Candidate for Elder

Bret McCallum - Senior Sphere Leader

Bret graduated from the Ohio State University. He has been married to Gloria McCallum since 2006 and has two sons. He has been a leader for a high school home church since July 2004 and has been a home church leader in the Xenos college ministry since 2005.


Gary DeLashmutt - Lead Pastor

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Gary is the Senior Sphere Leader and primary teacher of our Sunday morning adult 4th Street Central Teaching. An author, he also teaches a Homiletics Workshop and other training courses in Xenos. He and his wife, Bev, lead a post-college home group near The Ohio State University, and have raised up leaders and planted several home churches over the years. Gary holds a B.A. in history from Ohio State and an M.A. from Ashland Theological Seminary. They have two grown daughters. Together with Dennis McCallum, Gary co-oversees all senior sphere leaders in student and adult ministry.

Dennis McCallum - Lead Pastor

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Dennis is a lecturer, an author of several books, a teacher of leadership classes, a leader and teacher at the Campus Bible Study near Ohio State. As college home group leaders, he and his wife, Holly, have raised up leaders and planted several college home churches. Dennis holds a B.A. in history from Ohio State and an M.A. from Ashland Theological Seminary. They have three grown children and several grandchildren.

Pastoral Leadership

Scott Arnold - Senior Sphere Leader


Scott is the primary teacher for the Xenos’ Franklinton (or West side) Central Teaching. He also is the executive director of Central Ohio Youth for Christ, a partner with Xenos in urban youth work. Scott serves on the national YFC/USA board and on the advisory team of Mission Columbus. Scott received a psychology degree from Ohio State and masters of biblical studies from Ashland Seminary. He and his wife, Annette, have been Xenos home group leaders and teachers for more than two decades. They have two children.

Chris Hearty – Senior Sphere Leader

Chris is a new sphere leader in the College Ministry. He teaches Central Teachings as well as classes at Xenos. He is also currently in a Master's Program, from which he will soon graduate. He and his wife Lauren have one child.

Conrad Hilario - Elder & Senior Sphere Leader

Conrad leads one of the most dynamic spheres in our campus ministry. He has successfully planted a number of home churches and he has raised up numerous other home church leaders. Conrad also completed his M.A. and teaches Xenos' Leadership Training Class. Conrad and his wife Hilary have two children.


Dr. Jody Kear - Elder

Picture of Jody KearJody has taught various Xenos classes and leads an adult home group. Since 1983, he and his wife, Sue, have led home groups, raised up new leaders and planted more than eight home churches. He graduated with a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and pursued a masters from Ashland Theological Seminary. Jody received his DDS from Ohio State and owns a dental practice. They have three children.


Jim Leffel - Elder & Senior Sphere Leader 

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Jim leads our Sunday evening Main Campus Central Teaching where he oversees a sphere of adult home churches. He and his wife, Linda, have raised up leaders and planted several home churches since 1990. He also serves as the church’s director of theological education and teaches Xenos adult education classes. Jim received a B.A. in philosophy at Ohio State, and an M.A. in philosophy of religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jim is an author and former college lecturer. The Leffels have two children.

Ryan Lowery - Elder & Senior Sphere Leader 

Ryan oversees all of Adult Ministry in Xenos. Ryan grew up in Columbus, graduated with a B.A. in history from Ohio State, and received a masters from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Ryan came to Christ through Xenos' high school ministry in 1994, and has been learning about God and trying to grow with Him ever since.  He and his wife Jess have two children and live in Westerville where they lead a home group.  Ryan spends most of his time working with his sphere's home group leaders, preparing classes and teaching at our Main Campus venues. 

John McKewen - Elder

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John leads the GIFT (Generous Investments in Future Treasures) ministry team and serves as primary leader of our financial stewardship workshops. He is a registered investment advisor, and owns a local investment management firm. John leads adult home groups with his wife, Jayne Ann (a key director in our children’s program). They have three children.


Doug Patch - Senior Sphere Leader

Doug has been involved in Xenos for 33 years, leading home churches for 30 years with his wife Chris. They have two grown children and a granddaughter. He’s currently a senior sphere leader and teaches theology and leadership classes. Doug has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and also a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary. He enjoys hunting, wood-working, exercising and reading. 

Scott Risley - Elder & Senior Sphere Leader

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Scott has been part of the college ministry since 1996. He married his wife Chris in 2003 and they have two children. Before coming on staff as a sphere leader with the college group Scott studied computer science engineering at OSU and worked for several years in software consulting. He also earned an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Scott currently serves as an elder, oversees a sphere of college and high school home groups, teaches one of the college central teachings and also teaches a number of different classes at Xenos.

James Rochford - Elder & Senior Sphere Leader

Since 2012 James has served as a Senior Sphere Leader in the Xenos college ministry. He teaches classes in theology and apologetics as well as weekly central teachings. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Masters in Theological Studies. He is also the author of Evidence Unseen and Endless Hope or Hopeless End. He and his wife Duyen have one son.


Kendall Triplett - Senior Sphere Leader

Kendal serves as Senior Sphere Leader for the Xenos East side sphere. He received Christ while attending Xenos meetings 35 years ago, and has led home churches with his wife Pat for 25 years. He attended Marshall University and Ohio University, and has three grown sons and seven grandchildren. He enjoys golf, fishing and exercising. 


Administrative Leadership

Steve Bauer -  Operations & Administration Coordinator

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Steve leads the division in Xenos that provides "indirectly spiritual (i.e., business) support for the ministries of the church. He oversees our innovative budgetary and stewardship programs as well as finance & accounting, facilities and grounds across all our central Ohio locations, information services, technical and food services for meetings and our office service staff. Steve also serves as corporate treasurer and secretary for Xenos and for Urban Concern, and is secretary of the Management Team. He and his wife Malia lead an adult home group and host a high school home church in their home.

Joe Botti - Student Ministries

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Joe manages and administers the largest staffing group of the church. The ministries in his division include our children's program (Oasis), and Junior High, High School and College ministries. He also helps oversee Calumet Christian School. Still, he's not just in the office. In addition to coaching leaders of student home groups, Joe and his wife Cindy help lead in the college and high school ministries.

Phil Franck - Support Services & Adult Ministries Division Coordinator

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Phil oversees Evangelism Impact Ministries and Servant Team administration. He shares responsibilities in the departments of Pastoral Counseling and Communications. Phil also leads an adult home group with his wife Renee.

Dave Glover - Missions Division Coordinator

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Dave oversees the Xenos Missions Division and Urban Concern, our church-based ministry to the poor. Dave is also a seasoned adult and student worker. Dave along with his wife Tracy lead a college home church.

Pat Reeder - Equipping Division Coordinator

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Pat oversees the Equipping Division, which includes our Adult Education ClassesStudy Center (our church resource center and library), and our Master's Degree program. Pat brings education experience from teaching college courses at Ohio State and Kenyon College. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and an M.Sc. in Mathematics from OSU. With his wife Abbi, Pat helps lead a home group of college students.