Compassion Staff

Lead Pastor: Al Perry
Pastor Al is married to the love of his life Michelle. Together they have four children (quadruplets): Ellie, Savannah, Will and Madison (who went to be with the Lord in 1998). His greatest joy in life is teaching people about Jesus in an understandable and helpful way. Al loves to make connections with people and see them take their next step toward Jesus. When he is not hanging out with his family, you’ll find him rooting for the UNC Tar Heels during basketball season, cheering for the OSU Buckeyes during football season, and suffering through the NFL season as a Washington Redskins fan. A native North Carolinian, Al has been preaching since 1990 and received his ministry degrees from Mid-Atlantic Christian University and Johnson University.
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Creative Director: 
Kelsie Ralston
Kelsie is an artist, dreamer, believer, and celebrator of life through Christ. She loves her husband Michael, fur baby Dexter, and 91 house plants dearly. Kelsie has a BFA in Fine Art from OSU and when she’s not drawing or taking pictures, you’ll find her attempting to play the piano, reading or watching a mystery, or enjoying a good cup of coffee downtown. Through inspiration, creativity, and vision she is thrilled to lead a Ministry that focuses on stepping into and experiencing the presence of God. You may also find her volunteering in our Youth Ministry, co-leading our Youth Adult Lifegroup, or singing on the worship team.
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Worship Director:
Jesse Brown
Jesse is married to his high school sweetheart Zoe, and has 2 beautiful children that he spends most of his time playing with. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Florida as a young child. After High School he attended a year long Bible school (Great Commission Bible Institute) where he read and studied the Bible beginning to end. Jesse grew up in a loving and God fearing home, with many adopted siblings. He and his wife have a heart for foster care and adoption. When Jesse was only a junior in high school he was given a heart for the church, and a call to be a worship pastor. Since then, he has been pursuing that call from the Lord, and has learned a lot about true worship. By the grace of God, Jesse’s heart for worship is pure and genuine. His goal as Worship Director is to lead others into a life of true and pure worship.

“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in His holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, and has not sworn deceitfully.”
Psalms 24:3-4
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administrative assistant:
Pam Hurley
Pam has enjoyed serving in ministry her entire adult life. She and her husband, Kent, have three grown children, a son-in-law and two grandchildren. Pam enjoys time with her family, reading, music, painting, cooking, baking, spending time with friends and time with her three fur babies. She has served in music, children’s and women’s ministry and is currently co-leading a women’s life group. She desires to serve and help others to come to know Jesus and his saving power in their lives.
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Compassion Center Greeter:
Dexter McGee
Say hello to Dexter, Kelsie’s fur baby! He hangs out at The Compassion Center throughout the week greeting guests, shredding old newsletters, and boosting spirits! He enjoys fetching anything that rolls, running in circles as fast as he can, and trying new foods. Dexter has never met a stranger & would love for you to swing by and say hello, and maybe scratch his belly.

The Leadership Team

Here at Compassion, we believe God never intended for one person to carry all the responsibility or pressure for a local church or ministry. Team leadership is encouraged all throughout scripture (1 Peter 4:8-10, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Corinthians 12:17-20, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Romans 12:4-8, Acts 6:1-7, Proverbs 11:14). 
Our current Leadership Team Members are Al Perry, Bob & Jody Simenz, Jon & Molly Waters, Cindy Snavely, and Jim Amber.