At the Kettering Adventist Church, we believe that the church is not just a building we visit, but a group of people who daily choose to follow Jesus together–to BeChurch to each other and to the world around them.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church is a community of believers devoted to Christ and to creating wholehearted disciples who share the good news about Jesus, our Savior – ever preparing to live with Christ for eternity while living Christ-centered values in our daily lives. Learn More...

Every Saturday at 10am, we host two worship experiences: Ascent (contemporary) and Sanctuary (contemporary/traditional blend). We also stream both services live. Click below to see the speaker schedule, access the livestream, and more!

Bible Study

We believe worship is a daily, moment-to-moment practice, not merely a 1-hour service. Your personal relationship with Jesus occurs with your own discovery of His Word. If you would like more information and/or guidance from a pastor on how to grow that relationship through Biblical discovery, we'd love to help!

Small Groups

(Also called Sabbath Schools) are smaller communities of the Kettering Adventist Church where people from all backgrounds can find a place to be known and become more like Jesus in the study and discussion of His word.

Our Team
Andrea Jakobsons
Lead Pastor |
Favorite Scripture
Joshua 1:9
+ About Andrea
Ministry: Andrea loves teaching God’s Word, getting to know people, and seeing them give their lives to Jesus – growing in their walk with Him. "Every day is a bit different in the life of a pastor and I find that the challenges and joys of ministry enrich my life"

History/Family: Andrea Jakobsons was born in the Czech Republic and moved to the US when she was 15 years old, knowing only two words in English: Yes and No. Her family moved to Michigan to Andrews University, which is also where she met her husband Michael. After many years of running away from God’s call to ministry, she enrolled in the seminary and has since served as a Bible teacher at Andrews Academy, a youth pastor at Spencerville, MD and now a lead pastor at Kettering, OH. 

Hobbies: Besides doing ministry, she loves art, Pure Barre, hiking, biking, and snowboarding in the winter. She loves snow so much that Michael proposed to her outside, in the snow, in January.
Jason Calvert
Young Adult Pastor |
Favorite Scripture John 3:17
+ About Jason
Ministry: Jason absolutely loves his work as associate pastor for (youth and) young adult ministries. He passionately invests in relationships and is intentional to create authentic spaces for individuals to meet and walk life with Jesus. Jason devotes much of his ministry exploring contextually Biblical spirituality and applying these principles through the lenses of contemporary culture and community.

Family: Jason was born and raised in “Sweet Home… CHICAGO” and Jason married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Andrea in 2004. God’s abundantly blessed them with three beautiful children: Noah (born in 2011), Benjamin (born in 2013), Adaline (born in 2015). 

Hobbies: Spending quality time with family and friends camping, cycling, traveling, rock climbing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, wake surfing, wheel’n in jeeps, and cheering for the CUBS, BEARS, BULLS, and BLACKHAWKS. 
Kyle Smith
Youth Pastor |
Favorite Scripture
Jeremiah 29:13
+ About Kyle
Ministry: Kyle's personal mission is to show people who the Father truly is, so that they can live in the peace and freedom of who they truly are in Him.

History/Family: Kyle is from a small town outside of the Chicago area called Spring Valley, Illinois and grew up in St. Louis, Mo. He comes from a large, Italian family and because of that, loves being with lots of people!

Before coming to Kettering Adventist Church, he had served as a youth pastor, young adult pastor, highschool chaplain, and Bible teacher throughout the Midwest. Kyle is passionate about spending time with his wife Annie building community, traveling, and doing home renovation projects together.

Hobbies: Photography, watching old movies and spending time with friends.
Alden Valenzuela
Youth Intern |
Favorite Scripture
Psalm 16:8

+ About Alden
Ministry: Alden has always had a passion for ministry and loves serving the local church. As a worship leader, he has primarily devoted himself to creating authentic spaces for people to worship and experience Jesus. In a postmodern world, Alden hopes to bring the gospel to a new generation of seekers.

History/Family: Alden is a first generation Mexican/American born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born into a pastors family, and is a younger brother to his older sister. Alden served in many different churches as a worship leader/pastor before he accepted God’s call into full-time ministry. He is currently in school at Andrews University where he continues to seek God’s plan.

Hobbies: Apart from his passion for music, Alden is a part time barista and enjoys playing soccer and watching new movies and TV shows. He loves hanging out with friends, going on camping/hiking trips, and exploring new cities.
Clay Koh
Children's & Family Pastor |
Favorite Scripture
John 10:10
+ About Clay
Ministry:  Clay loves working with kids–helping them fall in love with Jesus, teaching them how to start and keep their friendship with Jesus strong, and empowering them to serve others. He loves creativity and saturating children and family ministries with it!  

History/Family: Clay was born in Malaysia and moved to California at age 3. Being a half Indian and half Chinese Asian American Spanish-speaker, he loves the beauty of diversity and celebrating the unique differences that each member brings to the body of Christ. Clay has a beautiful and amazingly creative wife named Lindsay and two effervescent little ones named Caden & Eden with a third one on the way.  

