Rev. Joe Stafford, affectionately known as Pastor Joe, has served our congregation since 1990.
He is a graduate of Ohio Christian University (formerly Circleville Bible College) and also Ashland Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He has worked for over 18 years in this area as a counselor helping individuals and families deal with relationship, mental health and spiritual challenges. His caring style of counseling ministry utilizes the Word of God to help bring healing. He is licensed with the State of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC).
Pastor Joe married his college sweetheart, Valerie, and they reside in Galion. Val is a Hair Stylist in a local beauty shop and Crestline Nursing Home. She is a big part of the Chapel programming working in Restore, the Ladies' and Children's ministries. They have one adult-child, Katie who is a Registered Nurse at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield.
Kristi Lawson is in her 10th year serving as Pastor Joe's assistant working closely with him in areas of daily operation, programming and administration.
She grew up in Galion and married Mark Lawson. Mark is also very involved in the ministries at Wesley Chapel as he is the Youth Group (ECY) President and Sunday School teacher for the Middle and High Schoolers. They have three wonderful children Madysen, Markis and Makenzi.
Ministry is also very important to Kristi as she serves as a member of the Restore Team, Small Group leader, Sunday School teacher for the College, Career & Young Family class, and Youth Group Leader for the Middle and High Schoolers.
The spiritual life and operations are also overseen by the Board of Elders and our Official Church Board. In addition, there are many other smaller teams and individuals working in various ministries.