MEET OUR STAFF

Allyssa Graves: Co-Lead Pastor - Little Bottoms Free Store, Franklinton, and the West side.  Meet Allyssa! She likes watching T.V., reading, and playing with her son Finn. Allyssa is trying to be a vegetarian (so don’t tempt her) and she’s always wanted to be a museum curator. Allyssa grew up on the Southeast side of Columbus, but she recently moved back after living all over Ohio for the past decade. She lives in Franklinton with Joe, Finn, and their dog Stella.   Email

Allyssa Graves: Co-Lead Pastor - Little Bottoms Free Store, Franklinton, and the West side.

Meet Allyssa! She likes watching T.V., reading, and playing with her son Finn. Allyssa is trying to be a vegetarian (so don’t tempt her) and she’s always wanted to be a museum curator. Allyssa grew up on the Southeast side of Columbus, but she recently moved back after living all over Ohio for the past decade. She lives in Franklinton with Joe, Finn, and their dog Stella.

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Joe Graves: Co-Lead Pastor - Grandview Heights and New Initiatives  Meet Joe! He enjoys almost anything creative—he’s dabbled in poetry, writing, art, painting, and woodworking—but if you ask him, he’ll tell you he’s hardly good at any of them. Joe loves watching T.V. comedies like The Office, Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn 99. He grew up in Hicksville, Ohio as one of seven (!) kids, but recently moved to Franklinton with his wife Allyssa and their son Finn.   Email

Joe Graves: Co-Lead Pastor - Grandview Heights and New Initiatives

Meet Joe! He enjoys almost anything creative—he’s dabbled in poetry, writing, art, painting, and woodworking—but if you ask him, he’ll tell you he’s hardly good at any of them. Joe loves watching T.V. comedies like The Office, Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn 99. He grew up in Hicksville, Ohio as one of seven (!) kids, but recently moved to Franklinton with his wife Allyssa and their son Finn.

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Renee Wilson: Executive Director  Renée will tell you some of the best ministry advice she's ever been given is "prepare well and love 'em to Jesus". Having served churches in a variety of settings, and honing her vocational ministry skills predominantly with youth and young adults, Renée joins the team with a passion for helping others live into who God's calling them to be. She's a huge Buckeyes fan, loves being an aunt, and can sing at least one song from pretty much any Broadway musical.   Email

Renee Wilson: Executive Director

Renée will tell you some of the best ministry advice she's ever been given is "prepare well and love 'em to Jesus". Having served churches in a variety of settings, and honing her vocational ministry skills predominantly with youth and young adults, Renée joins the team with a passion for helping others live into who God's calling them to be. She's a huge Buckeyes fan, loves being an aunt, and can sing at least one song from pretty much any Broadway musical.

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Ryan Wilkins: Director of Worship  Meet Ryan! Ryan has three wonderful children: Dylan (14), Emmie Rose (10), and Penelope (5). In addition to his role with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ryan is the co-founder and co-owner of Olentangy River Brewing Company, a craft brewery and coffeehouse in Lewis Center, Ohio. Ryan loves the community of Columbus and looks forward to continuing to make an impact as the Director of Worship at Central City Church.

Ryan Wilkins: Director of Worship

Meet Ryan! Ryan has three wonderful children: Dylan (14), Emmie Rose (10), and Penelope (5). In addition to his role with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ryan is the co-founder and co-owner of Olentangy River Brewing Company, a craft brewery and coffeehouse in Lewis Center, Ohio. Ryan loves the community of Columbus and looks forward to continuing to make an impact as the Director of Worship at Central City Church.

Leeaan Clingo: City Kids Interim  Leeann is no stranger to Central City Church and has been working with children, youth, and families for over 12 years, currently working full-time as a nanny. She is married to Tristan, who you might also see serving around our church, and together they have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 frogs, a lizard, and 2 beta fish. Leeann is just a few classes shy of her Master's Degree in Practical Theology from Ashland Seminary, loves greek food, and says her favorite Disney princess is Moana.

