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Tom has been married to his wife Donna for 45 years. They have two grown daughters and are enjoying the benefits of not only being grandparents, but also great-grandparents. Besides spending time with his family, Tom enjoys travel and will golf for food. Tom’s passion for sharing the gospel and discipling believers is reflected in the way Urbancrest has grown from an average attendance of 100 to over 900 each week with over 1400 baptisms since Tom and Donna answered the call to Urbancrest in 1994.
Tom is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical College and Seminary, the Moody Bible Institute and Liberty University with a background in youth ministry, food service management, and industrial production management. Tom is also the author of two books, Through the Door: 40 days to close the doors of your past, open the door to your future, and transform your life and Through the Door II: A Worldwide Adventure with Christ, 30 day devotional on missions
Aaron Taylor is the husband to Elizabeth, father to Sophia (9) and Colbie (4). After choosing to follow Jesus in 2003 and being called to ministry, He was called to plant a church in Columbus, Ohio. In 2018, Aaron, his family and an incredible team planted Living Hope Church in northwest Columbus. Since then, they have seen significant community impact and in late 2020 they launched the Finding Hope Center. This Ministry Center partners with local non-profits to meet the physical needs of single moms, domestic abuse victims, immigrants and refugees all while sharing the hope we find in Jesus.
Dr. Jeremy Westbrook currently serves as the newly elected Executive Director-Treasurer of The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio. Previously, Jeremy served as the Senior Associate Pastor of Calvary Church in Clearwater, Florida and also as the Lead Missional Strategist of The Suncoast Baptist Association in Largo, Florida. Originally, Dr. Westbrook came to Ohio in 2008 to help plant Living Hope Church in Marysville and served as SCBO President in 2016. Jeremy and his wife Jennifer are blessed with 3 children.
Joe was raised in Milledgeville GA. Joe served as a Marine and had a career as a landscape architect. But he considers his greatest achievement to be living each day as a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ. He is an evangelist and president of You Turn Ministries Inc, rescuing hundreds of thousands of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Joe preaches in about 40 churches across America a year. He and his team at You Turn minister in several countries year round.