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Vivake was raised Hindu, but fell in love with Jesus at the end of high school when he saw his need for Him. At OSU, Vivake majored in Biology, and God grew in him a passion for ministry and coaching football. After spending a few seasons as a football assistant at Ohio State & Kent State, Vivake decided to do ministry full-time! Vivake is excited to be on staff with H2O because Jesus Christ changed his life; and he wants others to experience the love, joy & forgiveness found in a relationship with God.
Vivake has seen God’s grace in his own life in many ways. One of the biggest ways is thru his wife Erica. The two were married in May of 2015, and she is truly Vivake’s better half. If you meet Erica, you will quickly realize she is brilliant, witty, compassionate, & strikingly beautiful. On the flip-side, Vivake has an uncanny ability to remember facts about players for the Cleveland Browns & Cavs. With their gifts combined, they make a great team.
In case you’re having trouble with his name, it’s pronounced “viv” – “ake” and it rhymes with “cake”. If that’s too hard, he also responds to “Vake” or “V”. One of his personal favorites is “Earthquake Vivake” but no one seems to call him that.
Sarah was born and raised in Orange County, California. She grew up believing in God, but didn’t know that she could have a personal relationship with Him until she was invited to a small group in high school, and when she was 17, she began to pursue a relationship with Jesus. However it still wasn’t until college that she began to really understand the gospel. Through her years at Ohio State and in H2O, the Lord graciously allowed Sarah to experience His unconditional love and showed her what it means to live in freedom. Months after graduating from OSU, Sarah felt the Lord breaking her heart for the lost students at Ohio State and giving her a vision for full-time ministry with H2O.
Sarah is passionate about raising up leaders and coming alongside women to help them embrace their identities in Christ. She is also passionate about consuming copious amounts of frozen yogurt and guacamole (not simultaneously though…probably), most flowers and flower-ish things, breakfast and hiking to see sunsets or bodies of water.
Although they grew up in houses less than a half mile apart, it wasn’t until more than twenty years later at college that Jeremy and Kathy met, twenty-five miles away from their hometown. Both of them followed very unique and differing paths into university life, but by the grace of God they found each other and were married in the Fall of 2007. Besides falling in love with each other during those college years, God was at work in their hearts in a different way. He grew in them a burning desire to love Him deeply, and also to share that love with others. God has transformed who Jeremy and Kathy are today, and called them to serve Him by ministering to college students at OSU. Their passion is to reach young minds with the Good News of Jesus, and to help them experience the love, purpose, and freedom of a life lived with Christ
Julie was born in Minnesota and studied chemical engineering at the University of Michigan. In college, she played cymbals for the Michigan Marching Band and while that is not the team of choice here in Columbus, God used her involvement in the band to change her life. She met a community of people that loved Jesus and devoted their lives to Him. Jesus transformed her life in college, which is why she decided to go on staff where she has the awesome opportunity to see first-hand God continue to change lives. Kevin grew up in a Christian home in Michigan, and while he went to Michigan as well to study math, it was the campus church he got involved in there that led him down a path towards ministry, and ultimately being part of H2O. Kevin and Julie met while preparing to help plant H2O, but it took them until 2013 to get together, and they married in 2014. Together, they love hiking and the outdoors in general, and they both love sports – but Julie’s more likely to be doing them by running or golfing, while you can find Kevin cheering for the Chicago Cubs. In 2016, their daughter, Hannah, was born, and brings great joy to their family!
Brandon is a Cincinnati native who has bled Scarlet and Gray his entire life. He grew up going to church every Sunday, but viewed Church and God as something for “older people.” His first two years as a student at Ohio State were surrounded in the party scene but God had a different plan for his life. After running from him for 20 years, Brandon had the pieces put together for him about who God really is on October 6, 2009. That was the day he placed his faith in Christ and after a couple of months he felt a conviction to reach out to college students. Outside of the ministry, Brandon is a huge sports fan. He loves OSU Football and the English soccer team, Chelsea FC. Lastly, he is newly married to the woman of his dreams, Sarah. She’s going to graduate school at OSU for Higher Ed and is excited to reach out to students through her assistant hall director position in Morril Tower, a dorm on campus. God has used H2O Church to impact Brandon and Sarah’s lives and they’re both ecstatic to be teamed up with the church in the hope of seeing OSU’s campus transformed by the Gospel!
