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.

Monte Torkelsen

Executive Pastor
To contact Monte:

Monte is the Executive Pastor here at KSDA. He comes to Kettering from Oregon where he spent the last 25 years in youth ministry as a High School chaplain, a summer camp director, and leading Adventist youth ministry for the state of Oregon. Before that, he was a youth pastor near Walla Walla, WA and the Director of Youth Ministries for the state of Western Australia. He has degrees in Theology and Business Administration from Walla Walla University and a Masters from Andrews University. Monte enjoys hiking, taking photos, and golfing, but he says nothing beats time spent with his family (especially with his wife Darla). They have three sons: Brandon (married to Savannah), Chad, and Trent.

Paddy McCoy

Pastor for Young Adults
To contact Paddy:

Paddy McCoy currently serves as the young adult pastor for the Kettering Adventist Church, where he has been since August of 2017. Prior to moving back to Ohio, Paddy and his family lived in Washington State for 14 years, where Paddy served as the campus chaplain for Walla Walla University. Prior to that role, Paddy was the campus chaplain at Kettering College. Originally born in Dayton, Ohio to Irish parents from West Virginia, he is blessed with the Gaelic spelling of the name Patrick (Padraic), which no one can spell. Paddy has his Bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla University and Master’s from Andrews University, both in ministry. He enjoys mentoring, discipling, and empowering young adults in the Way of Jesus, and he most values his walk with Jesus,and his time with his wife, Tricia, and his two teenage (yes teenage!) children, Ayden and Allayna.

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.

Jeremy Winston

Music Director
To contact Jeremy:

Jeremy Winston is an innovative leader and musician that has inspired many by sharing his passion with the global community. He is the founder of The Jeremy Winston Chorale, LLC and Associate Professor of Music and Chorus Director at Central State University in Ohio and Director of Music at Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jeremy’s acclaim has taken him to performances at The White House; Prague, Czech Republic; Medellin, Colombia; The Kennedy Center, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. His compositions have been performed by Grammy-Award winners, Take6 and gospel singer Wintley Phipps. He is a father of three beautiful daughters: Jordyn, Joelle, and Jada, and is married to Angelique Winston.

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.

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.

Shannon Ryan

Administrative Assistant
To contact Shannon:

Shannon serves as the Administrative Assistant at Kettering SDA Church. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Shannon enjoys reading, puzzles, building Legos with her son, and classic movies. Shannon and her husband, Steve, live in Cincinnati with their son James.

Sam Pomales

Communications & Media Development
To contact Sam:

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