OUR TEAM

  • DAN BURMeister

    lead pastor

        

    Dan Burmeister was born in Bonn, Germany, and was raised in Sydney, Australia, and Uniontown, Ohio. He loves music and basketball. Having been defeated by the saxophone at an early age, he picked up the guitar at 15, much to the skepticism of his parents. After early gigs at nursing homes, camps, and youth groups, he decided to pursue leading worship.


    Dan holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and a Masters degree from Wheaton Graduate School. Dan served on staff at Bloomingdale Alliance Church in Bloomingdale, Illinois, from 1991-1996 where he was Pastor of Student Ministries and also Pastor of Music and Worship. In January of 1997, Dan and his wife Lara moved to Hilliard to join the staff of Life Community Church.


    Dan is married to Lara (who is responsible for anything good that comes out of Burmeister males), and the father of two sons, Kip and Kai. 

  • Rick Tawney

    cell groupS pastor

    Rick Tawney was born in Henry Illinois, which is nowhere near Chicago but he became an avid Cubs, Bears and Bulls fan anyway. He grew up in Northern Ohio and went to college at the University of Akron where he met the infamous Tom Bennardo and was his intern for one year. 


    Rick holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity International University and a Masters in Counseling from Philadelphia Biblical University. Rick has served as a Youth Pastor at First Baptist in Geneva IL, Church planter with Polaris Community Church in Lewis Center, and Pastor at Meadowbrook Christian Fellowship in Dublin. Rick joined the LCC staff as Cell Group Pastor part-time in 2009, and transitioned to full-time in 2013. 


    Rick loves to coach his kids’ teams and when possible hit the links or dominate on the basketball court.


    Rick married Sheila in 1992-which still stands as his best decision-and they have four children, Micah, Keilah, Damaris and Isaac.

  • Tom Burns

    Teaching pastor

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  • larry ely

    Youth pastor

    Larry was born in Whittier, California and grew up in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where he earned a B.A. in Christian Education and a Certificate in Youth Ministry. Larry has worked in a variety of ministries, including Spring Hill Camp, Student Life, The Chapel, Youth For Christ, and started at LCC in 1997. Some of his favorites are: playing basketball, eating at Chipotle, driving his Jeep, listening to music (Toby Mac, Disciple, FF5, Skillet), watching movies, & cheering on the Green Bay Packers with his sons. Larry is married to his lovely wife Tina, and they have two boys, Devon & Drayton.

  • J.R. Kennedy

    Kids Pastor

    J.R. Kennedy was born in, raised in, and at the rate it's going may never leave Columbus. Serving in the role of Pastor of Children's Ministries, J.R. joined the staff of LCC in July of 2005.


    He has been working with kids in one role or another since the summer of 1998 when he spent 8 weeks serving as a chaperone at a children’s camp, though he distinctly remembers signing up to serve anywhere other than with small children. That was the summer when God began to form a passion in him for a life of ministry to kids.


    J.R. attended Word of Life Bible Institute, Columbus State Community College and eventually got around to graduating from Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Biblical Studies. He sincerely hopes that none of his choices in higher education will be held against him as he likes to think he's fairly well-rounded despite it all. Also, he wrote this bio himself, and is not entirely sure why he typed it all in third-person.


    J.R. and his wonderful wife, Rebekah, were married in 2003 and live in Plain City with their daughter Emma, son Ashton, and dog Puck.

  • SHEILA TAWNEY

    support ministries DIRECTOR

    Sheila Tawney is a country girl at heart. She enjoys baking, having people in her home and hanging out. She graduated from the University in Akron with a degree in Elementary Education. Sheila taught fourth grade for a few years then had four beautiful children to stay home and raise.

  • brett muschott

    worship DIRECTOR 

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  • LEIGH ZEIDNER

    creative arts DIRECTOR

       

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