Nate and Katie both came to Ohio State in the fall of 2008 as students and got involved with H2O where they met. God used authentic relationships and discipleship to radically change their lives as they went deeper in the gospel for themselves and caught a vision to give their lives to God’s mission. They got married in 2011 and went on staff with Reliant after graduating in June 2012. They hope to invest deeply in college students and see Jesus Christ change individual lives on this campus. They also enjoy playing living room sports.
Diane was born and raised in the small village of Shreve, OH on a dairy farm. She grew up milking cows, feeding calves and learning every obscure fact about dairy cattle you could think of. After graduating high school, Diane decided to attend The Ohio State University and majored in Agricultural Communications. Almost immediately upon coming to college, Diane became a part of H2O church at Ohio State, and that’s where God really got a hold of her heart. He began to show her what it looked like to have a deep relationship with him and how to live a life devoted and centered around Christ. During her last year at Ohio State as a student, God began to grow in Diane a desire to pursue campus ministry so that she could invest deeply in the lives of students at Ohio State, share the gospel with them and see them grow in their faith. After graduating in December of 2015 and entering into a year-long internship with H2O at OSU, Diane felt called into full-time ministry! Her deepest desire is to see God transform student’s lives through the message of the Gospel and to see leaders raised up in the church. A few fun facts: she enjoys miracle whip on tacos and cries every time she laughs (which is a lot), and, oh yeah, she can kick anybody’s butt at euchre!
Jessie was born and raised in good old Orient, Ohio where she enjoyed the simple life in the country. After graduating high school, Jessie decided to attend the Ohio State University, where God truly got a hold of her heart and life, leading her to a place where she could truly accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. During her time at OSU, God grew Jessie in her excitement for college ministry and after graduating in 2014, she began a journey that led her to join H2O’s staff team in 2015 to reach OSU’s campus with the gospel. Other interesting tidbits about Jessie: she loves movies, the occasional run, cloudy sunsets, and reading at a leisurely pace. Oh yea, and she also hates chocolate.
Dave was born and raised in Canfield, Ohio, right outside of Youngstown. He grew up going to church, but never really understood who God was and therefore questioned God greatly. After coming to Ohio State in 2009, some friends invited him H2O, and the rest is history. For the first time, he truly got to see who God was and what a biblical community really looked like, all while loving every minute of his time with H2O
After graduating in 2012, Dave moved back to Canfield and worked for a few years while still feeling pulled back to H2O and campus ministry. He’s excited to dig deep in student’s lives and help spread the gospel at Ohio State. Nothing is more fulfilling to Dave then spending time with a group of guys and talking about what God has been doing! In his spare time, Dave loves the band Rush, movies, board games, sci-fi, missions and making things with his face on them. Keep and eye out and you might see some stickers of Dave around campus!
Maggie grew up in Mason, Ohio knowing the phrase, “Jesus died for my sins” but it wasn’t until getting plugged into an H2O small group her freshman year in Taylor Tower at Ohio State that she understood Christ love and decided to devote her life to following Jesus.
When she graduated (in psychology) in December of 2013 she was amazed at how much the Lord worked in the students’ lives around her and decided to leap into full-time ministry working for H2O Church so that she can be a part of others experiencing God’s love and being set free from shame and guilt just like she was. Two and a half years into ministry, she loves meeting with people and helping them know God a little bit more. She is daily convinced she has the best job ever.
Maggie loves answering questions, meeting new people, doing new things, learning new things, playing cards, cleaning, laughing, DIY projects, veganism, coffee, being an aunt (“Aunt Mae”) and going to cheap indie concerts.
Emily grew up in Wooster, OH believing she knew who God was: a strict, distant, and annoyed authoritarian. In her freshman year at Ohio State, God opened her eyes to his true identity: a good, gracious, and loving father. After wholly giving herself into a relationship with God, Emily gained a heart to see broken families restored and new families formed on the foundation of Christ Jesus. God lead Emily to help meet this need by serving on the H2O staff team. Emily graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Science in the summer of 2012 and began working as associate staff in the fall. She began her own family with her awesome husband Nick in the winter of 2011 when they married.
