Meet The Team
Jim is a life long resident of Bluffton and is married to Pat. Together they raised three daughters, all who are married. After graduating from Bluffton College, Jim served the Lord through the ministry of Bluffton-Pandora Youth for Christ for thirty four years. As an adult, Jim had been actively involved at Ebenezer as a teacher and deacon. Eight years ago Jim responded to the call of ministry to be a co pastor at Ebenezer. On April 1, 2013, Jim became Ebenezer's senior pastor. Jim has a heart for France and has served on at least 15 mission trips to this particular country. He is also an avid reader and Michigan fan, much to the dismay of many Buckeye fans. Jim desires you to know and grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Kerry grew up attending Ebenezer for most of his childhood and into his young adult years. In 2000 he married his bride, Krista, and together they both served at Ebenezer in various ways until a call to ministry to Louisville, Kentucky. In 2005 they moved their family and began the journey of helping plant a church. While there Kerry served as an associate pastor and as an area director for Youth for Christ.. After serving for 14 years in Louisville, Kerry accepted a position here at Ebenezer in the spring of 2019, to love and serve the families of this church and community. He and Krista have three children, who from a young age have helped alongside them in the ministry.
Pastor Dick was a missionary with SEND International for 20 years. He served with his wife and family in the Philippines as a Church Planter and then for his last 8 years as a Marriage and Family Counselor at Faith Academy. Faith Academy is an international school for 500 missionary children which is located just East of Metro-Manila, RP. He returned from the mission Field in June of 2004. He has been on the staff of EMC since August of 2004. Dick and Cheryl have 3 married daughters and 9 grandchildren. He took up SCUBA diving while in the Philippines and loved it. He enjoys reading in the area of Pastoral Counseling and getting time with the family.
As a life long resident of Northwest Ohio, David grew up in Arlington and attended Bluffton University. David has spent 14 years in youth ministry. After the last seven years working for Youth for Christ, he felt called back into church ministry. David and his wife Mary, love working with students and always love having them in their home. They also love seeing God work in the students' lives and are extremely humbled to be a part of this wonderful church. David loves Jeremiah 29:11-13 and considers that his life passage. David and Mary have three children, Haddy, Judah, and Lucy.
Kathy grew up in the Bluffton area and has been a life-long Ebenezer member. Before being called to church ministry in 1997, she worked at Marathon Oil Company for 21 years. She has been married to her husband Dave for 40 years, and they operate a small beef cattle farm. They have two grown sons. Sam is married to Janet, and they have four children. Mark is married to Rhonda and they have two daughters. Kathy has a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the University of Findlay and has been serving in her present position since 2003.
Deb grew up in the Bluffton area and has been a life-long Ebenezer member. Before being called to church ministry in 2003, she worked at The Bluffton News/Fun for Kidz Magazines for 13 years. She has been married to her husband Mike for 40 years, and they operate a grain farm that has been in Mike's family for five generations. They have three grown children. Kevin is married to Melissa (Epp), and they have one son. Kimberly is married to Jason Fritsch, and they have two sons. Cory is married to Emily (Huxman).