Leadership Team

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Journey Of Faith Fellowship Leadership

Journey Of Faith Fellowship is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.

Charles & Debbie Wertz

Executive Pastor

Charles was originally from Baltimore, Maryland and spent his middle and high school years in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Debbie was born and raised in London, Ohio. We met and married in 1984 while still students at Ohio Christian University (formerly known as Circleville Bible College). Immediately following graduation, we began pastoring in 1989 at the ripe old age of 25 years old! With no prior experience, we learned how to pastor largely by trial and error. Those early years were challenging, and often heartbreaking, but God was preparing us for something unique and quite beautiful. In April of 2007 we began leading “Journey of Faith Fellowship”, a group of families that were determined to love Jesus, to love outsiders, and to lead our children to God. The next few years were incredibly demanding. Satan attacked in every way imaginable. But with God’s help we weathered those storms. Today, Journey is a haven for broken people who long to find in Jesus the “something that’s missing” that they’ve been searching for all their lives.….And Debbie and I couldn’t be happier that God chose for us to pastor this amazing group of genuine followers of Jesus!

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Charles was originally from Baltimore, Maryland and spent his middle and high school years in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Debbie was born and raised in London, Ohio. We met and married in 1984 while still students at Ohio Christian University (formerly known as Circleville Bible College). Immediately following graduation, we began pastoring in 1989 at the ripe old age of 25 years old! With no prior experience, we learned how to pastor largely by trial and error. Those early years were challenging, and often heartbreaking, but God was preparing us for something unique and quite beautiful. In April of 2007 we began leading “Journey of Faith Fellowship”, a group of families that were determined to love Jesus, to love outsiders, and to lead our children to God. The next few years were incredibly demanding. Satan attacked in every way imaginable. But with God’s help we weathered those storms. Today, Journey is a haven for broken people who long to find in Jesus the “something that’s missing” that they’ve been searching for all their lives.….And Debbie and I couldn’t be happier that God chose for us to pastor this amazing group of genuine followers of Jesus!

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Josh & Heather Zimmerman

Associate Pastor

Joshua and Heather Zimmerman were married in 2006 and reside in South Charleston, Ohio. They are parents of three amazing children. Both are graduates of Ohio Christian University. Joshua earned his Pre-Seminiary and Christian Ministries degree and Heather graduated with her Bachelor's in Education and has since earned a masters from Cedarville University. Joshua and Heather have been serving in youth ministry together for 15 years.

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Joshua and Heather Zimmerman were married in 2006 and reside in South Charleston, Ohio. They are parents of three amazing children. Both are graduates of Ohio Christian University. Joshua earned his Pre-Seminiary and Christian Ministries degree and Heather graduated with her Bachelor's in Education and has since earned a masters from Cedarville University. Joshua and Heather have been serving in youth ministry together for 15 years.

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John & Heather Simmons

Leadership Team Members

John and Heather Simmons were married in 1998 and currently live outside of South Charleston. They have two children, Shelby and Brock, who are active participants of CHAOS youth group. They are one of the founding families of Journey of Faith Fellowship which began in 2007. This is their third time serving on the Leadership Team. Heather served as Journey's treasurer for several years. John and Heather have enjoyed serving in many outreach ministry events Journey has had throughout the years as well. Outside of Journey, they enjoy watching their kids participate in different sports at Southeastern and traveling to the beach. John and Heather call Journey "home" and look forward to serving with various other ministries at Journey in the years ahead, as well as growing in their walk with Jesus. II Peter 3::18


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John and Heather Simmons were married in 1998 and currently live outside of South Charleston. They have two children, Shelby and Brock, who are active participants of CHAOS youth group. They are one of the founding families of Journey of Faith Fellowship which began in 2007. This is their third time serving on the Leadership Team. Heather served as Journey's treasurer for several years. John and Heather have enjoyed serving in many outreach ministry events Journey has had throughout the years as well. Outside of Journey, they enjoy watching their kids participate in different sports at Southeastern and traveling to the beach. John and Heather call Journey "home" and look forward to serving with various other ministries at Journey in the years ahead, as well as growing in their walk with Jesus. II Peter 3::18


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Marvin & Brandy Summers

Leadership Team Members

Marvin and Brandy Summers have been a part of Journey of Faith Fellowship since 2010. They have been together since high school and are both graduates of Southeastern. They were blessed with twins who are now in high schoool. Marvin and Brandy are now serving their third term on Journey of Faith Fellowship leadership team. 

