Counseling Staff

Cindy Botti
Picture of Cindy Botti Cindy has attended Xenos since 1983. She and her husband, Joe, have been married since 1986 and raised 3 children who are now adults actively involved in Xenos Bible Studies. Cindy and Joe have invested in the Youth Ministry—Junior High, High School, and College—since 1990. Cindy teaches the Sexual Integrity class at Xenos and is currently teaching 8th Grade Language Arts part time at Calumet Christian School. Cindy joined the counseling team in December of 2018.

Lee Campbell
Lee Campbell Bio Pic Lee Campbell is doing Biblical counseling for Xenos three days a week. Lee is a great addition to the counseling department bringing years of experience working with men and with couples on difficult pastoral issues. Lee is a long time home group leader. He contributed a chapter to the book, The Death of Truth. He has a BS in biology from Oakland University, and a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the Ohio State University. After a decade as a professor of biological sciences at Capital University and then Ohio Dominican University, where he received tenure, he joined the Xenos staff as a pastor and teacher.

John Cleary
John Cleary Bio Pic Cleary was reached for Jesus Christ through the work at Xenos in 1980. He and his wife Jill have been home group leaders and involved in the ministries at Xenos for over 35 years. They have two married daughters who are involved in Xenos home groups and ministries as well. He has been on staff with Xenos teaching classes and helping with oversight of home groups. He joined the counseling team in January 2016.

Mikie Hale

Mikie Hale
Mikie Hale came to Christ in 2011 and moved from Texas to Ohio to follow God and be a part of Dwell Community Church. She has been leading in high school and college groups since 2014. She has suffered victoriously through many obstacles and, because of that, she has a strong burden to help other women navigate walking with God through suffering. She and her husband Keegan lead a homechurch in the college ministry. In her spare time she loves to go hiking and spend time with her dog.

Nick Hetrick
Picture of Nick Hetrick Nick is a Biblical counselor and teacher at Xenos. After completing his Ph.D. in English at Ohio State, he taught high school English before joining Xenos staff full time in 2012. He and his wife Lesley lead a home church and have two children.

Bryan Jones
Bryan Jones has been a part of Xenos Christian Fellowship since 2005. Currently he is a Biblical counselor and sphere coach for Xenos, where he meets regularly with students and adults alike and oversees a number of home churches. He leads in a small group setting, as well as providing regular expository Bible teaching. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Biopsychology. In his free time, he enjoys various forms of exercise and collecting hobbies. All of these are done with an incredible amount of help, patience, and grace provided by his wife Hope.

Abbey Merker

Abbey Merker

Abbey became a Christian in 1999 through the Jr High ministry here at Dwell. Since then, she has led in Jr High, high school, and college ministries. She has an English degree from Ohio State. Many years of discipling, teaching the Bible, and navigating hardships have burdened Abbey to turn and use what she has learned to help the next person. She has one young son, Cooper, and is an active member in her adult home church. She also likes to read, bike, and kayak.

Connie Rue
Connie Rue Connie has been in Xenos since 1990 and on staff since 1998. She has been a home church leader for fifteen years and has coached and counseled other home group leaders. Connie is an active mentor and has a passion to help women live out their identity in Christ. She and her husband, John, have two grown children and one grandchild. Their oldest son died when he was three, giving Connie a burden to help others with grief and suffering.

Barbara Silverman
Picture of Barbara Silverman Barbara Silverman has attended Xenos since 2007 and came to Christ in a high school group. She leads in both high school and college ministry. Barbara and her husband Jack love seeing students come to Christ and equipping them to serve others and love God. Barbara has made her life about enabling people to minister to their highest capacity through finding emotional healing and greater intimacy with God. In her spare time she loves to read, camp, and hike.

Liz Sweet
Liz Sweet Liz has attended Xenos since 1980, and has been a home church leader for 30 years. She has been on staff part-time since 2005, and has recently retired from teaching high school English in order to devote more time to coaching home church leaders, teaching classes, and counseling. Liz is passionate about helping people experience the joy, freedom, and fulfillment that comes from following Christ. She and her husband, Scott, have two grown children.