Staff Directory

Staff

  • Grant Edwards - senior pastor
  • John Essig - associate senior pastor
  • Rick Ives - SNL & missions pastor
  • Jeremy Hudson - teen & link*one pastor
  • Chad Wilson - worship & production pastor
  • Brent Farmer - assimilation pastor
  • Candice Young - children's ministry director
  • Chris Skinner - associate pastor & communications director
  • Julianne LeMaster - executive assistant
  • Michele Detrick - executive assistant
  • Mike Delledone - operations manager
Grant Edwards - senior pastor

Grant Edwards

senior pastor

Grant is the Senior Pastor of Fellowship. Forty-one years ago Grant, who is also the founding pastor of Fellowship, was a 19 year old hippie and a new follower of Jesus. After a year of hitchhiking and drug abuse, Grant made his way back to Springfield, Ohio, where he shared his testimony with over 16 of his teenage friends and saw many of them commit their lives to Jesus. Left with a group of newly converted, scraggly, nonconformists, Grant and others established a new youth ministry called “The One Way House,” a ministry that would later become Fellowship. Grant went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Cincinnati Christian College. Grant is also the founder of First Steps, a discipleship ministry that trains church leaders and members in foundational discipleship. First Steps is being used in numerous churches across the US along with churches in Russia, the Philippines, and other countries. Grant has been married to his wife, Barbara Ann, for 35 years and they have three grown children and two grandsons. Grant is the author of several books: Swimming Lessons, a book about Discipleship, Passing the Baton, a children’s book on discipleship, and First Steps, a discipleship manual. Grant and Barbara enjoy biking and travelling.
John Essig - associate senior pastor

John Essig

associate senior pastor

John Essig is Fellowship’s Associate Senior Pastor. In addition to pastoral duties, John manages the staff at Fellowship and oversees all systems and operations. John has been involved with Fellowship since its early years as a youth ministry called The One Way House. It was during that time that John came to know the Lord. Before joining the staff of Fellowship, John worked as a mechanic and was a Quarter Horse Jockey. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University and a Master of Theology degree from Wheaton College in Illinois. John has been married to his wife, Betsy, since 1986 and they have one son, Michael. Snow skiing and basketball are among some of John’s favorite activities. In addition to his pastoral skills, John has been a part of the business world in the field of technology and has started several businesses including Technology Solutions, an IT company.
Rick Ives - SNL & missions pastor

Rick Ives

SNL & missions pastor

Rick Ives is the Saturday Night Life and Missions Pastor at Fellowship. His responsibilities include serving as pastor of the Saturday Night Life service, overseeing foreign and local missions at Fellowship (including local Links), preaching, and coordinating the NewU Adult Education classes. In his early life, Rick was a self-proclaimed atheist, but his life was changed when he decided to become a follower of Jesus while watching an evangelist on TV in 1980. Rick worked for many years in the field of Computer Manufacturing, eventually becoming the manager of a large division. After a career in the business world, Rick entered ministry and has been a pastor for 21 years, working in seven different churches. He and his wife, Heather, served as missionaries in Russia for four years where they founded the ministry Russian Reaching Russians. Rick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas. He also earned a Master in Biblical Studies from Christian International in Florida. Rick has been married to Heather for 25 years and they have a daughter named Anastasia. He enjoys biking and hiking. He is also a survivor of throat cancer since 2011!
Jeremy Hudson - teen & link*one pastor

Jeremy Hudson

teen & link*one pastor

Jeremy joined the Fellowship* team in December of 2005. He oversees Student Ministry at many levels—middle school through college. He is also the site pastor for the Linkone community; Fellowship*’s first satellite service. With a heart for people and communicating, Jeremy demonstrates a propensity for leadership development and team building. This make his ministry teams truly dynamic experiences… and the fact that most of his crazy ideas start with him saying “Wouldn’t it be cool if…?” keeps them exciting. The son of veteran missionaries, Jeremy loves to travel. If he is not traveling to see family, he is planning the next Mission Adventure, his other passion in ministry. He desires to expose students to multitude of ways they can impact the Kingdom locally, nationally and internationally. Luckily for him, his family shares this same affinity for travel and excitement to be mission catalysts. Jeremy and his wife, Julie, relish spending time with their four beautiful children; Mackenzie, Nate, and twins Abbey and Macey. Jeremy is praying that God would move details into place so he can pursue a graduate degree in Intercultural Studies and/or Leadership Development. He received his B.A. from Cedarville University.
Chad Wilson - worship & production pastor

Chad Wilson

worship & production pastor

Chad Wilson is Fellowship’s Worship and Production Pastor. Chad’s role is to oversee the production of all weekend services at Fellowship. He is also in charge of training and leading the Worship Team. Chad was born in Germany where his father was one of the youngest Staff Sergeants in the Army. At the age of 21, Chad surrendered his life to the Lord during a college-age service at Fellowship. Eventually Chad moved to Tennessee to study Recording at Middle Tennessee State University. Upon completion of his degree, he served in the areas of production and worship on staff with World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN. After several years in Tennessee, Chad and his wife, Rachel, felt the timing was right to return to Ohio. He was excited when the opportunity opened up for him to be on staff with Fellowship, the place where he had first committed his life to the Lord. Chad has been married to Rachel for 10 years and they have two sons: Burke and Reed. During his free time, Chad enjoys spending time with his family, writing and recording songs, hunting, and fishing.
Brent Farmer - assimilation pastor

