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Gender Road Christian Church Leadership

Gender Road Christian Church is guided by a leadership team that provides overall direction and watches over the spiritual needs of the church. Our pastors provide sound, practical, biblical teaching at each worship service. They have received theological and pastoral training and are equipped to share God's love with our local community. Gender Road Christian Church is blessed to have a leadership team truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. 

Rev John Romig

Senior Pastor

Pastor John has been serving the faith community at GRCC since 2011. He is married to Tracy and has two boys, John (college freshman) and Jakub (12th grade) at Canal Winchester High School. He has coached football and baseball in the CW rec leagues and recently at the CW Middle School and High School. Pastor John graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1993, has an MBA from Capital University and a Master's of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. Pastor John is a straightforward type of guy and doesn't try to act like everything's all perfect. 

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Pastor John has been serving the faith community at GRCC since 2011. He is married to Tracy and has two boys, John (college freshman) and Jakub (12th grade) at Canal Winchester High School. He has coached football and baseball in the CW rec leagues and recently at the CW Middle School and High School. Pastor John graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1993, has an MBA from Capital University and a Master's of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. Pastor John is a straightforward type of guy and doesn't try to act like everything's all perfect. 

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Hannah Wickizer

Associate Pastor

Hannah is from Worthington, Ohio and grew up the daughter of a Disciples of Christ minister.  Since high school, she has recognized her call to ministry and has recently just graduated from Methodist Theological School in Ohio with her Master of Divinity. Hannah started at GRCC in August of 2020 and loves being able to work and learn alongside all of GRCC’s many congregants and staff as she continues to work towards ordination in the Disciple’s Church.

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Hannah is from Worthington, Ohio and grew up the daughter of a Disciples of Christ minister.  Since high school, she has recognized her call to ministry and has recently just graduated from Methodist Theological School in Ohio with her Master of Divinity. Hannah started at GRCC in August of 2020 and loves being able to work and learn alongside all of GRCC’s many congregants and staff as she continues to work towards ordination in the Disciple’s Church.

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Vanessa Rupert

Executive Assistant

My husband, Chad, and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 6-year-old son named Corbin. We recently moved to Thornville to live on a beautiful 6 acres and love it. I am so grateful God chose me to serve GRCC and support Pastor John. I know it is both a growing opportunity in my faith, his kingdom, and my career. As a family, we are extremely involved in our own home church.  I enjoy cooking, camping, sitting by a fire, and gathering with those I love.  

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My husband, Chad, and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 6-year-old son named Corbin. We recently moved to Thornville to live on a beautiful 6 acres and love it. I am so grateful God chose me to serve GRCC and support Pastor John. I know it is both a growing opportunity in my faith, his kingdom, and my career. As a family, we are extremely involved in our own home church.  I enjoy cooking, camping, sitting by a fire, and gathering with those I love.  

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Heather Perrow

Christian Education Director

I am thankful for and love the opportunity to serve the children and families of GRCC. I focus on the Sunday School curriculum, teacher training, and recruitment for pre-K through 6th grade along with increasing communication with parents and grandparents. Previously, I taught Sunday school at GRCC when my children were young, volunteered in the AV booth for worship services, and performed a dance with the chancel choir. I'm able to put my formal teaching education and experience as a K-3 educator and love of collaboration with other teachers and children to good use in creating fun and faith-building activities.

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I am thankful for and love the opportunity to serve the children and families of GRCC. I focus on the Sunday School curriculum, teacher training, and recruitment for pre-K through 6th grade along with increasing communication with parents and grandparents. Previously, I taught Sunday school at GRCC when my children were young, volunteered in the AV booth for worship services, and performed a dance with the chancel choir. I'm able to put my formal teaching education and experience as a K-3 educator and love of collaboration with other teachers and children to good use in creating fun and faith-building activities.

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Becky Kitchen

Secretary

It's been my pleasure to work at GRCC for over 16 years. I have been excited to see the church grow, in both memberships and in new pathways to serve. What a great loving family to be near.

