With many area churches going through changes of getting new ministers and pastors or merging or joining other churches, the Mineral Ridge Church of Christ has named Tab Greenlee as the new pastor replacing Pastor Bob Gleason who left in December.
Greenlee gave his first sermon at the church in early March.
Greenlee, a native of Indiana, received his education at Great Lakes Christian College, before beginning in teen ministry which he has done for 18 years,
''My first ministry was at a church in Salem. Eventually I went through several other churches where I was a teen minister everywhere I went,'' he said.
In addition, to being a minister he also become involved with local high school varsity football and softball as a coach at schools near where he has served as pastor. He was recently hired as an assistant football coach at Mineral Ridge High School.
''This is a passion of mine and a was a way to be part of the community,'' he said.
Greenlee said he never thought he would be a senior minister despite being in ministry in Indiana and several churches.
He said he decided to look for another position after he felt it was time to leave Indiana and after looking at many churches online and felt God led him to Ohio and eventually to Mineral Ridge Church of Christ.
''I felt God was calling me to lead this church,'' he said.
In addition to church and coaching, Greenlee is a family man spending time with his wife, Heather, their son, Calyb, and her two children, Taylor and Zach.
Greenlee said he and Logan Thompson, who has served as the youth minister at the Mineral Ridge church, decided that the two should be family life ministers sharing the duties of ministering to the church.
"We think very much alike. Both of us are family life minister focusing on the entire church family,'' he said.
Greenlee said the two will split the responsibilities with one focusing on youth and another on senior ministry.
"We will create a plan where one week I will preach and then next week he doe, We will work together to best serve the congregation,'' Greenlee said.
"This is like hiring two senior ministers. There area areas of ministry that we each have passions for,'' he said.
Thompson said he looks forward to being able to share the ministry duties.
Greenlee said the church, which has a membership of 150, can reach out and be involved in sharing God's word in the community.
"This is the beginning piece to see what God can do for this church and the community. There is no doubt in my mind that this church can have a small church feel while extending its fellowship.''