Recent News

Gracehaven Celebrates New Facility

Xenos ministry partner Gracehaven recently opened a new residential facility, fulfilling a long-term plan to help underage victims of sex trafficking in Central Ohio. Annette Vasulka with Gracehaven shares with us more about the journey to this achievement.  

Gracehaven actually began in 2004 with a phone call.

Dr. Jeff Barrows, an OB-GYN in Bellefontaine, learned about the dire plight of young girls in Asia who were victims of child sex-trafficking and wanted to help.  But during a phone conversation with Adam Freer of the Salvation Army he learned that there were girls in Ohio--as many as 1,000-2,000--who also were victimized for sex. And very few people were doing anything about it.

“What do they need?” Dr. Barrows asked. The answer surprised him--a residential home where these girls can live and take time to heal and receive therapy for their trauma.

“At that moment God called me to start a home here in Ohio for girls under 18 who were victims of sex trafficking...and He wanted the home called ‘Gracehaven.’"

Xenos played a critical role during these early years. Bev Delashment joined the first Board of Trustees and was a passionate advocate for this mission. Many Xenos members provided the funding to get the work off the ground. And we are so thankful for the many volunteers, supporters and Board members from our fellowship who have served through the years.

New Session of HEART Starts Soon

H.E.A.R.T.--Healing the Effects of Abortion Related Trauma--will be starting a new session on Saturday, March 2nd at 9:00 am at the Xenos Main Office (1340 Community Park Dr., 43229). After that first week, the group will meet on Wednesday evenings.

The workshop runs 7 weeks, and addresses some of the difficult thoughts and emotions raised by an abortion, including guilt, shame, grief and secrecy. It offers a confidential, caring atmosphere and uses God's word to gain a deeper understanding of His mercy, grace and forgiveness.

Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students. If you have questions or want to register, email Jill at or Kim at You may also call or text Jill at 614-309-6853.

Register Now for Xenos Summer Camps

Summer is a few months away, but now’s the time to make plans for your child to attend one of Xenos’ summer camps—camps that are fun, but can also serve as a spiritual turning point in their lives.

TNT Camp is for 4th and 5th graders and runs from June 17th-21st. Middle-schoolers can go to Blowout Camp June 2nd-7th. And Epic is for high-schoolers, and runs June 30th-July 6th.

Student Ministries Director Joe Botti says getting kids away from distractions helps them turn their focus more completely on God and consider His role in their life. As kids hear challenging Bible teachings, there’s time for them to think and respond, and they’re given the chance to trust their lives to God.

Joe says the camps also offer a great opportunity to build healthy relationships with their peers. Because they spend a lot of time together, new friendships have a chance to start and existing friendships have a chance to deepen. Sometimes the time together creates conflicts, and kids learn to work these conflicts out.

TNT Camp, for 4th and 5th graders, is built around discovering what God is doing around the world--with a unique focus on world missions. It’s a full-day program at Building X, including one optional overnight.

Window to Pledge is Closing Soon

We're seeking to complete our annual General Fund pledge campaign by the end of next week. We have to first cover the basic expenses of the church in order to fund increased work in areas like missions. If you haven't made or confirmed your pledge to support the ministry of Xenos, now's the time to do it. You can let us know your intentions at or email and staff can help you.

At this point in the giving campaign, over $7.9 million dollars has been pledged, allowing the base budget to be covered and reaching into the list of discretionary projects. You can see an up-to-date picture of discretionary project funding here. At this point, $128,000 in increased and/or new pledges would cover all the ministry initiatives that have been proposed.

Why should you confirm your pledge? Over 800 households have not confirmed their pledge that rolled automatically over from last year. Even if you are just rolling over your pledge, it's essential to confirm the amount for a couple of reasons. For one, it's important to bring your giving commitment before God and consider it each year. A few years ago founding elder Gary DeLashmutt shared that he had been rolling over his pledge for a few years, and that, for him, it was time to reconsider and adjust what God would have him give. And practically speaking, by actively confirming your pledge you give the church's leaders the opportunity to move forward in confidence on some pressing expenditures.

As you consider your pledge, please consider an increase, as your finances allow, since each year costs unavoidably rise. As you might expect, there are normal increases in the costs of health care and contracted services.

The deadline for the current campaign is February 18th, but the sooner your pledge is in or confirmed, the easier it is to move forward on this year's ministry. 

New Ministry Team Works to Keep Xenos Secure

By Gale Flowers

"A prudent person foresees danger and takes precaution." Proverbs 22:3

You may have noticed some new activities in the last year on our campuses.  From simple things, like locking external doors that we used to leave unlocked, to more complicated things like more security cameras in our venues. Our approach was to take incremental steps to provide a safe environment during CTs and special events. To that end, we formed the Xenos Safety Team (XST).

Mission & Scope

The XST started in response to a dramatic increase in crimes at faith-based properties over the past decade. However, “church safety” IS NOT just about violent intruders. Criminals know that faith-based organizations are typically "soft-targets" for all manner of mischief. Because of this, local law enforcement agencies encourage churches to remove opportunities for crime and create safety teams to keep watch over their meetings. To that end, the current scope of the Xenos Safety Team includes:

  • Monitor parking lots to deter burglary or vandalism.
  • Help oversee and protect OASIS classes and children.
  • De-escalate guest or domestic disputes on church property.
  • Mitigate groups who may protest on church property or guests who disrupt a Central Teaching meeting.
  • Assist in medical emergencies.
  • Respond to a violent intruder.