Emily enjoys looking for ways to minister to women and their families. She loves being a part of the Side by Side ministry for wives of medical professionals and volunteering at Stowe Mission’s pregnancy clinic. She also loves spending time with her family (including the BEST in-laws ever), hosting people for dinner, hiking, watching The Office, sharing ice cream with friends, and dancing.
Daniel was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. Though he had strong religious roots and considered himself “saved”, the true meaning of the gospel eluded him during childhood and early adulthood. It wasn’t until he left the Army in 2014 that he began to understand what grace and a relationship with Christ truly entails. Since coming to OSU and getting plugged into H2O, God has done immense life changing work in Daniel’s life through authentic community, active discipleship, and constant heart softening. He’s given Daniel a heart for building into younger men and for seeing the gospel spread throughout the nations. From his time in the military and at Ohio State, Daniel knows the impact that strong God-fearing men can have in leadership roles and his hope is to fill that need both at Ohio State and abroad.
Hope was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Her parents authentically loved Jesus and were dedicated to raising their children to do the same. In high school, Hope knew a lot about God but didn’t fully understand that she could have a relationship with Him. When it came time for college, she naturally headed to Ohio State and majored in Athletic Training. She quickly started attending H2O Church and was drawn to the vulnerability of the girls in her small group. Throughout college, Hope experienced the freedom and grace found in being authentic about life’s struggles and how being bold with your faith leads to life transformation. Hope graduated in May 2017 and decided to spend a year interning with H2O because she is passionate about discipling women to be leaders with their faith and helping students find joy in the Lord in the midst of hard circumstances.
Hope loves black coffee, playing volleyball, making up random dance moves and singing at the top of her lungs with the windows down.
As a sophomore at Ohio State, the Lord led Abby to experience the tremendous power of His grace through the people at H2O, and she has never been the same. Once driven by the daunting lifestyle of achievement, she now rejoices that she no longer has to strive for value in empty places because her identity is in Jesus. During her last two years of undergrad, God grew Abby’s desire to help other women at OSU accept Christ’s grace for themselves. After graduating she followed the Lord’s call to pursue ministry with H2O, and for the last few years she has been working on campus to raise up Christ-centered leaders for the transformation of our world. Abby and her husband Nick enjoy playing games and sports, eating too many tacos, spending quality time with friends, and cheering on the Buckeyes.
During his time here at Ohio State University, Dan’s life was transformed by the gospel and he found freedom in Christ. He found love and acceptance in a campus church and that helped him to see the love and acceptance of Jesus. After leading small group communities for several years as a student, Dan, upon graduation, wanted to combine his love for the gospel, his passion for disciple-making, and desire for the presence of a vibrant college campus church. The H2O church plant was the answer to all of those prayers!
At H2O church, his responsibilities include leading the H2O Off-Campus team and overseeing the sound equipment. He loves to disciple young men into Christ-like character. He longs to help young men see they’ve been created for a loving, joy-filled, relationship with the king. His heart is to see men use their gifts, strengths, and vitality for making disciples, for loving their families, and for making Christ known to everyone around them.
Mike came to church for the first time because he saw a poster on campus at the University of Michigan. He loved the service and started attending a small group that discussed the validity of the Bible. He was enamored by God’s infinite love and how it is so much better than any love he experienced before. He was struck by the freedom that was possible because Christ had died for his sins. All this led Mike to give his life to Christ. Right after that he met his amazing wife, Natalie. Together they have four wonderful children.
Before knowing Christ Mike wanted to change our laws in an effort to change the world. When he found Christ he realized that the best way to change the world is to allow God to change people’s hearts through sharing the gospel and living it out. This conviction led him into ministry. Mike loves being at H2O because he gets a front row seat to see God change OSU students’ hearts and to see God move in their lives. As a pastor he has the pleasure to help students engage with God’s heart for the broken and needy through leading community service, mission trips, and sharing our faith.
Karl grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan. After arriving at the University of Michigan he got involved with New Life Church. During his time in school Karl had the opportunity to grow in his walk with the Lord and caught a vision for campus ministry. In 2005 he went on staff with Reliant and in 2008 Karl moved to Columbus as part of the team that planted H2O. Just less than a year after moving he met his wife, Emily. For Karl, it has been a tremendous blessing to be a part of this team and to witness all that God is doing on the campus at The Ohio State University.