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Marvin and Brandy Summers have been a part of Journey of Faith Fellowship since 2010. They have been together since high school and are both graduates of Southeastern. They were blessed with twins who are now in high schoool. Marvin and Brandy are now serving their third term on Journey of Faith Fellowship leadership team. 

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Neil & Janine Sheaffer

Leadership Team Members

Neil and Janine both hail from Pennsylvania, but met each other in Ohio. Neil completed a career in the U.S. Air Force and moved to the area in 2005. Janine has lived in central Ohio since graduating from college in 1983. Married since 2010, they share five adult children and two grandchildren. They are new to Journey of Faith Fellowship having arrived at Journey in 2020 and became covenant members shortly afterwards. They were most recently active at another area church where they filled several ministry roles over their years of participation. Neil grew up in the church, but never developed a deep understanding of the gospel or what it really meant to be a disciple of Christ. It wasn't until attending Journey that Neil was challenged to pray, learn and grow! Janine cannot recall a time in her life that she didn't know that Jesus was Lord. While growing up in the Lutheran church she was blessed with parents who were involved in the Charismatic movement in the 70's.  This is when she had her first experiences with the Holy Spirit. It has been in the last twenty two (22) years that the Lord has called her into a deeper relationship with Him. Neil and Janine have servant's hearts and enjoy giving their time and talents to support ministries. This is their first time to serve on the Leadership Team. 

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Neil and Janine both hail from Pennsylvania, but met each other in Ohio. Neil completed a career in the U.S. Air Force and moved to the area in 2005. Janine has lived in central Ohio since graduating from college in 1983. Married since 2010, they share five adult children and two grandchildren. They are new to Journey of Faith Fellowship having arrived at Journey in 2020 and became covenant members shortly afterwards. They were most recently active at another area church where they filled several ministry roles over their years of participation. Neil grew up in the church, but never developed a deep understanding of the gospel or what it really meant to be a disciple of Christ. It wasn't until attending Journey that Neil was challenged to pray, learn and grow! Janine cannot recall a time in her life that she didn't know that Jesus was Lord. While growing up in the Lutheran church she was blessed with parents who were involved in the Charismatic movement in the 70's.  This is when she had her first experiences with the Holy Spirit. It has been in the last twenty two (22) years that the Lord has called her into a deeper relationship with Him. Neil and Janine have servant's hearts and enjoy giving their time and talents to support ministries. This is their first time to serve on the Leadership Team. 

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Dave & Rachel Thompson

Leadership Team Members

Dave & Rachel Thompson began attending Journey of Faith Fellowship in 2019 and became covenant members in 2020. Dave works in the building industry and uses his talents to serve through construction projects and outreach ministry. Rachel is an elementary school teacher and serves by helping in Journey Kids, the nursery and substitute teaching  for the youth groups. They are looking forward to participating on the Leadership Team. The Thompson family endured several "church traumas" in the past and though they never lost ther faith in the Lord, they lost the ability to feel comfortable in church settings. Journey has  provided not only a church family with whom to fellowship, but a safe, comforting place in which to feel God's precence, worship, pray and learn more about God's Word. In their free time they love spending time with their daughter and two sons. 

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Dave & Rachel Thompson began attending Journey of Faith Fellowship in 2019 and became covenant members in 2020. Dave works in the building industry and uses his talents to serve through construction projects and outreach ministry. Rachel is an elementary school teacher and serves by helping in Journey Kids, the nursery and substitute teaching  for the youth groups. They are looking forward to participating on the Leadership Team. The Thompson family endured several "church traumas" in the past and though they never lost ther faith in the Lord, they lost the ability to feel comfortable in church settings. Journey has  provided not only a church family with whom to fellowship, but a safe, comforting place in which to feel God's precence, worship, pray and learn more about God's Word. In their free time they love spending time with their daughter and two sons. 

