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 34 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, their college-aged son.
Hobbies/Interests/Passions Flying (he holds a private pilot’s license), reading, golfing and home maintenance projects.
Rich trusted Christ as his Savior at age 6 and planned to go into business until his first two years at Cedarville College. He sensed the need of support roles in the ministry and has enjoyed serving in that capacity, saying “I have the best job in town.”
He is a graduate of Cedarville University and has a Master’s degree from Baptist Bible Seminary. He has served in various roles at Beachwood Lake Camp and Scioto Hills Baptist Camp and as associate pastor in churches in Indiana and Florida for over 30 years. Rich has also served on staff at Baptist Bible Seminary as teacher and administrator. He joined the staff at WHBC in January 2006. His responsibilities include overall administration of church ministry, including oversight of all staff and finances. He also teaches Journey and Vision, our two newest ABFs for young couples.
He and his wife, Yvonna, have two adult children, Ryan and Hannah, who are both involved in ministry.
Hobbies/Interests/Passions Reading, home projects, traveling and snow skiing
Favorite Ministry Verse Ps. 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”
Personal Vision for WHBC “I love it when a plan comes together.”
Charlie Pagnard joined the staff at WHBC in 1992 as choir director; over the years his role has grown and now includes all aspects of corporate worship. Charlie leads worship for our Sunday Celebration services and gives leadership to our adult choir, praise team and band, special music and SALT (sound and light team).
In addition to his responsibilities at WHBC, Charlie is a music professor at Cedarville University, principal trumpet for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and member of the award-winning brass quintet, the Carillon Brass. Charlie regularly uses his talents to serve the Lord and minister to others through short-term missions, taking Christ’s message through music to people all over the world. Charlie has degrees from Bowling Green State University and Eastman School of Music as well as doctoral studies at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Charlie and his wife, Elaine, have two adult sons and five grandchildren.
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.
Justin Hoppe, Student Ministries Pastor
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 Hanging with my kids, camping, hiking, canoeing, Wolverines football, Tigers baseball, Red Wings hockey
MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOK (Besides my Bible) A.W. Tozer's, Knowledge of the Holy literally life changing!
Pastor Justin married his high school sweetheart, Grace. They have 5 kids: Cade, Caroline, Charlotte Levi, Wesley. Justin grew up with Washington heights as his home church. After graduating from Dayton Christian, Justin 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.