Sean Spoelstra, Pastor

From June 1998-June 2008 I served as the Pastor of Family Ministries at Grace Church in Powell, OH.  Starting July 1, 2008 our family was sent with 12 other families to start a new church in Dublin, OH:  Encounter Church.

Melissa, my best friend and beautiful wife of 21 years, and I have lived in Dublin for 18 years and love our community.  We met, dated and were engaged in Chicago while attending the Moody Bible Institute.  We both have a degree in Bible Theology and I'm a third of the way through a Masters from Ashland Theological Seminary. Melissa is an amazing wife and mother and also an excellent writer and speaker.  She has three women's Bible studies published with one more in the works.  She also has a book on

parenting that came out Sept. 2016.  Checkout her website at MelissaSpoelstra.com

We have four children: Rachel, our youngest, is in 8th grade at Davis MS and is a cheerleader for the football team and enjoys serving in our church's Ekids ministry.  Our identical twin daughters, Abby & Sara, are in 11th grade at Scioto HS.  Abby is on the cross country team and Sara is a high jumper and a percussionist in the marching band. Zach, our first born, is a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering and plays volleyball on their competitive men's club team. 

Over the years coaching DYA sports, going to both Dublin community pools, the zoo, Zoombezi Bay and five years of coaching boys volleyball at Scioto HS have created great connections for us in the community.  Living in the Sawmill Forest development has also been a super place to raise our kids and we love playing euchre with our neighbors each month.

As a family we'd love to meet you on a Sunday morning or get to know you at our monthly luncheon for people new to Encounter called, "2nd Sunday's".  If you're on Sawmill Rd. you may see me driving my four door black Jeep Wrangler with our church emblem on my spare tire cover and the license plate: NCOUNTR.  Most people figure out that it stands for Encounter but a few read it as North Country which truthfully isn't wrong either since I am Canadian:-)  I office mainly out of the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center (DEC) but you just might find me at one of two secondary "offices": Tim Hortons or Chick-fil-A, both of which are also on Sawmill Rd.  Stop by...I'd love to buy you a cup of coffee or a delicious chicken sandwich:-)


Contact Info:


Email: sean@encounterchurch.us

Cell: 740.272.0102


Church Mailing Address:


Encounter Church

7652 Sawmill Rd. Suite #385

Dublin, OH, 43016

Tiffany Holibaugh, Church Administrator

I am honored to call Encounter Church my church home since the launch in 2008!  My husband Joey and I were married by Pastor Sean on November 1, 2008, during the dreaming and planning stages of Encounter.  Shortly after our launch, we were both baptized at our church campout and have continued to grow in our faith through serving in many different roles at Encounter.  I have a Marketing degree from Indiana University and was a Sales and Event Manager for several years, so I have a passion for planning and hosting events that bring people together.  We have two energetic and fun-loving boys that keep us very busy. Dominic is 5 and will start Kindergarten at Liberty Tree Elementary and Roman will soon be 3 and will start pre-school at Liberty Early Education Center.  I have 3 step-daughters as well.  Lauren is 15 and will be a freshman at Liberty High School, Jordan is 21 and works at the Varsity Club and Taylor is 24 and is a Motion Graphics Designer for Mills James and owns Taylor Lauren Photography. I enjoy working out and especially like spinning.  I love spending time with my family, riding bikes, going to the park and zoo, playing at the pool, vacationing, going to OSU Buckeye football games with my husband and hanging out with friends. 


Contact Info.


E-mail: tiffanyholibaugh@ymail.com

Cell: 260.312.1256


Church Mailing Address:


Encounter Church

7652 Sawmill Rd. Suite #385

Dublin, OH, 43016

Annie Sheets, Ekids Director

My husband Matt and I began attending Encounter very soon after the church planted. We have formed so many amazing friendships at Encounter and are so thankful to call Encounter our church home. We have been married for 14 years and have 4 boys. Sam is in 4th grade at Worthington Christian, Jack is a first grader at Worthington Christian, Hudson is 5 and Oliver is 1. I have an Elementary Education degree from the University of Dayton. I enjoy training for and running marathons, spending time with family and friends, and family vacations to the beach! I am passionate about teaching the children of Encounter Church about Jesus and his great love for them.  


Contact Info.


E-mail: annie.sheets.ekids@gmail.com

Cell: 614.893.4977


Church Mailing Address:


Encounter Church

7652 Sawmill Rd. Suite #385

Dublin, OH, 43016