she became passionate about sharing the love of God, especially with children and young women and was happy to accept the call to lead the children's ministry. She is married to Todd and they have three kids: Addison, Jackson and Cayson. 


    Favorite foods: Mexican food, sushi, pizza and chips

    Favorite sports teams: Ohio State and whatever my husband is watching

    Megan enjoys: reading, doing all kinds of craft projects, gardening and being outside