The Senior Pastor at Church of the Master United Methodist is Rev. Jay D. Anderson. Pastor Jay is a third career pastor, having spent nineteen years in management with the Kmart Corporation and eight years in residential real estate with HER Realtors before entering the ministry. Jay earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN in 1982 and his Masters of Divinity Degree with a specialization in Church Leadership from the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, OH in 2009. One of the things Jay loves about ministry is the opportunity to help people see, hear, and think about the Gospel of Jesus Christ in new and inclusive ways. Jay and his wife Lynn live in Westerville, OH have four daughters and six grandchildren.
Kristina is new to Church of the Master, but not to the world of United Methodism. She grew up in the Methodist Church and was very active in her youth group and mission trips at her home church in Macedonia, OH. Kristina moved to Columbus in 2009 to start seminary working towards her Masters in Divinity. Shortly after starting school, Kristina felt called to take some time off and served at a non-profit in Hilliard, OH, followed by a fulfilling 4 year stint as a Youth Director at a UMC in Columbus. Kristina then went back to seminary where she received her degree in professional counseling 4 days after her daughter was born (needless to say, Kristina didn't walk at commencement!) Kristina is currently a licensed professional counselor and is thrilled about bridging her two passions: church life and counseling. Kristina hopes to bring comfort to the community inside and outside the church as we learn more about the importance of recognizing mental health and learning how to be more whole and healthy spiritual beings. Kristina currently lives in Westerville with her husband, daughter and very furry dog, Tanner.
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.
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.
A native of Syracuse, New York, April is not a stranger to drastic temperature changes. However, after 17 years on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, she is getting reacquainted with the four seasons of central Ohio. She is happy to be settled in Westerville, close to her twin brother and family.
April has always been a handy person, shadowing her dad with the fix-it chores around the house. In November 2007, she became the sexton for The Parish of St. Clement (Episcopal) in Honolulu. She has had a hand in caring for multiple churches on Oahu across various denominations and cultures. April served many years on the church council at Lutheran Church of Honolulu as property steward and two years as council president. Her goal at Church of the Master is to be a welcoming presence to all who enter our facility.
A United States Army veteran, April proudly served as a musician with the Infantry Center Band at Ft. Benning, Georgia. She has been a flutist for over 50 (yes, that’s correct) years and in December 2016, performed as a member of the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Honor Band. April is a charter member of the University of Hawaii West Oahu Concert Band.
David has been with Church of the Master since 1981. He is always eager to greet everyone and is willing to help out in any way he can. David keeps our church clean and enjoys mowing the lawn.
About Kitty: 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,W