Tim Armstrong: Senior Pastor
Senior Pastor Tim Armstrong earned an undergraduate degree in pre-seminary studies at Cedarville University and a graduate degree in theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Tim is a prolific teacher who has been preaching for nearly 2 decades in north central and northeastern Ohio. He and his wife Michelle were married in 1991 and have twin daughters, McKenna Kate and Isabelle Grace and a son, Jack Hudson. Tim is an avid cyclist, skier & hunter.
Zac Derr: Lead Pastor
Although described as “diminutive” in a late ‘90s edition of the University of Akron football media guide and affectionately called Smurfy by his mother, Zac would be quite tall for a hobbit. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he earned an undergraduate degree in Emergency Management from The University of Akron, and a master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Serving as our Lead Pastor since the Fall of 2010, Zac and Hilary, along with Jillian Davy (11), Andrea (8), Abram (6) and Simeon (4) enjoy reading, wrestling, home improvement projects and “farming” their little slice of Wadsworth.
Jonathan Hill: Worship Director
Prior to moving to Wadsworth to become our worship leader early in 2016, Jonathan and his family spent time in Iowa, Missouri and the Dallas, Texas, area where Jonathan was raised. Before the joys of marriage, parenting and vocational ministry, Jonathan worked as professional opera singer in New York City; his favorite is The Magic Flute. Married to Angela, who Jonathan happens to think is the best wife on the planet, the Hill’s enjoy their two very special daughters, Lisette (5) and Lydia (3) and their baby boy, Jude(1). When not absorbed in music and coffee, he loves collecting antique legos (who doesn’t?), reading, getting outdoors with the family and spending time at the beach (he’s still warming up to Lake Erie.)
Anita Adams: Campus Manager
Anita is our Campus Manager which means she pretty much runs the joint. A native California girl, Anita has been part of the church for over 14 years and on the staff team more than a decade, beginning as a part time book keeper. Having attended only 1 basketball game in her entire life, one moderately embarrassing encounter with Malone University star forward, Rex Adams, marked the beginning of a life filled with basketball! Married for some 29 years, Rex and Anita have thoroughly enjoyed, and occasionally only endured, innumerable games of basketball, volleyball and football with Austin (24, Granger IN), Mallory (21, Malone University) and Tessa (18, University of Akron). In her spare time, Anita enjoys cooking and dreaming of the beach.
Jane Wiita: Kids Ministry Director
Once a fledgling Ostrich entrepreneur (she may be your only chance to meet one!), Jane has been part of the church since just before Y2K. She and Joel, whom she met at Wheaton College in Illinois, are raising 4 wonderful children: Jenna (20) is a junior at Hillsdale College, Isaac is a freshman at Ohio State (18) while Deron (14) and Lydia (12) are schooled at home. Before the full joys of kids, the move to Ohio and the Ostrich endeavor Jane taught inner city high school in Chicago. She has a passion for teaching, be it a Bible study for adults, a homeschool co-op art class for students, or filling in with the littles on Sunday morning. As our Director of Kids Ministry, Jane creatively and energetically helps lead children and their families face-to-face with Jesus.
Josiah Callahan: Student Ministry Director
A 2017 graduate of The University of Akron, Josiah achieved Summa Cum Laude honors as a Chemical Engineering student while simultaneously leading a campus ministry to students through Campus Crusade for Christ. In his spare time, he also ran a small landscaping business he started. Following graduation, Josiah invested a couple years in engineering before God called him into vocational ministry in the Spring of 2019.
During high school, God worked drastic change in Josiah’s life which sparked a passion to lead and engage his peers and the next generation with the gospel. It was also in high school that Josiah met his best friend and wife, Taylor, whom he married 2016.
Josiah enjoys exploring new cities and coffee shops with his wife, playing just about any sport imaginable and coaching tennis at CVCA in Cuyahoga Falls.
As part of his responsibility for our middle school, high school and young adult ministries, Josiah is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Knox Theological Seminary.
Alan Bowdler: Church Planter in Residence
Born and raised in East Liverpool, with the British accent to boot, Alan grew up on the banks of the Ohio River just as it leaves Pennsylvania. (It’s a bit of a riddle.) Having joined our staff in the Fall of 2015 to oversee our youth and young adult ministries, Alan began an intensive period of training in July 2019 to plant a new Chapel campus in Medina. An undergraduate business major at the University of Akron, where he met Jesus and became heavily involved in campus ministry, Alan is also a Master of Divinity graduate of Knox Theological Seminary. He enjoys most anything outdoors, particularly soccer and gardening, and most anything indoors too, so long as he’s in the company of friends, with none more desirable than his best friend Samantha, whom he married in 2013 and their infant son, Eli Michael.