Mike Gauch, Senior Pastor
What inspires you? Life stories. I once heard someone say that a message from the mind only reaches the mind, and a message from the heart only reaches a heart, but a message from a life reaches a life.
Favorite TV series? Marcy and I have date nights around the singing competition shows. We enjoy The Voice over American Idol, primarily because of the development of the singers. It is amazing how the singers grow more with coaching than judging - a principle I constantly need to remember!
Favorite movie? "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) with Jimmy Stewart. Even after 30+ viewings, I still get emotional at the end.
What's one thing people don't know about you? I listen to very little preaching. I listen to a lot of NPR podcasts like This American Life, RadioLab, and, of course, Garrison Keillor's News from Lake Wobegon.
One book that has impacted you? If I had to pick just one, other than the Bible, I would choose Miles Standford's "Principles of Spiritual Growth" (aka The Green Letters). I read it at a very low spiritual time in the middle of seminary. It was one of the most "freeing" books I ever read, especially when the central teaching, "not I, but Christ," finally took root in my heart.
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been? Israel. I long to see the land where the ancient Hebrews settled, prophets spoke, miracles happened, and, most importantly, where Jesus lived, died, and rose from the grave.
Although I've lived in a few other places, Columbus is home. I received a degree in Marketing from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary. I married my soul-mate, Marcy, in 1987. We're the very proud parents of our 3 sons: David, Mason & J.B. My father started the church while I was in college. It met in my parent's living room, which I would pass as I went to a "real" church. I started to attend soon after they moved the services into a rented school. For years, I would say that I would NEVER go into ministry, but in 1994, God called me out of the business world to prepare for the ministry by attending seminary. At the end of that same year the church called me as a Pastor. I have joyfully been allowed to pastor these wonderful saints for over 20 years now! My passion is for people to experience Jesus in authentic ways where real change happens. I love how the Holy Spirit uses His Scriptures to reveal Christ that we might worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. It is such a blessing to be around people who seek and enjoy the same passion.
Dylan Miller, Student Ministries Pastor
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 unshakeable 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
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.
Marcy Gauch, Worship Director
What inspires you? God's Word, Worship, His people, transformed lives!
Favorite TV series? I enjoy the Voice
What's one thing people don't know about you? I have a Fashion Merchandising degree - who would know it?
One book that has impacted you? The Bible
Favorite movie? It's a Wonderful Life - it is a Christmas Eve tradition
Your most memorable experience? Overhearing the Gospel in my dorm room as a Campus Crusade Staff Member shared Christ with my roommate...and receiving Him as Savior a few weeks later
If money was no object, what would you do all day? Travel the world and see God's amazing creation (ideally with my husband!)
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been? Israel
I was born in Oklahoma, but raised in Ohio, California, and Michigan. I went to The Ohio State University, and got a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising (please don't laugh too much!!). I married Mike in 1987. We have 3 sons: David who married Kacey, Mason who married Dani, and J.B. I started attending CFC in 1986. I was a new Christian, and my sister and brother-in-law were attending, so I came with them! It's the only church I've ever been a part of. I have loved every minute of being a part of this church. It is a place where people are real, and where His Word is proclaimed in grace and truth. The two ministries I am most passionate about are Worship and Women's Bible Study. It has been a joy and a privilege to be involved with both for many years!
Keri Horst, Administrative Assistant & Communications Manager
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 a golden retriever, Lucy, who thinks it’s her job to shed all over the house while looking adorable. 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
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.