Our Team

  • Abby Lewis

    Deacon

  • Alexa Van Dyck

    Campus Missionary

  • Aziz Nahhas

    Pastor

  • Brad Pochatek

    Staff

  • Caleb Burlile

    Campus Missionary

  • Daniel Kriz

    Campus Missionary

  • Dave Orweller

    Pastor

  • Diane Gress

    Campus Missionary

  • Grant Cory

    Campus Missionary

  • Hannah Richardson

    Campus Missionary

  • Jeremy Borsos

    Staff

  • Jessie Jones

    Campus Missionary

  • Jon Shah

    Pastor

  • Kathy Borsos

    Deacon

  • Kyle Metz

    Campus Missionary

  • Kyle Riesenberg

    Pastor

  • Kyle Winters

    Pastor

  • Lisa Scott

    Deacon

  • Meghan Winters

    Deacon

  • Mike Malone

    Pastor

  • Molly Goodwin

    Campus Missionary

  • Morgan McQueen

    Campus Missionary

  • Natalie Malone

    Staff

  • Nate Timpe

    Campus Missionary

  • Othneil Oswald

    Campus Missionary

  • Rachel Metz

    Campus Missionary

  • Randi Stechschulte

    Staff

  • Robbie Freeman

    Campus Missionary

  • Vivake Baranwal

    Pastor

  • Whitney Timpe

    Campus Missionary

Abby Lewis

Deacon

On Staff Since: 2013

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

What did you study in college?
Psychology

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I was born on my dad’s birthday!

Why you went on staff:
Jesus rescued me from my destructive pride and sin at Ohio State, and it is an honor to be a part of the Lord pursuing buckeyes with the freedom of the Gospel

In my free time:
I love to spend time outside, play games/sports, and eat way too much ice cream with friends & family

Primary Role

Executive Team
Operations

Alexa Van Dyck

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2015

Hometown: Coshocton, OH

What did you study in college?
Speech and Hearing Science

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I don’t like to use spoons!

Why you went on staff:
God saved and redeemed my life while I was a student at Ohio State and I desired to see other broken, searching college students experience incredible life transformation and freedom through Jesus.

Favorite Book(s)/TV Show(s):
The Office

Primary Role

Worship Director

Aziz Nahhas

Pastor

On Staff Since: 1991

Hometown: Beavercreek, OH

What did you study in college?
Electrical Engineering

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I lived through the Three-Mile Island nuclear power plant meltdown crisis in 1979

Why you went on staff:
I went on staff to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to international students at The Ohio State University, and through them, to the people of their nations.

Favorite Book(s)/TV Show(s):
“The Lord of the Rings”, “The Hobbit”, and “The Silmarillion” / “Babylon 5” and “Firefly”

Primary Role

Spiritual Formation
Finance

Brad Pochatek

Staff

On Staff Since: 2016

Hometown: North Olmsted, OH

What did you study in college?
Finance Assistant

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
Can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 90 seconds (no joke).

Why you went on staff:
I wanted to impact the lives of college students, specifically the guys, for Christ: sharing the gospel and being an example of what it means to be a man after God’s heart in the college setting & after for as many guys as I could.

In my free time:
I tell an excessive amount of dad jokes to my wife, try and keep my golf game at a single-digit handicap and play Nigel Hendroff & John Mayer licks on my guitar.

Primary Role

Finance

Caleb Burlile

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2020

Hometown: Hilliard, OH

What did you study in college?
Athletic Training

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I love cooking and am starting to learn how to make different types of bread.

Why you went on staff:
College ministry had a big impact on my walk with God and I want to impact college students and future leaders for the gospel.

Favorite Book(s)/TV Show(s):
Books: The Lord of the Rings, The Time Machine, Simply Christian, and God’s Pursuit of Man

Primary Role

Ministry Team Development

Daniel Kriz

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2018

Hometown: Little Rock, AR

What did you study in college?
International Security and Intelligence with a minor in History

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
As a child, I used to be obsessed with eating cold peas out of the can and I was Active duty Army before coming to Ohio State.

