Recent News

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

Upcoming Pub Night January 26

The Kells will be performing at an upcoming pub night at the Main Campus Cafe (1394 Community Park Dr., 43229). Admission is just $5 and proceeds go to support an upcoming medical trip to Haiti.

This is on Saturday, January 26th at 8:00 pm. Make plans to attend and bring a friend! And bring a snack and an adult beverage if you like as well.

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

Meet Sphere Leader Kate Mizelle

Kate has been co-leading a combined high school/college/adult sphere since last June. Learn more about her and how God has worked in her life:

When and how did you come to Christ?
I understood what Jesus did for me in elementary school at Calumet and through conversations with my parents. I think I knew I wasn’t a perfect person and needed forgiveness directly from God. I continued attending Xenos, but throughout high school, I was self-centered and not that interested in spiritual things. It wasn’t until my freshman year of college that I really surrendered my life to Christ. Realizing that God’s grace didn’t just mean forgiveness but a completely new identity was life changing for me.

What do you love about Xenos?
I love that this is a church centered on the Word and discipleship. I’m really grateful that we take Biblical commands seriously to equip people to be able to study the Bible on their own and help them learn how to apply Biblical truths through discipleship. Discipleship has been the most challenging and gratifying thing that I’ve gotten to be a part of in serving God. It’s sweet to see that Xenos places such a high value on discipleship because Christ made it clear that’s how he wants to reach the lost.

Xenos Elders to Lay out State-of-the-Church

It’s the one time of the year at Xenos where people from all ages and ministries come together to discuss successes and challenges facing the church—the annual State of the Church and Vision and Stewardship meetings. The State of the Church meeting will be January 11th at 7:30 pm and the Vision and Stewardship meeting will be the following morning at Main Campus (1390 Community Park, 43229), January 12th at 9:30 am. Plan on setting aside these times to see how God wants to engage you with the work He has for Xenos in 2019.

Because space is limited at the Main Auditorium, the State of the Church meeting with be simulcast to several venues. Please plan on attending at the venue to which your sphere is assigned:

  • 4th St.: Risley, Rochford, and Sullivan spheres
  • Main Campus: Lowery/Runk, Trident (McCallum/Ross/Benadum), and Kate/Conrad spheres
  • Warehouse: Foust, Woods, Hearty, and Arnold spheres

Each meeting serves the purpose of honoring and acknowledging the work God has been doing through members of Xenos, and serves to evaluate and respond to current issues and concerns. But each meeting serves that purpose in a unique way.

Through the State of the Church meeting, Xenos elders will discuss the big picture, allowing people to see beyond the particular circle—the ministries and age groups—they travel in. The meeting started in the early 1980’s as a way to celebrate God’s work and see the road ahead more clearly. As in years past, the elders have been pondering trends and concerns, and those attending will get ideas for how they, and the home church they’re a part of, can contribute to improvement.

The Vision and Stewardship meeting gets practical, with open discussions about the cost of running Xenos and its ministries. Each department offers a short presentation on its achievements and plans for the coming year, and presents some wish list items to be considered by members of the Fiscal Support Team.

Share an "Old Time Christmas" on Christmas Eve

Join us December 24th for a special Christmas Eve program, celebrating the beautiful message of Christmas. The program will feature music with the flavor of bygone holidays, including Bing Crosby and bluegrass, and Ben Foust will speak on the meaning of Christmas. Please join us, and consider inviting friends and family to this joyous celebration!

The program will be at 2:00 and 4:00 pm December 24th at the Main Campus Auditorium (1390 Community Park Dr., 43229). Music will include performances, sing-a-longs, and a children's choir, plus the Hallelujah Chorus. Since it's Christmas, there will also be cookies!

Organizers are looking for singers with choir experience for the Hallelujah Chorus. There is a rehearsal December 23rd at 1:00 pm at Main Campus. If you'd like to participate, please contact Tom Maxwell at

An Easier Path to Finding a Home Group

While the large Central Teachings are great for learning about the Bible, Xenos home groups are the best place to experience the full Christian life. Their small size allows you to make deep friends and have an impact on their lives. They allow you to discover and develop your gifting, while receiving the benefit of others’ gifts.

And now, thanks to a new feature on the Xenos website, it’s easier to connect with a home group. The new page ( allows you to search for groups by the age ranges of members, and by meeting day. You can also sort out which groups offer childcare.

The results are then displayed on a map, making it simple to see what group might work for you geographically. And for each, there’s a longer description of each group, giving you a better sense of it, and a form for contacting the group.  

Previously the website only displayed all possible options. With close to 100 home groups to choose from, these new features can help you or a friend narrow down your options for finding the right fit.