Rev. Jeff Wilder
Transitional Sr Pastor
Jeff Wilder is a Commissioned Minister of the Christian Church in Ohio. Born and raised in Middletown, Jeff Wilder has a true heart for the young people of this city. He has just recently began his formal education at Phillips Theological Seminary, but has had the unique opportunity to study under some of the areas great ministers and theologians. Jeff is an active volunteer with The Boy Scouts of America for 13 years. He has been recognized as Scoutmaster of the Year, Cub Master of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year, as well as being a Vigil Honoree in the Order of the Arrow (BSA Honor Society). In 2018, Jeff was recognized by Kingswell Ministries as Man of the Year for his work with the youth in Middletown and Mason of the year for Jefferson lodge Middletown Free and Accepted Masons. He has previously served as an outreach minister, an elder, and a youth program coordinator. Jeff’s family has absorbed his love for serving. His wife Kelly, works as a home health care giver for adults with disabilities and youngest son, Kobi, is an Eagle Scout who's Eagle project was an anti bullying campaign. They currently live in Middletown. He is also the proud father of seven of whom; son Glenn South is a missionary to Turkey, daughter Courtney is a preschool teacher, daughter Carly is a student of Cincinnati State for Hospitality and Business Management and he is an even prouder grandfather of four. His favorite verse is “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). In ministry, as in life, Jeff has lived and ministered from the precept that God gives us “it is ok to give the wrong person a break but it is not ok to break the wrong person.”
Michael Hefner
Music Director
Michael Began his ministry with us on July 15th, 2018. He has 40 years of experience as a church musician. He hopes to lead and grow the music program and work to develop an inspirational and quality music program. Michael holds an Associate of Arts in Music from Sinclair College, Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Wright State University. Michael is responsible for Accompanying worship services, as well as directing all music programs of the church, especially our Chancel Choir.

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