Our Elders believe in biblical leadership...
As a church, here's what we believe...
We believe that when you live for more Faith, Family and Service, you are living a wholistic God-centered life and can find a deep sense of purpose and significance. The type of life we see play out in John 10:10 is the one we want for everyone that comes to this church. "The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
Why Faith, Family and Service? Good question! Faith is the bedrock upon which all the others are built. And we base those values squarely upon God's Word, the Bible. When you live for more faith, it is an indicator that God has full control of your life and His Word is the blue-print by which you live.
There's nothing like feeling a part of a family; to have a sense of belonging that when you aren't around, people miss you. And just like every family is diverse and dynamic, we believe that when you have more family in your life, it increases your desire for community and allows you to see and experience a world bigger than yourself.
The best way to get yourself off your mind is to focus on the needs of others. An increase of service reflects that heart of God who came to the world to serve and not be served. And whether near or far, more service has a peculiar and lovely way of bringing a smile to your face.
David and Linda Chittock have been married for 30+ years and have three adult sons: Kendrick, Cameron, and Connor; daughters-in-law Kristin and Tay; plus two adult “sons” from Kenya: Wahinya and Kimani. David is on the Men's Group lead team and he and Linda serve on the board of Hope Markers - a new Kenya mission organization. David heads Incentra in Chagrin Falls and Linda is an interior designer. Their family values have been Faith, Family, Education, and Service, and they seek to serve at Fellowship with that same biblically-based mind-set.
Matt & Christine Davidson have attended Fellowship since moving to Chagrin Falls in 2004. Matt grew up here and graduated from Chagrin Falls High School, returning to raise his family after living in Shaker Heights for many years. Matt is a business owner, running a sales agency for industrial engineered components. They have two children: Matthew and Andrew. Matt & Christine have served in numerous areas at Fellowship, including leading large group for the children’s ministry. Matt taught K-1 Sunday school for 10 years and Christine led children’s worship and mentored youth through the Joyful Noise ministry for 5+ years. They participate in several small groups at Fellowship and serve on the Guest Relations Team. Matt & Christine have a passion for serving God’s children, both young and old.
Bob & Joan have attended Fellowship since 1991. Bob has a degree in forestry from Colorado State University. He works for Newmark Knight Frank, a commercial real estate company. Bob & Joan have five children and sixteen grandchildren. They enjoy traveling to visit their grandkids, mission trips with Aaron to Kenya, and training their new puppy, Titus.
Eric is a local Ohio boy from Dayton, attending Miami University and Harvard Business School before starting his banking career in New York City. In NYC, Eric served in several leadership capacities at his church (Trinity Baptist). He later was thrilled to move to Chagrin Falls and work in downtown Cleveland. Eric now manages a team of twelve at KeyBank and manages a team of five children at home (ages 2-18) with his wife Marcia. The Peiffer family motto comes from Micah 6:8 “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” Eric served on the Ambassadors Football (soccer) board for five years, fusing his love for soccer with his desire to see the Gospel shared. He very much enjoys 1-on-1 mentoring, and enabling and investing in others. His children have followed in Marcia’s footsteps, spending their teen summers in missions overseas. In his spare time, Eric volunteers with The Salvation Army homeless shelter downtown and at Joni Eareckson Tada’s disability camp, and enjoys spending time with family, hiking, watching movies with his awesome wife, and deciphering New Yorker cartoons.
Elder Vice Chair
Tom gave his life to Christ in 1972 at the age of eight and has had the privilege of serving the Kingdom as a Christian school teacher, children’s program leader, singles’ Bible study leader, adult Sunday school teacher, Christian school board chairman, and deacon board chairman. His current ministries include mentoring and encouraging others through one-on-one discipleship and serving as vice chair on the Fellowship Elder Board. Tom’s wife, Jacqueline, serves in Guest Relations at Fellowship as well as in other ministries in the community. Tom and Jacquie recently celebrated their twenty-eighth wedding anniversary and have four grown children, all in their twenties. Their family began attending Fellowship in 2008.
Kirt & Delene Kirtland came to Cleveland in 2003 from Chicago and began attending Fellowship the next year. They have two grown children: Brandon lives in Akron and Morgan and her husband, Jason, reside in Denver, Colorado. Kirt is doing CFO work for the Lantern Group. Delene is on staff at Fellowship as the Office Manager. Kirt has previously served as an Elder, a member of the Senior Pastor Search Team, and continues to serve on the Guest Relations Team, as a Fellowship Group leader, and on The Stewardship Team.
Jim & Audrey Kristoff were high school sweethearts and were married at Fellowship. They chose Fellowship as their family’s church home in 2007 and have been attending since then. Jim has served as an Elder, teacher, facilitator for DNA, youth ministry leader, and Fellowship Group leader. Jim directs product marketing & development at a global manufacturing company on Cleveland’s west side and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management. Jim and Audrey have three children: Amanda, Nathan, and Joelle. They enjoy traveling and spending time at their lake house with family and friends.
Gary was raised in Northeast Ohio and came to know Christ through Fellowship’s ministry. He and his wife, Margo, Fellowship’s Connectons Pastor, were married at Fellowship in 1993 by Pastor Lud Golz. After three years in southeast Ohio, they returned home to be near family after their daughter Madison was born. Madison is now married to Luke; both serve at Fellowship. They have two other daughters: Sarah helps lead worship and Hannah attracts people to Christ while studying at Akron University. Gary has served in various capacities at Fellowship since returning in 1996. His prayer for Fellowship is that we continue to be a beacon in the community, raising up saints who strive to make Jesus famous by loving and serving. Gary is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and has a practice in Chesterland.