Scott Swelbar : Lead Pastor
I began serving Community Christian Church as senior minister (the only minister on staff) in March of 1994. After spending several years in youth ministry, I felt God leading me in a different direction that was never a part of my plan (working with adults). The problem was, I didn’t feel like I would ever find a church where I could use my creative youth ministry talents and a passion for reaching people for Jesus while dealing with a bunch of rigid structured grown ups! God opened up the door with a small group of people who had a passion for Jesus and were willing to put up with the antics of a former youth minister. I can honestly say that doing youth ministry for grown ups is the best job I have ever had.
I grew up in an incredibly Godly family! My dad who was the white sheep of his family and my mother made sure we were connected to a church from the time we were born. I now understand how fortunate I was that they lived out their faith 24 hours a day in front of us. I accepted Christ when I was 8, but God had to hit me over the head (hard) during my college days at West Virginia University before I truly understood his amazing Grace. From that point on, my passion has been to help people connect to Jesus no matter how skeptical they may be. I went on to get my B.S. in Ministry from The Cincinnati Bible Seminary (now Cincinnati Christian University). I live with my wife JoEllyn three incredible sons, Caleb, Jacob and Zachary.
Randy Mosteller : Executive Pastor
If you’d told me I would be the Executive Pastor for a church, I would’ve laughed. My background for the past 20 + years has been management and operations for nonprofit organizations. I’ve done everything from financial management to personnel, strategic planning to fundraising and everything in-between. After losing my job in October of 2009, I approached Scott and asked how I could help Community. I wanted a positive way to use my skills, abilities and experiences, while I waited to see what God had in store for me. At first, I took care of the basic bookkeeping and day-to-day financials. The longer I was there, the more Scott asked me to do. Next thing I knew, it seemed I was at Community full-time. I continued sending out resumes and applications on a daily and weekly basis, while asking God to open the right door. No doors opened, except the one at Community. It kept opening wider and wider, and God kept providing. Scott and the Elders offered the opportunity to come on the Community Staff full-time, as the Executive Pastor on January 1, 2012.
My wife, Shelli and I, along with our kids, Logan and Audrey have called Community Christian Church home since October 2000. While here at Community, we have served in many different areas. It seems wherever Shelli and I have served, we have been blessed and left our mark.
Charlie Hines: Worship Pastor Charlie@communitychristianchurch.com
I grew up in a large family with three brothers and three sisters. My mom ran a well-oiled machine of a household and my dad was an Army officer who rose to the rank of Two-Star General before his death in 2013. He remained an educator until his last breath and I believe I picked up my love for teaching from him. I gave my life to Christ at a catholic charismatic prayer meeting in 1983, then moved to Germany and finished high school where I met two friends and worship leaders who I am still close with today. After returning to the states I went to Howard University to study Music. I love teaching but did not want to be a music teacher. I left school and spent nearly 20 years working in the business world. I took a leap of faith in 2005 and left that job to pursue full time music ministry. In 2016 I took another leap of faith to create margin in my life for some of the other things God placed on my heart. I opened an indie record label called Cave Records where I continue to write and release music. I also work for a Cincinnati creative agency called Rebel Pilgrim. It was only a few months into this leap that I met Randy and Scott. I realized the longer I wasn’t leading worship, the more I missed it. I didn’t miss the stage or lights, I missed the community. I missed teaching people how to lead others into the presence of God through music. As Worship Pastor for Community I have a passion to bring people into that sacred space and then stay out of God’s way so He can do what he came to do.
I have been married to my wife Traci since 1996. We have two daughters, Mia and Abby. Cincinnati is now the place I’ve lived the longest and it is the only place my kids know as home. We have chosen to see what God has next and I will continue to lead and educate people in worship and through song for as long as I am able.
Shelli Mosteller : Creative Arts Pastor
Two of my favorite things are telling stories and making people laugh ‘til they snort (bonus points if milk comes out their nose). If I can occasionally do both things in church, I believe I am fulfilling God’s Ultimate Plan for My Life. God stories are my favorites; I love that storytelling was a big part of how Jesus taught. I served as CA Pastor at CCC for eight years, had to step away to do “mom” stuff for a while, and now I’m thrilled to be back. Our church is exceptionally blessed with artists, actors, designers and crafty folks who love using their talents to tell His story of love, joy, redemption and hope.
I grew up in a wacky, creative, fun-loving, Christian home. I earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Oklahoma Baptist University and an M.A. in Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism (so useful, I know) from the University of Oklahoma. Randy and I married in 1991 and we have two wildly quirky kids, Logan and Audrey. CCC has been home to us since 2000 and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
Joel Riehle : Connect Pastor
If you've ever wondered "what on earth does God want from me?" I have felt your pain. But it is also an incredible feeling of peace and joy when you hear from God and all He wants is who you are. I believe that Celebrating, Connecting, and Contributing to the local church like Community is the way to turn your whole life over to God and I am very blessed to be able to do that as a pastor here alongside my wife, Melissa.
Jason Kauffman : Family Pastor
I have been blessed throughout my life with great mentors; who helped shape the person I am today. The greatest mentor in my life was my father, he showed my sister and I what it meant to Love God and Love your Family. He always encouraged us to be involved in the church whenever the doors were open. Through those years of growing up in the church, having the ability to lead small groups and preaching, I felt God tugging on my heart to enter into ministry. In September of 1999, I came on board here at Community as the Children’s Minister and have seen God do amazing things.