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It's been my pleasure to work at GRCC for over 16 years. I have been excited to see the church grow, in both memberships and in new pathways to serve. What a great loving family to be near.

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Daniel Olawunmi

Intern

Daniel Jimoh Olawunmi was born in Nigeria and raised in the Muslim tradition. To pronounce Daniel's last name, think "allowin' me."  In Daniel's teen years, he found an undeserved love from the lord Jesus Christ, who loves all people so much and gave his own life for all. Jesus allows us to enjoy evaluating life. That love drew Daniel to Christianity and was at the heart of his decision to convert and follow Jesus. GRCC is Daniel's home church and part of his family. He has now become a Ministerial Intern to officially follow his calling from God and improve his knowledge of  the word of God and as a preacher. To quote Daniel, "IT HAS BEEN A GREAT TIME  WITH MY GENDER ROAD FAMILY CHURCH. SHALOM."

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Daniel Jimoh Olawunmi was born in Nigeria and raised in the Muslim tradition. To pronounce Daniel's last name, think "allowin' me."  In Daniel's teen years, he found an undeserved love from the lord Jesus Christ, who loves all people so much and gave his own life for all. Jesus allows us to enjoy evaluating life. That love drew Daniel to Christianity and was at the heart of his decision to convert and follow Jesus. GRCC is Daniel's home church and part of his family. He has now become a Ministerial Intern to officially follow his calling from God and improve his knowledge of  the word of God and as a preacher. To quote Daniel, "IT HAS BEEN A GREAT TIME  WITH MY GENDER ROAD FAMILY CHURCH. SHALOM."

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Alex Gregory

Worship Team Leader

Alex joined Gender Road Christian Church in 2018 as the Praise Team Leader, after 6 years of playing lead guitar for Bexley United Methodist Church.  Alex has played guitar since 14, and has led bands for over 15 years.  His style is founded on blues improvisation, with a healthy dose of rock, jazz, funk, and reggae.  Music played an “instrumental” role in the development of Alex’s faith, and he loves the way Praise Music brings people closer to God.

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Alex joined Gender Road Christian Church in 2018 as the Praise Team Leader, after 6 years of playing lead guitar for Bexley United Methodist Church.  Alex has played guitar since 14, and has led bands for over 15 years.  His style is founded on blues improvisation, with a healthy dose of rock, jazz, funk, and reggae.  Music played an “instrumental” role in the development of Alex’s faith, and he loves the way Praise Music brings people closer to God.

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Charlotte Bougher

Choir Director

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Dawn Kuhn

Handbell Choir Director

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Carol Camm

Organist

Carol has been an organist for GRCC for at least 20years. She finds it wonderful to have such a great choir to accompany. "The melodies are with you all week long." Carol appreciates the support that GRCC gives to choir members.

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Carol has been an organist for GRCC for at least 20years. She finds it wonderful to have such a great choir to accompany. "The melodies are with you all week long." Carol appreciates the support that GRCC gives to choir members.

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Becky Callender

Pianist

Born and raised in Bellefontaine, Ohio, Becky is the daughter of a Disciples of Christ pastor.  She enjoyed a 30-year career in public libraries.  Becky's been very active in the church, particularly in music and finances.  Her hobbies include reading, walking, and spending time with friends.

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Born and raised in Bellefontaine, Ohio, Becky is the daughter of a Disciples of Christ pastor.  She enjoyed a 30-year career in public libraries.  Becky's been very active in the church, particularly in music and finances.  Her hobbies include reading, walking, and spending time with friends.

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Board Officers

Gender Road Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is governed by the congregation. The Disciples of Christ in the United States and Canada provide guidelines, recommendations and services to the regions and congregations under their umbrella, but each congregation has full control of their own church organization. In addition to their regular duties, GRCC's General Board reviews the Constitution and By-Laws every few years and updates the documents as deemed appropriate. 

Scroll down to see an overview of GRCC's Organizational Chart.