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 Char: Char is my nickname from Charlayne. I grew up in Western Pennsylvania in the town of Franklin. I met my husband, Tom, at Otterbein University. We’ve been married since the Fourth of July, 1970.
We have been blessed with three children - Andrea, Jeffrey and David. All the children are grown and married. Tom and I enjoy our seven grandchildren, ages one to 13.
I’m a graduate of Otterbein University as well as the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, with a Master of Arts degree. I have continued my studies with certificates from the Messianic Studies Institute in Gahanna.
I love to cook (soups especially), garden, study the Bible, write songs, write about senior members of the church, lecture and plan for spiritual retreats and sing during the church’s contemporary service.
Where you can find me: The early, contemporary worship and in the chapel for Sunday school class each Sunday. I also am in the Gathering Space before the traditional service at 11 a.m. During the week, I am out visiting our special people who are in retirement facilities or confined to home or hospital.
What inspires me about ministry: I am energized by the wonderful people I am privileged to serve by listening to their joys and sorrows and by hearing the story of their lives. I am often the "connector" between persons who know each other and cannot visit one another. The beautiful people I visit are far more a blessing to me than I am to them. I am drawn closer to Christ by each unique person. If perhaps I am able to help them, then my heart is full and overflowing with joy. Walking with others on their journey of faith is a cherished gift to me.
Favorite Scripture: Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
The very thought of God singing over each of us is a beautiful picture of God's love and grace.
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."
Although I was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, I’ve lived in Westerville for about 20 years. I am blessed to be married to Jonathan Beach, and the mother of two teenagers, Marielle and Ian. In the distant past, I spent time at Ohio University where I received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in information systems and an MBA.
After several years of working in business, we started our family and I was called to the position here.
When I’m not working or participating in church activities, I am often involved in running the kids from place to place for teen activities including marching band, Boy Scouts and many others. I am also involved in the church’s papercrafting ministry and the Contemporary Praise Team at church. My favorite things to do include reading, music, and making cards.
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.
My favorite part of the job:
I am thankful to meet and work with many people in our church of all ages.
A verse that inspires me: Psalm 121
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
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 Hannah: Church of the Master would like to welcome Hannah Ewald as our summer intern for 2016. Hannah is currently studying at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC earning her Masters of Divinity. She recently graduated from Otterbein University in May of 2015 as a Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Peace and Social Justice Major. Hannah has a huge passion for women empowerment and social justice issues, especially within the faith context. Hannah is on the track for ordination within the United Methodist Church, and is eager to see how this experience will help discern her call even further.