David Kisner, Lead Pastor
David Kisner has been the Lead Pastor at Washington Heights since 1996. He is a graduate of Cedarville University and holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Before coming to WHBC, he served as Assistant Director of Christian Ministries at Cedarville University, Associate Pastor at North Baptist Church in Rochester, New York and Senior Pastor at Westmont Bible Church in Westmont, Illinois.
His main responsibility is administering the Word of God during our Sunday morning Celebration Services. He also oversees the church staff, gives vision and direction to the ministry, and counsels individuals and families in crisis.
David and his wife, Wendy, have been married for 37 years. Wendy is a fourth grade teacher in the Centerville School System. They have two children: Amy, who makes her home in Chicago where she is an interpreter for the hearing-impaired, and Nathan, who makes his home in Jacksonville, Florida.
Hobbies/Interests/Passions: Flying (he holds a private pilot’s license), reading, golfing and home maintenance projects.
Justin Hoppe, Outreach & Discipleship
Pastor Justin married his high school sweetheart, Grace. They have 5 children: Cade, Caroline, Charlotte, Levi, and Wesley. Justin grew up with Washington Heights as his home church, but after graduating from Dayton Christian, he started a journey that involved walking away from the church. God used a desire for something more than a career in retail management to draw Justin and his family back to the church and into full time ministry.
Hometown : Dayton, Ohio
College: Sinclair Community and Baptist Bible College (B.S. Integrated studies M.A. organizational leadership)
What's on your IPOD? Audio Adrenaline, Third Day, Newsboys, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Louis Armstrong, Jack Johnson, Yo-Yo Ma
Favorite Restaurants: Outback, Chipotle, Starbucks, Olga's Greek Kitchen
Hobbies/Interests/Passions: Hanging with his kids, camping, hiking, canoeing, Wolverines football, Tigers baseball, Red Wings hockey
Most Influential Book: (Besides his Bible) A.W. Tozer's, Knowledge of the Holy, literally life changing!
Robert Rhodes, Pastor of Worship & Worship Arts
Robert Rhodes is a recent graduate of Cedarville University (2016) with a double major: a BA in Music and a BA in Worship. He grew up in Suffolk, Virginia with two incredible parents and two older sisters. Some of his responsibilities at WHBC include leading our praise teams on Sunday mornings, conducting our church choir and orchestra, and overseeing SALT (sound and light team). His goal is not only to help anyone get plugged in to leading in worship, but also to encourage the body of Christ to live lifestyles of worship. This position is so much more than singing on Sunday mornings. It’s about worshiping Christ in all we do.
Hobbies/Interests/Passions: Coffee, performing (Jazz, Classical, Musical Theatre, etc), vinyl, arranging, hiking, and tennis
What’s on Your iPod?: Who uses an iPod? Just kidding, I’m an Apple junkie. Sovereign Grace Music, Kings Kaleidoscope, Civil Wars, Sara Bareilles, Pentatonix, Frank Sinatra, Tori Kelly, Adele, Twenty One Pilots, and I am a sucker for most musicals…
Favorite Restaurants: Cheddars, Thai 9, Ghostlight Coffee, Zombie Dogz, Chick-Fil-A
Books: Worship Matters, Radical, Harry Potter
Roger Jensen, Senior Ministries
Roger was raised in a Christian home where he regularly heard the gospel and had devotions every evening or morning. He placed his trust in Christ as his Savior during family devotions after an evangelistic crusade.
Roger has been a member of Washington Heights since 1966. Prior to his ministry, he worked for the NCR Corporation as a Senior Product Manager for the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). He joined the staff in January 2007 as the pastor for senior adult ministries. He also uses his skills and talents in computers and photography to serve the ministry.
Roger is married to Nancy, the church organist. They have three adult daughters who are all married and serving in their local churches. Of course, Roger and Nancy will be happy to tell you about their ten grandchildren.
Hobbies/Interests/Passions: Computers, photography, grandchildren
Favorite Ministry Verse: Psalm 92:13,14 “Planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”
Personal Vision for Young at Heart Ministry: I believe it is our duty as brothers and sisters in Christ to serve and support the many senior adults that attend our monthly Young at Heart luncheons. One of our primary reasons for the ministry is to see these people receive Christ. Now that our Community Life Center is completed, we have the capacity to serve up to 500 in our luncheon ministry. We would love to see this program grow with the support of our people and be a real lighthouse for our Lord to the senior adults of our community. Contact Roger if you are interested in being involved in this ministry, either as a volunteer helper or as a group member.
Josh Tuttle, Student Ministries
Josh Tuttle grew up in a pastor’s’ home in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2012 and from there went on a journey through various ministries until God kicked down the door at Washington Heights and pushed Josh through it. Experiencing different styles of ministries and churches has shaped the way Josh views his call into ministry and specifically his ministry towards students. Working with the larger church body, the goal is to encourage, equip, and empower students to step into their role as part of the body of Christ.
Josh married his high school sweetheart, Leah, (who grew up at WHBC) on August 19, 2012. She has been a constant support, encouragement, and trooper throughout this journey of ministry. On November 20, 2015 Josh and Leah were overwhelmingly thrilled to welcome their daughter Clara Mae Tuttle into
his great creation. She’s the best.
Hobbies/Interests/Passions: reading, playing and listening to music, drinking coffee, watching hockey, and doing anything outside (especially in the woods).
Josh enjoys playing Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Drums, and whatever else he gets a chance to fiddle around with.
Music: Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jack Johnson, Josh Garrels, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Needtobreathe, etc.
Reading: Anything by C.S. Lewis and particularly The Great Divorce and The Problem of Pain, Wild at Heart by John Eldridge, Radical & Follow Me by David Platt, Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and all sorts of fiction stories for when his brain gets tired of thinking.
Alia Edem, JAM City Director
Alia Edem graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Bible minor in 2003. She spent 6 years teaching first grade and kindergarten in a public school. She also worked a year for Dayton Christian homeschool.
She and her high school sweetheart, Jason, were married at Washington Heights in 2002. They live in Beavercreek with their three children Xander, Lily, and Grace. They also have an overly friendly Golden Retriever, Max, an adopted stray kitty, Turbo, and a goldfish, Goldie, that their youngest won at the school’s spring carnival. She loves her family and one of her greatest joys is doing life with them.
Alia has been involved in many of Washington Heights children’s ministries throughout the years including working with the youth group, teaching kindergarten Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, various roles in Awana, as well as, Upward basketball and soccer. She began her official role as JAM City Director in June of 2017.
Hobbies/Interests/Passion: spending time and doing activities with her kids, tagging along on her husband’s business trips when she can, and going to see plays and musicals.
Favorite Verse: Colossians 1:17 “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."
Charlie Giles, Director of Church Administration
Charlie Giles grew up in a Christian home where the small county church was his family’s life. He graduated from Wright State University and holds a Bachelors and MBA in Accountancy. Prior to his position as Church Administrator at Washington Heights he worked at Wright State, Sinclair Community College, Legacy Ministries/Dayton Christian School and the Miami Valley Research Foundation.
He now serves as the Church Administrator with responsibilities for finances, facilities and other administrative functions. As a member of Washington Heights for over 30 years, he has served as an ABF teacher, deacon, and finance committee member.
Charlie and his wife, Pam, have been married over 40 years. Pam has worked at Dayton Christian Schools for most of that time. They have two daughters and six grandchildren: Rachael, her two sons and husband reside in Centerville. Sarah, her four children and husband reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Hobbies/Interests/Passions: Running, biking, golf, family activities and traveling.
Music: Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, David Crowder, 60s and 70s Music, Southern Gospel, and Country.