Elders are the spiritual leaders at NEO Church. They provide pastoral oversight for the church community and biblical direction for the ministry of our church.
Jeremy was born and raised in Brookpark, OH and then he moved to Medina, OH for his high school years. He attended Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI where he graduated with a degree in Young Ministries/Biblical Studies with a Minor in Communications. Jeremy also holds a Masters of Ministry in Leadership Development & Pastoral Studies from Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, GA. He and his wife, Christina, of 19 years, live in Macedonia, OH with their two daughters, Kylee and Alaina. Jeremy has been called into various ministry positions for over 20 years. He has been a lead Pastor for over 10 years and became the Senior Pastor at NEO Church in July, 2018. Jeremy enjoys coaching his girls’ soccer team, playing sports and visiting random coffee shops with his family. A fun fact about Jeremy is that he once appeared in Sports Illustrated magazine!
Martin was born and raised in the Cleveland Ohio area. He attended the University of Michigan where he studied business. He has been married to his wife, Emily, for 8 years and they now reside in Lakewood, OH with their daughter, Anjaly. Martin intensified his relationship with Jesus upon starting to attend NEO Church in 2009. Martin enjoys reading, playing basketball and eating ethnic foods. Thai, Indian and Mexican are some of his favorites but he does not discriminate when it comes to food! Martin enjoys traveling and has been to 11 different countries.
Wayne was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He came to the US when he was six years old and has lived in the Cleveland area ever since. Upon graduating from the University of Toledo, Wayne became a police officer with the City of Cleveland where he has been for over 29 years. He has been married to his wife Trish for over 23 years. They have 4 children that are all members at NEO Church: Bryaune, Jordan, Brooke, and Dylan. Wayne has attended NEO Church since 2010 and his hobbies include reading, exercising, traveling, watching his son play football and relaxing & spending time with his family. Something you may not know about Wayne is that he also works for the NBA and he can be found on the floor at almost every Cleveland Cavaliers home game!
Corey was born and raised in the Cleveland area. He and his wife, Jan, have been married for 14 years and they live in Willoughby, OH with their five boys, Luke, Josh, Drew, Sam and Titus. Corey is a very busy man! Corey has been walking with Jesus for over 24 years (since the 7th grade) and has been attending NEO Church since 2008. Corey enjoys watching, playing and coaching all things sports. Something interesting about Corey is that his grandparents grew up in 3 different countries (US, Sweden, and Italy) yet Corey has never traveled outside of North America.
Henry was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN where he graduated from Purdue University after high school. He met his wife, Bekah, at his brother’s wedding in Cleveland. They have been married for 9 years and have 3 children, Andrew, Annie and Peter. Henry has been walking with the Lord Jesus Christ since an early age but it intensified during his sophomore year of high school when he began reading the Bible for himself and matured in his faith. He has attended NEO Church since 2015 and his interests include golfing, working on house projects and spending time with family. An interesting fact about Henry is that he enjoys gardening.
NEO has many people in leadership and service roles. Some churches call these people deacons. Our staff is made up of the people of NEO. They are responsible for the day-to-day ministry that happens at our church. These men and women oversee various areas of ministry, lead small groups, work in partnership with the Elders to provide spiritual leadership, and support the church’s vision and mission.
Ryan is a native to “The Land.” He is an avid sports fan. Ryan is currently on 9 out of 30 stadiums of his Major League Baseball Stadium Tour. Ryan has a 2 year old son who has faithfully and enjoyably joined “The Tour.” His son is currently on stadium #3. Ryan loves to play guitar, cycle, and loves the outdoors. Ryan is currently a student at Baldwin Wallace University and majoring in Finance and Accounting. He made his home at NEO back in 2015 and hasn't looked back. Ryan has been involved on the Tech Team (sound, lights, video) at NEO for over 3 years. Ryan started attending church with his family beginning when he was in Middle School. He rededicated his life to Christ in High School and has been rollin’ with Jesus since. He loves to serve the community and the people around him.
Christina was born in Garden City, Michigan. ( Please don’t hold that against her! ha ha) She lived there till the age of 9, and the remainder of her childhood she grew up in Medina , Ohio. Christina married her best friend, Jeremy Johnson on June 5th, 1999. Together they have been in the ministry ever since. Christina attended college for early childhood education and was a nanny for over 12 years. Christina always loved singing and was involved in many choirs in her school and church. Growing up she fondly remembers sitting around in her grandparents living room with over 30 family members, just singing while her uncle played the guitar. Even though she loves singing with others, it took her choir directors encouragement to start singing on her own. Christina led worship at Medina First Baptist for several years and then taught herself how to play the guitar. Christina then lead worship at Stone Creek Community Church for almost a decade, and now currently is the Worship Leader at NEO Church. Christina and her husband Jeremy reside in Macedonia, Ohio with their two daughters Kylee and Alaina and their dog Piper. In her spare time she loves finding new coffee shops, baking, vacationing to the beach with her family, and pouring into her nieces. Quality time with family and the Lord is most important to Christina, and she considers it an honor to lead others in worship every Sunday!
Bekah grew up in the Cleveland area and has lived here most of her life. She made the decision to follow Christ at a young age and is thankful for the way NEO Church has challenged her to grow in her faith. She attended Baldwin Wallace University where she studied Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She feels blessed to be married to her husband Henry for 9 years and loves being at home with their 3 kids, Andrew (5), Annie (3) and Peter (1). She has a passion for the kids of NEO to understand what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ and believes that the NEO Kids ministry is a vital part of the church. Bekah especially loves coffee, books, thrift stores and going on dates with her husband.
Donna has been a Cleveland native the majority of her life. Married to Fred for 33 years, they have two grown daughters, Jessica and Allison, who have also made NEO their home. Donna was raised in a Christian home; but it wasn't until she began attending NEO Church seven years ago, that she formed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Her faith and love for Jesus continues to deepen through the preaching, worship, Bible studies and relationships she has developed at NEO. Donna loves to spend time with family and friends, and has a heart for both the elderly and for children. She enjoys leading Bible study at two local assisted living communities, as well as babysitting for young couples so that they can focus on marriage and specifically time together. She is excited to be part of the NEO Kids leadership and the opportunity it gives her to share Jesus and the gospel with these children! Donna also enjoys spending time with her cocker spaniel, Ladybug! She also likes reading, eating and coffee!!!