Why you went on staff:
I saw the need on campus for positive, God fearing male role-models through men at H2O the Lord brought in to my life and felt called to be a part of that in Gospel legacy.

Favorite Book(s)/TV Show(s):
LOTR series, Eisenhorn Trilogy, Walden, 1984, anything by C.S. Lewis, the Gulag Archipelago

Primary Role

Team Leader

Dave Orweller

Pastor

Right now Dave is on Sabbatical! Please contact jon.shah@h2osu.org if you need help or have questions about H2O City!

On Staff Since: 2007

Hometown: Allegan, MI

What did you study in college?
Secondary Education (Math/Physics)

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I married a mental health counselor, so free counseling for life! I’m an introvert (but Jesus loves us too). And I’m an Enneagram 6, so don’t mess with me.

Why you went on staff:
I went on staff because Jesus changed my life through a local church and gave me a passion to serve however I can. (I’m still learning about that)

In my free time:
I love reading, playing music, being active and going on adventures with my family.

Primary Role

City Director

Diane Gress

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2016

Hometown: Shreve, OH

What did you study in college?
Agricultural Communication

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I didn’t learn how to take pills until I was 25 (which is how old I current am 😬)

Why you went on staff:
I wanted to be a part of God transforming the hearts and lives of men and women during their critical college years!

In my free time:
I like to cook things in my instant pot 🙂

Primary Role

Team Leader

Grant Cory

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2019

Hometown: Frankfort, OH

What did you study in college?
Agricultural Systems Management, minor in Agribusiness

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I grew up on my family’s small farm, which has been in our family for over 220 years.

People remember me well as “the soil guy.” I’m a huge nerd for soil – ask me about it, and I’ll keep you busy for a few hours. My passion for it culminated through soil judging for 4 years in high school and 3 years in college at OSU. I’m a soil romantic – I think most people are unaware of just how beautiful, diverse, complex, and important it is. My staff nickname, “Granite Quarry,” reflects this passion well.

Why you went on staff:
I grew up going to church every week with my family. I probably placed my faith in Christ at some point, but I mistook faith as a performance – a checklist of dos and don’ts – and I tried hard to live the perfect life as a “star” Christian, or at least make it look like I had it all together. It wasn’t until coming to college and discovering H2O that I began to learn that faith is about having a relationship with Jesus and openly receiving God’s abundant love and grace instead of trying to earn it or pay him back for it (spoiler alert: it can’t be done!). God, in his mercy, opened my eyes to my brokenness and the idol of performance that was enslaving me, and I turned back to Christ for forgiveness. Through my H2O family, I’ve continued to experience the awesome love and grace of Christ and to be transformed by it.

Through a mission trip to Haiti, God broke my heart for the nations that don’t know Jesus, and I became excited at the idea of reaching the lost with the gospel. During many years of prayer and seeking God, he continued nurturing this vision for full-time missionary work. I graduated from OSU and felt called to return and be a part of God’s work reaching out to college students at OSU with the gospel. I’m especially excited to see international students at OSU (about 7,000) hear the gospel and come into a saving relationship with their Lord and Savior, then be equipped as healthy disciples and sent back out into the world to invite the nations (over 7 billion) to know Jesus.

In my free time:
I love spending quality time with friends and getting into deeper conversations about life and faith, as well as learning and playing new board games, exploring coffee shops, and going on walks and runs in nature.

Primary Role

Ministry Team Development

Hannah Richardson

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2020

Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH

What did you study in college?
Accounting

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I love composting and am super passionate about sustainability!

Why you went on staff:
I got saved in college and saw the Lord use H2O to bring me to Him and surround me with role models of what it looks like to follow Him, and I was excited about being a part of that for future students!

