As a church, here's what we believe...
We believe that when you live for more Faith, Family and Service, you are living a holistic 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.
Aaron became Fellowship's Lead Pastor in July 2017. After his graduation from California State University, Stanislaus, in 1998, he played soccer in the top professional leagues throughout North America, Africa and Asia. Before joining Fellowship's Staff, he spent 13 years ministering with Ambassadors Football. He and his wife, Ginny, were married in 2011. They have one son - Noah.
Exec Pastor | Worship & Creative
Matt comes to Fellowship after serving 14 years at Joyce Meyer Ministries. While there, he served as the Editor for ministry print pieces, traveled to conferences as Road Producer, led worship, and arranged talent for the conference weekends, including Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, and Natalie Grant. He graduated from Lee University with a BA in English. He and his wife Anna were married in 2004 and have 3 kids—Londyn, Beckham and Kellan.
Exec Pastor | Church Life
Joe joined Fellowship Staff in 2011. He has a BA in Bible/Missions from Cedarville University and an MA in Marriage & Family Therapy from Liberty University. Joe has a passion for learning and growing himself and helping leaders to be effective ministers. He and his wife, Aime, have six children - Nadia, Geneva, Elana, Jay, Jada, and Danny.
Margo has been on staff at Fellowship since 2010. She is passionate about meeting people where they are and helping them grow in their faith and connect here at Fellowship. Margo grew up in Chagrin. She and her husband, Gary, have 3 daughters - Madison, Sarah, and Hannah.
Jeff comes to Fellowship with a backdrop of 20+ years of youth ministry experience. In 2013, he started a non-profit called Lastleaf, which encompasses family, community and missions. Jeff has led teams to countries in Central America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. He desires to disciple students/families at home and around the world. He and his wife Amber have been married for 20+ years and have three daughters – Summer, Jailyn, and Brooke.
Candace has been at Fellowship since 2006 and joined the staff in 2019 as our Kids Ministry Coordinator. For the past four years, she served as the volunteer coordinator for our nursery and toddler rooms while also teaching first and second grade for an additional six years prior. She and her husband have two children, Peighton and Reece.
Worship & Events Coordinator
Jennifer started attending Fellowship and serving on the worship team in 2015 after she and her husband, Adam, were married. She has always had a love for music and has been singing her whole life. After teaching for nine years, she changed careers and joined Fellowship staff. She and Adam have two children: Isaac and Grace
Guest Relations Coordinator
Joan joined staff in May 2018. Her desire is to see that each person who walks in Fellowship's doors knows they are loved by God and welcomed into the community. Joan is committed to making Fellowship a safe and secure place to worship. She has a BA in psychology and went through specialized training in safety and security for churches and schools. Joan is married to Ed and has three married children and two grandchildren.
Valerie graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Public Administration and joined Fellowship's staff in 1988. She served as Office Manager for 30 years before becoming our Human Resources Director in 2018.
Delene and her husband, Kirt, are transplants from the Chicagoland area where she served at Western Springs Baptist Church. She has enjoyed employing her spiritual gifts of administration, helps and encouragement at Fellowship for over 15 years, currently serving as our Office Manager, while Kirt is serving his second term as an Elder. Together they have two grown children.
Ellyn joined Fellowship Staff in October 2018 as an intern. She graduated from Kent State with a BA in Special Education. Ellyn and her husband Jeff have served for years in Youth and Missions. They have one daughter - Kelly.
Jennifer joined Fellowship Staff in April 2015. She has a BS in Business Administration/Finance from The University of Akron. Her role at Fellowship includes administration of the budget and finances of the church. She and her husband, Christopher, have one daughter - Ari.
Mark has been a member at Fellowship since 2003 and joined our staff in 2020. He retired from his career in banking in 2016 and feels truly blessed to serve in his new role as Stewardship Director. Mark has two children - Wesley and Molly.
Originally from the UK, Ashley was a member at our sister church, West Road Church England, volunteering in youth and on the worship team. He interned at Fellowship in 2019 and is now on staff as our Creative Director. He has a BA in Graphic Design, loves "football" (soccer), photography, ultimate frisbee and a morning breakfast and coffee at Heartwood.
Marketing & Advertisement
Karen joined the Fellowship Staff in 2019 as our Marketing and Advertisement Coordinator. She has a BA in English and Economics and a MA in Creative Writing and Literature. When she isn't busy project planning, or strategizing ads and communications, you can find her chasing her dogs and trying to get her husband, Gary, to pick up his socks.
Videography / Producer
Henry joined the Fellowship staff in 2018. He attended Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, CA where he studied Cinematic Arts and played on the soccer team. He then went on to study film in the UCLA Master's Program. Henry has been to over 40 countries documenting people's stories and creating content as a filmmaker.
Anna, more commonly known as "Matt's wife" (Exec Pastor) around Fellowship, oversees the interiors brand of Fellowship and has started tackling various projects over the past year to update and keep our spaces looking nice and current. From environments to photo ops for events, Anna manages both her church responsibilities as well as their family of 5...and one super cute dog named Finn.
Before joining Fellowship's Staff in 2015, Allan worked as a machinist for 20+ years. You can find him throughout the week working on various aspects of the building, as well as dealing with contractors and service providers. Allan and his wife, Sherry, were married in 1978. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.
RON & LINDA DERECSKEY
Ron & Linda are founding members of Fellowship. They joined Fellowship's custodial staff in 1999. They have served in many capacities over the years, including teaching Sunday school, serving in Pioneer Clubs, and being on the Facility Team. They both graduated from Kenston High School and were married in 1960. Ron & Linda have four children: Chris (deceased), Dan, Jill, and David and many grandchildren.
Abbey is our Assistant Kids Coordinator and one of our ministry interns, having joined the staff in 2019. Though she has lived in four different states, she has been settled in Ohio since age 7. She absolutely adores kids and is attending Lakeland to pursue her dream of working in Pediatrics. She loves volunteering at church, nannying, watching Disney movies (just try to beat her at Disney Scene It) and playing soccer.
John McCamon is one of our ministry interns here at Fellowship. He grew up in the Chagrin Falls area where he also went to school, and has been attending Fellowship since 2013. He is currently studying Pastoral Ministry at Liberty University.
Megan serves as our Executive Assistant, having recently joined our team in February 2020. She moved back to Cleveland after living in St. Louis for 7 seven years, working in full time ministry and wedding coordinating. She loves pizza, staying active, watching football and has a heart for kids and loving people.