Pastor Matt has been engaged in full-time ministry since 1988. His passion is to encourage followers of Jesus to be steeped in prayer, saturated with God’s written word and dynamically led by His Spirit. He served for sixteen years as the pastor in Fonthill, Ontario. In 2004, he, his wife and three children moved to Chardon to serve at Morning Star. Pastor Matt is also an online professor for Barclay College. Pastor Matt and his family enjoy condo-camping, card games and sports. One day Pastor Matt and Janice will return to their honeymoon destination of Aruba.
Children’s Ministry Director
Jennifer Edwards is the Coordinator for Children’s Education. She has been our Children’s Ministry Director since 2006. Before that, she taught Sunday school for several years and assisted her mother who directed Children’s Ministry. Jennifer loves teaching Sunday school and the weeknight program, Kids 4 Christ. Jen has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and taught for several years at a private Christian school. In addition to her love for ministering to kids, she loves music, reading, and spending time with her husband, Chad and son, Nathan.
Ministry Placement Director
Bitsy fulfills the role of Ministry Placement Director. She has a passion to journey with people as they discover who they are in Jesus Christ, learn how they are wired and find the abundant life Jesus promised as they serve in their discoveries. Her reprieve from life’s stresses includes soaking in God’s Word (in utter quiet) and laughing with her husband, Andy, and their 5 beautifully crazy children.
Bitsy’s children have asked incredulously if her college degree is in House Keeping and Organization. While her most hair-raising and most satisfying work is as Keeper of the Grubbs’ Home (both organizationally and relationally), she has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in community counseling.
Still, she knows full well that none of this would be fruitful without her ever-growing love relationship with Jesus … the Way, the Truth, the Life.
Julie was hired as Office Administrator in 2014 and considers it a great privilege to serve the Lord and the church in this position. Prior to that, she spent a couple decades raising and homeschooling four children along with her husband, Brian. Her greatest interests in her current role are in keeping the lines of communication open with the congregation and supporting the pastoral staff. Feel free to call or email her at the office with any questions!
Julie has a degree in Christian Religion & Philosophy. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys gardening, cooking ethnic foods, and Skyping with her kids and grandkids