Our Leadership

Fairfield Christian Church is led by the men who serve on the elder board. They are ultimately responsible before the Lord for leading and shepherding our church. With His help, they provide doctrine, direction, discipleship, and discipline. They also offer their lives as examples according to the qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Peter 5:1-5. They meet twice a month, and are available anytime for healing prayer according to James 5:13-18.  
  • Charlie Black

    Charlie and Liz Black have been members of FCC for over 25 years.  They have served in various ministries through the years. Charlie served on the Eldership for several terms over the years, including just a few years ago. Charlie has taught the “Advocates” Adult Bible Fellowship for many years and has served on the finance team.  Liz enjoys working with Foundation Dinners serving meals to the homeless. Charlie and Liz have three married children and enjoy their grandchildren. Their children are all faithful believers and serve in their local congregations.

  • Dave Phalen

    Dave and Loretta Phalen have been members of FCC for 30 years. Dave, in addition to his public role as the Fairfield County Sheriff, has served in many capacities here at Fairfield including Eldership, Security, Greeting, and has participated in several of our theatre productions. Loretta founded the mission we still support known as Grace Haven, serves in KidsQuest, and is active in a ministry to the women at the Fairfield County Jail. They are also members of one of our FCC Groups. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

  • Dale Curtis

    Dale has been a member of FCC since 1989. Through the years he has served as elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, small group leader, counselor and mentor. He is currently a co-teacher for the Helpers class and small group leader. He and his wife Marian have been married for 21 years and are currently involved in the marriage mentoring program and prayer ministry here at Fairfield. They have six adult children/step children and five grandchildren. His hobbies and interests include cycling, sports car racing, and playing guitar.

  • Shaun Eckels

    Shaun and his family have been members of FCC since 2010. Shaun serves on the worship team, the prayer team ministry and as a deacon at FCC. He is involved in the Maranatha ABF as well as a men’s Bible study. He and his wife Sarah have been married for 20 years and have four children who attend Fairfield Christian Academy. Shaun is a pilot for NetJets Aviation and enjoys time with his family, playing music, and flying small airplanes for fun even on his days off.

  • Mark Putinski

    Mark and Laura Putinski have been members of FCC for twenty years.  Mark is self-employed as a manufacturers’ sales representative. He plays guitar on the worship and team and leads a Thursday morning men’s Bible study. Laura is the Assistant Superintendent of Fairfield Christian Academy. They have been married for thirty-five years, have three children (all FCA graduates) and two grandchildren.  They enjoy traveling around the country to spend time with their kids and grandkids. Mark’s hobbies include playing guitar, hiking, bird watching and coffee roasting.

  • Nate Hawkins

    Nathan (Nate) and his wife Stacie have attended Fairfield for around four years. They have been married for 22 years and have two daughters, Olivia (12) and Lily (10). Nate has served as an Usher, Deacon and Safety Team member and is also on the Fairfield Christian Academy School Board. Stacie also works for Fairfield via the Connections Café. Nate has owned his own manufacturing company in Lancaster for the past 14 years.

Our Directional Team

Under the authority of the elders, the directional team is responsible for leading the ministries and day-to-day operations of the church. They have significant individual responsibilities, and yet take a team approach to all that goes on at FCC. They meet every week and are led by the lead pastor and the executive pastor.  

  • Dean Woodward, Lead Pastor

    Dean was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He and his wife, Lynn, have been married for over 30 years. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. Woodward’s Bachelor’s degree in Bible is from Columbia International University. He earned his Master of Theology in Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. Beyond ministry, Pastor Woodward’s interests include sports, music, movies and books. His favorite Christian authors include John Ortberg, Philip Yancey, and Tim Keller. His strengths are in preaching and leadership, and his positive and joyful demeanor makes him a friend to many. He is easy to spot in a crowd, since he is 6' 7".

    Questions about Fairfield? Schedule time with Dean with Teresa Sullivan.

  • Joel Reid, Worship Pastor

    Joel has been on staff since 2011. Growing up, music was a huge part of his life and that has continued in his life and ministry. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Christian University in Preaching and Biblical Studies. KCU is also where Joel met his wife Randi and they married in 2003. They have two beautiful daughters, Ashlyn and Eden. Prior to coming to Fairfield, Joel was the worship and youth minister at Gallipolis Christian Church. A few of his interests include fishing and the outdoors, Sci-fi movies, loose leaf tea, Indian food and sitting in front of his guitar amp playing sweet Classic Rock riffs.

    Contact Joel Reid at jreid@fairfieldcc.org to schedule a jam session or audition.

  • Scott Stem, Associate Pastor

    Scott started as the Youth Pastor at Fairfield in 2016 and is currently serving as an Associate Pastor and oversees the youth ministry. Scott is very creative and much of his position is geared towards helping Fairfield truly reach our mission of “Impacting all generations with the truth of Jesus Christ.” He has a special focus of reaching those in the age group of 20-40 as this is one of the lower church attendance demographics of the American Church. Scott is married to Andrea and has 3 children. When not teaching here at Fairfield, Scott loves to support his kids in their sports activities, and he can even be found playing basketball or golf occasionally.