Leeaan Clingo: City Kids Interim

Leeann is no stranger to Central City Church and has been working with children, youth, and families for over 12 years, currently working full-time as a nanny. She is married to Tristan, who you might also see serving around our church, and together they have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 frogs, a lizard, and 2 beta fish. Leeann is just a few classes shy of her Master's Degree in Practical Theology from Ashland Seminary, loves greek food, and says her favorite Disney princess is Moana.

Kristi Fischer: Treasurer  Meet Kristi! She loves running, reading, hiking, listening to music, drinking coffee and visiting farmer’s markets—and of course, spending time with her husband Lee and their two young boys. She’s a fan of This is Us and the Harry Potter series. Kristi grew up at Central Avenue UMC, our parent church in Athens, Ohio. She’s always been passionate about Central, so she and her family were excited when they heard the vision for Central City. She works at AEP as a transmission finance manager.

Kristi Fischer: Treasurer

Meet Kristi! She loves running, reading, hiking, listening to music, drinking coffee and visiting farmer’s markets—and of course, spending time with her husband Lee and their two young boys. She’s a fan of This is Us and the Harry Potter series. Kristi grew up at Central Avenue UMC, our parent church in Athens, Ohio. She’s always been passionate about Central, so she and her family were excited when they heard the vision for Central City. She works at AEP as a transmission finance manager.

Peter Bell: Technical Director  Meet Peter! He enjoys bing watching Netflix and reading—he’s especially a fan of the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones books. He’s an avid snowboard and a big Blue Jackets fan. Peter has traveled all over Europe and the U.S. exploring and doing photojournalism. Peter is the oldest of four children, but now he’s a self-proclaimed crazy cat person. He grew up in Hilliard, and graduated from Ohio University. He owns and operates Bell Tree Productions, a multimedia event and live production entertainment company.

Peter Bell: Technical Director

Meet Peter! He enjoys bing watching Netflix and reading—he’s especially a fan of the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones books. He’s an avid snowboard and a big Blue Jackets fan. Peter has traveled all over Europe and the U.S. exploring and doing photojournalism. Peter is the oldest of four children, but now he’s a self-proclaimed crazy cat person. He grew up in Hilliard, and graduated from Ohio University. He owns and operates Bell Tree Productions, a multimedia event and live production entertainment company.

Lee Fischer: Transition Team Leader  Meet Lee! He enjoys woodworking and playing with his two young sons in his free time. His favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and gummy bears are his favorite snack. Lee got involved with Central City through his wife, Kristi’s parents who are involved at Central Avenue UMC in Athens. He is from Gahanna, Ohio and works as a Pension Manager for Pension Fund.

Lee Fischer: Transition Team Leader

Meet Lee! He enjoys woodworking and playing with his two young sons in his free time. His favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and gummy bears are his favorite snack. Lee got involved with Central City through his wife, Kristi’s parents who are involved at Central Avenue UMC in Athens. He is from Gahanna, Ohio and works as a Pension Manager for Pension Fund.

Anne Hinze: Free Store Director  Meet Anne! She loves exploring all of the fun places in Columbus—if you need a restaurant recommendation, give her a call. Anne, her husband Brian and their two sons are all proud Ohio University graduates. The Hinzes got involved with Central City after their son worked at our parent church in Athens, Ohio. She teaches first year experience classes and runs the Academic Resource Center at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Franklinton. She feels called to be a part of this community and loves it.

Anne Hinze: Free Store Director

Meet Anne! She loves exploring all of the fun places in Columbus—if you need a restaurant recommendation, give her a call. Anne, her husband Brian and their two sons are all proud Ohio University graduates. The Hinzes got involved with Central City after their son worked at our parent church in Athens, Ohio. She teaches first year experience classes and runs the Academic Resource Center at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Franklinton. She feels called to be a part of this community and loves it.

 
 

Other Staff (who’s pictures and bios we haven’t update yet) include:

Denise Kilgore - Welcome Team

Adam Reed - Campus Ministry

Renee Wilson - Campus Ministry