I was raised Catholic and always had a heart for God. I drifted away during my college years, but the Lord keep reaching out to me through those He placed in my path. My wife and her family helped me to understand what a deep, personal relationship with Christ was like. My daily devotions serve to anchor me each and every morning to the love and eternal hope found only in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Over 30 years of people leadership and coaching experience has developed a perspective which I am able to share with my fellow elders. I have a passion for helping people in business and in life.
I was baptized in 1977, but had minimal growth as a Christian until 1986 when challenged to actually live my faith while at Michigan State University. Shortly after moving back to Columbus in 1988, I was recruited to be part of the Heritage church plant team and helped to organize and launch Heritage in 1989. I have led life groups, taught Sunday School classes, served in children’s ministry and oversaw the construction of the original church building in 1998-99.
God re-shaped my character to be more in line with His commandments during my first 12 years at Heritage and I was faithfully mentored by a number of elders and pastors during that time. When the construction of the original building was completed, several elders asked me to enter into the elder training program, during which God confirmed to both my wife and I that I should take on the responsibility of shepherding His church here at Heritage.
I have been at Heritage for 27 years as a part of the original church plant. I’ve been blessed to be married to Julie for 34 years and we have two married daughters and three grandchildren. My pastimes include spending time with my wife, children and grandchildren, as well as gardening and powerlifting.
When I was in the Navy during Vietnam, a young sailor witnessed to me and led me to surrender my life to Jesus in 1973. Since then, I have tried to serve Him by serving others the best I can; blessing others because I have been blessed. I have been at Heritage for 8 years.
I have tried to practice servant leadership throughout my career. There are many wonderful principles in the Bible to apply in the work place. On the other hand, many experiences that I had in executive management, such as team building, apply even in the church. My favorite verse is 1 Peter 3:15. I pray that my life is such that others will ask me about the hope I have in Jesus.
I accepted Christ at the age 13 at a church retreat but it wasn’t until a life-changing event at the age of 18 that my feet were firmly on the solid rock of Christ. Since that time I’ve served in a variety of ministries, with different focuses for different seasons of life, viewing all that is around me as a mission field. One of the most important things I’ve learned in my walk is to trust Christ one step at a time whether things are going well or in periods of trials and trouble.
Years of leadership has taught me that effective leading is really about serving with humility even in the corporate world. It is not coincidental that scripture lists humility and serving as some of the characteristics required of elders. I’ve found that what works for His church is often a designed formula applicable to all walks of life.
Cindy and I met in high school, dated and have now been married for 32 years with 4 adult children who are in their 20’s. We have lots of memories of family vacations and some of the simplest and least expensive were the most memorable. Now we are learning to cherish the moments when all of us can spend time together as an entire family. My favorite past time is all things related to music, whether listening or playing an instrument. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and kayaking where I can enjoy and experience nature.
When I was young, I was on fire for Jesus. As a teen, I never stopped believing in Jesus, but really went off into the weeds and tried to do things on my own terms. As a young adult, I continued in that thinking until my wife and I were invited to Heritage. For me, coming back to church led me back to a relationship with Christ. That relationship, lived out in community, is the most important thing to me. It affects my marriage, my parenting, my friendships, and my work.
My experience has helped me develop the understanding that leadership is more than just results. I really feel that being an elder has applied more to work than the other way around. Being accountable, living an open life, shepherding, and walking in faith applies more to the work place than work place skills apply to being an elder. Early on I would not have said that but as I continue to rely on Christ, it becomes more evident.
I have been married to Wilma for 32 years and we have two adult children. We have attended Heritage for the past 23 years. I enjoy playing guitar and hiking as well as camping with my wife. It’s a bonus if I get to do both at the same time! My favorite verses tend to be the ones I am readings at any given time! His Word is so dynamic it tends to meet me right where I need. I spend a lot of my reading time in Psalms and Psalms 59:16 is one on my favorites.
I grew up in Westerville and then went to Otterbein College where I majored in business. I was raised in the Methodist Church, going on a regular basis and attending Sunday School, so I can’t remember not believing. However, I began to grow in my faith after college as some of my runners drew me into FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). We first started visited Heritage on Easter 2004 and have been active ever since.
No matter what your position we are all called to serve others and being an elder is another opportunity that God has given me to do that. I like 1 Corinthians 9:24 where Paul talks about only one runner wins in a race but all should run in such a way as to get the prize. We may not be the best at what we do but we can strive to be the best with God’s help.
Claudia and I have been married 46 years and have 3 kids (2 adopted) and 6 grandkids. Two of our grandchildren live with us and attend Heritage. My favorite memories of family are our summer vacations to Northern Michigan to various rivers and lakes. I enjoy watching all sports and love to be active. I play a little golf, walk, jog and still shoot baskets on my back yard court.