Brent Farmer

assimilation pastor

Brent Farmer is the Assimilation and Outreach Pastor at Fellowship. In this role he is responsible for the oversight of discipleship and small groups, and the coordination of the pastoral care ministry. Brent was reared in the church and describes his early relationship with Christ as an “in and out” relationship. By the age of eighteen, he came back to Christ for “the last time” and fully committed his life to Him. Brent went on to earn several ministry related degrees including a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Ministry and Church Growth from Anderson University. He has served as both an associate pastor and a senior pastor in three different churches over the past thirty five years. Brent has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 37 years. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. He enjoys almost all outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and hiking.
Candice Young - children's ministry director

Candice Young

children's ministry director

Candice Young is Fellowship’s Children’s Ministry Director. Candice oversees all areas of the Orange Grove Children’s Ministry at Fellowship for children aged 0 through 5th grade. Some of her responsibilities include: children’s programs for SNL and Sunday Services, weekly Kids’ Club, baby dedications, family outreach events, Kids Hope Mentoring, and special events for kids. Candice grew up in a family heavily involved in ministry. Her grandfather was a minister for over 50 years, and during Candice’s childhood her mother planted a church. Candice made a decision to follow Christ at the age of eight. She has always felt a strong calling to minister to children and has been involved in some sort of children’s or youth ministries since high school. Candice graduated from Hondros College in Westerville, Ohio. She has been married to her husband, Chris, for 37 years. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also participates in Zumba classes and loves camping.
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Chris Skinner - associate pastor & communications director

Chris Skinner

associate pastor & communications director

Chris has been on staff with Fellowship* full-time since 2008. He is husband to Jodie and father to Lily, 6; Caleb, 4; and Luke, 2. Chris serves as Associate Pastor and Communication Director at Fellowship*, managing all print, web, graphics, video, and social media communications. He is also on the preaching team, a worship leader, and small group leader. His passion is preaching and teaching the Good News and its implications. Jesus Christ turned his world upside down just after high school graduation and has not let go since. Chris loves music, especially playing guitar; and running, especially in places with beautiful scenery. If you give him a day to himself, he will spend it doing those things, as well as reading – especially anything by Tolkien, or theological, or a biography. He has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Toledo and is finishing his M.A. in Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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Julianne LeMaster - executive assistant

Julianne LeMaster Jules

executive assistant

Julianne LeMaster is an Executive Assistant at Fellowship. Her role involves helping with the organization of the Fellowship Business Network, coordinating volunteers, and assisting the Associate Senior Pastor with infrastructure needs. Jules grew up in a Christian home and gave her life to Christ while attending a youth camp in New York the summer before her sophomore year in high school. Jules graduated from Wittenberg University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. She has been married to her husband, Brian, for over two years. They have two cats and a Golden Retriever. She enjoys spending time with family and working on projects around the house. In addition to her role as Executive Assistant, Jules serves as the Wedding Coordinator for Fellowship and loves helping couples arrange a wedding that celebrates the presence of Christ in their marriage.
Michele Detrick - executive assistant

Michele Detrick

executive assistant

Michelle Detrick is an Executive Assistant at Fellowship. Along with assisting the Associate Senior Pastor with infrastructure needs, she will also spearhead creating and implementing The Ministry of Giving. Michelle grew up in the church and gave her life to Christ as a young girl, then recommitted to serving the Lord when her oldest daughter was born. Michelle graduated from Ohio State Barber College as a Barber Stylist and enjoyed that career for 16 years before utilizing her degree in Marketing and Business Management from Franklin University. She has been very involved in the Springfield community through The Nehemiah Foundation and Emmanuel Christian Academy, serving on its board for nine years. Michelle and her husband, Tim, have been married since 1990 and have two wonderful daughters, Megan and Rachel. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, reading, and any activity that involves sun and sand.
Mike Delledone - operations manager

Mike Delledone

operations manager

Mike recently joined the Fellowship staff in early February 2013 after a 12 year career at Elder Beerman, Springfield as a Human Resource Manager. Mike is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he retired in 2000. He is married to his wife Michele of 29 years and has three children, Angelo 27, Ashley 24 and Anthony 22. Mike is assigned as the Operations Manager which oversees building maintenance and scheduling of the facilities. Christ came into Mike’s life during the tragic loss of Derrick and Edie Young’s daughter Hannah. Seeing their faith in God during their darkest hour touched him to the core. God called for Mike that day and he hasn’t looked back since. He is involved with Top Gun Men’s Ministry, mentors through the Kid’s Hope Program, Newcomers Ministry and Global Media Outreach as an online missionary. After spending time with his family, Mike is an avid sports fan for the city of Pittsburgh. He enjoys reading books which involves God changing people’s lives and using them for his good.