Two Xenos Elders Step into Lead Roles

The new year brings a new look to the Xenos leadership team. With Dennis McCallum and Gary DeLashmutt stepping away from their roles as elders, Conrad Hilario and Ryan Lowery are stepping in as senior pastors.

Conrad and Ryan have taken over those roles effective January 1st. Their selection was overwhelmingly approved by the Servant Team in the fall.

Ryan Lowery

Conrad Hilario

TEDS Open House Features Free Lecture

Get a taste of the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) Columbus extension program at an open house Friday, January 25th at 7:00 pm. The open house features a lecture by Dr. Greg Scharf called "The Necessity of Faithfulness," on the topic of Biblical preaching.

Dr. Scharf will teach on Jesus' mandate found in Luke 24:44-49, and how it relates to teachers today. Don't miss this chance to sit in on a free high-level seminary lecture!

The open house will be in the Main Campus Auditorium (1390 Community Park Dr., 43229).

The TEDS program allows you to pursue a masters level seminary degree from Columbus. You can learn more about the program at this open house, and by visiting

Upcoming Class Extends Discussion of the Bible's Relevancy

All adult Central Teachings have been focused on the essential question: "Does the Bible matter today?" If you or someone you know has been exploring this issue, consider an upcoming class--Investigating Christianity, starting February 13th. Just as the CT series has considered how the Bible is relevant today, this class will explore more challenges to the Bible and answer more questions.

The 5 week class will be taught by Doug Rudy and will be held at Main Campus. You can learn more in this flyer, and you can register at

Meet Senior Sphere Leader John Ross

John is a new senior sphere leader in the college ministry, co-leading with Bret McCallum and Josh Benadum in the newly formed Trident Sphere. Here’s more about John’s story:

When did you come to Christ? I came to Christ in 2008 through the friendship of Chris DeVille, who is a leader in the adult ministry now. He was my co-worker at a magazine and loved me a great deal. He shared his faith with me and modeled the joy of walking with Christ. Around that time, I hit rock bottom in a number of ways, and it was unbelievable to feel Jesus Christ standing there waiting for me, arms open. Pretty soon after receiving Christ, I decided I wanted to live for him.

What do you love about Xenos? Right now, we've got a social-media discussion going about the best rap of 2018. It's probably 300 posts deep. These are the guys in our sphere! I've been reflecting on this for a while. I never thought I would meet so many spiritual people who were also so interesting and cool. Now, let's be honest: Some of the opinions are just wrong. Kid Cudi's album is way overrated. But the larger point stands: God has made our community amazingly unique, diverse, tight-knit and engaged with culture. That is a special thing. I have never seen anything like this anywhere else.

What is exciting/interesting about leading a sphere? First of all, I get to lead side by side with two of the guys who have played a huge role in my life -- Josh Benadum and Bret McCallum. They've been praying for, encouraging and teaching me even before I met Christ. They were role models for me from my first HC. I really appreciate the aspect of teamwork in leadership, and getting to be on a team with these guys is incredible. Also, being in this role allows me to serve my friends -- scores of people who I care about and know well. My parents and I were talking a while back about this new role, and they expressed shock at how many leaders we had in our sphere. "How can you work with so many people?" they asked in disbelief. "Well, I like them," I said. "It's a lot easier when you like them."

Do you have a favorite book of the Bible or verse? Not really. I like the whole thing a great deal.

Xenos Founding Elders' Lasting Impact

On January 1st, Gary DeLashmutt and Dennis McCallum stepped back from their roles as Senior Elders of the Church. Both continue to lead and serve in new and exciting roles.

In the early 70's Dennis and Gary felt called to use their lives to help other people understand Christ's love better. Little did they know, God would take that decision and use it to influence thousands of people in Columbus and across the globe, through fifty years of loving service. Words are inadequate to express our gratitude for their many years of humble leadership!

Some thoughts from a few of their close friends:

Ryan Lowery: "The most exceptional thing about both Dennis and Gary is their willingness and eagerness to be under God's authority.  Their ministry, their accomplishments, and their spiritual fruit has never been about them, and no one believes that more or understands that better than they do.  This is why Xenos has not fallen into the trap of being a man centered church.  This is why God has been able to use them so powerfully in so many people's lives, and this is why they have been able to raise up so many other leaders around them.  As God has honored them with fruitful ministry they have directed that honor right back to Him and He has been glorified." 

Conrad Hilario: "It's difficult to describe the impact Dennis has had on my life. He has been like a father to me, he's been my spiritual mentor, and he's one of my closest friends."

Phil Franck: "To hang out with Gary even for a few minutes, usually translates into walking away with some fantastically usable nugget of spiritual wisdom. Gary's steadiness and insights have helped me so many times when ministry situations felt like rats' nests, to gain a principled way to untangle them."

Josh Benadum: "Dennis and Gary shaped my theology, not by telling me what was right or wrong, but by insisting I go to the Bible myself and giving me the tools to interpret it."

We've made an easy way for you to offer your congratulations and express your gratitude to Dennis and Gary. You can send them your thoughts at