    Contact Scott Stem to learn more about ministry at Fairfield.

  • Mark Barbee, Discipleship and Missions Pastor

    Mark has worn many hats at Fairfield over the thirty years he has been a pastor here. He has degrees from OSU and Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He loves to teach Bible studies, and to lead Baptism and New Member Classes. He has written several books. The most recent is titled Testimonies of Discipleship - Stories from the Local Church. He and his wife Lori are very involved in leading our prayer ministry. Mark plays guitar and enjoys leading prayer and praise gatherings. They have three children and five grandchildren. Mark enjoys writing, travel and golf. 

    Questions about the Bible or Missions? You can reach Mark at mbarbee@fairfieldcc.org

  • Randi Reid, Children's Ministries Director

    Randi is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University where she studied Biblical Studies and Youth & Family Ministry. She has spent the last 16 years ministering to children and families. She's been on staff at FCC since 2014. She and her husband, Joel, have two daughters. Randi is passionate about reaching children with the message of God’s love, equipping parents to be the spiritual leaders of their families and training the awesome KidsQuest Team to lead and serve children creatively and effectively. In her free time, Randi can usually be found running, hiking, reading or writing. Most often: running!

    Questions about getting your child involved with KidsQuest? Email Randi at rreid@fairfieldcc.org

  • Matt Wood, Youth Pastor

    Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry from Ohio Christian University. Matt's number one goal is to establish and maintain an exciting and active youth ministry program that teaches and encourages students in the church and community, what it means to pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ. Matt is engaged to Corinne Harris and is an active member of the community, volunteering for organizations such as Destination Downtown Lancaster. He also loves many amazing nerd things such as Star Wars! Contact Matt to learn more about the Wave Student Ministry. 

  • Teresa Sullivan, Groups Director

    Teresa has been on staff since 2000. In addition to managing the adult education at FCC, she also manages the church database and has a passion for healthy marriages, including her own, to Mike. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University. Prior to joining the staff at FCC, she worked for a law firm in downtown Columbus and was a software instructor at the Computer Workshop. She enjoys water-skiing, traveling with Mike, gardening, and riding her Honda Shadow motorcycle.

    Questions about small groups? You can reach Teresa at tsullivan@fairfieldcc.org

  • Mandy Miller, H.E.L.P Director

    Mandy has been at FCC since 1999 and has served on staff since January of 2011. In addition to directing the HELP department, she assists Pastor Joel with Worship Arts. Prior to working at FCC, Mandy was the community outreach contact for the Fairfield County Salvation Army.

    Mandy enjoys many things, her family, travel and riding with the top down and the sun on her face. She and David have 3 sons.

    Questions about assistance or Worship Arts? Contact Mandy at mmiller@fairfieldcc.org

  • Lenny Potochnik, Finance Director

    Lenny has been on staff since 2014. He has over 30 years of accounting and financial experience and has been a CPA since 1986. Lenny is married to Tammy and they have two children and one grand-daughter. Both of their children attended Fairfield Christian Academy and his daughter is now employed by FCA. Lenny, his wife, both children, and his grand-daughter live in the Logan area. He enjoys hunting, fishing and hiking on his property near the Hocking Hills.

    Questions about Finances? Contact Lenny at lpotochnik@fairfieldcc.org

  • Katie Uhl, Communications and First Impressions Director

    Katie was born and raised in Lancaster, Ohio. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Communication Studies at Ohio University and a Masters of Public Administration at Kent State University. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity at Liberty University Online. Katie enjoys being an active member of several ministries at Fairfield including Worship and KidsQuest. She also enjoys being part of the community and is a member of Rotary International. 

    Questions about Communications, First Impressions at FCC? Contact Katie at kuhl@fairfieldcc.org  

Our Beliefs

- We believe in God the Father, Creator of the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1)

- We believe in the Holy Trinity: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7, 8)

- We believe Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, born of a virgin, who died on the cross for sin and arose from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8) Regarding His deity, He is fully God.

(John 1 and Colossians 1:15-20)

- We believe the Holy Spirit comforts and counsels those who obey the Lord, (John 14, Acts 2:38, 4:31, 5:32) produces gifts and fruit in every believer (Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, Galatians 5) and that God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son indwells and empowers believers.

- We believe the Bible is the inspired, God–breathed Word of God: it is “a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:16-21, Psalm 119:105)

- We believe every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

- We believe salvation is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and not works. (Ephesians 2:8, 9, Romans 3:24, 6:14)

- We believe in forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life is available to those who trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (John 3:16) Jesus also said that we must be born again. (John 3:5, Acts 2:38)

- We believe baptism by immersion is for those who have placed their faith in Christ and are choosing to follow Him. (Acts 8:35-38; 16:1-15) Baptism was commanded by Jesus and identifies us with His death and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:1-4)

- We believe the Church is the body of Christ on earth and exists to save the lost and edify the saved. (Ephesians 1:22, 3:10)

- We believe that the covenant of marriage is between one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:31)

- We believe Jesus Christ will one day return to earth and reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16)

- We believe “In Essentials Unity, In Opinions Liberty and In All Things Love.”