• Rick Groover - Church Planting Lead Pastor

    Where were you born and raised?
    I was born in California and raised in Alabama
    Are you married and how many children do you have?
    O yeah! Married to my beautiful wife Tracy with two awesome sons.
    What is the most important thing about what you do at Celebration..what drives you...what is your passion? 
    When I was 27 Jesus changed my life! Someone reached out to an unfulfilled, struggling husband, father, and young man and gave him hope through a relationship with Jesus. How could I not spend my life sharing that same love with others who are hurting and empty!
    What is your favorite thing about Celebration?
    Celebration is the lmost "real" church I have ever been a part of and the people are passionate about God and His work in and through them. In Christ alone!

  • Casey Groover - Worship Leader and Teacher

    Where were you born and raised?
    Alabama. Roll Tide!
    Are you married and how many children do you have?
    Married to Laura and enjoying our new precious daughter, Willow. 
    What is the most important thing about what you do with Celebration and Reach West Africa..what drives you...what is your passion?  The most important thing I do with the ministry is bringing God glory through reaching people with the Gospel and making disciples that will follow Jesus and bring others to Him. My relationship with Christ and desire for His fame among the nations is my passion and driving force.
    What is your favorite thing about Celebration? My favorite thing about Celebration is that the main goal is always the glory of God. Celebration is not about making Celebration famous. We are about making Jesus famous.

  • Ryan  McKibbin - Bible Teacher

    Where were you born and raised?
    I was born and raised in the Sunshine State (FL) - Gulf side!
    Are you married and how many children do you have?
    Somehow I convinced my lovely wife April to marry me (praise God!), and we have two lively girls together.
    What is the most important thing about what you do at Celebration..what drives you...what is your passion? 
    I love teaching the Word of God to the people of God, for the Glory of God!  People understanding our great God and Savior Jesus Christ in a richer and fuller way is the pulse of the teaching ministry at Celebration! 
    What is your favorite thing about Celebration?
     This church family is striving to focus on the Gospel, build christian community, and engage in biblical mission.  I LOVE IT ALL!

  • David Smallwood - Teacher/Foundations 

    Where were you born and raised?
    I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and I grew up in Conyers, which is a town about 30 minutes east of Atlanta.
    Are you married and how many children do you have?
    I married my amazing wife, Kristen, in 1995, and we have two wonderful children: Grace and Stephen.
    What is the most important thing about what you do at Celebration..what drives you...what is your passion? 

    What is your favorite thing about Celebration?
    It’s all about Jesus!  We are not interested in peddling religion; we exist to promote Christ!  The drive, the goal, the mission of this faith family is to make HIS name great, and that’s all that matters!

  • Myles & Marina Webb: Children / Teens

    Where were you born and raised 
    I was born in Germany and raised in good ol’ sunny Florida. My wife on the other hand was born in Russia and grew up in not so sunny Seattle.
    Are you married and how many children do you have?
    Marina and I have been married since 2014 and do not have any little ones, yet. 
     What is the most important thing about what you do at Celebration..what drives you...what is your passion? 
    God has given my wife and I a natural passion for kids and young people. But to answer what drives us would simply be Christ. Cliché answer, I know. But really, as a couple the more we understand about grace the more captivated we are with the sovereign God who graciously bestowed His grace upon us. All that being said, our passion is young people and our drive and work at Celebration is to point those under our teaching to Christ.
    What is your favorite thing about Celebration?
    I love the diligence given to let the text of scripture speak, to apply what God has decreed from His word, and to grow in light of scripture as a family. 

  • Tracy Groover - Sec.retary & Ladies Ministry

    Where were you born and raised?
    Alabama. Roll Tide!
    Are you married and how many children do you have?
    Married to Pastor Rick with two awesome sons: Richard in Pensacola, FL & Casey in Mason, OH
    What is the most important thing about what you do at Celebration..what drives you...what is your passion? 
    What drives me is wanting to do my best for Christ! Nothing else matters in the end.
    What is your favorite thing about Celebration?
    Watching God work in people's lives. The stories are amazing! Of course, my #1 favorite thing is the pastor!

  • Shelly Ponder - Volunteer Director

    Where were you born and raised?
    Ohio. Go Bearcats!
    Single and loving serving God!
    What is the most important thing about what you do at Celebration..what drives you...what is your passion? 
    I have the privilege of getting people plugged in to volunteering and serving at Celebration.  It's exciting to see our volunteers learn to serve other people, and in turn grow closer to God and have a sense of fulfillment.  As children of God, the Bible teaches that we should be engaged in good works, and that it takes every person in a church to do their part for it to function.   My job is to help people see, understand, and become engaged in those truths.  And, since it is important to God, it's important to me.  I am passionate about watching people grow in their faith, and I get to do that here at Celebration!      
    What is your favorite thing about Celebration?
    The fact that, as a church, we strive to follow God's lead.  And what's the result of that? - God continues to blow our minds!  It just doesn't get any better than this!  

  • Ray Taylor - Media Development

    Where were you born and raised?
     Milford, OH. Just outside of Cincinnati.
    Are you married and how many children do you have?
    Married to Lisa. We have three children: Brian, Laura, and Jessica
    What is the most important thing about what you do with Celebration...what drives you...what is your passion?   As a Christian, we’re given the opportunity to serve Christ in so many different ways as we live our life.  One way we can serve our Lord is within the church itself.  I am blessed to be part of the audio/visual team at Celebration.  You know, God wants us to use the skills he has already given us to serve and glorify Him. It’s really awesome to think God prepares each of us to serve Him with the things we usually enjoy.
    What is your favorite thing about Celebration?  It’s Real. We’re taught the truth and challenged to live a life through Christ which will glorify Him. Plain, simple not always easy but to live our lives to glorify Christ…That’s it. 

  • Jenny Stencil - Nursery Director

    Where were you born and raised?
     I was born and raised just up the road in Middletown, Ohio.
    Are you married and how many children do you have?
    I am a single mother of a beautiful daughter who just got married and moved to Germany!

    What is the most important thing about what you do with Celebration...what drives you...what is your passion? 
    I understand how important it is for parents to know their little ones are in a safe and nurturing environment while they’re in the worship service. I work with a group of dedicated nursery volunteers who are experienced mothers themselves. Parents can focus and worship without distraction when they know their children are in capable and loving hands. It’s a blessing to tend the smallest of His flock!
    What is your favorite thing about Celebration?  
    The people. Leadership with integrity who are fully committed to teaching the Bible and focusing on Christ above all else. Celebration was the first church I visited at the start of my search for a local church in Mason. I never made it to another church!