About Anna: Rev. Anna Guillozet comes to us after completing the West Ohio Conference’s selective residency program under appointment at King Avenue United Methodist Church. Before King Avenue she has served at North Broadway, Milford Center and Unionville Center Methodist Churches. Anna studied at Ohio Northern University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry and then at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, earning a Master of Divinity. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry Degree in Leadership for Transformational Change at MTSO. She was ordained an elder in the West Ohio Annual Conference in 2013. Anna has a passion for preaching, teaching and mission.
Joining Pastor Anna at Church of the Master is her husband Garrett, who serves as the supervisor of the Food Safety Program for Franklin County Public Health. Garrett also studied at Ohio Northern University, earning a Bachelor in Biology. They are excited to introduce you to their daughter, Graham, who was born in January of 2015. Also living with them in the parsonage will be Moxie, a Great Dane.
About Jennifer: Rev. Jennifer Casey is a second career pastor who responded to her call to vocational ministry about 5 years ago. She is finished her Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio and graduated in May. Jennifer’s passions are spirituality, evangelism, and developing and equipping others to live out their call as disciples of Christ. Pastor Jennifer has been married to her husband, Todd, for 18 years and they have two teenaged children – Austin and Taylor. The Casey’s currently reside in Hilliard and left their church home, Scioto Ridge UMC, to serve with the people of Church of the Master. The entire family is excited to meet the Church of the Master community.
About Bev: I grew up in Ringwood, New Jersey and Marietta, Ohio. In college, I majored in elementary education, thinking I’d be a fourth-grade teacher. God’s plans were different than mine. I received my call to ministry while working at Aldersgate Center in Swartswood, New Jersey. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education from Valparaiso University, I worked at Stonybrook United Methodist Church in Gahanna as the director of Christian education and youth ministries. I continued my education at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, receiving a master’s degree in Christian education, specializing in youth ministry.
I met my husband Erik at seminary and we were married in 2001. I served Trinity United Methodist Church in Mt. Gilead and Granger United Methodist Church before coming to Church of the Master in April 2009.
Erik and I are the parents of JD. We love that he is surrounded by a loving, caring church family here at Church of the Master. It warms my heart when people say “We remember when he was ‘this big,’” when in reality JD was just shy of his first birthday when we became a part of this family! We live in Gahanna with my mom and our cat Callie.
Where you might find me at Church of the Master: in my office, cooking spaghetti or pancakes in the kitchen for the college students, hanging in the youth room on Thursday nights with the high school small group, in the sanctuary on Sunday nights for En Fuego and Crossroads, or driving a big white van to and from college and youth work camps.
My favorite part of ministry: I love walking along side youth and young adults creating opportunities to develop their faith in their own way. From preaching for the youth at En Fuego or the college/young adult crowd at Crossroads to spending weeks on work camps, I believe that God speaks in many ways to this generation and we need to offer opportunities for all to hear God’s call in their lives. I am passionate about helping this generation discern their vocational call and to use their gifts and graces to the glory of God. I have been blessed over the past 18 years in youth ministry to serve alongside youth and young adults as we serve the “least of these” together.
A verse that inspires me: Jeremiah 29:11-13
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
About Kay: I love God, children, and teaching, so this job is a blessing to me!
I learned what a joy teaching and sharing your faith could be as a child at the Cades United Methodist Church in Cades, S.C.
At Clemson University I learned not only how to teach, (graduating with a degree in education) but also to love all things orange. Go Tigers! I have been teaching children in almost every setting imaginable – public school, private school, and Sunday school – for more than twenty years. I am married to the most wonderful man and am blessed with three amazing children.
Where you might find me at Church of the Master: Look for me in any room that the children are in. I might be at the altar for Children's Moment on Sunday morning, explaining the life of Jesus to a group of elementary kids at our weekly Thursday night M&Ms gatherings, or in the office picking out lessons and organizing games and volunteers for our annual Vacation Bible School.
My favorite part of ministry: Being with the children – having fun, delving into the great stories of the Bible, and sharing our faith with each other.
A verse that inspires me: Galatians 6:9-10
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people."
Michelle is new to our staff, but not to Church of the Master. She and her family have called Church of the Master home for quite some time. After taking a pause in her accounting career to focus on her family, Michelle is excited to join the staff leaders at Church of the Master.
Where you might find me at church:
I am usually in the office near the Sanctuary. If not, I try and leave a note about where to find me during office hours.
Music has always been an important part of my life, but I didn’t actually plan for it to take over. I started violin lessons when I was in fourth grade and continued through out my education. I am a certified Suzuki Violin Method teacher. I teach at and manage Encore Music Studios in Westerville and North Columbus. I sang in my church choir at First United Methodist Church in Warren, Penn. from first grade until high school graduation. It was there I met my first and most important mentor, Miss Curtis, the director of religious education and children’s choir director. Even as a child all I knew was that I wanted to be just like Miss Curtis. My faith grew with the songs I sang, and I can still remember many of them to this day. It is my hope that the same will be true for the children I sing with at Music and the Master. The simple, scripture-related songs we sing as children provide a firm foundation for growing in our faith as we grow in our years.
Where you might find me at church: I’m usually at church before 4:30 p.m. every Thursday to get ready for our Music and the Master (M&Ms) program. You might find me in the room at near the elevator in the basement where I keep music, instruments and the candy M&Ms that every child gets at the end of choir practice that night. If you can’t find me there, just listen for my acoustic guitar and the sound of singing children. On Sundays mornings, you will find me in the sanctuary.
Favorite part of the job: I love to sing and I love children. When you mix them together wonderful things happen.
What inspires me about ministry: I love it when parents tell me that their children sing their songs in the car or at home or on the playground. I got goose bumps when a mom told me that she heard her little one in his room in the dark of night singing “Be Strong and Courageous” to himself. I love to witness children being kind and loving to each other during our rehearsals. Most of our songs are scripture-based and my hope is that the messages will remain in their hearts so that they will remember them in times of need, in times of joy and celebration, and all the time in between.
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 4:32
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another; even as God through Jesus has forgiven you.”
About Christopher: "I grew up in Flatwoods, KY, where my parents still live, and graduated from Marshall University, Huntington,WV, where I majored in Vocal Performance and minored Conducting and Keyboards. Church music was my life growing up. My home church, Advance Memorial UMC, nurtured me as a young musician, I played piano and organ and discovered my love of handbells in that congregation. After college I served as interim in several congregations before settling down to serve Grace UMC in Raceland, KY for 5 years as Director of Music and then Pea Ridge UMC, Huntington, WV as Director of Music Ministries/Organist, where I served for 10 years before moving to Columbus to go to seminary. I presently attend Trinity Lutheran Seminary, pursuing a Master of Theological Studies, and certificate in Church Music. I am a self proclaimed theatre nerd, I spend most of my vacation time in New York City seeing shows and always enjoyed directing community theatre for fun. I began directing community theatre in 2002 when I directed my first production of Godspell. The last several years I was a music director in residence for First Stage Children's Theatre, Huntington,WV."