CITY CHURCH OTR
Chris is the Lead Pastor and primary teacher at City Church OTR.
Chris received a degree in Finance & Operations from Indiana University while attempting a minor in intramural sports. After two years in corporate finance, he married his college sweetheart, Katherine. They did what all rational newlyweds do: move to Las Vegas.
There, Chris pastored a dynamic church in the heart of Sin City while completing his master’s
in Theological Studies. In Vegas, he also discovered the beautiful tension Jesus held between Word and Spirit. It’s a pastoral commitment Chris adopted as his own, and one that describes the culture of City Church OTR today.
Chris loves Tex-Mex more than you, is an avid reader of the Wall Street Journal, and is always down to compete in something athletic.
Rob is the Associate Pastor at City Church OTR.
Rob came to know Jesus at age 27, and his life was radically changed! Both he and his wife were far from the Lord, but one Sunday, they walked into church as unbelievers and left on fire for Jesus. Rob has a background in sales, but early in His walk with Jesus he felt the call to vocational ministry.
He has served at various churches as a Children's Pastor and as a Student Pastor. He completed his bachelor's degree in Biblical Counseling. God called Rob and his family to Cincinnati in 2019.
The Groves have been married for 23 years and have four adult sons. Rob loves hunting, fishing and is a recovering sneaker head!
We love what we get to do together.
City Church OTR is led by a group of fun, courageous leaders who expect God to move.
We work hard. And give each other freedom to make mistakes.
We're far from perfect. (Who is, anyway?) But we're sincere in our love for God, for our church, and for one another.
We love our team. And we trust you will too.
Kristen is the Connections Director at City Church OTR.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Kristen moved back to Cincinnati to join the corporate world. In her 20s, God moved her towards vocational ministry. She spent over nine years in a multi-site church working to create a discipling culture by helping people get in life-changing, Jesus-loving community. Kristen is passionate about creating space for people to grow in their relationship with Jesus, helping them reach new levels of potential, freedom, and impact. Her love of fostering community and serving people helps City Church continue to feel like family as we grow.
A self-proclaimed southerner at heart, hospitality runs in her blood. She loves hosting, a good book recommendation, a tough workout, spending time with her friends and her pup, Tillie. Kristen loves getting to know people over coffee or good food.
Michelle is the Director of Operations at City Church OTR.
A born and raised Floridian, Michelle found herself transplanted to the Midwest in 2015 and fell in love with the culture, people, and four seasons of Cincinnati. With a background in small business operations, learning and development, and organizational change management, Michelle brings her experience together to lead City Church OTR in stewarding well the resources God has entrusted to us.
Michelle loves Chick-fil-A, FC Cincinnati soccer, Hallmark Christmas movies, assembling IKEA furniture, and spending lots of time with friends. She's always up for grabbing a cup of coffee or going for a walk around the city!
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Brandon is the Kids City Director and Pastoral Resident at City Church OTR.
Brandon loves the “Big C” Church. Since he gave his life to Jesus in the 7th grade, his biggest passion is that fellow believers would have a healthy, intimate relationship with the Lord. His role at City Church is providing him the space to grow in leadership while supporting our Kids City & House Group ministries.
Professionally, Brandon has worked in a genetics lab, an ice cream shop, IT Human Resources, and as a financial supervisor. It seems that a psych degree from Northern Kentucky really can get you anywhere you want to go.
He’s usually at a coffee shop playing board games, but if not, then you’ll find him exploring somewhere he’s never been or celebrating one of his friends.
KIDS CITY DIRECTOR
Mandy gives direction to House Groups at City Church OTR. She, and her husband Ben, have five amazing kids.
Since graduating college, Mandy spent several years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Las Vegas. After attending church with the Marlins in Vegas, Mandy and Ben felt called join them in Cincinnati. She loves to help start new ministries and fell in love with the idea of two front doors for a church model.
Besides hanging out with her family and golden retriever, she enjoys getting coffee with friends. Mandy loves being outdoors, for any reason, enjoys her garden and is grateful to experience four seasons again.
HOUSE GROUPS DIRECTOR
Ivo is the Worship Director at City Church OTR.
Ivo started playing the guitar at the age of eight, and he hasn’t stopped since. He gives vision and direction to our Sunday Worship Services and leads our worship team. Ivo and his wife, Amelia, have three incredible children.
He was born and raised in Brazil, where he was part of a family who loved the local church. He has a diverse church background having worshipped as part of various church traditions and served in many different capacities including sound, production, worship, kids, and youth ministries.
Ivo enjoys spending time with his family and close friends, reading, playing music and eating great food!