OUR STAFF


  • Marty Pennington - Lead Pastor

    mpennington@mainstreetlife.org

    419.838.7600 x134


    Amy and I were married in 1990 and have four adult children, two children-in-laws and one adorable granddaughter. I joined the staff at Mainstreet in 1995 and became the Lead Pastor in 2005. I love spending time with my wife and we’re trying to get used to not having kids’ activities and games to keep us on the go! I also love to play golf, although I rarely make time for it. After over two decades in ministry, my greatest joy is still seeing an individual life transformed by Christ and leading people where God is moving.

  • Tom Caldwell - Serve Ministries Pastor

    tcaldwell@mainstreetlife.org

    419.838.7600 x131


    I’m blessed!  I’ve been on staff as a Pastor at Mainstreet since 1997 and currently serve in the Grouplife and Serve Ministries. My wife, Amanda and I live in Rossford and have 3 adult daughters, and 3 fantastic sons-in-law that are all active and serve at Mainstreet too. I’m also blessed to be called “BopBop” by my grandchildren.  In my spare time you'll find me riding my Harley!

  • Jeff Burson - Executive Pastor

    jburson@mainstreetlife.org

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    I have been a part of the Mainstreet staff family since 2011. My wife Cathy and I have been married since 1988 and we have 3 awesome sons and 1 wonderful daughter-in-law. We care deeply for family! I'm an avid reader, I love to watch soccer, bicycle, travel, and watch commercial-free tv.

  • 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.

  • Cathy Burson - Children's Ministry Director

    cburson@mainstreetlife.org

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    I am married to Jeff and have 3 grown sons and a daughter-in-law - I love parenting in this phase and am so proud of them all! I love kids, ice-cream, shopping, sunshine and spending time with family and friends. I have been involved in children's ministries since 1996 and still have a great passion to see kids and their families draw closer to Jesus. I have an amazing team that I work with and am blessed to do "ministry" and call it my job!

  • 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.

  • Sharri Bandeen - Ministry 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, have one son (Jake), and a dog (Annabella). 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.

  • 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!

  • Karen Hughes - Treasurer

    khughes@mainstreetlife.org

    419.838.7600 x112


    I have been serving on the Mainstreet staff since 2007. I was married in 1990 to Brian and we have four grown sons. I enjoy skiing, scrapbooking, going to craft shows, movies, traveling and most of all being able to spend time with my boys when they are in town, or when we are able to travel to see them. 

  • 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 two little ones. 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 two granddaughters.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Dustin Cress

    Elder


    Dustin has been attending Mainstreet Church since 2014, becoming a member in 2018. He became a Christ follower in 1999 as a junior in high school. At Mainstreet, Dustin has been active as a vocalist on the Worship Team and serves on the Worship Arts Leadership Team. Dustin’s favorite verse from scripture is Proverbs 11:25.


    Dustin and his wife Stacey have been married since 2012 and reside in Perrysburg. They welcomed their first child, a son, in October 2019. Dustin is the district manager for a multifamily housing company and holds an Ohio real estate license. In his spare time, he enjoys watching college football and basketball, and spending as much time
    as possible with family and friends.



  • Keith Heidebrink

    Elder


    Keith has been attending Mainstreet Church for 16 years, having been a member for nearly 15 years. Keith accepted Christ as his personal savior at the age of 7. At Mainstreet, Keith has been involved with the Worship Team, Men’s Ministry as a group leader, and has participated in Serving Saturdays. Currently, he serves as an usher on the Guest Services Team. Before attending Mainstreet, Keith was an ordained minister and served as a full-time youth pastor for 15 years.


    Keith and his wife Marsha have been married 38 years and reside in Perrysburg. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Keith is self-employed as a home improvement business owner. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and spending time with his family.