PASTOR JASON HAYMAKER
Pastor Jason Haymaker was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Business from Grace College (’94) and his Masters in Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary (’99). Jason served as the associate/youth pastor in Akron, Ohio from 1994 to 1996. In October of 1996 he and wife Marcie accepted the position to come to Western Reserve as the associate/youth pastor. In 2000 Jason was asked to become senior pastor of the church. Jason testifies that his life is defined by the four passions that drive him: love for the Lord, his wife, children, and ministry. He and Marcie live in Macedonia and have two children: Caleb and Emily.
PASTOR KEVIN POEST
Kevin was born and raised in Brunswick, Ohio and attended the University of Akron where he pole vaulted and completed a degree in Civil Engineering. While at Akron, Kevin got involved in the college ministry of The Chapel and it was during his college years when he really started chasing after God.
Upon graduation he accepted an internship with The Chapel in their college ministry (05’-08) where he completed a Master’s Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kevin stayed on with The Chapel as the assistant college pastor (08’-14’) and lead college pastor (14’-18’) until he decided to accept his current position here at Western Reserve as our Executive Pastor.
Kevin got married to his amazing wife Liz in the summer of 2010, added their first daughter (Riley) in May of 2013, and a son (Hudson) in 2016. Kevin’s heart is to help connect people to God so that they can experience the fullness of life that He has for them!
PASTOR JOSHUA ALLEN
PASTOR OF WORSHIP & CREATIVE ARTS
PASTOR RON BOEHM
LIFE GROUPS DIRECTOR
Since 1986 Pastor Ron and Mrs. Chery Boehm have lived in Macedonia, where they founded and led the Western Reserve Grace Brethren Church for fifteen years. They were married in 1971 and currently have four adult children and fourteen grandchildren. Both Ron and Chery attended the Ohio State University (graduated 1972). Pastor Ron graduated from Grace Theological Seminary in 1978 (MDiv) and in 2014 he completed his doctoral work at Ashland Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry degree, DMin). For 16 years (2000 to 2016) Ron and Chery were regional church planting missionaries with Grace Brethren North American Missions, GO2, and VisionOhio. In 2010 they started LifeSprings, a Grace Brethren missional community church, which meets in a Twinsburg home. In 2016 Ron returned to serve as part-time staff with WRGC. He and Chery are also business partners with Coach For You LLC (www.coachforyou.us) through which they coach church planters, church planter wives, ministry leaders and others wanting to improve their efforts to reach their goals; they also perform church planter assessments, helping leaders better understand their strengths and abilities. Chery, besides working alongside Ron, has been a leader among women and pastors’ wives nationally. Ron & Chery especially have a heart for couples who want to serve Christ together in ministry. Here at WRGC, Ron shepherds our Life Groups and coaches leaders while Chery works with and encourages our women leaders.
April Decipeda is the Director of Children’s Ministry here at Western Reserve. She and her husband Raphy have been married for over 20 years and are privileged to parent 3 amazing kids, Matthew, Christian, and Sarah. April has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Kenyon College and her Master of Arts in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. She is licensed by the state of Ohio as a professional counselor. April is passionate about helping children and families know and experience the love of Jesus.
ASSISTANT TO PASTOR JASON
Cheryl started on staff in 2008 as Pastor Jason’s assistant, and is also coordinator of church special events. She and her husband, Jeff, were the first couple married at Western Reserve Grace Church, when the original church was built in 1992. They have two sons, Alex and Joe. Cheryl loves how at Western Reserve, people are welcomed ”just as they are” and can worship and learn God’s Word in a church that’s authentic, relatable and exciting.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Sarah has been serving on staff at Western Reserve since 2012. Sarah loves Western Reserve, and dreams of people giving their lives to Christ- being part of a true movement of God. She has an Associate’s Degree in Visual Communications, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Photography with a minor in Art History from the University of Akron. Sarah and her husband, Brian, have two boys, Liam and Finley. Sarah’s love languages are coffee and folk music.