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Jeff seeks to preach well, lead well, love well and help Phos Community Church reach her full potential. There’s a lot of moving parts to that, and that’s fine by him because he thrives through variety and innovation.
Jeff is originally from Corbin, Kentucky— the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken, host of the annual Nibroc Festival and home to Cumberland Falls. He is a graduate of Lynn Camp High School and the University of Kentucky. He moved to this area in 1987 with his wife, Julie, to teach at Oldham County High School and coach football. Also, during that time he directed Centrifuge Youth Camps in Glorieta, New Mexico and Ridgecrest, North Carolina. In 1989, he left teaching to accept a full time Youth Ministry Position at Crestwood Baptist Church where he served for 18 years. Then his plans got interrupted by God’s call to start Phos Community Church, but that’s a longer story for another time.
Jeff and Julie have three kids — Evelyn, Joshua and Kaleb and his ‘hobby’ since they were born has been doing stuff with them! However, he's interested in Hiking, Biking, Whitewater, Fitness, Nutrition, Human High Performance, Theology and Reading — lots and lots of reading.
Book: Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess, Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard, and Great by Choice by Jim Collins
Food: Anything Julie cooks! But, I really enjoy Chinese and also a great ribeye steak medium rare just off the grill with a great big ole baked potato.
Musical Artist: U2, Eagles and Third Day
Place in the World: Wherever I am — really, I enjoy life wherever I am and I find myself thinking all the time — this is the coolest place I’ve ever been.... However, I think the most beautiful place in the world are the trails and woodlands and streams in and around Cumberland Falls State Park. [ I’ve not made it out West in the U.S. to places like the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone or to Peru, but I think I may have to revise this segment after I do... ]
Scripture: John 3:16-18, Romans 5:6-11, Philippians 1:6
Sports Team: Whatever team my sons are playing on! Right now, that’s Oldham County Middle School Colonels for Kaleb and the University of the Cumberlands Patriots for Joshua.
Life Motto: Life is a grand adventure. Let’s roll!
Three People I’d Like to Meet: Bono, Rick Warren, Mac Powell
My Hero: My dad because he loves me so well and teaches me so much and has been a true inspiration throughout my life.
Mike Arvin has been leading worship for 21 years. He has been the worship leader at Phos since the church launched in 2007. Mike develops and coordinates teams of great people who lead the church in worship every Sunday morning.
Mike has been married to Lisa for 9,177 days and counting. They have three kids, three cats, and a big mess in the kitchen.
Book: The Purpose Driven Life
Musical Artists: Audio Adrenaline, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, Toad the Wet Sprocket.
Place in the World: Too many to list - adding more every year!
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Sports Team: UofL
Life Motto: What Happened?
My Hero: My Grandfather and my Dad who have both left incredible legacies of character and generosity.
Laura manages and coordinates kid activities at Phos Community Church. She builds teams, plans events and disciples leaders. Laura's favorite part of her job is meeting with kids at Dairy Queen to talk about following God over a cookie dough blizzard.
Laura graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina with a degree in Business. She moved back to her Old Kentucky Home to work at Phos Community Church and start her own business teaching piano lessons. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, working on building her home, relaxing while playing outside, writing, and baking.
Book: The Bible (It really is my favorite book of all.)
Food: Cookie Cake!
Musical Artists: David Crowder, All Sons & Daughters, Jared Jeseo
Place in the World: It's a tie between Disney World and the beach in Naples, Florida.
Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11.
Sport: Basketball, flag football, ultimate frisbee, laser and flashlight tag.
Life Motto: I need volunteers! But seriously, I could use your help to invest in the kids here. I promise it will be one of the most powerful ways you can advance the Kingdom of God. :)
Three People I'd Like to Meet: Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman), Paul (from the Bible), and C. S. Lewis
My Hero: My mom, dad and brother. All three. Don't make me choose.
God has seen fit to let Sherry Nichter live her favorite scripture to the fullest! "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." And the main desire of her heart has always been loving and teaching children about Jesus! She loves to build relationships with not only the children, but their families as well. Being an assistant in ministry to children here at Phos and working with Laura and all the many dedicated volunteers is a most delightful blessing!
On the personal side, Sherry and her husband David have raised five wonderful children of their own. And they have blessed them sweetly with six of the best grandchildren in the world! (YES! Mine are the best!)
Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Food: Pasta, pasta, and more pasta.
Musical Artists: Natalie Grant, Colton Dixon, Carrie Underwood
Place in the World: Rome, Italy
Scripture: Psalm 37:4
Sports Team: Kentucky Wildcats #BBN
Sport: College basketball
Life Motto: "We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." -Mother Teresa
Three People I'd Like to Meet: Billy Graham, John Calipari and my German grandfather who died before I was born.
My Hero: Any man who is living up to his potential as a Godly husband, father and man!
Brandon just jumped on board with Phos Community Church recently in February of 2017 as Minister of Students alongside Jake Phillips and an incredible team of student ministry volunteers. Brandon and his wife, Lisa, will be working with the student ministry team to teach, guide, and disciple the students of Phos into a deep relationship with Christ, developed strategies and events to outreach and engage other students outside the church, and have a lot of fun in the process.
Brandon received his Bachelors’ degree from Eastern Kentucky University, which is where he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, was called into vocational ministry, and met his kind and infinitely patient wife, Lisa. Brandon and Lisa live in Campbellsburg, KY with their four cats: Willow, Lucy, Gandalf, and Hagrid. His hobbies include: reading, writing, hanging with friends, watching movies, and debating the intricacies of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars with anyone who will listen.
