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 22 years, and I have lived in Dublin for 19 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's had four women's Bible studies and a parenting book published with a Christmas devotional coming out October 2017. Checkout her website at MelissaSpoelstra.com.
We have four children: Rachel, our youngest, is in 9th grade at Scioto HS and is a cheerleader for the football and basketball teams and enjoys serving in our church's Ekids ministry. Our identical twin daughters, Abby & Sara, are in 12th grade at Scioto HS. Abby is on the cross country team and Sara is a high jumper. Zach, our first born, is a junior at the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering, lives in a house with nine other Cru students and plays volleyball on their competitive men's club team.
Over the years I've enjoyed coaching my kids in DYA sports, going to both Dublin community pools, the zoo, Zoombezi Bay, leading an FCA Bible study for coaches and administrators as well as coaching boys volleyball at Scioto HS for five years. These activities have created great connections within 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 with 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 which are also on Sawmill Rd. Stop by...I'd love to buy you a cup of coffee or a delicious chicken sandwich:-)
Church Mailing Address:
7652 Sawmill Rd. Suite #385
Dublin, OH, 43016