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Darrell & Cindy Bussey

Leadership Team Members

Darrell and Cindy have been married since November 2009. Darrell has been a part of Journey of Faith Fellowship since its conception. Cindy came to Journey in August 2009. They each have two sons and three grandsons. They have hosted in their home a small group Bible study for approximately ten years. Darrell also hosted an in home  Bible study several years before they were married. They have served on Journey's leadership team in the past. They have been involved in many ministries and outreaches over the years including construction projects in and around our ministry center, maintence projects, men's ministry, intecessory prayer group, worship team, nursery, Journey Kids, directing childrens' plays, women's ministry, men's group, summer Bible study for young mothers, First Place 4Health, Samaritans Purse as well as many other outreaches. 

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Darrell and Cindy have been married since November 2009. Darrell has been a part of Journey of Faith Fellowship since its conception. Cindy came to Journey in August 2009. They each have two sons and three grandsons. They have hosted in their home a small group Bible study for approximately ten years. Darrell also hosted an in home  Bible study several years before they were married. They have served on Journey's leadership team in the past. They have been involved in many ministries and outreaches over the years including construction projects in and around our ministry center, maintence projects, men's ministry, intecessory prayer group, worship team, nursery, Journey Kids, directing childrens' plays, women's ministry, men's group, summer Bible study for young mothers, First Place 4Health, Samaritans Purse as well as many other outreaches. 

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Galen & Misti Everhart

Leadership Team Members

Galen and Misti were married in 1996 in South Vienna, OH. They have two (2) dogs, Duke and Mikey. They became covenant members of Journey of Fellowship in April 2019. They are humbled and blessed to have been chosen to be on the Leadership Team. They look forward to serving our Journey family. 

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Galen and Misti were married in 1996 in South Vienna, OH. They have two (2) dogs, Duke and Mikey. They became covenant members of Journey of Fellowship in April 2019. They are humbled and blessed to have been chosen to be on the Leadership Team. They look forward to serving our Journey family. 

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Aaron & Rebecca Markley

Leadership Team Members

Aaron & Rebecca were married in 2002 and reside on a small farm outside of South Solon, OH with their son Aidan, where they raise cattle and have a straw baling operation. Aaron & Rebecca are both employed by an Agricultural Cooperative in South Charleston, OH. They are also blessed to have a daughter and stepson along with 8 grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as many outdoor activities. They also bowl and have been involved in several bowling leagues throughout the years. The Markley family began attending Journey of Faith Fellowship in January 2015 after their son Aidan had been talking with a friend at school and came home asking questions about God. They faithfully attend Sunday school and Sunday morning worship and have been involved with several outreach activities, retreats, committees, and events. On Wednesday evenings, Aaron attends Adult Bible Study, Aidan is a member of the CHAOS Youth Group, and Rebecca leads Journey Kids classes. Rebecca also leads the Journey Kids group on Sundays during church. She has also been a part of Kids Hope through Journey, mentoring children at the local schools. This will be the second time for the Markley’s to serve on the Leadership Team of Journey. The Markley’s are blessed to call Journey their home and even more blessed to have so many brothers and sisters to call their family in Christ. They look forward to serving and growing in their walk with the Lord. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:1

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Aaron & Rebecca were married in 2002 and reside on a small farm outside of South Solon, OH with their son Aidan, where they raise cattle and have a straw baling operation. Aaron & Rebecca are both employed by an Agricultural Cooperative in South Charleston, OH. They are also blessed to have a daughter and stepson along with 8 grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as many outdoor activities. They also bowl and have been involved in several bowling leagues throughout the years. The Markley family began attending Journey of Faith Fellowship in January 2015 after their son Aidan had been talking with a friend at school and came home asking questions about God. They faithfully attend Sunday school and Sunday morning worship and have been involved with several outreach activities, retreats, committees, and events. On Wednesday evenings, Aaron attends Adult Bible Study, Aidan is a member of the CHAOS Youth Group, and Rebecca leads Journey Kids classes. Rebecca also leads the Journey Kids group on Sundays during church. She has also been a part of Kids Hope through Journey, mentoring children at the local schools. This will be the second time for the Markley’s to serve on the Leadership Team of Journey. The Markley’s are blessed to call Journey their home and even more blessed to have so many brothers and sisters to call their family in Christ. They look forward to serving and growing in their walk with the Lord. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:1

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