OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Pastor Shearer has been married since 1997 to his wife Sarah and has six children. He had the joy of growing up in Cedarville, Ohio and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at Cedarville University in 1994. He worked in the aerospace industry for 13 years at Boeing Satellite Systems in Los Angeles, California. While he was there he attended The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley and graduated in 2006. He has been in pastoral ministry since 2007, first in Aurora, Illinois and then in southern Ohio. He came to Maranatha Baptist in April 2016 and is thrilled to be part of the church family.
Pastor Shearer’s favorite verse is found in Joshua 1:8-9 which says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Be not afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.”
Phone: (630) 450-0683
Family Ministries Pastor
Pastor Ben and his wife Ashley have been married since 2009 and have two sons, and a daughter. He and his wife are Ohio natives, and grew up in Toledo, OH. Pastor Ben graduated from the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Bible and Missions. Pastor Ben has been serving in full-time ministry since 2009. He is passionate about teaching God's Word and making disciples who can make disciples (2 Tim. 2:2).
One of his favorite Scripture passages is 2 Corinthians 4:16-18: "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Community Life Pastor
Pastor David has been married since 1992 to his wife Brenda and they have been blessed with four wonderful children (one who is already safe in the arms of Jesus) and a fantastic son-in-law. David grew up in Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with a master’s degree in Christian education. He has been in ministry for over 20 years working with students, families, and internationals. He has a heart for helping people fulfill their calling, walk with Christ, and reach the nations.
One of his favorite passages is found in Philippians 2:3-5: Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus
Jon has been married since 2005 to his wife Kristin and they have been blessed with two beautiful children. Jon grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Cedarville University with a Bachelor of Music Education, and a minor in Bible. He taught music for 10 years at Madison Christian School in Groveport, Ohio, and has been the worship leader at MBC since 2012. His passion is leading others to know and worship Christ through music!
Jon's favorite passage of Scripture is found in Philippians 3:7-11 which states: "But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith--that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection of the dead."
Todd has been worshipping at Maranatha since 1992, and has served as a deacon from 1999-2004, and from 2007-present. He is blessed with his wife Heather, 5 children, 2 daughters-in-law, and 1 grandchild. Todd works as a district manager for Meijer. He serves our church body as the financial secretary. A passage of Scripture that encourages Todd is Proverbs 21:1 - “the King’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord, He turns it wherever He wishes.” Todd is thankful that God loves him enough to refine him, through earthly circumstances, to become more like Christ. God is working ALL things together for our good and for His glory.
Austin has been worshipping at Maranatha since 2016 and has been serving as a deacon since 2021. He is blessed with his wife Melody. Austin works for Human Resources at the Amazon warehouse in West Jefferson. He serves our church by helping lead the Young Adults Ministry and security. Two passages of Scripture that encourage Austin are Luke 1:37 "For nothing will be impossible with God" and Colossians 3:3 "For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." They are a wonderful reminder that God is in control of all things and how much we need to make Christ part of our identity.
Greg has been worshipping at Maranatha since 1986, and has served as a deacon off and on through those years. Currently he's served since 2012. He is blessed with his wife Connie, 6 children, and 5 grandchildren. Greg works for the City of Columbus. He serves our church by overseeing the building and grounds. He and Connie are also a part of the marriage ministry at Maranatha. A passage of Scripture that encourages Greg is Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” This passage helps Greg stay grounded in the Word of God and rely on the wisdom of God instead of his own wisdom.
Seth has been worshipping at Maranatha his entire life and has been serving as deacon since 2021. He has been married to his wife Joy for 9 years and they have 2 children, Karsyn and Corban. Seth teaches physical education at Stiles Elementary School in South-Western City School District. He serves our church as a youth leader, musician on the worship team and is a small group leader. A passage of Scripture that encourages Seth is Galatians 2:20 because it reminds him of his identity in Christ and the fact that his life is not ultimately about him at all. It is a constant reminder that everything he does and is involved in should point others to Christ and to bring Him glory.
Jason has been worshipping at Maranatha since 2003 and has served as a deacon since 2021. He and his wife Stacy have been married for 17 years and have 2 children, Mary and Thomas. Jason works in the U.S. District Court as a staff attorney for a federal judge. He serves our church body by overseeing the children's ministry. A passage of Scripture that encourages Jason is John 8:31-32 – “Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” In a fallen world that is struggling with what is true, right and just, we have a Heavenly Father who is Truth, Righteousness and Justice. He has lovingly revealed Himself in His Word that we might know Him and abide in Him.