I married my beautiful wife Heather in August of 1998; she is an amazing middle school teacher who loves ancient history. We have two wonderful kids, Gabe and Emmee who enjoy taking Tae Kwon Do and are working to one day attain their black belts.
Lori Kilbane : Children's Pastor
One of my favorite songs is “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin. God’s great love and unfailing grace never cease to blow me away. I love that He cannot be put in a box…He is just TOO BIG! It still amazes and humbles me that He chooses to use ordinary people, like you and me, to partner with Him in sharing His love. And, when we do, our lives are never the same.
When our family came to CCC in 2005, we found a community of believers who loved and supported us while challenging us to grow. At the time, I had served in Children’s Ministry in one capacity or another for over twenty years, from nursery through elementary. Joining the Children’s Ministry team for a teaching rotation seemed like a natural fit for me but our God loves to move us from where we are comfortable to where we can only depend upon Him. In May 2008, I joined Community’s staff as a Children’s Pastor where I have the opportunity to be a part of something incredible: helping children and their families to grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s redeeming grace and what that means in their lives. I also have the privilege of working with a terrific team of volunteers who have partnered with God to help us create experiences for children, young and old, to discover the life changing connection with Jesus.
I have been married to my best friend, Tom, for nearly 27 years. We have watched as our oldest daughter, Erica, and our son, Collin, grow into young adults. Our youngest, Brianna, is one year away from high school. And in 2014, we will experience the blessing of our first grandchild.
Kati Sisson: Children's Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org
I am very excited to be serving alongside you here at CCC. I grew up going to church in the area and graduated from Hamilton High… back when we were still the Bulldogs J. After high school I attended Cincinnati Christian University and graduated from Miami University. I have been serving in children’s and youth ministry in one way or another since I was about 14 years. I have been blessed to have had amazing parents, Sunday School teachers, and youth coaches, who by their example, instilled the passion in me to want to help kids and teens develop their own authentic relationship with Jesus.
Nick and I’s relationship is one that developed from a great friendship while serving together in youth ministry. After we married, we started on a whirlwind adventure that hasn’t stopped. 5 months into our marriage we began the adoption process of our beautifully sweet and energetic sweet pea which was finalized just after our first anniversary. Wow, what a blessing Graycie is to us and how much she has challenged us to grow. God then lead us on a path to serve in ministry up the panhandle of West Virginia a year later and now He has called us back to our hometown area. We are amazed by the journey God has taken us on so far and are excited to see what He has in store ahead!
Shellee Alcorn: Middle School Student email@example.com
Nick Sisson: High School Students Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org
What a beautiful journey life is and I believe that life’s journey involves many unique and interesting twists. God has been hard at work in my life continuously since he first placed in me his soul cravings and offering up so many new paths that have created the most exquisite adventures.
I let God into my life toward the end of Junior high and never looked back. I came to understand that God never promised luxury or safety. I realized to follow close to the heart of God meant living closer to the cliff’s edge and closer to death than I ever knew. It was not part of my plans that ministry would be part of my journey. In fact, I wanted to help students and their parents work through the struggles of life more in a counseling setting. I set off to Milligan College in the hopes to get a counseling degree and then going on to pursue a master’s degree. Well God ruined that... in the best way!
During my time in school I spent time in Appalachia working hard with my hands and feet, and that was when I felt His call on my life. God had ignited a fire within me to work with the beat down, bruised, broken and torn apart individuals. But now, instead of through counseling, He showed me that I should pursue ministry and I headed back home to finish my studies at Cincinnati Christian University. While pursuing my degree I also worked a number of jobs; sometimes two or three at a time. You could say I have worn many hats over the years while also working at the Hamilton Christian Center, helping teens get a new foot hold on life from all kinds of crazy situations
After my years at the Center, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to be mentored by the man who led me to the Lord. Serving as Junior High youth coach for many years at a nearby church, I met my wonderful wife and the whirlwind of many very delayed prayers were answered in such a short order. Shortly after we were married, Kati and I adopted our beautiful daughter Graycie and my dream of becoming a husband and daddy was fulfilled. I look forward to teaching our daughter that life is meant to be fun and lived with Grace and Peace.
Bob Sisson: Pastoral Care email@example.com
Rhonda Cupp : Office Administrator
I’ve lived in this area, and been part of this church my whole life-from the days when we were the North Seventh Street Church of Christ in downtown Hamilton to our current Community Christian Church here on Millikin Road. I’ve been blessed to be part of this church, which has grown into a vibrant, life-changing church of hundreds, and am proud to serve in the position of Office Coordinator, which I have held since graduating from high school.
I was raised in a Christian home by parents who love the Lord and passed on their faith to me and my younger sister. I was baptized when I was 14 years old on Easter Sunday morning. God has blessed me in many more ways than I could ever count, and I’m very thankful to my family and my church family for their love and support.
I married Rob, my high-school sweetheart, a wonderful man who loves the Lord, in 1983. We adopted two children, who are now grown. Life is full & busy, and we look forward to what God has in store for us in the years to come.