Encounter’s leadership structure is based upon a team of committed individuals who desire to fulfill the calling that God has placed on their lives. The Bible identifies many team ministry structures that were used in the early formation of the Church as found in the New Testament book of Acts. Each leadership team member has defined roles within the church according to their giftedness and passions.
Michael and his wife Maren got married in 2001 and have five children, Pierson, Thatcher, Sterling, Anders, and Merritt. Michael serves as Encounter’s Lead Pastor. Along with spending time with his family, he also enjoys do-it-yourself projects, urban farming, cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes, and being in the great outdoors.
Kerris and his wife Krista got married in 2000 and have three children, Adalyn, Kerry III, and Kain. Kerris serves as Encounter’s Associate Pastor. Along with spending time with his family, Kerris also enjoys camping, movies, music, football, and food.
Kristin and her husband Matt got married in 2010 and have two children, Elizabeth Grace and Katherine Hope. They began attending Encounter in 2009 and have led many events for the church. Along with spending time with her family, Kristin also enjoys traveling, cooking, and crafts.
Kellie and her husband Chuck got married in 2003 and have a daughter, Maddie. Kellie has been a partner at Encounter Church since 2011 and leads our Children’s Ministry. Along with spending time with friends and family, Kellie enjoys a quiet evening at home.
Justin and his wife Angela got married in 2001 and have two boys, Gannon and Grayson. They have been attending Encounter Church since 2009 where Justin serves many roles. Along with spending time with his family and friends, Justin enjoys working on projects around the house, his lawn equipment, cars, and his old tractor.
Bill and his wife Sharon got married in 1961 and have two grown daughters. They are also the proud grandparents to three grandchildren. Bill and Sharon have been partners at Encounter Church since April, 2012. Along with spending time with family, Bill also enjoys playing golf and volunteering to help others.
Robert and his wife Marie were married in a Texas backyard eight years ago, and now have three children, Eva, Katherine, and Nathan. Since becoming a partner of Encounter Church in 2013, Robert has enjoyed playing on the worship team and now serves as an elder. He loves being home with his family, fall weather, an organized garage, and threatening his wife with Don Knotts reruns.
Bill and his wife Melissa have been married for 17 years and have 2 awesome kids. Bill is currently serving as our Deacon of Outreach. He is passionate about equipping people to share the Good News and equip them for the work of the Kingdom. He loves to cook (especially on the smoker), having fun with family and good fellowship.