Book: The Harry Potter series, The Percy Jackson series, The Inheritance series, The Lord of the Rings, The Jesus I Never Knew, most things by Stephen King, any good bible commentary
Food: Sushi, pasta, medium-rare steak, cheese, dessert, cake batter ice cream
Musical Artists: Coldplay, Relient K, Bethel Worship, Jon Foreman, Yellowcard
Place in the World: When I am with friends, Disney World, Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts
Scripture: Galatians 6: 9-10, 1 Corinthians 13: 12, 2 Corinthians 3: 18, Psalm 42
Sports: volleyball, board games, Spades, sleeping lol
Life Motto: “It’s fine.”
Three People I’d like to meet: George Lucas, J.K. Rowling, Gandalf the Grey
My Hero: My best friends, Jon and Derek, because they stand beside me. The countless brother and father figures in my life that have poured the gospel into me. Also: Professor Xavier, Captain Picard, Batman, and the Flash. And Yoda.
Jake has recently been brought on as a student ministry associate in February of 2017. He will be working beside a Brandon and Lisa rose, and an amazing team of volunteers. Jake has already been working with the students for a couple years now. Jake seeks to build real and lasting relationships with the students as they grow in their walk with The Lord. He also seeks to reach the unreachable and spread the love of Jesus to as many people as he can. Jake's goofy personality and heart for young people make him a perfect fit for youth ministry.
In July of 2013, Jake moved from Lagrange, Ohio to Lagrange, Kentucky. He graduated from Keystone High School in Lagrange, Ohio. Jake enjoys spending time with family and friends, filming videos, watching movies, listening to music, playing with animals, and playing any athletic sports.
Book: Not A Fan, The Bible, I Spy
Food: Chipotle, Medium Steak, French Fries, Chicken Nuggets
Music: All Hillsong, Elevation Worship, Vertical Church Band, Kim-Walker Smith, NF, Freedom Church, Bethel Music, Taylor Swift
Place in the world: Hawaii, Florida, Trampoline Park, Anywhere
Scripture: Romans 8:28, Philippians 2:14, Colossians 3:23, James 1:2-3, Ephesians 4:17-5:20
Sports Teams: Ohio State, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians
Sports: Trampolining, Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, Rock Climbing
Life Motto: "It is what it is" , "Be yourself"
Three people I'd like to meet: Steven Furtick, Jesus, and My future wife... lol
My Hero: My Mom! The strongest and most loving person I know. She has been the biggest influence in my walk with the Lord.
Meredith organizes and manages a variety of Ministries at Phos Community Church. From Mission oversight to Discipleship, Small Groups Leadership, and Hospitality and Care Team, she strives to connect the Phos family in areas where they can grow spiritually and become Disciples, who make Disciples, who make Disciples.
Following getting her Marketing Degree from the University of Louisville, Meredith began working in Ministry in 2001 as a Ministry Assistant at Crestwood Baptist Church. She is an original member of the Phos Community Church founding families and began serving on staff with Phos in 2007. Meredith is wife to Jeremy and mommy to two beautiful boys, Camden and Noah, and one beautiful daughter, Lainey.
Book: The Bible
Food: Crab Legs
Musical Artists: Carrie Underwood, Chris Tomlin
Place in the World: Aruba with my hubby :)
Scripture: Psalm 37:4, Matthew 5:16
Sports Team: Louisville Cardinals / Cincinnati Bengals
Life Motto: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your Heart” Psalm 37:4
Three People I'd Like to Meet: Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, & My Grandpa George
My Hero: My Mom, who has been there for me in every moment of my life and who has shown us unconditional love always! When all is said and done I hope I am half the mom/mimi she has been for me and my kiddos.
Julie coordinates connecting new people into the life of Phos. She also assists with the worship team and helps lead music. She is blessed to partner with her husband, Jeff, in starting Phos Community Church.
Julie is no stranger to ministry, working alongside Jeff since they met in college while working at summer youth camps. Even before that, as the daughter of a pastor and with a passion for singing, Julie was involved in church and music ministry. She cherishes that history of growing up in Frankfort as the oldest of six children and has a twin sister. Julie's background also includes a degree from Southern Seminary in Pastoral Care and Counseling along with many years of working with young people.
Book: As a child, I loved The Robe; as an adult, The Circle Maker
Musical Artists: I love all kinds of music! It's one of my passions.
Place in the World: Anywhere there is a beach and great food
Scripture: Psalm 27:1, Romans 8:38-39
Sports Team: University of Kentucky Basketball
Sport: Basketball and Lacrosse
Life Motto: Train yourself to find the blessing in everything.
Three People I'd Like to Meet: Billy Graham, Julie Andrews, Darlene Zschech
My Hero: My dad and my granny Evelyn
I was born and raised in Williamstown Kentucky. I became a believer at the age of 9 while attending a tent revival in Falmouth, Kentucky. I went every night because my parents took me and the drawing factor for kids was to get a private plane ride if they attended 6 out of 7 nights. Not only did I get a plane ride, I received the gift of eternal life.
I am a graduate of Williamstown High School, Morehead State University, and Western Kentucky University. I taught music in public schools for 33 years. Aside from my teaching, I have been in ministry, of some capacity, most of my life.
I am married to Gary and we have a son Micah, married to Sarah and a daughter Molly.
Book: I really don’t have a favorite book but I love books by Author Terri Blackstock
Musical Artists: Chris Tomlin
Place in the World: The Great Smoky Mountains
Scripture: Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Sports Team: UK Wildcats
Life Motto: Live each day to its fullest. You have no guarantee of tomorrow.
Three People I'd Like to Meet: Chris Tomlin, Pete Rose and Chris O'Donnell
My Hero: My Dad was my hero and still is today even though he is with Jesus now.