MEET OUR STAFF

  Allyssa Graves: Pastor   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.

Allyssa Graves: Pastor

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.

  Joe Graves: Pastor   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.

Joe Graves: Pastor

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.

  Nick Traverso: Director of Worship & Media   Meet Nick! He grew up in western Pennsylvania (go Steelers!) and obtained a bachelors in entrepreneurship and music from Baldwin Wallace University. In Cleveland, he served as the worship/band leader for Lakewood United Methodist for 2 years and met his fiance Renee. Together with their cats Chester and Blueberry, they recently moved to Westerville. Outside of working at the Express HQ in merchandise planning, you'll find Nick playing soccer, music or board games, exploring his new town and crafting.

Nick Traverso: Director of Worship & Media

Meet Nick! He grew up in western Pennsylvania (go Steelers!) and obtained a bachelors in entrepreneurship and music from Baldwin Wallace University. In Cleveland, he served as the worship/band leader for Lakewood United Methodist for 2 years and met his fiance Renee. Together with their cats Chester and Blueberry, they recently moved to Westerville. Outside of working at the Express HQ in merchandise planning, you'll find Nick playing soccer, music or board games, exploring his new town and crafting.

  Emily McGowan: Community Volunteer Coordinator   Meet Emily! She likes to run long distances, sing, read and write, explore antique stores and hang out with her husband, Sean. Emily’s favorite movie is Meet Me in St. Louis and she loves listening to Alison Krauss. Emily is originally from Colorado—she’s a huge Denver Broncos fan—and she graduated from Oklahoma State. She and Sean recently moved to the area, where teaches at Columbus Preparatory Academy, runs a photography business, and is working towards her Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling at Regent University. Fun fact: Emily and Sean will be parents in October!

Emily McGowan: Community Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Emily! She likes to run long distances, sing, read and write, explore antique stores and hang out with her husband, Sean. Emily’s favorite movie is Meet Me in St. Louis and she loves listening to Alison Krauss. Emily is originally from Colorado—she’s a huge Denver Broncos fan—and she graduated from Oklahoma State. She and Sean recently moved to the area, where teaches at Columbus Preparatory Academy, runs a photography business, and is working towards her Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling at Regent University. Fun fact: Emily and Sean will be parents in October!

  Christina Schirtzinger: City Kids Director   Meet Chrissy! She interned with Central City in 2017 and proved her gifts as pied-piper of kids. She graduated from Ohio University in December 2017 with a Bachelors of Science. Since, she’s been interning at Central Avenue United Methodist in Athens. Originally from Columbus, Chrissy has moved “home” to continue being a part of Central City. Outside of City Kids, you can find Chrissy crafting fancy coffee drinks at Bottoms Up Coffee in Franklinton, singing and playing the Ukulele, and exploring.   

Christina Schirtzinger: City Kids Director

Meet Chrissy! She interned with Central City in 2017 and proved her gifts as pied-piper of kids. She graduated from Ohio University in December 2017 with a Bachelors of Science. Since, she’s been interning at Central Avenue United Methodist in Athens. Originally from Columbus, Chrissy has moved “home” to continue being a part of Central City. Outside of City Kids, you can find Chrissy crafting fancy coffee drinks at Bottoms Up Coffee in Franklinton, singing and playing the Ukulele, and exploring.   


  Rebecca Laughlin: Communication Manager   Meet Becky! She likes hammocking, making coffee, eating Oreos, watching This is Us and hanging out with her friends. Becky grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but since college she’s found homes in Ireland, Indiana, and Columbus. She is currently living in Athens where she studies Journalism Strategic Communication at Ohio University and leads with Cru at OU.

Rebecca Laughlin: Communication Manager

Meet Becky! She likes hammocking, making coffee, eating Oreos, watching This is Us and hanging out with her friends. Becky grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but since college she’s found homes in Ireland, Indiana, and Columbus. She is currently living in Athens where she studies Journalism Strategic Communication at Ohio University and leads with Cru at OU.

 
  Peter Bell: Production Team Leader   Meet Peter! He enjoys binge watching Netflix and reading—he’s specifically a fan of the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones books. He’s an avid snowboarder and a big Blue Jackets fan. Peter has traveled all over Europe and the U.S. exploring and doing freelance 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. (p.s. He's not Chris Pratt)

Peter Bell: Production Team Leader

Meet Peter! He enjoys binge watching Netflix and reading—he’s specifically a fan of the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones books. He’s an avid snowboarder and a big Blue Jackets fan. Peter has traveled all over Europe and the U.S. exploring and doing freelance 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. (p.s. He's not Chris Pratt)

  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.

  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.