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.

PastorsDeaconsStaffCommunity Group LeadersMinistry Leaders

Full Council of Elders


Brad Snyder

Tri-City Lead Pastor

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

He and his family moved to Columbus in 2008 to be part of the core team that started Veritas. Brad has a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs from Miami University.

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Dan Harless

Tri-City Pastor

Dan is a lay elder and provides leadership at the Tri-City congregation.

He is passionate about youth hearing the gospel and is currently overseeing the development of a junior high ministry at Veritas. Dan and his family have been attending Veritas since 2013. Dan works at Honda, designing and manufacturing cars. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.

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Geoff Davis

Executive Pastor

Geoff oversees operations and finances for all congregations, and is an elder at the Short North congregation.

He and his family started attending Veritas in 2009. Before joining staff, Geoff worked with students with special needs. He started an internship with Veritas in 2009 and has been working full time for the church since 2010. Geoff has a Master of Business Administration from Capital University.

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Jeremy Hart

Tri-City Pastor

Jeremy Hart is a lay elder and provides leadership at the Tri-City congregation.

He and his family have been attending Veritas since 2010. Jeremy currently works as an attorney. He has a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Juris Doctor degree 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.

He and his family were part of the core team that started Veritas in 2008. Before becoming the lead pastor, Joe was the worship pastor at the Short North congregation for 8 years. Joe has an Associate Degree in General Bible Studies from Rosedale Bible College, and he graduated from the Vineyard Leadership Institute.

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Matthew Martin

Short North Pastor

Matt is a lay elder and offers leadership at the Short North congregation, specifically in areas of mercy and racial reconciliation.

He and his family moved to Columbus in 2008 to be part of the core team that planted Veritas. Matt currently works at the Columbus Foundation as a Community Research & Grants Management Officer. 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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Mike Wells

West Pastor

Mike is a lay elder and offers leadership at the West congregation, specifically in areas of curriculum and community groups.

He and his family have been attending Veritas since 2017. Mike currently serves as the Lancaster Director for The Refuge Ministries. He holds a bachelor degree with a focus in psychology, leadership, and ministry, and an associate degree with a focus in substance abuse disorder.

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Parris Payden

Short North Community Life Pastor

Parris is responsible for shepherding community group leaders at the Short North congregation.

He and his family have been attending Veritas since 2015. Before joining staff, Parris worked as an IT Analyst at Nationwide.

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Patrick Knable

Short North Pastor

Patrick is a lay elder and offers leadership at the Short North congregation.

He and his family began attending Veritas in March of 2009. Patrick currently works for a financial services firm.

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Philip Shimer

West Lead Pastor

Phil is responsible for preaching and leading at the West congregation. He and his family have been attending Veritas since 2012.

Before joining staff, Phil was a customer service supervisor at Kenyon’s Glass. Phil was part of the Biblical Studies department at Cedarville University and graduated with an International Studies Degree with a Foreign Missions emphasis.

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PJ Wenzel

Tri-City Pastor

PJ is a lay elder and offers leadership at the Tri-City Congregation. He and his family have been attending Veritas since the fall of 2015. PJ works full time for the marketing company that he owns. PJ is currently working on a Master of Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Rich Thompson

West Pastor

Rich is a lay elder and offers leadership at the West congregation. He and his family have been attending Veritas since 2014.

Rich works full-time as a hospital chaplain at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. He holds a Master of Divinity in Missions and a Master of Professional Studies in Pastoral Counseling from Alliance Theological Seminary.

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Roger Coville

Short North Pastor

Roger is a lay elder and offers leadership at the Short North congregation.

He serves particularly as a shepherd for community group leaders and provides IT support to the church. He and his wife have been attending Veritas since 2014. Roger is a semi-retired IT executive.

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Ryan Coholich

Tri-City Community Life Pastor

Ryan is responsible for shepherding community group leaders at the Tri-City congregation. He began attending Veritas with his family in 2013.

Before joining staff, Ryan was a biblical counselor at a school. Ryan holds an MA in Biblical Counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is also a certified biblical counselor through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).

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Wes Thompson

West Pastor

Wes Thompson is a lay elder and offers leadership at the West congregation.

He and his family have been attending Veritas since 2015. Wes is the Executive Director at the Refuge Ministries, a close partner of Veritas West. Wes is currently studying theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Contact Wes
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