Hobbies: Clay enjoys any creative pursuit including event planning, thematic design of spaces, watercolor painting, chalkboard calligraphy, etc.  He's an avid ukulele player, fusion cook/baker, and loves kayaking on the Great Miami River near his home in Miamisburg and swimming at one of the local YMCAs.  A perfect morning for Clay would include a hand-crafted tea latte, journaling, and swinging in a hammock!
Linda Farley-Meyer
Visitation Pastor |
Favorite Scripture
Isaiah 41:10
+ About Linda
Ministry: Linda loves people. She cherishes engagement with our congregation at the sacred intersections of life, illness, death, vulnerability, crisis, loss, the celebrations of special moments of new discoveries in walking with God, or exploring meaning and purpose in life story experiences. Linda’s days are filled with phone calls, home visits, Zoom prayer meetings, Sabbath School classes, involvement in the inter-church Golden Buckeyes, educational opportunities, visitation team organization and support, networking with the leaders of the various ministries and community, as needs arise.  

History/Family: Linda and her husband, Jerry blended their families after losing their beloved previous spouses. That blend gave them three sons, their spouses, and eight grandchildren. Jerry encourages and strengthens Linda's ministry: “We share in love for God, family, and ministry.”

Hobbies: Traveling, visiting family stretched out from coast to coast, nature, piano, learning about floral design, walking, and swimming. (She is also currently enjoying learning social media skills. “My first hashtag, if I can get beyond Facebook, might say, ‘Finally, a hashtag!’”)
Jeremy Winston
Director of Worship & the Arts |
Favorite Scripture Matthew 6:26
+ About Jeremy
Ministry: The role of Director of Worship and the Arts is a unique opportunity to usher community into the Presence of God. It's that enabling power of God's direction inside those moments of connection which Jeremy finds most joy in during each gathering. "Each day my work is to survey the gifts in this community and determine how they can best be used to worship God."

Family: Jeremy is from Philadelphia, PA and is married to Angelique Winston. He is also father to three girls: Jordyn, Joelle and Jada.

Hobbies: Apart from his first love of music, Jeremy also enjoys playing basketball and squash, reading, listening to music, and playing chess.
Timothy Oliver
Worship & Media Pastor |
Favorite Scripture Jeremiah 29:13
+ About Timothy
Ministry: Timothy is in charge of music for our Ascent Worship program and video production for our whole Church. In both worship and in media, it's Timothy’s passion to eliminate any distractions that get in the way of people connecting with Jesus. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Timothy has focused on producing all of our weekend services. His role as Worship Pastor also has included the development of our contemporary worship culture in the realms of music. “I’d love to make space to chat together. Call or text! I’d love to hear from you.”

History/Family: Timothy grew up in Napa Valley, California and is the youngest sibling of four.

Hobbies: Since Timothy was a kid the two things that have remained consistent hobbies in his life have been making music and movies. He counts himself for being given the opportunity to be ministering in this capacity now
Sam Pomales
Director of Marketing & Design |
Favorite Scripture James 4:14-15
+ About Sam
Ministry: Sam is responsible for the creative visual presence of Kettering Church as well as internal/external marketing and language. This involves content creation of many forms for social media, weekly services, video projects, printed materials, and you guessed it, this website! He also helps guide the various departments in their marketing strategies and brand presence. "We have entered, and in fact, have been in for some time, an era of unprecedented reach with the digital age. To ignore this opportunity is to ignore perhaps the biggest and best opportunity we will ever have to seek and save the lost. For me, Marketing and Design, in terms of Church, exists to create the clearest path to Jesus and His community."

Family/History: Sam was born and raised in Dayton, OH and is the youngest of three, born to Jennifer Pomales.

Hobbies: Sam's greatest passion has always been the performing arts...and coffee. In his free time, he enjoys writing, recording music, acting, buying plants, and finding new creative ways to make coffee.
Rachel Lammi
Church Organist |
Favorite Scripture Psalm 46:10
+ About Rachel
Ministry: Rachel Spry Lammi, MM, CAGO, serves as organist and collaborative accompanist for the Adult and Children’s Choirs. An advocate for passing on the art of organ playing, she is chair of the Dayton Organ Academy.  This academy is a service of the Dayton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists to give qualifying students scholarships to study organ.

A native of Tipp City, Ohio, Rachel has been leading congregational song and uplifting spirits through music professionally since age 15 when she became organist at her home church. Rachel holds a Masters of Sacred Music from Duquesne University. She lives in Vandalia with her husband, Pastor Kurt Lammi, their daughter Rose, and cat Wanda.

Beyond organ and teaching, Rachel enjoys singing, playing clarinet and the occasional percussion instrument for Praise Orchestra, composing, reading, painting, swimming, and gardening.