Leadership.

Jesus Christ is the head of the church, both locally and universally. Our leaders seek to follow Him in every action, word, and choice they make for Veritas. The Elders/Pastors work under Jesus, taking responsibility for the spiritual growth and leadership of the church body through prayer, teaching, and vision. The Deacons and Staff work under the Elders in specific church ministries, carrying out the mission of the gospel as lead servants. The Members carry out the mission of the gospel to Columbus and beyond.

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Full Council of Elders


Aaron Lockhart

Pastor

Aaron Lockhart offers pastoral leadership on the "Council of Elders."

He has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and is working on his M. Div. through the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to April and has four children, Austin, Aiden, Autumn, and Ava.

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Brad Snyder

Tri-Village Lead Pastor

Brad is responsible for preaching and leading the Tri-Village Congregation.

Brad is married to Courtney, and has two daughters: Scarlett and Pearl. Brad has a B.A. in Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs from Miami University.

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Christopher Stollar

Short North Pastor

Christopher is married to Natalie and has two children: Aria and Corban. As a former reporter with a master’s degree in journalism, Christopher now works full time as a public relations consultant for Nationwide.

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Dan Harless

Tri-Village Pastor

Dan Harless offers leadership at the Tri-Village Congregation.

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Geoff Davis

Central Operations Pastor

Geoff oversees central operations and finances.

Geoff is married to Jessica, and has three kids: Lyla, Graeme, and Rosie.

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Jeremy Hart

Tri-Village Pastor

Jeremy Hart offers leadership at the Tri-Village Congregation.

He is married to Erica and has four children: Ella, Elijah, Asher, and Eden. Jeremy has a B.A. from Penn State, a M.A.B.S. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a J.D. from The Ohio State University.

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Joe Byler

Short North Lead Pastor

Joe is responsible for preaching and teaching at the Short North congregation.

Joe is married to Renee and has four daughters: Addison, Eisley, Finley, and Emryn. Joe has an A.A. in General Bible Studies from Rosedale Bible College.

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Matthew Martin

Short North Pastor

Matt develops leaders in areas of mercy and racial reconciliation at the Short North Congregation.

He is married to Ashley, and has three children: Jude, Ezra and Eliza. Matt has a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Wright State University and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University.

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Parris Payden

Short North Community Life Pastor

Parris is responsible for shepherding community group leaders, developing discipleship plans, and overseeing "Veritas Learning."

Parris Payden and his wife Alison both grew up in the Columbus area. They live on the north side of Columbus where they homeschool their five children, Emani, Nadia, Levi, Ezra, and Isabelle. Before Veritas, Parris has worked as an IT Analyst at Nationwide.

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Patrick Knable

Short North Pastor

Patrick is married to Ashlee and began attending Veritas in March of 2009. Together, Patrick and Ashlee have served Veritas by leading the connect ministry for a time both at the Short North Congregation and Tri-Village as well as leading a community group for the last six years. Patrick and Ashlee live in the Weinland Park neighborhood with their son Ellis (four) and daughter Mera (two).

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Rich Thompson

West Pastor

Rich is married to Carola and they have two children: Emma and Lucas. He works full-time as a hospital chaplain at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. He holds a MDiv in Missions and a MPS in Pastoral Counseling from Alliance Theological Seminary. Rich holds a BA from Virginia Tech.

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Rob Meyers

West Pastor

Rob is married to Emily and they have three children. Evelyn (four), Roman (two), and a baby on the way. He serves to develop community group leaders and prayer partners within Veritas. Was educated at Wright State University and now works for a local a Credit Union.

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Wes Thompson

West Lead Pastor

Wes is responsible for preaching and leading the West Congregation.

He is married to Amber Thompson and has one daughter: Stella. Wes has a B.A. in Strategic Communications from Ohio State University and is currently studying theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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Congregation Lead Pastors

Central Pastors

Short North Pastors

Tri-Village Pastors

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