Steve Webster

Lead Pastor

Steve joined Woodburn Missionary Church as the Lead Pastor in December of 2021.  Prior to this Steve served as pastor and teacher at Blackhawk Ministries and Christian School. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University and Grace College for over 15 years.

Steve holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education from Clearwater Christian College and is nearing completion of a Doctorate of Ministry from Biola University.

Steve and his wife Jody live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They have a daughter, Hannah, who is attending Calvin University and a son, Christian who attends Blackhawk Christian High School.  Steve loves spending time with his family and enjoying life together.

Steve's passion is to teach the Scriptures at the highest level of accuracy and effectiveness communicating the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ with cultural engagement, intellectual honesty, and loving enthusiasm.  His gifts of teaching and encouragement are evident in his interactions with our church family.

 

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Greg Zern

Director of Care Ministries

Greg comes from a broken family, but that’s not where his story ends. “Jesus took my life and put it back together,” he shares. “By His grace, He has enabled me to be more than I could ever be on my own. He has given me a wonderful wife and family and helped me overcome my weaknesses.”

Greg and his wife, Brenda, have been married for over 40 years. Their family includes their two children and their spouses and four grandchildren. In 1992, the solid youth program and Biblical teaching brought their family to WMC. “This church preaches and teaches the Word of God, the Bible. That is huge for us,” he explains.

His favorite part of his role at WMC is being able to share God’s Word and praying for those in need. “Over time, the caring relationships become part of our lives, like a big family,” he adds. “It has been a great place to serve and grow.”

Greg has had a couple of stops on the road to being a pastor. He has a Journeyman’s Card for Tool and Die, Respiratory Therapy training, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Pastoral Ministries from Summit Christian College. He has been in manufacturing support for tool and die, in physical therapy, and in an orthopedic operating room. He also served as an associate pastor at Westwood Fellowship for 3 years.

Outside of his time with WMC, Greg enjoys spending time with his family, target shooting, and jogging. He’s even finished three full marathons.

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Andrea Koch

Administrative Coordinator

After 16 years working in a fast paced environment at a local furniture store, Andrea answered the call to use her organizational and leadership gifts at Woodburn Missionary Church.  She has a passion for serving the church family.  She also volunteers training and shepherding leaders for Bible Study Fellowship at a local church in Fort Wayne.  Andrea's Bachelor's of Science degree in Forensics serve as testimony to her eye for detail and her ability to organize.  

She and her husband Nate have three children and have attended Woodburn Missionary Church since 2002.

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Tina Miller

Director of Children's Ministry

“I can’t remember my life before the Lord,” Tina says, “and I wouldn’t want to ever live a day without his grace, love, strength and mercy.” The faith in Christ that Tina first experienced as a child is evident in her passionate work with children at WMC.

Tina joined the WMC community in 2011 when her family was looking for a church where they could be actively involved that was a little closer to home. Since then, she has joined the team and leads the elementary portion of our Children’s Ministry. “I love worshiping and singing praise songs with the kids,” she explains.

She wasn’t always in Children’s Ministry, however. She originally thought she would be going into the medical field, attending Bronson School of Nursing in Kalamazoo, MI, and Western Michigan University for a year and another at Lutheran College in Fort Wayne before deciding nursing was not where she was called. Her love for children didn’t wane, however. She had the chance to work in the Post-Partum Unit and Nursery at Parkview Hospital.

She also married her husband Tim, and together they have served in youth and children’s ministry for over 26 years, including volunteering their time to run a children’s ministry at their previous church for five years. They have also raised three children and have one grandson, all of whom they love having back home for dinner and movie nights.

When Tina is not hosting movie nights for her family or worshiping Jesus with children on Sundays, she can be found decorating her home, and she loves to host parties.

God’s leading has been consistent through all of the unexpected turns over the years, but it is clear that he has a plan that involves her love for children. “Faith is a lifelong journey with its mountaintop experiences and its valleys, yet through it all He is faithful!”