In my free time:
Thrifting, reading, running, making kombucha, drinking coffee, exploring Columbus

Primary Role

Team Leader

Jeremy Borsos

Staff

On Staff Since: 2009

Hometown: Canton, MI

What did you study in college?
Business and Psychology

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I am also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Why you went on staff:
Because Jesus is the way, truth, and life – and people need to know that.

Favorite Book(s)/TV Show(s):
The Bible

Primary Role

Spiritual Formation

Jessie Jones

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2015

Hometown: Orient, OH

What did you study in college?
Human Development and Family Science

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I despise the taste of chocolate haha

Why you went on staff:
I went on staff because I love Jesus, love people, and believe God opened the door for me to be used for his Kingdom in this specific context. It is an honor and joy to serve the Lord here at Ohio State, share the message of hope we have in Jesus to others who are searching for something bigger than themselves, and see God do his crazy life-transforming work to raise up the next generation of disciples.

Favorite Book(s)/TV Show(s):
Stranger Things, Lost, and Gilmore Girls

Primary Role

Team Leader

Jon Shah

Pastor

On Staff Since: 1995

Hometown: Ann Arbor MI

What did you study in college?
Industrial and Operations Engineering

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I have metal parts

Why you went on staff:
I came to Christ as a student at the University of Michigan & was passionate about sharing this Good News with others. My dream was to be a part of taking the Gospel to the campus, and seeing that work ring out to impact the world.

In my free time:
Playing sports and hanging out with my wife (Heather) and four teenagers.

Primary Role

Interim City Director

Kathy Borsos

Deacon

On Staff Since: 2009

Hometown: Canton, MI

What did you study in college?
Industrial and Operations Engineering

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I’m a first generation American on my Dad’s side, second generation on my Mom’s.

Why you went on staff:
I went on staff as a response to God’s leading and personal desire to be fully engaged in loving, serving, and walking alongside college students in their faith journey.

In my free time:
I love to learn how to make things. Whether it’s a new recipe or skill such as sowing or painting. My abilities are a mile wide but only an inch deep. I tend to get board with doing the same thing for too long.

Primary Role

Executive Team

Kyle Metz

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2012

Hometown: Toledo, OH

What did you study in college?
Operations Management

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I am likely to quote Lion King in almost any situation

Why you went on staff:
I am convinced that everyone needs the hope and peace that only comes from being connected to Christ and to the Church. I found my church family at H2O during my freshman year at Ohio State, and I wanted to make sure future Ohio State students had the same opportunity to experience Christ and a loving church community.

In my free time:
Board games, D&D, music with friends, and sports (basketball, soccer, football, ultimate frisbee)

Primary Role

Ministry Team Development

Kyle Riesenberg

Pastor

On Staff Since: 2012

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

What did you study in college?
Political Science

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
Nicolas Cage took my seat on a roller coaster.

Why you went on staff:
Halfway through my junior year at OSU is when I put my faith in Jesus to direct my life and to save me from my sin. I have lived the “college life” apart from Jesus and know all the temptations that offer hope, identity and satisfaction. I went on staff to help engage the campus of OSU with the hope of Jesus that is not fleeting and does not disappoint.

In my free time I like to:
I like to play board games and play/ watch sports. I like to play board games and play/ watch sports.

Primary Role

Spiritual Formation Director

Kyle Winters

Pastor

On Staff Since: 2005

Hometown: Port Angeles, WA

What did you study in college?
Math & Pickleball

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I have sumo wrestled a real sumo wrestler in Japan. I lost.

Why you went on staff:
To invest my life & career in the mission of reaching college students

In my free time:
I like to play sports and hang with the family

Primary Role

Creative Arts Director

Lisa Scott

Deacon

On Staff Since: 2012

Hometown: Columbus, OH

What did you study in college?
Early Childhood Special Education

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I’ve been to 34 of the 50 states, and hope to get to all 50 by the time I’m 50 🙂 My favorite parts of the country so far are New England and Pacific Coast!