I was introduced and really came to know that the Lord saved me at an early age, but did not really make a commitment to Him until after I was married. At that time, I fell in love with Jesus and His abundant love has been my motivation to commit my life to Him alone and not anything else that the world may offer.
I think life is the best training for preparing one to be an elder. Family, work and church relationships, as well as general life experience of seeing the Lord work in situations over time is what has trained me best for eldership.
I repented of sin, made my profession of faith and was baptized when I was 11 years old at First Christian Church in North Canton, OH. I really started walking with Jesus when my son, Max was born in 1999. As my family grew and life happened, I really started to go deeper with Him. I work daily at being a disciple of Christ, which to me, is the ultimate goal of life on earth.
My family has attended Heritage for the past 18 years, and I have served as a chaplain at Heritage ministering to the sick & dying and their families since 2004. It is truly a blessing to serve in this role, especially when it involves a decision for Christ! Psalms 121 is a constant reminder that my help comes from The Almighty, The Creator of Heaven and Earth. He constantly watches over me, never sleeps!
Stephanie and I have one daughter Madison (Maddy, 14 yrs, Freshman at Buckeye Valley High School). Our son, Max went to be with Jesus when he was 5 in September 2004. Sweetest family memory was baptizing my daughter after her repentance of sin and profession of faith in Jesus Christ. My favorite past times are farming, collecting & showing antique farm machinery, snowmobiling, boating (All with my family, of course!)
I was raised Catholic and witnessed my grandparents, parents and others walk with Jesus and be involved in the church. I drifted away from church until married Judy. We started to attend a small group Bible study and I heard the need for me to make a clear decision to follow Jesus. 21 years ago, we found Heritage Christian Church at the Westerville Heritage Middle School and have been here since.
I am very proud of my wife Judy and her many years in prayer and work in missions. She was the first Missions Coordinator for Heritage. All three of of my children were baptized through Heritage events. My favorite verse is James 1:19 because I need constant training to start with listening.
I did not come to know the Lord until I was 40, but once He got hold of me, it has been an incredible journey. My marriage, my parenting, my leadership and my life in general have all been radically changed for the better. I’ve been so blessed to be a part of Heritage – to work with such godly men and women in various ministries and as part of the elder board.
Clearly, both the leadership I learned at Nationwide, and the coaching skills I am learning as an executive coach have been very valuable in this role as an elder. Tim Scholten and I had the opportunity last year to use our leadership experience to develop and deliver a Christian-oriented leadership course here at the church.
I have now been at Heritage for 18 years and my favorite passage is James 1:2-3. It took me many years to realize that trials are not just A way that God makes us better, but THE way. That made me appreciate the joy part even more – especially looking back and seeing how He has grown me in those trials!
Being brought up in a Christian home, I knew Jesus at an early age. I confessed him as Lord and Savior at the age of 16 and I was able to journey with many teens to accepting Christ and have continued to serve in the church in some capacity since those days.
Being in leadership in large organizations requires caring a lot about people. Helping them make the most of their careers and becoming the best form of themselves through coaching and development is where I have found the most joy in my work. Our Christian journey is similar, by praying for and caring for others we get to see people meet Jesus in good and in difficult circumstances. It is a true blessing to see them grow in their faith and service to the Lord.
I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of 29. I was raised Catholic but sought a personal relationship with Christ after becoming a widower. I have been a member of Heritage since 2005 and on the elder board for the past three years. In my time at Heritage, I have also served as a Life Group Leader & Coach and Benevolence Director. My life verse is Philippians 1:6.
As an engineer, I had to work in partnership with others to complete projects. As a manager, I had the responsibility to direct the efforts of members of our team to meet goals and manage budgets. In both areas, I had to interact and work closely with people to accomplish results.
Pavi has been at Heritage for 9 years and serves as a Lead Pastor of Heritage. Pavi grew up in India, came to the US for graduate school and earned a PhD from The Ohio State University.
Pavi loves discovering how the gospel of Jesus is being incarnated in new and creative ways while remaining deeply true to the faithful past. He finds the Biblical text endlessly generative and formative, and considers jazz a fascinating model for interpretation and incarnation.
I work as an Estate Planning Attorney and have had my own law firm since 2001. We’ve been at Heritage for 9 years now. My hope is to serve and to help others through the work I do or in my role as an elder.
In my quiet time, I talk “with” Jesus. My desire is to know Him more, and that comes through listening in my prayer time and meditating on His Word. My favorite passage of scripture is Isaiah 55:8-11 which reminds me that the Lord is in control and it is not always for me to understand His ways, rather to trust Him fully.
I am married to the love of my life for nearly 22 years. We are blessed with 3 amazing daughters. We are a tight-knit family and home is always where my heart is. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and walking/hiking.