• Abby Lewis

    Church Operations Director

  • Aziz Nahhas

    Staff

  • Diane Gress

    Staff Support

  • Grant Cory

    Staff

  • Haley Back

    Staff

  • Jeremy Borsos

    Staff

  • Jessie Jones

    Staff

  • Kathy Borsos

    Executive Director

  • Maggie Luk

    Staff Support

  • Mike Malone

    Church Life Director

  • Nate Timpe

    Staff

  • Othneil Oswald

    Staff

  • Vivake Baranwal

    Church Services Director

  • Whitney Timpe

    Staff

Abby Lewis

Church Operations Director

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

Aziz Nahhas

Staff

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”

Diane Gress

Staff Support

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 😬

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

Staff

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.

Haley Back

Staff

On Staff Since: 2023

Hometown: West Alexandria, Ohio

What did you study in college?
AgriScience Education

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I love plants! I typically can identify annual plants pretty easily. I will point them out and tell you what they are.

Why you went on staff:
I wasn’t a believer when I came to Ohio State, but God used the missionaries at H2O to change my heart and help me come to know Him. It completely transformed my life. I felt loved, seen, supported, and encouraged for the first time in my life because of a community I had never experienced. I was so grateful to get to be a part of the Kingdom of God. I know that God will use me in the same way that He used the missionaries in my life.

In my free time:
I go through phases of interest in books, tv shows, or movies. My favorite show is NCIS. My most recent book adventure was reading over 10 books by John Grisham. Also, I LOVE Taylor Swift.

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

Jessie Jones

Staff

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

Kathy Borsos

Executive Director

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.

Maggie Luk

Staff Support

On Staff Since: 2014

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

What did you study in college?
Psychology

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself:
I’ve been eating *mostly* plant-based for almost 10 years!

Why you went on staff:
College is a unique time in so many people’s lives to question, learn & grow. I love being a part of a mission that meets them where they are at and shares the good news of Jesus Christ

In my free time:
Spending time with my family and re-watching my favorite tv comedies.

Mike Malone

Church Life Director

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

Nate Timpe

Staff

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

Othneil Oswald

Staff

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.

Vivake Baranwal

Church Services Director

On Staff Since: 2012

Hometown: Columbus, OH

What did you study in college?: Biology

Something interesting/an odd fact about yourself: Besides English, I also speak Hindi & Spanish.

Why you went on staff: I went on staff because I love Jesus, I love people, and I’m excited to see college students live out the Kingdom of God.

In my free time: I like to spend my free time connecting with my wife and kids, watching Bluey, talking to my extended family on the phone, playing sports, watching football/basketball, and cooking.

Whitney Timpe

Staff

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!

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