Charles Hahlen — Lead planter and Lead Minister
A native of Minerva, Ohio, he and his wife Connie (also of Minerva) have lived most of their 40 + years of marriage in Northeast Ohio, with the exception of about 5 years in Western, PA near New Castle. They have been in the Akron area for almost 20 years. They have raised two children, Sarah and Seth.
Charles and Connie have ministered in various full-time and part-time situations.They are very active in missions, having traveled to Mexico, England, Switzerland, South Africa, and Brazil. Charles also made a brief trip to Botswana in an effort to “scout out” a potential mission site. As a couple they have led several “in country” trips as well.
In each situation they have worked with missionaries / ministers who were active in planting churches. They have been serving in bi-vocational ministry for most of the past 15 years and have been active with church-planting efforts for over 20 years.
Dennis Bradley Reynolds is a music professor at Oberlin Conservatory as well as a professional jazz musician. Dennis is a highly regarded and experienced performer and educator. He has held down the lead trumpet chair in many ensembles including the Count Basie Band under the direction of Frank Foster, Illinois Jacquet’s Band and Clark Terry’s Band. He has coached a variety of ensembles and taught private lessons at the school systems around Cleveland, Ohio. Currently he is on the jazz faculty at The Music Settlement and is a professor of Jazz studies at Oberlin conservatory where he directs the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble. In his “spare time” Dennis serves as the artistic director of Jazz Heritage Orchestra, which he founded in 1998 in partnership with Cleveland State University’s Black Studies Department. Dennis is widower who spends a great deal of his time playing music and helping young musicians hone their craft. He is looking at the possibilities of relocating to the Akron area. He is also playing an key role in developing a ministry housed at Compass that will work along side the congregation to provide music lessons and musical experiences for young people who might otherwise not have the opportunity. He also has a passion for bringing quality musical events to the Kenmore community using the Compass facility as the host venue.
Sarah Draime — Chidren’s ministry co-ordinator
As a young mother of 3 boys Sarah knows how hard it is to keep a growing family moving in positive directions while both parents work and juggle school, sports, clubs, and other activities around a hectic schedule. Her passion is providing a quality church experience that helps young people get a firm foundation as well as giving the parents freedom to experience faith events in a worry-free environment.
She has an ideal of creating great classes for each age group — but has a realistic “mom’s heart” that understands that sometimes you simply have to let the kids have fun and “roll with it”.
She has previous experience as a manager in the food service industry, including work as the head cook for a Christian camp. She also is an experienced customer service worker. Currently she works various temp jobs in order to be home with “the guys” as often as possible.
We should also mention NOAH — Northeastern Ohio Association of Helpers. This organization has been planting churches for almost 60 years. They primarily work in NE Ohio, but have been part of works in Africa, Brazil, and also North Dakota and South Carolina. They provide many services such as bookkeeping, Coaching, and coffee with the Lead Planter to “talk him off the ledge” when things are stressful. Their help behind the scenes is invaluable.