Pastor Tom has been serving churches in the West Ohio Conference since 1974 and served the West Ohio Conference as a District Superintendent from 2001 – 2008. He has also been an instructor for persons training to serve churches as local pastors.
Pastor Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in 1975, his Master of Divinity in 1978 and his Doctor of Ministry in 1985, both from United Theological Seminary. His Doctor of Ministry focused on mobilizing missions in local churches. Along with his degrees, Pastor Tom holds a certification a church business administrator from the National Institute of Church Finance and Administration.
Pastor Tom and Cathy have three grown children and seven grandchildren. Some of Pastor Tom’s hobbies include music, sports, and computers while Cathy enjoys music and crafts.
Pastor Phil has been serving churches in the West Ohio Conference since 2006: as Worship Leader, Youth Pastor, Missions Pastor, and in both Associate and Lead Pastor roles. Prior to this calling into the ministry, Phil taught 8th grade Language Arts for seven years within school districts in Topeka Kansas and Athens Co. Ohio.
Phil earned his bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education from Asbury College, KY in 1999, his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2004, and Master of Science in Pastoral & Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2009. Pastor Phil helps lead our Contemporary Worship Service on the third Sunday of each month known as "Worship in the Round". He also leads the Groups Ministry at Lewis Center UMC called Life Groups. If you have an interest in learning more about either ministry or how you can be involved, Phil would love to talk to you!
Pastor Phil and his wife, Stephanie, were married in 2007. They have three young daughters: Audrey, Paige, & Ellie and consider their dog Ripley and cat, Nora as part of the family as well. Some of Phil’s hobbies include playing musical instruments (guitar, bass, mandolin, and drums), history, hiking, cooking, and watching movies.
Amy Dunlop has served as Children’s Ministry Director since 2006. She and her husband Rick are the parents of two children, Lucy and Jack, who are high school students in the Olentangy school system.
Prior to entering the ministry, Amy worked as a high school English teacher for several years, then full-time mom for several more. She loves her current role and is passionate about helping children understand they are created and loved by God and leading them into a relationship with their Creator.
Amy joined our office staff as part time Office Administrator in February 2019, after an early retirement from a career in Human Resources and Employee Benefits. She is the voice you speak to on the phone and the face that greets you when you enter the offices at Lewis Center. Amy and her husband Mark moved to Columbus from southwest Missouri in 2008 to be closer to their daughter, and they travel to Austin, Texas to visit their son and his family, including two wonderful grandsons. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve at Lewis Center Church!
Jim & Rebecca have been married for 20 years and have 3 beautiful children--Meghan, Nina & Zachary. Rebecca & Jim are both licensed Physical Therapist and have been in the field for about 25 years. Jim & Rebecca joined LCUMC in 2010. Since that time, they have served the church in various capacities including Sunday School & VBS. Jim served the youth(Encounter, Youth Group, Mission Trips)starting in 2013 and then accepted the formal role as Assistant Youth Director in 2016. Rebecca began serving the youth at the Orlando Youth Conference in 2015 & continued to serve the youth(Encounter, Youth Group,Mission Trips). In March of 2017, Jim & Rebecca accepted the formal role as Youth Directors at LCUMC.
Tamara is entering her 10th year as Worship Director with LCUMC and the time has flown past! Tamara has a great passion for working with aspiring and seasoned musicians of all ages to bring out their God given artistic/musical gifts. Her goal is that everyone involved can feel confident that they are offering their utmost in order to provide a meaningful worship experience for all those in attendance. You will see her each Sunday as she directs our Sanctuary Choir, Adult Hand Bell Choir, “The Band” (contemporary musicians), soloists and various vocal and instrumental ensembles. Members of our musical program bond and fellowship as they hone their skills and grow their faith through music. We are most welcoming to seasoned and new members alike as we love to encourage one another.
Tamara is an alum of The Ohio State University; having earned her degrees in Vocal Education and Vocal Performance. She and her husband Frank live in Gahanna; the parents of 4 children, 1 Daughter & 2 Sons “in –law”, and 2 grandchildren (who keep them on their toes!). She has served in the capacity as Director of Worship with a few other local congregations for over 35 years.
Danielle Becker holds an Early Childhood teaching license in PS-3rd grade and has been in the field of early childhood education for 16 years. She loves what she does! She and her husband have two growing boys and love the Lewis Center community. They are church members here at LCUMC and have been since 2010.