Our Team

Jim Garrett

Dr. Jim and Cheri Garrett hail from South Carolina where they both came to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ at an early age. Their comprehension of God's love came early in life 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 have over 43 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 in Ohio, and all active in various phases of ministry. They are also Papa and Mimi to 15 wonderful grandchildren ranging in ages from 5 to 21.



Paul O'Brien

Youth & Relational Ministries Pastor
Paul and Leah O’Brien both grew up in Richland County, Leah in Madison and Paul in Ontario. They have been married since 2008 and have been friends for over 20 years. They have 3 kids and they are each others best friends. They have a deep love for the state of Ohio although most of their adult life has been spent ministering in Louisville, Kentucky and Fairfax, Virginia. They are glad to be back in Ohio and close to their families. Paul has been in pastoral ministry for 11 years and loves connecting with people and teaching in various contexts. Paul enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching the Cleveland Indians, reading, writing, snowboarding and doing most anything else (except listening to polka music). You can check out Paul’s blog at newcreationinx.com.



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 three grandchildren.

Rochester, NY




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


  • Kyle Bishop
  • Dave Hartz
  • Danielle Palesh (Treasurer)
  • Ken Palesh
  • Don Varvel