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Janet Kasner

Production Secretary

For Janet, her role at WMC was an answer to prayer. When she was ready to retire from Lincoln Life after 41 years, she knew she would need to continue to work part-time. “I prayed that a position would open up at WMC,” she shared. Four months before her retirement date, she was approached about her current position. “I saw God's hand in providing this position. It validated my decision to retire when I did.”

Raised in the church, she was baptized as a baby, but she accepted Christ at church camp when she was in high school. She graduated from Woodlan High School in 1969 and was baptized again as an adult several years later.

It was shortly after high school that Janet began attending WMC with friends who had invited her, and she has been attending for over 40 years since. Her two favorite parts of WMC are the church’s focus on biblical teaching and the people who attend. Her heart for the people of WMC is evident when she talks about how she loves to serve by teaching 5th and 6th grade girls in Sunday school and cooking Wednesday night dinners and EPICS lunches.

Janet enjoys her time with her two sisters and one brother as well as her niece, two nephews, and three great-nephews.  She also has two cats that keep her company and occasionally attempt to help with her sewing and crafting projects. She also enjoys making baskets.

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Bethany Parker

Financial Coordinator

When asked about her favorite part of WMC, Bethany emphatically answered, “The people!” It was the recommendation from those in the Woodburn community that drew her family to attend in 2009, and she loves to continue serving with that same community. “After our first visit, we knew we had come to the right place,” she added. “Being part of the community of believers at WMC has given me an opportunity to continue to learn and grown in my faith.”

Professionally, Bethany is a CPA with a bachelor’s of science and master’s of accountancy from Bowling Green State University. Prior to coming on board with the WMC staff, she has held positions at a range of companies from Ernst & Young, one of the big accounting firms, to a local Ag co-op and an orthopedic company.  Most recently, she has been a stay-at-home mom who does bookkeeping jobs on the side.

Since 2016, Bethany has served as the bookkeeper for WMC. “Although my role doesn’t fall into the ‘traditional’ idea of ministry,” she notes, “I love that I can do something I enjoy and something I am good at to further the work of the church.”

Bethany grew up in a Christ-centered home, and she accepted Christ as a child. Being a mom allows her to instill that same faith in her family. That family consists of her husband Greg and their four very active children. Most of the couple’s free time is spent watching the children’s many activities, which include dance, basketball, golf, softball, baseball, football, and volleyball. When they aren’t attending sports events, they enjoy traveling together and just relaxing at home with pizza and a movie.

If you were to catch her outside of WMC, besides spending time with her family, you’d likely find her reading a book. She also loves the beach, chocolate, and Ohio State football. On the other hand, you won’t find her spending much time with birds, or ever find her eating sushi.

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Betsy Schurg

Custodian

Betsy grew up in a Christian home, but she made a personal decision to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was 8 years old. After graduating high school in 1992, she went on to Huntington College and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accounting four years later. Since then, she has worked in accounts receivables at Allen County Motors and in student accounts at Taylor University Fort Wayne before coming on staff at WMC.

Having grown up in the church, her family is what brought her to WMC, and she absolutely loves the people who attend and enjoys keeping the church clean.

When she’s not at WMC, she loves camping with her family (her husband of 17 years, Eric, and their son, Brady), and she loves to eat pizza. She aslo continues to pursue growth in her faith journey today through reading God’s Word and praying regularly in addition to attending WMC.

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Marty Powell

Facilities Support

Martin gave his life to Christ when he was 11, but he fell away in his teens. After recommitting his life to Christ in his early twenties, he married his wife Judy in 1977. They arrived at WMC in 1985 when they joined Martin’s parents for church and have been attending ever since.

After 35 years working at BF Goodrich, Martin joined the staff at WMC. His favorite part of the church is interacting with all of the people.

He and Judy have three sons and two grandsons. While he is not working at WMC, he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching baseball for his grandsons, and playing golf with his friends.

He also spends time investing in the youth. “I enjoy passing on life lessons that I have experienced so that maybe they won’t fall into the traps I did in my teens,” he explains.

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Lead Pastor
Director of Care Ministries
Administrative Coordinator
Director of Children's Ministry
Production Secretary
Financial Coordinator
Custodian
Facilities Support