OUR STAFF


  • Marty Pennington - Lead Pastor

    mpennington@mainstreetlife.org

    419.838.7600 x134


    Amy and I were married in 1990 and have 4 children and one granddaughter. I joined the staff at Mainstreet in 1995 and became the Lead Pastor in 2005. I love spending time with my wife and supporting my kids in whatever they are doing…usually sports!! I love to play golf too, although I rarely have time for it. And my greatest ministry joy is seeing a life transformed and leading people where God is moving.   

  • Tom Caldwell - Serve Ministries Pastor

    tcaldwell@mainstreetlife.org

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    I’m blessed! I’m the Serve Pastor and have been on staff at Mainstreet since 1997.  My wife, Amanda and I live in Rossford and have 3 adult daughters that are active and serve at Mainstreet too. In my spare time you'll find me riding my Harley!

  • Jeff Burson - Executive Pastor

    jburson@mainstreetlife.org

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    I have enjoyed being a part of the Mainstreet staff family since 2011. My wife Cathy and I have been married since 1988 and we have 3 wonderful sons. I'm an avid reader, I love to watch, play and coach soccer, swim, run and be involved in anything our sons are doing!

  • Carolyn Schermbeck - Communications Director

    cschermbeck@mainstreetlife.org

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    I've been part of Mainstreet since 2000 and on staff since 2008. I love all kinds of music, playing and watching sports, photography and spending time with my family.

  • Brian Munafo - Student Ministry Pastor

    bmunafo@mainstreetlife.org

    419.838.7600 x121


    My wife, Courtney, and I were married in May of 2010 and have been passionately investing into the lives of students ever since. Proud parents of a little baby girl and we do have an orange tabby cat name Gunther! I'm a Kentucky boy born and raised so of course I am a UK wildcat basketball fan! I love hanging out with students and guiding them towards owning their faith in Christ!

  • Cathy Burson - Children's Ministry Director

    cburson@mainstreetlife.org

    419.838.7600 x120


    I'm married to Jeff and have 3 sons. I love kids, ice-cream, shopping, sunshine and spending time with family and friends! If I'm not at church you can find me on the soccer fields enjoying my boys as they play. I have been involved in children's ministries since 1996 and love where God has me right now.

  • Kirsten Zapata - Littles Director

    I have been grateful to call Mainstreet home since 2011. My husband Robert and I have been married for 10 years, and God has blessed us with 5 wonder-filled children - Ameliana, Abby, Wyatt, Elias, and AnnaBeth. In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking, baking, listening to music, and drinking coffee. My true passion is serving in Littles. Not only because the kids are inquisitive and engaging, but because of the team that I have come to think of as family.


  • Opal Sherman - Guest Services Director

    osherman@mainstreetlife.org

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    I love people and developing relationships. I am a registered nurse and worked in the nursing field for forty years serving as the Lake school nurse for twenty five years. I have three sons and daughters(in –laws), eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

  • Lynda Blandin - Ministry Assistant

    lblandin@mainstreetlife.org

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    Ken and I were married in 1970. We have four children and six grandchildren. I've been a part of Mainstreet all my life. In my spare time I enjoy reading Christian fiction, window shopping, a little bit of knitting & crochet and watching my grandkids grow!

  • Sharri Bandeen - Administrative Assistant

    sbandeen@mainstreetlife.org

    419.838.7600 x110


    I am honored to be part of the Mainstreet staff and community. I have been married since 1989, and have one son (Jake). As a volunteer, I serve in children’s and youth ministry. In my spare time, I coach Lake High School’s flag corps and majorettes and give private & team baton twirling lessons. I also enjoy reading and watching sporting events.

  • Karen Hughes - Treasurer

    khughes@mainstreetlife.org

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    I live in Rossford with my husband Brian and four boys, Blake, Conner, Grant and Garrett. I have attended Mainstreet my whole life.

  • Sarah Nietz - Graphic Designer

    snietz@mainstreetlife.org

    419.838.7600


    I love creating, designing and using my talents for the glory of the Lord. My husband, Scott, and I were married in 2011 and are now proud parents of the most precious little girl, Olivia. I love spending time with family and friends, baking, shopping and being a part of the Mainstreet family.

  • Denis Bruns - Custodian

    I have been attending Mainstreet since 2010. I have three grown children, and I really enjoy working with seniors and watching Nascar.

Our Elders

  • Marty Pennington

    Elder / Lead Pastor


    Marty has been on the pastoral staff of Mainstreet since 1995. He became our Lead Pastor in August of 2005. He has attended Mainstreet since 1972 and became a Christ-follower through this ministry in 1979. After re-committing his life to the Lord in early adulthood he has served in numerous capacities at Mainstreet including teacher, committee leader, administrative board member/chairman, discipleship leader, and has been involved in our music ministries for many years. Marty is married to Amy and they have four children and one granddaughter.

  • Dave Bensch

    Elder

    Dave has been attending Mainstreet Church for over 10 years, having been a member since 2012. Dave committed his life to Christ in 2003 and has been called to live and serve like Jesus ever since. At Mainstreet, Dave has been involved with Drama Team, Worship Team, Worship Planning Team, and Finance Team. Currently, he facilitates Financial Peace University and helps with Maneo. 

    Dave and his wife Mackenzie have been married 10 years and reside in Perrysburg. Dave and Mackenzie own Bloom Studio Salon, where Dave is the business manager. He is the Director of Operations at Fourth Dimension Financial Group. Dave enjoys many athletic endeavors, spending time with family, and community theatre. 

  • Mike Phillips

    Elder


    Mike Phillips became a Christ-follower in 1981. He began attending Mainstreet in 1978 and became a member of Mainstreet in 1981. Mike has been involved in many ministries at Mainstreet including familyFUSION, head usher, small group co-leader, drama team, and attempting a softball comeback! Mike is married to Cheryl and they have two children. 

  • Tom Phillips

    Elder

    Tom has been attending Mainstreet Church for over eight years and has been a member for five years. Tom came to Christ at the age of 16. At Mainstreet, Tom has since been active in children’s ministry and special events like Serving Saturdays. He currently serves as an usher in guest services. Before attending Mainstreet, Tom and Karis also served as worship team members, small group leaders, youth ministry, children’s ministry, MOPS ministry, and as an elder couple. Tom’s favorite scriptures include Mark 12:28-31 and Micah 6:8 (NIV). 


    Tom and his wife Karis have been married 27 years and reside in Oregon. They have four children. Tom is a Captain with Toledo Fire and Rescue, serving at Station 9, in Toledo’s Old South End. 

  • Dave Shields

    Elder


    Dave recommitted his life to Christ during the discipleship program at Mainstreet and became a member in 1996. Dave has been involved in many ministries of Mainstreet including Adult choir, co-taught the Junior High Sunday School for several years, Christmas musicals/dinner theatres, drama team, ushering, worship host, financial advisory team, worship planning team, and co-chaired the Life on the Line campaign. He has served as an Elder since 2007. Dave is married to Cindy and they have three children and two grandchildren.

  • John Wood

    Elder


    John has been a Christ-follower since 1979 and began attending Mainstreet in 1978. John, along with his wife Sandi, helped plant the Oak Harbor United Brethren church (1982-1995). He has been involved in various ways at Mainstreet: discipleship & adult education teacher, video ministry, short-term missions participant, building committees, finance committee, follow-up committee for the Life on the Line campaign, lay delegate, Building 1334. John has been on the Elder Board since its inception in 1998. John and Sandi have four children and eleven grandchildren.