Staff

Karl Haffner

Senior Pastor
To contact Karl:

Karl is the teaching pastor at the Kettering SDA Church and works with the Kettering Health Network in the Spiritual Mission department.  He’s the husband of Cherié and daddy of Lindsey and Claire.  He travels tons, runs lots, and reads everything that John Ortberg writes.  He is the award-winning author of a bunch of good books and writes regularly for a variety of periodicals. He’s got two BA degrees, two Master’s Degrees and a Ph.D.

Jason Calvert

Pastor for Youth Ministries
To contact Jason:

Jason Calvert is passionate about authentic youth ministry. Since 2004, Jason has loved investing, teaching, challenging, growing – living life alongside high school students toward a personal, intimate walk with Jesus. After graduating from Southern Adventist University in 2003 with a bachelor’s in theology, Jason began his Master’s degree at Andrews University Theological Seminary. While studying at the Seminary, Jason’s official full-time church ministry began. For two years he was the Pastor and Bible Teacher at Broadview Academy & Church in the IL Conference. Then in 2006, Jason and his wife Andrea moved to Loma Linda, CA. For ten years Jason served the students, faculty, and community of Loma Linda Academy as Bible Teacher (’06-‘11) and Campus Pastor (’11-16). In August 2016, Jason and Andrea accepted the call and moved to Kettering, OH. Jason currently is the youth pastor of the Kettering Church and PERICHORESIS ministries. A dynamic and enthusiastic speaker, Jason ministers to students all over north America. He loves the Seventh-day Adventist faith community – through his teaching, preaching, counseling, big event programming (Ekklesia, 1LIFE, etc.), vlog (daily dance) or just hanging with students, Jason longs to awaken this generation to the power and grace of Jesus in their lives and be change agents to make a difference in their slice of the planet for the KINGDOM. Jason married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Andrea in 2004. God’s abundantly blessed them with three beautiful children: Noah (born in 2011), Benjamin (born in 2013), Adaline (born in 2015).

 

Alex Harter

Children & Family Pastor
To contact Alex:

Alex is the associate pastor for Children and Family ministries at the Kettering SDA Church. She’s started or revived many of the children ministries at the church hoping to create a safe community for children and families. She’s married to Kris Harter and is the mommy of Gisela and Niko. She loves God, her family, the church and serving people. She aspires to write a few books, change children’s SS curriculum and hug as many people as possible. She has two BS degrees and worked on a Masters in Education and completed a masters in Theology. Someday soon she hopes to work on her doctorate.

Linda Farley-Meyer

Pastor for Visitation
To contact Linda:

Linda Farley-Meyer and her husband Gerald (Jerry) Meyer graduated from Atlantic Union College. Linda, received her M A in pastoral care and counseling from United Theological seminary. Before working with the Kettering Church, as visitation pastor, she cared for patients as an RN and for parishioners she and her late husband, Steve Farley, cared for in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.  She ministered as a chaplain in the Kettering Health Network for 23 years before joining the Kettering Church staff. As much as Linda loves visitation ministry, what brings her and Jerry extra joy is the time they spend with their three sons and 8 grandchildren and moments they can catch in beautiful Sedona, Arizona.

Jay Cole

Church Administrator
To contact Jay:

Jay is the Kettering SDA Church Administrator, primarily managing the facility, office and communications. He joined the church staff in September of 2014 after spending 22 years in the publishing ministry, managing Adventist Book Centers and directing trade sales at the Review & Herald. He’s Connie’s husband, Aly and Sarah’s dad, and enjoys reading, racquetball and food cooked over a campfire.

 

Rachel Lammi

Organist
To contact Rachel:

Rachel Spry Lammi serves as organist at Kettering SDA Church.  She holds a Masters Degree in Sacred Music from Duquesne University, and a Bachelors of Music in Organ Performance with a Church Music/Voice Minor from Ball State University.  Her love of congregational song has motivated her in 25 years as a church musician.  Rachel is active in the Dayton Music Club and a Colleague of The American Guild of Organists.  Rachel is a teacher with the Dayton Organ Academy, a published composer, and soprano.  With a heart for God’s Grace and Mercy in this troubled world, Rachel finds hope and comfort in the book of Romans and Psalm 46.  Rachel and her husband, Pastor Kurt Lammi (St. Paul Lutheran on Dog Leg Road in Dayton) live in Vandalia with their daughter Rose, cat Belvedere, and fish Finn.

Steve Carlson

Kettering College Chaplain
To contact Steve:

Pastor Steve Carlson and his wife Daisy are both graduates of Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and his graduate work (M.A. in Pastoral Ministry) was completed through Andrews Theological Seminary. Steve’s ministry (beginning in 2004) has led him through the states Colorado, California, and Ohio, where he’s been blessed to participate in a variety of ministries (high school bible teacher, youth pastor, young adult pastor, worship leader, conference youth director, and college chaplain). In his current role as chaplain for Kettering College, Steve loves being able to minister to young people, helping them process what it is they will do with Jesus, and connecting them to a healthy church family (Kettering Adventist Church). Outside of work, Steve loves spending as much time as possible with his boys (Ian and Gavin) dating his lovely wife Daisy, and traveling the world.

Sam Pomales

Church Secretary
To contact Sam:

Sam Pomales is the Secretary at Kettering SDA Church, and is currently attending Sinclair Community College studying website development. Sam is also a singer and actor, and enjoys performing Jazz and Broadway tunes at every chance he can get.