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David Harkleroad

Senior Pastor

David is originally from Cedarville, Ohio. He and his wife, Christal, have been married for seven years and have two sons, Uriah (4) and Asa (2). David and Christal are in their early 30's. David served for five years as Associate Pastor at First Baptist of Gallipolis (2011-2016) and was directly responsible for the youth and children's ministries. David also provided direct, regular support to the Senior Pastor for preaching, visitation, weddings, funerals, and counseling. David has a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as degrees in Organizational Leadership and Civil Engineering with practical experience in the construction industry.

Rich Peterson

Rich and Donna Peterson came to Faith Community in January of 2015 to serve as Interim Pastor. Rich was most recently Senior Pastor of Grace Chapel in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and served in that capacity for 24 years. Desiring to retire from regular full time ministry and to be close enough to their grandchildren to have regular influence in their lives, Rich and Donna moved to New Albany and found both a place to serve and a church to call "home". Rich treasures the truth of the scriptures and demonstrates that passion each time he preaches or teaches. Rich and Donna's daughter, Randi, is married to Eric and they have four children, Jude, Ezra, Auggie, and Emerie who worship at Faith as well. They also have a son, Ryan, in ministry in California, who is married to Christie and have four children, Mercy, Comfort, Patience, and Justice.

Robert Heinz

Worship Leader, Elder

Robert is our Worship Leader here at Faith, leading our Praise Team on Sunday mornings. Robert has been married to Karla, his high school sweetheart, for 32 years. They have two married sons (Ryan married Abigail - son, Jack; Ross married Taylor - dog, Ella) and a daughter at home, Rachel. Robert also serves as an Elder and teaches an adult Sunday School class. Through the week, Robert runs a design-build firm with his brother and also serves as a business coach and monthly facilitator for a business owner's discipleship group. Robert's passion is to serve Jesus with his whole heart and to demonstrate that God wants your whole life. Robert wants our members to truly believe that we worship God and glorify Jesus in everything we say and do - every day.

Joel Vien

Youth Director

Joel and his wife, Heather, started attending Faith in 2011. Prior to becoming the Youth Director in 2015, he began serving on the worship team. Joel is originally from Marietta, GA. He attended Asbury College and the University of Louisville where he earned a Masters degree in Physical Education and Health. Joel is currently teaching PE at a local elementary school. He believes that a personal relationship with God coupled with an understanding of who you are as a Christian is key in this day and age.

Katie Walliser

Children's Director

Katie began serving at Faith Community in January of 2016. A native of Tampa, FL and a graudate of the University of South Florida, Katie is currently a student at Southern Seminary in Louisville working towards her Masters in Christian Education. Katie leads all children's activities for ages 3 years to 5th grade. Before coming to FCC, Katie served as a children's director in Florida for 3 years and worked 4 summers with CentriKid Camps. She has a desire to see kids not only know about God, but have a personal, life transforming relationship with Him.

Heather Vien

Preschool Coordinator

Heather and her husband, Joel, started attending Faith in 2011. Heather loves to see children learn and grow, which is why she helps coordinate the nursery. She attended Asbury College where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She also earned a Masters degree from Indiana University Southeast. She has been teaching at a local elementary school for 11 years. Heather enjoys spending time with her fun and active toddler, Avery.

Jamie Hurt


Jamie and his wife, Dee Dee, came to Faith in 2004. He served as a Deacon for four years before becoming an Elder in 2012. Since December 2014, he has served as Chairman of the Elder Board. Jamie and Dee Dee have been married for 34 years and have three children, Allyson, Taylor, and Keaton. Allyson and her husband, Chris, have given them two beautiful grandchildren, Scarlett and Malachi. After graduating from Indiana University, he began his career in Optometry. He has been practicing at Taustine Eye Center in Louisville since 1985. Jamie has traveled annually to Haiti as a short-term missionary since 2005. He loves ministering to the Hatian people by participating in clinics that not only provide medical eye care and glasses, but also a place where they can hear the gospel.

Bill Wiseheart


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