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
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 then married his high school sweetheart, Leah. After some convincing from Leah, Josh completed his Master’s of Ministry from Clark’s Summit University. All of this sent him on a journey through various ministry settings, eventually leading Josh and Leah to Washington Heights, where he has been pastoring the students since 2015. Josh is passionate about the pastorate and knows there is literally nothing else he is capable of doing.
Josh and Leah, enjoy the ever-exhausting and endlessly hilarious job of raising their two kids.
In those quiet moments when there is nothing else to do (and sometimes when there is), Josh enjoys reading a variety of books (oftentimes with several going at once), playing and listening to music, sitting and walking in nature, watching birds and other backyard wildlife, baking bread, and drinking an appropriate amount of coffee.
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."