Chris Richardson, Lead Pastor

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What is on your ipod right now? Mostly dust... Android for life! But, to the heart of the question... Weezer put out an album of 80’s and 90’s hits, and I've been listening to that a lot lately, them covering songs like "Stand by me" and "Billie Jean" is pretty amazing. 

Favorite TV series? Probably my all-time favorite TV series is "The Simpsons" though I haven't watched it in years. I've heard it's improved again after being bad for quite awhile, but growing up I loved that show more than any others. Otherwise I love a series on TV called "football"... probably more than I should. Boomer Sooner!

Favorite movie? Well, people might know that I love all the Marvel movies, so maybe Avengers: Endgame or Infinity War. But outside of those, I really love "The Prestige" and "Forrest Gump" is probably near the top of my list too... but I love movies so this is hard to pick. 

One book that has impacted you? Miroslav Volf wrote a book called "Exclusion and Embrace" and it is, to me, the best theology book on forgiveness and otherness that I've read. 

First job? I worked as a bagger, then a stocker at a grocery store in Oklahoma called "Homeland" which was their equivalent of Safeway. Then my boss left and went to a different store, and my new boss wouldn't give me release to go with my old boss, so I just quit and my old boss hired me right away. Improvise. Adapt. 

If money was no object, what would you do all day? I might eventually finish my home improvement list... but probably that, read books, go to movies, play video games, travel the world... truthfully I think I wouldn't be as satisfied as I am having a job that is fulfilling and that *hopefully* makes a difference in the world. 

I'm Robin's husband, and Jack and Phoebe's dad. The game my kids like to play the most is "punch" and it's exactly what it sounds like: they punch me. I grew up in Oklahoma City, went to Texas to get some BBQ, an education, and a wife, then we moved to Denver in 2008. We started a church there and pastored it for 9 years. Then I was called to a church in Oregon for a brief time to lead spiritual formation there, until I was called by CFC to be pastor early in 2019. I love what I do, but even more I'm blessed to have a wife who has grown with me over the years, who has a ministry of her own, and who loves our kids in ways I would never think of. 


Dylan Miller, Student Ministries Pastor

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What inspires you? People inspire me.  Every time I hear someone’s story or about something going on in their life I am blown away by their endurance, their skills and abilities, by their perseverance, and by their unshakable faith.

What’s on your iPod right now? No iPod here!  But Kaila and I share a Spotify account where just about every type of music comes across the playlist.

Favorite TV series? This is a tough one. I can’t choose just one! It would be between a couple of my favorites: About A Boy, Parenthood, Firefly, and Doctor Who.

One book that has impacted you? I have read a lot of books from a wide variety of genres and authors.  However, “A Charitable Discourse” by Dan Boone is near the top of my list.

What is one thing people don’t know about you? I carry a rock in my pocket with Kaila’s name written on it in Sharpie.  There is a story behind it, I promise.  I’m not some crazy guy carrying a rock around for no reason.

If money was no object, what would you do all day? Read, travel, make friendships all over the world, and share the love of Christ with everyone along the way.

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been? Rome, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt.

I was born and raised in Seymour, Indiana.  I was involved with youth group in middle school and high school.  This involvement eventually led to a Sr. High Retreat when I felt the call to Youth Ministry.  I attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Youth Ministry and a minor in Biblical Languages.  I met my beautiful and lovely wife, Kaila, on a trip to Israel and Jordan.  We got married in August 2015 and lived in Cincinnati for almost a year.  In July 2016 we moved to Columbus to call it home with our cat, Piper.  I am excited to work with the kids and teens, helping families grow closer with one another and with Christ!


Jeannine Palmer, Finance Manager

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What inspires you? The many stories of those who have overcome adversity and move themselves forward

What’s on your iPod right now? I use my phone and listen to Pandora! Favorites on Pandora: 80’s Cardio, Meghan Trainor, Tony Bennett

One book that has impacted you? Recently I read 1776 by David McCullough. The struggles that the early militia encountered were brutal and they were ill prepared. Together, they and the American people endured defeat and exhaustive conditions. It opened my eyes to the price of freedom.

If money was no object, what would you do all day? Cook good food every day and invite folks to come for dinner

What’s one thing people don’t know about you? Flunked my certification for scuba diving

Your first job? Gift wrap desk at local retail department store

I was born and raised on the west side of Columbus. I went to Ohio Dominican University where I got a degree in Business Administration. My daughter Megan lives in Minneapolis. I got to CFC in a sort of fun way. Pastor Mike and Marcy were my neighbors for years. They used to take Megan to be part of the youth stuff, so I got connected. I was a part of another church, but it was great to have Megan involved. I was with Bank One and Bank of New York at the time, and when they restructured, I was out of a job. It gave me a chance to start a second career. God gives you what you need at the right time. That’s when I began my small business as a personal assistant. In December 2009, I started working at CFC. I like to solve problems and help others, and that is really what I do. I love the accounting. To grow where you’re planted, that’s the thing.


Keri Horst, Administrative Assistant & Communications Manager

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What inspires you? Sunsets, mountains, the ocean at night, basically hidden moments in nature that take my breath away

What’s on your iPod right now? I’m not sure because I haven’t turned it on in years...

Favorite TV series? Doctor Who

Favorite movie? You’ve Got Mail (I’m a sap for romantic comedies)

Your first job? I was a Clerk at the local public library. It was the perfect job - I was 16, only worked on Sunday, and was paid time and a half.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you? I went to a performing arts high school where I majored in acting.

Your most memorable experience? For three years, I lived in Central Asia, and taught English at a university. I had the privilege to form significant friendships with students, eat delicious food, and experience an entirely new culture. A part of my heart is still there.

I was born in Princeton, NJ though I have spent most of my life in Jacksonville, FL. I am a PK (preacher’s kid) and a pastor’s wife. I graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. I married my husband, Mike, in 2015 and we have two kids. We recently relocated to Columbus because Mike was called to Bethel Presbyterian Church to serve as their Associate Pastor. I have a heart for ministry, and have been able to serve the Lord through youth ministry, teaching, and music both here in the US and in Central Asia.


David Goldthwaite, Facilities Manager

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What inspires you? Helping others

What’s on your iPod right now? Classical to bluegrass and almost everything in between.

Your first job? Selling Bazooka bubble gum on the playground for 2 cents. It cost me 1 cent.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you? I can't tell you or you'd know.

Favorite movie? The Italian Job

Your most memorable experience? Time with God on a camping trip in Wisconsin. 

One book that has impacted you? The biography of David by Chuck Swindoll

If money was no object, what would you do all day? Be a farmer and take care of the land

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been? Several places in Europe

I was born in Columbus and have spent most of my life here.  I started college in 1975 at University of Michigan and later graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Finance.  Since then, I have owned and operated several small companies in Atlanta and Columbus. I still operate Cambridge Company, a Design/Build company, started in 1992.  My vocational passion has always been designing and building things. My wife, Christa, and I live in Dublin and have a blended family of five boys, two cats, and a dog!  We love to hike, camp and snow ski (preferably in Colorado). If the Lord allows, we have future business/ministry plans to grow and prepare food and help people understand the benefits of good food choices. When the Church asked me about the Facilities Manager position, I hardly had to think about it.  I began attending CFC in 1989 and was later involved with the building of our church in 1994.  It has always seemed a bit like my baby and it will be a joy to take care of her!  I have always had a passion for the Men's ministries and look forward to where God wants to use me.