Our Team

John Risner

Lead Pastor
John has been on staff since 2008 and is a graduate of Ashland Theological seminary. He and his wife Rachel have six children. John has been following Jesus since age five. He loves music, ultimate Frisbee and telling stories.

Bellfontaine, OH



Jim Garrett

Associate Pastor
Dr. Jim and Cheri Garrett hail from South Carolina where they both came to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ at an early age. Although they both were reared in dysfunctional homes where their dads were alcoholics, their comprehension of God's love came through very tangible means: Cheri through the love of a bus ministry from a local church and Jim through the loving persistence of a local pastor. They each have over 40 years of marriage and of ministry experience as pastor, missionaries, youth and children's leaders, and various other administrative ministry functions. They are the parents of three adult children, all living with their respective spouses here in Ohio, and all active in various phases of ministry. They are also Papa and Mimi to 15 wonderful grandchildren ranging in ages from 2 to 17.



Greg Flanders

Youth & Family Pastor
Greg Flanders has begun his ministry at OCF as Youth and Family Pastor. Greg is a native of western Pennsylvania (hometown, DuBois) and started his relationship with Jesus at the age of four. In 2008 he earned a B.A. in Student Ministries from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa. He and his wife, Heather are parents to one son, Theo. Greg has pastored in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Minnesota (Youth and Family Ministry) before coming on staff at OCF in December 2017. He loves football, music, and cooking.



Paula Keiper

Director of Administration
Paula has been supporting OCF with administration since January 1999, and her position includes adminstration, general purchasing, bookkeeping and disbursements for OCF. She is also coordinating the OCF Weekly e-newsletter and website. Paula works both at the OCF office and from home, sharing the morning office hours with Doreen Roller. She is married to Dave and they have three grown children, one married daughter and two sons (one married), as well as two grandchildren.

Rochester, NY



Melissa Squillante

Children's Ministry Coordinator
Melissa Squillante was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She accepted Christ as her Savior at a very young age and life’s struggles have strengthened her walk with the Lord. A few years ago, she and her husband, Dan, along with their two children, moved to Ohio. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and being the loudest soccer mom on the sidelines. As Melissa draws closer to God, her heart for serving His people and serving the church continues to grow.




  • Mark Brunn
  • Steve Haring
  • Rick Lamp
  • Larry Zimmerman


  • Dave Hartz
  • Adam Hunter
  • Dave Keiper (Treasurer)
  • Dave Mitchell
  • Ken Palesh
  • Dan Squillante (President)
  • Don Varvel (Vice President)