Andy has been worshipping at Maranatha since 2015 and has served as a deacon since 2019. He is blessed with his wife Erin and 4 children. Andy works for the City of Marysville as a Firefighter and Paramedic. Andy serves our church body by leading the outreach and men's basketball ministry. A passage of Scripture that encourages Andy is Ephesians 2: 8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith. And this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.” Much of Andy’s life, he believed that he had to earn his salvation and right standing with God. This passage was one of the first to make clear to him that salvation is solely a gift from God and not about good works. He realized that this is possible only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Jesse Hill has been worshipping at Maranatha since 2016, and has served as deacon since 2019. He is blessed with his wife Stephanie and their five children. Jesse works for an area fire department and he and Stephanie operate a home remodeling company. Jesse serves our church by overseeing our facilities. One of Jesse's favorite passages is Galatians 2:20 ("I am crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.") because it is a joyful reminder of how his sin debt was nailed to the cross and now the Spirit desires to live the life of Christ through him.
Jon has been worshiping at Maranatha since 1995 and has served as a deacon since 2020. He is blessed with his wife, Judi, 4 children, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 grandkids. Jon works as a director of marketing at EWI. He serves our church body in the Community Outreach ministry. A passage of Scripture that encourages Jon is 2 Corinthians 5:17 & 20, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come…Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us…” These verses remind him that through Christ, he is a new creature, no longer bound to his past. He is now an ambassador of the God who saved him, and he needs to walk in a manner worthy of his calling.
Thad has been worshipping at Maranatha since 1991 and has served as a deacon since 2010. He is blessed with his wife Belinda, 4 children, and 4 grandchildren. Thad works as a sign designer and engineer. He serves our church body by overseeing the "YES" (senior) ministry and guest services coordinator. A passage of Scripture that encourages Thad is Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” The life that Thad lives is a representation of Christ to the world. Thad can only accomplish this through Christ’s power, with a grateful heart, and the understanding of Christ’s sacrifice for him.
Alex has been worshiping at Maranatha for his entire life and and has been serving as deacon since 2021. He works as a manager for a shipping retailer on the east side of Columbus. He serves our church body by helping lead the young adult’s group and assisting with the youth group. A passage of scripture that encourages Alex is John 1:1-5 because it reminds him that Christ is not just his savior but also his creator and sustainer, He is our light and darkness cannot overcome him.
Jack has been worshipping at Maranatha since 1988 and has served as a deacon since 1990. He is blessed with his wife Grace, 5 children, and 12 grandchildren. Jack works as a market manager for Armstrong Flooring. He serves our church body as the vice chairman of the deacon board. He also oversees membership and is part of the missions committee. A passage of Scripture that encourages Jack is Jeremiah 29:11 which states “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Jack’s first wife was diagnosed with incurable cancer at age 29. God used this verse, His Word, and godly people to help him through this difficult time. After her death, Jack knew God had a plan for his future. Within a year, God drew Jack and his wife Grace together. They have been happily married for 35 years. God is good all the time!
Andy has been worshipping at Maranatha since 2009 and has served as deacon since 2019. He is blessed with his wife, Angela and four children: Caleb, Ethan, Nathan, and Joanna. Andy works at Nationwide Insurance as a Trainer. He serves our church body by overseeing the nursery and men's ministry. A passage of Scripture that encourages Andy is Colossians 2:6, 7 which states "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." This is a reminder to live out the relationship with God that we have been graciously given. This is done by centering our lives around Him and being full of thanks in everything that God brings our way.
Brian has been worshipping at Maranatha since 2011, and has served as a deacon since 2017. He is blessed with his wife Carol. Brian works as a CPA for a privately-owned real estate firm. He serves our church body as the treasurer. A passage of Scripture that encourages Brian is Colossians 1:13-18, which ends with “And He is before all things, and by him all things consist. And He is the head of the body ..... that in all things He might have the preeminence.” This helps remind Brian that it is through Christ that he exists and that the purpose of everything he does should be to glorify Christ.
Peter has been worshipping at Maranatha for 23 years and has served as a deacon for 3 years. He is blessed with his wife Noelle, and 6 children. Peter works as an investment manager. He serves our church body by overseeing policies and the youth ministry. A passage of Scripture that encourages Peter is Micah 6:8: “He has told you oh man what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” This passage tells us that we should walk humbly with our God. The fact that we are able to have a "walk" with the creator of the universe shows His amazing love for us. This verse encourages Peter in his walk with the Lord to humbly strive to know and love Him more.
Tom and Kari have been members at Maranatha since 1984 when Tom started teaching at Maranatha Christian School. They were married in 1985, and Tom continued to teach even after they applied to serve the Lord as missionaries in 1990. Between 1995 – 2005 they ministered in Japan as church-planting missionaries with ABWE. Tom has served as a deacon from 1993 – 1995, and then from 2010 to present. They have been blessed with 6 children, 2 daughters-in-law, 2 sons-in-law, and 8 grandchildren. Tom works as a financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial. He currently serves our church body as our missions deacon and church clerk, as well as assistant to the financial secretary. Tom and Kari are also Small Group leaders. As opportunities arise, Tom also teaches in the Adult Bible School. Tom asks prayer for: wisdom in ministry to our church family as well as his own family, ongoing purity, a deepening love for Jesus, opportunities to share the Good News, and that each of his family follows Christ.