Kyle studied Operations Management and Rachel studied Social Work at The Ohio State University. Kyle has had his life radically impacted by the church families he has been apart of, especially H2O! When he graduated in 2012, Kyle joined the staff team to help others discover Jesus by meeting their need for a Gospel-centered community and encouraging others through humor, worship, and scripture. God gave Rachel a deeper understanding of God’s grace and the freedom she has in Christ through discipleship relationships in H2O as a college student. Rachel joined the staff team in 2015 to help students experience freedom through Christ as they come to know and learn how to follow him. A few of Kyle’s favorite things include music, sports, strategy board games, The Lion King, and Qdoba. A few of Rachel’s favorite things include the color orange, butterflies, sunshine, field hockey, and Guatemala. As a newly married couple, Kyle and Rachel are excited to pursue their passion for the Lord, help college students come to know Christ, and see the gospel spread to all the nations. On the side, they enjoy a nice date night with a competitive game of Settlers of Catan.
Aziz accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior during his junior year of high school in Beavercreek, Ohio. When he came to The Ohio State University in 1985, he joined a campus church much like H2O. It was there that God grabbed his heart with a vision for being a part of fulfilling the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20. Upon graduating with a degree in electrical engineering in 1991, Aziz went on staff with Reliant to stay with his campus church and do international student ministry at OSU, and has been here ever since. Aziz specializes in helping non-Christians read and understand the Bible in order that they may be saved, and in helping believers understand and apply the Bible to their lives to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. He has been married to Heather for more than 20 years, and they have three sons: Nathan, Andrew and Josiah. Aziz enjoys movies, reading fiction, board games, playing the guitar, photography, and doing anything with Heather and their boys.
Alexa grew up in a Christian home. She was always known as the “Christian girl,” but truthfully she never quite understood the Gospel. Upon arriving to OSU she quickly became the “over-involved kid” on campus trying to find worth in what OSU could offer. After dabbling in the party scene and trying fill an ever-present void, she hopped on a plane to Colorado the summer after her sophomore year to participate in H2O’s summer Leadership Training. (Mostly she thought it would be an opportunity to take cool instagram pictures.) It was in the stillness of the mountain air one morning that the Lord finally stole Alexa’s heart. He gave her a new mission, one she had never contemplated before: Greek life. After graduating in the Spring of 2015 as an Alumna of Alpha Xi Delta, Alexa is now working closely with students involved in Sororities and Fraternities as well as serving as H2O’s Worship Director.
Alexa loves the color yellow, being compared to Leslie Knope, maple syrup (seriously, she drinks the stuff), instagramming her lattes, and mountains. Did I mention she loves maple syrup?
Dave graduated from the University of Michigan in December 2006, and went on staff with Reliant the following January. After working to raise support, he joined the H2O church planting team and moved to Columbus in the summer of 2008. Since then Dave has loved working to lead the sound team and North H2O team. Dave met his wife Alyssa through H2O and thereby proved that Buckeyes and Wolverines can love one another!
Kyle grew up down by the river in good ole’ Cincinnati, Ohio; Anderson Township to be exact. Kyle started his freshman year at The Ohio State University in the fall of 2007 and graduated 4 years later in the spring of 2011. Some may say that his graduation was a miracle do to the fact that in the first 2 ½ years of college there was very little attention spent on school work, but rather a great amount of energy spent on partying. Needless to say Christ drastically transformed Kyle’s life, and the best part is he used his best friend and several other men on staff with H2O to do it! In January 2010 Kyle declared Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior! Over the next couple of years Kyle took on more leadership responsibilities in the church as he tried to figure out if joining the staff team was what God was calling him to. Turns out it was, and he joined the staff team in September of 2012. He is extremely excited to be working in college ministry at OSU, and to be a light in the darkness for students who desperately need Christ Jesus! Kyle is also newly married to an absolutely incredible woman who is way out of his league, one Mrs. Stephanie Riesenberg! They both consider it a privilege to be reaching out to the students on campus, and a joy to see God’s children return to Him!
Kyle is a big sports fan with his favorite teams being the Reds, Bengals, Buckeyes, Wildcat basketball, and Manchester United! He enjoys playing sand volleyball and golf, where he also spends a lot of time in the sand.
