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Donald Trisel

Business Manager

Greetings to the Purple Door Church Family! I am excited to be the Business Manager for this congregation.

My wife Kimberly and I are natives of rural Mercer County. We have three children: Katie, Ian, and Will. The kids stay active taking care of our three dogs and small flock of chickens.  

I am looking forward to meeting each of you, working with the staff, serving this congregation, and being an active member of the community.

JEnelle Gross

Director of Children's Ministries

Greetings!  My name is Jenelle Gross and I am the Children’s Director here at St. John’s. My family and I have been a part of the W.O.W Wednesday night program since 2010. Prior to becoming the Children’s Director in June of 2018, I volunteered for several years teaching the W.O.W program and VBS.

I live in Coldwater, Ohio with my husband Jeremy and our five children Rudi, TJ, Jenessa, and twin boys Marshel and Beckett. I have earned my associates degree in Early Childhood Education and Bachelors in Intervention Specialist. I taught preschool for 15 years. When I am not at work I love spending time with my family.

I have a passion for teaching and learning. I love to watch young children develop and grow in knowledge and faith. If you ever have a question just ask! My children have always loved the children’s programs here at the Purple Door Church, as I hope your children do as well.

Ingrid tebbe

Director of Youth and Young Adult ministries

Hello! I am the Director of Youth and Young Adults at St. John.  Before coming to the Purple Door Church, I attended Miami University, where I studied  English Language Arts Education for grades 7-12. As the youth director, I get to connect my background in  education to my call to youth ministry.  I am grateful for the opportunity to walk with young people in their faith journeys.
I live in Minster, OH with my husband,  Joel, and our cat, Bunker. I grew up in New Knoxville, which means I get to spend lots of time with my family, too. In my free time, I love riding my bike, reading, and spending time with friends. Ask me about my favorite podcasts, or send me your recommendations! 
I am thankful  to serve the youth at the Purple Door Church, and I am excited to follow this path God has chosen for me.

Denny Rolfes

Facilities Manager

I started as the property steward in 2015. I love my job and the members I come in contact with. My wife, oldest boy, Toby and his family  attend church here. Toby's son and daughter  love WOW taco night and my grandson Leo loves to fish with Pastor Jeff at his pond. My youngest son, Casey and his wife have 2 little girls.  I'm a very proud grandfather.

Mary Meyer


Hi, I'm Mary Meyer. I'm the custodian at St. John. I started here in 2018. I live in Celina with my husband Kevin. We have 2 kids and 4 grandsons.
I truly enjoy my job and all of the people I get to interact with.