Since day one our mission has remained constant: to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We do that in a lot of ways including our chaplaincy program and prayer request submissions. By listening to people, providing spiritual guidance and prayer, the chaplains demonstrate Christ and his values to the YMCA community. And during this time of social distancing and "stay at home" mandates, if you would like some encouragement, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. YMCA chaplains and staff will do all we can to help.
To understand the mission of the Y, we need to know what Christian principles are and we need to know how the YMCA puts those into practice. This video highlights the history of the Y as a cause-driven organization.
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Meet our chaplains, and contact with them at email@example.com.
David is the pastor of Antioch Church in the Countryside YMCA. He loves being with people and considers it a privilege that he can spend much of his life helping people grow in their own faith journey with the Lord. In his free time, you might find him watching sports, reading a good book, wrestling with his boys or drinking strong coffee with friends. He and his wife Ashli have four boys. David can be reached at David.Newman@ymcastaff.org
Doug is an author and traveling speaker who has worked with Athletes in Action since 1983. Doug loves good conversation and is passionately committed to helping others take the next step in their spiritual journey. He loves all sports, enjoys the outdoors, and is a world traveler. He and his wife Martha have two sons. Doug can be reached at Doug.Pollock@ymcastaff.org.
Gale and her husband Bill have been members of Countryside YMCA since moving to Lebanon in 2007. She has been a staff member since 2014 and considers it a privilege to be involved in the LiveSTRONG at the YMCA program. Gale has taught Bible studies, led retreats and spent much time training and coaching one on one in both the Y and church settings. Helping people better understand the love and grace of Jesus whether life is good or difficult is the thing she most appreciates about being a Chaplain. Gale and Bill enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family, most of all their children and grandchildren. Gale can be reached at Gale.Kernitz@ymcastaff.org.
Brian is a pastor on staff at the Landen location of Antioch Church in the Countryside YMCA and has been in church ministry since 2002. Brian’s passion is to create safe spaces where people, regardless of their religious beliefs or background, can explore spirituality. He loves people and good conversation, especially over a good drink. Brian and his wife Jess have three children. Brian can be reached at Brian.Mease@ymcastaff.org.
Steve has been a chaplain for over 40 years with Athletes in Action. He was the chaplain of the Green Bay Packers for 25 years and has also served at various college campuses across the country. His current role is the chaplain of Miami University where he works with both coaches and athletes. Steve and his wife Lin have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Steve can be reached at Steve.Newman@ymcastaff.org
Jami graduated from the US Air Force Academy, which is where she met her husband Tom. They spent 10 years around the country in the Air force and growing their family of four kids. Her Air Force experience combined with the tougher job of mothering has given her a deep love for God and His purposes. She enjoys talking of Christ with all seekers, skeptics, and believers. Jami can be reached at Jami.Rotello@ymcastaff.org
Rick brings over 30 years of caring for families to the Y; having served as a pastor, Bible teacher and counselor both in the US and abroad. Rick has degrees from the University of Michigan and Dallas Seminary. He works locally as a Chemist/Engineering Manager. He and his wife Sheryl are both bilingual (English and Spanish). Rick can be reached at Rick.Schroder@ymcastaff.org
Since 2014, Jeff has been the Youth Pastor at Antioch Church in the Countryside YMCA. Prior to that he worked downtown for a large accounting firm. You will often see Jeff on the basketball court or in the cafe spending time with students. Jeff and his wife Kelsey both graduated from Miami University. Jeff can be reached at Jeff.Snyder@ymcastaff.org
Mike is the lead pastor of Maineville Church in the Countryside YMCA. He received his Bachelor's of Arts from Miami University of Ohio in 2003 and his Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010. Mike and his wife, Hannah, have been married for about fifteen years and they have four daughters: Addie, Sophie, Ruthie, and Lucy. Mike can be reached at Mike.Newman@ymcastaff.org
Nona and her husband Jeff are members of Lebanon Presbyterian Church where Nona has served as elder. Her service also includes Children’s Ministry and leading Mommies Bible Study and Parents of Teens Sunday School. She has been volunteering in youth ministry since 2002. Nona loves to get to know people and is looking forward encouraging others at Countryside YMCA. The McCauley's have lived in Lebanon since 1993 and raised their three daughters here. Nona can be reached at Nona.McCauley@ymcastaff.org.
Christi is the third generation in her family to live in Lebanon and has a great love for her hometown. Her connection with Countryside YMCA started young as her father was a charter member so she "grew up" being involved with and eventually worked at Countryside YMCA for 7 years. Christi has experience as a Chaplain as she serves with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team as well as being a licensed chaplain through the IFOC. Her focuses are disaster, crisis, trauma, and grief. She and her husband Mark, have two adult married daughters and an adorable grandson Carter. She has a heart to listen to hurting people and to encourage them through the love of Jesus Christ. In her free time Christi loves a new adventure whether it's traveling, trying new recipes, learning a new skill, or her favorite hobby- being outside in God's Creation. Christi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 513-696-6212.
Judy grew up in the area and throughout her youth enjoyed wonderful times at the downtown Middletown YMCA. So much so that she made serving in the YMCA her career. She recently retired from Countryside YMCA after serving as the Membership Marketing Director for 32 years. Judy loves being outside running, biking, hiking or just being out in Nature and marveling at Creation. She has a heart for service as well as a deep love for the Lord. She considers herself blessed and is eager to find ways to continue contributing to the YMCA’s mission and to helping people grow. Judy can be reached at Judy.Bauer@ymcastaff.org