Why you went on staff:
I went on staff because I saw what an impact a church community on campus had in my life in college, and I had a strong desire to see other men and women be given the opportunity to dive deeper with the Lord in college. I believe campus ministry is a ripe mission field, and saw an opportunity to be part of the Lord’s Kingdom work here. I love helping people understand God and His story through His Word, and seeing people learn how to live by the power of the Holy Spirit and allow that to direct their lives.

In my free time:
I go to all the awesome Columbus coffee shops (mostly Fox in the Snow in German Village!). I hang out with my sister and nephew. I hang out with my friends exploring new places or watching movies. I like finding cute decor or making crafts to decorate my house.

Primary Role

Team Leader
Care Ministry

Meghan Winters

Deacon

On Staff Since: 2003

Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL

What did you study in college?
Philosophy & Physics

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I love west coast rap from the 90’s.

Why you went on staff:
I longed to see the Lord intercept students’ lives the same way He had mine. And I was excited to be part of collegiate church planting!

Favorite Book(s)/TV Show(s):
Anything by C.S. Lewis

Primary Role

Residency Director

Mike Malone

Pastor

On Staff Since: 2000

Hometown: Mason, MI

What did you study in college?
Sociology and Psychology (U of M), Masters in Ministry (Moody)

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I played Ultimate Frisbee for the University of Michigan

Why you went on staff:
I looked at the world and noticed that people don’t treat each other well because of our heart attitudes. So I went on staff to see God change the world one heart at a time.

In my free time:
Run, Play Games with the Kids, Sports, and House Projects

Primary Role

Missions & Community Engagement

Molly Goodwin

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2019

Hometown: Westlake, OH

What did you study in college?
Operations Management and Communication

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I have the very useful talent of blinking at the speed of light.

Why you went on staff:
On July 11, 2016 I surrendered my life to the Lord on the porch of Graeter’s Ice Cream! That day, God gave me a growing desire to live out the Great Commission and share the Good News with college students. I believe in the mission we have to make disciples of all nations- starting with the students at OSU who come from all over the world to study at Ohio State, have the possibility of becoming followers of Jesus, and then are sent out into the world to be missionaries wherever they go. It is an honor to do this work!

Favorite Book(s)/TV Show(s):
Harry Potter 100%!!

Primary Role

Team Leader

Morgan McQueen

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2020

Hometown: Oxford, Ohio

What did you study in college?
Chinese, History

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I was born deaf, but the Lord did a mighty and miraculous work and healed me (and I love sharing about it with people)!

Why you went on staff:
The Gospel saved my life and gave me an unfailing hope, and I believe every single student on Ohio State’s campus needs to know that hope. I’ve seen God intersect the paths of college students and change the trajectory of their entire lives again and again. I am passionate about seeing the unseen and overlooked, and love reaching out to international students.

In my free time:
I enjoy browsing dog shelter pages, dreaming of the day I can adopt my own dog, reading fiction books, and watching movies with my friends.

Primary Role

Team Leader

Natalie Malone

Staff

On Staff Since: 2018

Hometown: Rochester, MI

What did you study in college?
Elementary Education

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I love to travel and especially love the beach and Disney!

Why you went on staff:
I love kids and have a passion for them learning about the love of Jesus!

In my free time:
What free time?! I have 4 kids!

Primary Role

H2O Kids Director

Nate Timpe

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2019

Hometown: Swanton, OH

What did you study in college?
Exercise Science

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I wore Chacos at my wedding.

Why you went on staff:
Throughout my four years at Ohio State, God consistently showed me how much of a heart He had given me for college students. So when I felt God’s call into campus ministry, it was hard for me to imagine doing anything else!

In my free time:
Read, bake, exercise, learn harmonica

Primary Role

Ministry Team Development

Othneil Oswald

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2018

Hometown: St. Louis, MI

What did you study in college?
Strategic Communication and Business

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I lived in Southeastern Honduras for a year.