Lisa was born and raised in Columbus in a loving Christian home. She naturally headed to The Ohio State University for college and got involved in H2O where she found a loving community, and became envisioned to share the good news of Christ with those around her. In 2012 she graduated and decided to join the staff team. She has a passion for helping people understand God’s story through His Word, and discover how we get to be a part of it! Lisa enjoys great conversation over a good cup of coffee, visiting new places, and crafting.
Jon and Heather both attended The University of Michigan (don’t judge), where they fell in love with Jesus Christ and one another. Jon spent 20 years in Ann Arbor, as a student, engineer, campus minister and eventually became a pastor at New Life Church on April’s Fool Day, 2001. He has survived in ministry largely because of Heather (his wife of 20 years), large quantities of Diet Coke, and the grace of God. In 2007 he fulfilled a lifelong dream, winning an Intramural Football Championship at the University of Michigan in his 18th season. Looking for the next challenge, they packed up their 4 ridiculously good-looking children and headed to Columbus. It was off to The Ohio State University to help plant H2O, with a dream of reaching Buckeyes for Christ and bringing unity between the great states of Ohio and Michigan.
Becca is a wolverine. She grew up in a great Christian home and placed her faith in Christ at a young age. At The University of Michigan, Becca invested in New Life Church (which planted H2O back in 2008). She grew a lot in her years as an undergrad, and developed a desire to bring the hope of Christ to a lost and broken campus. Little did she know that God was leading her to work at Ohio State’s campus! She met her husband, David, in November 2013 and decided to join the staff team in Columbus once he asked her to marry him. David and Becca married in September 2014 and enjoy being active, playing cards & board games, and dancing (mainly Becca).
Katherine is a wife of 4 years to her patient and hard working hubby, Tim, and mama to a very independent and determined little boy, Anderson, and her rambunctious “fur baby”, Kodak. She works as a nurse part-time in the NICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and also in a pediatric operating room. She has loved working with kids since she was young. Having her own child has been such a rewarding experience and she has learned and grown so much through it. She is so excited to be investing in and leading the next generation of our church with H2O Kids and partnering with their parents to invest in their personal relationships with Christ.
Whitney was raised in the pews and literally took her first steps within church walls. Despite her deeply religious roots, Jesus was just a character in a story and the Bible never connected to her heart. After coming to Ohio State in the fall of 2010, Whitney found herself living a double life; chasing shots on Friday, blacking out on Saturday, and worshipping at H2O on Sunday. Thankfully, Jesus captivated Whitney’s heart during her junior year of college when she entered recovery for her battle with an eating disorder. The Lord gave Whitney a passion for reaching out to the men and women of the Greek community at OSU and graciously gave her the opportunity to serve the sororities and fraternities after she graduated in December 2013. In September 2015, Whitney married Steven, her amazing, talented, and goofy husband. Together, Steve and Whitney enjoy, hiking, exploring, Netflix-ing, and spending time with their cat, Indigo.
Kyle and Meghan have been in campus ministry since 2005 and 2003, respectively. They both had their lives radically changed through a campus ministry and hope to remain on this critical mission field for as long as they can and/or are allowed to play intramural sports. They have two amazing and beautiful children, Makenna and Jackson, who continually remind them of God’s goodness in their lives. Every year seems to bring new adventures, and they are excited to see what the future holds for their family and H2O!
Randi was born and raised in the beautiful countryside of South Eastern Ohio. She came to OSU in the fall of 2008 and became involved with H2O within her first month on campus. She came to college with a shallow faith and little spiritual background, but a desire to know more. Over the course of her first year, God put a passion in her heart for Jesus and for God’s people, in the U.S. and abroad. Her life had been drastically influenced by the genuine love of the community and the desire to live out Christianity to the fullest. Over the past four years, Randi has been transformed by God and His word and desires to live this out for the rest of her life. Randi graduated from OSU in 2012, became a RN, and then decided to go on staff with H2O, looking to mix her passions for full-time ministry and nursing into one.
Randi loves spending time with others and hearing about their lives! So, you should share with her. Some of her interests include: recycling, diversity, nursing, missions, sports, being outdoors, the country, laughter, and trying new things.