Bruce Haapalainen, Senior Minister

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As Senior Minister my primary purpose is to be an encourager, both of the discouraged and those who are in a position to encourage others.

I encourage the church to spend itself extravagantly in love for those inside and outside of our faith family. I encourage imperfect people (with myself at the top of the list) to grow in faith and action by following a perfect God. I preach, teach and dream with the intention of maximizing the number of hearts that are touched and the number of hands that are used to help.

Deana Vail, Administrative Assistant

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Dee keeps the business of the church running smoothly by providing receptionist, secretarial and administrative services. As Administrative Assistant, she also oversees the activities of the out-sourced building services.  

 

Ellen Eckert, Church Cabinet Liaison

 

 

 

As Church Cabinet Liaison , Ellen works with all the church committees and boards, assuring that everyone is fully informed and working in concert toward fulfilling the established goals of the congregation. 

Sarah Ramos, Director of Children's Ministry

 

Sarah’s role as the Director of Children's Ministry is to organize, teach and oversee the preschool – 5th graders. She enjoys encouraging the children to make friends while studying the teachings of Jesus and the word of God. Sarah is grateful for the wonderful families who volunteer every week and bring their children to church and Sunday School. She welcomes all to join us as we grow our faith by leaps and bounds, proclaim the word of God, and serve God’s people every week.

 
Lindi Meisse, Director of Youth Ministry

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The Director of Youth Ministry is the person primarily responsible for the oversight, planning & direction of all junior high/high school-age activities. Lindi oversees the curriculum for the junior high & high school youth in addition to implementing the high school curriculum. She plans and leads the youth in their own youth worship service. The Director of Youth Ministry also meets and works with the Youth Board and parents to make sure the balance of inspirational, educational, recreational, service and fund-raising components are met.

 

Richard Wink, PhD, Director of Music

Dr. Wink’s responsibilities include planning the music and fine arts program. This includes directing the Chancel Choir  and working with the organist, the Bell Choir, and Cherub Choir.  In recent years, Dr. Wink has also supervised a concert series of music and fine arts events, which includes at least two large works by the chancel choir, usually with instrumental accompaniment. During the summer months during chancel choir furlough, he plans and supervises solo and ensemble works. 

Tara Briner, Organist/Pianist

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Tara accompanies the choir and serves as our organist. She is orginally from Georgia where she worked as a Ballet Accompanist and Church Musician.  In addition to playing for University and Dance Academies, Tara worked in Episcopal, Community Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. In her own words, Tara describes being a church musician this way, "The delightful work of being a musician is a blessing in itself, one that I appreciate greatly.  Music can be comforting, expressive, or jubilant.  It is the universal language, and I believe it's one of God's languages." 

Kim Stover, Financial Secretary

 

The Financial Secretary, under the direction of the Finance Committee, is responsible for all financial duties and reporting of the church including contributions/pledges, accounts payable, budgeting and payroll. Kim has a background in accounting and specifically in Church financial management.   

Bryce Witchey, Video Production Manager

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Bryce is in charge of shooting, editing, and publishing the weekly second service and uploading to the web site as well as modifying the finished product for our weekly television broadcast on WMFD Television, seen Wednesdays at 7:00PM. Bryce’s background is in Video & Graphic Arts and is presently attending North Central State College in Mansfield. He also has been a Program Production Director at WMFD-TV.

Jon Hall, Maintenance Director

 

Jon, with the assistance of volunteers and outsourced vendors, maintains the facility. From painting to mechanical fixes, Jon is a master of many trades and keeps the campus in tip top shape.     
                        

Larry Scott, Custodial Services

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Church Custodian Larry Scott is responsible for keeping our church clean, which is a big and important job! In addition, Larry is responsible for setting up rooms for whatever event might be taking place there. This includes everything from setting up for small meetings to preparing for congregational meetings and dinners.