Andy was elected to the role of District Superintendent in June 2023. His focus is resourcing and inspiring local churches to build up leaders who will plant, revitalize and create all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people.
Andy began preparing for pastoral ministry in 1996, enrolling at Nazarene Bible College and completing a BA in Pastoral Ministry degree in May 2003. He was ordained in 2004. Before he answered the call to pastoral ministry, Andy worked twelve and a half years for an Industrial Manufacturer, primarily in Technical Sales & Marketing. He also served 12 years in the Army National Guard, ending that chapter as a Platoon Sergeant in an M1 tank company.
Prior to becoming the District Superintendent, Andy and his family were part of the launch team of The Valley Church when it was planted in 1994, a church that grew to three campuses and over 1200 people. Andy joined the staff full-time in 2001 and served at the various pastoral roles, most recently as Lead Pastor from 2012 to 2023.
Andy is a certified Master Assessment Director for Church Planting Assessment Centers and helped form a six-district regional church planting assessment center centered in NWO which is the largest assessment center in the US. He is certified to teach Evangelism and Multiplication Training (EMT) and Churches Planting Churches classes (CPC).
Andy’s greatest passion is helping people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, developing them as leaders to make an impact in our world for Jesus, and then sending them out to start new churches that reach unchurched people. His greatest joys are the changed lives he’s gotten to be part of and the leaders he’s been able to develop and send out.
Andy & his wife Paula have three children: Kristen (Ryne) Davis, Daniel & Nathan (Kelsey), and three grandchildren, Olivia, Carter, and Luke.
Church Planting & Multiplication Catalyzer
In 2022, Mark became the catalyzer for the Northwestern Ohio District in creating a multiplying culture that plants, revitalizes, and starts all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people. Mark is certified as a Master Director of Church Planting Assessments and has helped lead several multi-district Assessment Centers.
Mark is a Certified Trainer in Evangelism and Multiplication Training. In addition, he is a Certified Training in the following Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI) courses: Churches Planting Churches, Church Planting Essentials, House Church Planting, Mentoring Church Planters, and New Church Dynamics.
Currently, he is in a doctoral program at Nazarene Theological Seminary focusing on Innovative Leadership in Changing Contexts.
Mark is also the Lead Pastor of the Valley Church, and the Campus Pastor of their Troy location, which launched in 2018 and has grown to over 500 people. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Life Science Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Doctorate of Education with a Specialization in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. Prior to coming to The Valley in 2016, Mark worked as a teacher, baseball coach, and pastor in Ohio, Michigan, and South Carolina.
Mark loves to coach church planters and those interested in church revitalization. He believes that planting new churches is the best way to reach people who do not know Jesus and desire to see Northwest Ohio plant dozens of churches over the next few years.
Mark and his wife, Jessica, have two children, Dilan and Zalome. He enjoys sports, reading, and traveling.
Assistant District Superintendent
Larry Fox is a native of northwestern Ohio. A graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary Larry pastored five churches on NWO before coming to the district office. Part of Rev. Fox’s responsibilities include serving as the district treasurer.
Larry’s late wife, Sue, served for almost thirty years as the President of the Northwestern Ohio District NMI developing our district into one of the leaders in our denomination in world mission support.
Kathy Phillips hails form northwestern Ohio, and has served NWO for twelve years as our office assistant.
A life long Nazarene, Kathy and her husband Rich enjoy the pleasures of being grandparents.