Washington Heights Baptist Church

Staff

David Kisner, Lead Pastor

kisner@whbc.org

David Kisner

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

jhoppe@whbc.org

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

rhodes@whbc.org

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

jensen@whbc.org

Roger Jensen

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

tuttle@whbc.org

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.


Greg Poe, Care & Counseling 

gpoe@whbc.org

 

Greg and Lisa were married in 1987. They have 1 child, Logan, a recent college graduate. Other than a brief 4-year trek to NE Ohio, Greg and Lisa have been part of the church at Washington Heights since 1992. Greg spent 30+ years in financial services. Yet, his passion was to serve God in
a new way, outside of corporate America. He followed that leading desire
and God paved the way for his work here.

Hometown:  Morrow, Ohio

College: Cumberland College (now the University Of The Cumberlands); Bachelor of Science Degree with a double major in History/Political Science and Physical Education.

iPod Contains: Wide variety of Christian Inspiration, some “Oldies” from the 60s & 70s and many favorites of his parents.

Favorite Restaurants: Rooster’s (loves Wings!), Paragon and any golf course Snack Shop!

Passions/Hobbies/Interests: Anything/anytime with my family, golf…especially with Logan, lacrosse, leadership/coaching, long/challenging walks

Books: Scripture/God’s Word, “Instruments In The Redeemer’s Hands”, “Fearless”,
any U.S. History/Presidential

Join us this Sunday for worship – 9:00am and 10:30am