Light in the Darkness

SINCE2016

Learn It
We believe that, as Christians, we have to know the Gospel, and knowing the Gospel starts with knowing who God is. We need to know who He is and what He has done for us, and what that means in our lives. 


Live It
We believe that being a Christian means living out the Gospel in community with each other – that we must both know others and allow ourselves to be known. It is in our relationships that we begin to apply the principles of the Christian life.


Give It
We believe that the Gospel is meant to be given – that it compels us as Christians to serve each other and to share with the world. To give freely that which has been given to us, and to love each other and our community with the love of Jesus.

Staff

  • Daniel O'Kane  - Pastoral Elder  circlefacebook  circleinstagram

    Founding pastor of Bellefontaine Grace Church.

    Born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand. 

    Husband of Jessica. 

    Father to Aroha & Ezekiel. 

    Graduate of Bryan College (Exercise Health Science) and Liberty Theology Seminary (Pastoral Ministry). 

    Lover of roasting and brewing his own coffee, specifically for his wife in the morning, playing whatever the newest imaginary game is with the kiddos in the backyard, being outside when the crisp 60 degree weather is rolling in and the leaves are changing color, and wearing brand new socks for the first time. 

  • Ethan Bunce - Pastoral Elder  circlefacebook  circleinstagram  

    Born and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana. 

    Husband of Jael. 

    Graduate of Grace College (Biblical Studies) and Grace Theological Seminary (Local Church Ministry).

    Lover of hardy breakfast food, bonfires with close friends, spending all day at Findlay Market in Cincinnati, and his 1999 Buick Lesabre affectionately named "Blue Beauty".  

  • Nick Mazza  - Pastor  circlefacebook  circleinstagram  

    Born and raised in Marysville, Ohio.

    Husband of Erin. 

    Graduate of Bowling Green State University (Math Education) and Grace Theological Seminary (Local Church Ministry).

    Lover of making (and eating) his famous "Mazza Pizza", playing board games with friends and family, cheering on the Columbus Blue Jackets, and watching Ohio State football with his wife. 

  • Kohltin Hoeppner  - Pastoral Resident  

    Born and raised in Columbia City, Indiana. 

    Graduate of Grace College (Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages) and Grace Theological Seminary (Local Church Ministry).

    Lover of all kinds of music, driving all the way to Springfield for Tropical Smoothie, playing Spikeball with good friends, and of course THE Ohio State Buckeyes!

  • Khale Rider  - Pastoral Resident  

    Born and raised in Columbia City, Indiana. 

    Husband of Suzi.

    Graduate of Grace College (Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages).

    Lover of fitness, specifically CrossFit, the best sauce, honey mustard, all things football, and catching more fish than Kohltin, most of the time. 

  • Taylor Watson  - Operations Coordinator  circlefacebook  circleinstagram Envelope

    Born and raised in West Liberty, Ohio. 

    Wife of David. 

    Mother of Tatum and Teagon. 

    Lover of the best cookie and milk duo, Oreo's, being in the beautiful outdoors with her family, riding horses or 4-wheelers whenever she gets the chance, and watching Duke basketball. 

  • Angelyn Davis  - Director of Radiate Kids  circlefacebook  circleinstagram 

    Born and raised in Belle Center, Ohio. 

    Wife of David. 

    Mother of Steven, Gwyndolyn, Juniper, and Magnolia. 

    Lover of eating out with friends and family, beach days in the sun, holidays (especially Spooky Season), and reading fiction books.  

Pastoral Elders

  • Bud Brentlinger  - Pastoral Elder  circlefacebook  

    Born and raised in Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

    Husband of Beth. 

    Ministry experience: Grace group leader (5 Years) Grace Steering Team (7 Years) 

    Lover of canyon hiking with his wonderful wife, flying airplanes, spending time with his adorable grandchildren & watching college football. 

  • Ethan Bunce - Pastoral Elder  circlefacebook  circleinstagram  

    Born and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana. 

    Husband of Jael. 

    Graduate of Grace College (Biblical Studies) and Grace Theological Seminary (Local Church Ministry).

    Lover of hardy breakfast food, bonfires with close friends, spending all day at Findlay Market in Cincinnati, and his 1999 Buick Lesabre affectionately named "Blue Beauty".  

  • Steve Davis  - Pastoral Elder  circlefacebook  

    Born and raised in DeGraff, Ohio. 

    Husband of Patti. 

    Ministry experience: Grace Institute (2 Years) Grace Steering Team (3 Years) 

    Lover of spending time on vacation with his beautiful wife, bonding with his ten grandchildren, helping construction customers find solutions to design issues, reading a well written and concise book & eating a high quality ribeye steak. 

  • Daniel O'Kane  - Pastoral Elder  circlefacebook  circleinstagram 

    Founding pastor of Bellefontaine Grace Church.

    Born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand. 

    Husband of Jessica. 

    Father to Aroha & Ezekiel. 

    Graduate of Bryan College (Exercise Health Science) and Liberty Theology Seminary (Pastoral Ministry). 

    Lover of roasting and brewing his own coffee, specifically for his wife in the morning, playing whatever the newest imaginary game is with the kiddos in the backyard, being outside when the crisp 60 degree weather is rolling in and the leaves are changing color, and wearing brand new socks for the first time. 

  • Mark Schmieder  - Pastoral Elder circlefacebook  

    Born and raised in Scotia, New York. 

    Husband of Sara. 

    Ministry experience: Grace group leader (3 Years) Grace Leadership Team (3 Years) 

    Lover of hunting in the early mornings, solitary walks in the woods, spending time with his lovable grandchildren & the engineering challenge of fixing broken things.