Why you went on staff:
I want to see the Kingdom of God transform campuses and communities.

Favorite Book(s)/TV Show(s):
The fiction of Ted Chiang, the theology of N.T. Wright, the films of Christopher Nolan, and the show The Leftovers.

Primary Role

Team Leader

Rachel Metz

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2015

Hometown: Columbus, OH

What did you study in college?
Social Work

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I say hi out loud and wave to random dogs I see outside.

Why you went on staff:
To help students know and love Jesus Christ and develop a lifestyle of following Him through serving people and sharing the good news of Jesus with others.

In my free time:
Create macrame art & spend time in nature

Primary Role

Ministry Team Development

Randi Stechschulte

Staff

On Staff Since: 2012

Hometown: Malta, OH

What did you study in college?
Nursing

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I really like dill pickles.

Why you went on staff:
Well, I went to OSU for undergrad in 2008 just as H2O was planting on campus, I got involved with the church, and have been here ever since. While in undergrad Jesus taught me a ton about discipleship, the body of Christ, community, and sharing the gospel. I was young in my faith so I just soaked it all in like a sponge! I had SO much to learn (still do)! It was such an impactful four years that I decided that I wanted to be a part of this movement of sharing the good news about Jesus college campuses and so I went on staff to do just that!

In my free time:

  • Hangout with my super awesome husband, Jonathan, and our silly dog, Cooper
    See my wonderful friends
  • Go on walks
  • Workout
  • Clean
  • Read
  • Watch funny videos online
  • Read funny things online
  • Share the funny things I find online

Primary Role

Missions

Robbie Freeman

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2017

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

What did you study in college?
Marketing

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I work full-time for Nabisco! I’ve already tried the new **REDACTED** Oreos and they haven’t even come out yet!

Why you went on staff:
Because I’ve been given an incredible opportunity to be a part of bringing hope and light to this world. College can be an insanely difficult place. I experienced that difficultly myself, now I want to be able to bring hope to guys who are in that same boat; hope that this life isn’t all there is, hope that we can be forgiven for our mistakes and live in freedom, and hope that we are defined by something so much greater than anything we could earn.

Favorite Book(s)/TV Show(s):
I will talk about LOST with anyone at any time. I also like The Office, The Good Place, Fringe, Arrested Development, and many more.

Primary Role

Team Leader

Vivake Baranwal

Pastor

On Staff Since: 2012

Hometown: Columbus, OH

What did you study in college?
Biology

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I’m Indian, but I can’t sit “Indian style” where you cross your legs (due to my lack of flexibility). Also…I really like to floss.

Why you went on staff:
The best moment of my life was when I began a relationship with the Lord. After that moment, He gave me a passion for sharing the Gospel and making disciples. Later, I was persuaded that reaching college students is the most strategic mission field in the world, and I wanted to be a part of that mission full-time!

In my free time:

  • Quality time with my wife Erica
  • Singing to/with my daughter Ariana
  • Dreaming about the Cleveland Browns being good at football
  • Playing all the sports/games (football, basketball, board, card, etc)
  • Reading
  • Grocery shopping
  • Flossing

Primary Role

Campus Director

Whitney Timpe

Campus Missionary

On Staff Since: 2019

Hometown: Springfield, OH

What did you study in college?
Spanish

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I ate Taco Bell approximately 180 days in a row in high school.

Why you went on staff:
I am passionate about a lot of things, but once I realized God had made me most passionate about seeing college students come to know Him and be built into leaders for the Kingdom, I couldn’t resist! After praying about it for a few months, I knew it would be a privilege that God would let me be a part of his work at OSU with H2O.

In my free time I like to:
Bake, hike, read, hang with pals in coffee shops & watch TV with my husband!

Primary Role

Ministry Team Development
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