Dr. Stephen and Lisa Sams
Lead Pastor: Stephen is responsible for the overall vision and direction of Axis, leads our staff and does most of the speaking at our worship gatherings. He loves good coffee, summertime, country music, sports radio, working out at CrossFit Mason and spending time with his family and friends.
Kid City Director: Lisa oversees the elementary grades, leads worship, and helps plan special kids' events throughout the year. She co-leads in the Women's Ministry. Lisa enjoys raising her family, doing photography, listening to Christian radio (big Toby Mac fan!), watching Fixer Upper, and most definitely loves the Hallmark channel (every single movie they have!)
Josh & Jessica Romano
Teaching Pastor: Josh enjoys helping people discover the potential of a life that is fully connected to Jesus. Whether leading students, investing in young adults, equipping men and women, or tackling new ventures he loves seeing God work in the lives of everyday people. When he isn't at Axis, you'll find him on an outdoor adventure with his family, training in the gym, or hanging out with friends.
Ministry Assistant: Jess provides ministry support. When she's not at church, she's wrangling her two boys, spending time at the gym, enjoying coffee dates with girlfriends, and (unsuccessfully) persuading her husband to start any and every project around the house.
Worship Arts Director: Sheri leads the Worship Planning Team, schedules worship personnel, arranges songs, rehearses vocalists, researches videos and dramas, and loves playing the keyboard at Axis! She also has 20 piano students and teaches Music Together classes (children birth - age 5 and their parents). She is mom to two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Carli and Gabbi. Her favorite vacations are road trips, and she has found the "end of the road" in the wilderness many times (in Alaska, Hawaii, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, Utah, Montana, Oregon, etc...)
Adam & Erin Grothjan
Early Childhood Director: Erin is one of the Kid City leaders on staff, teaches on Sundays in one of our 3 classrooms while also helping cast vision to her team. She is driven to lead kids in knowing God's infinite love for them and to know that they can live just like Jesus. Erin is a kid at heart and loves all things Disney, listens to Christmas music year round, and will always be down to grab coffee and a donut with you, her treat! Adam, is an amazing servant who loves his metal music, all things nerdy and Hobbit related and buffalo chicken-always buffalo chicken. Erin and Adam love living life at Axis and also have realized they have been talking in third person this whole time.
Rob & Amy Carpenter
Young Adult Pastor: Rob is pastor of the Young Adult Community and helps with guitar and vocals on the worship team as well as leading worship with the Axis Student Community. Building maintenance and appearance are also some ways Rob serves at Axis. Rob is a Miami university alumni and loves the Cincinnati area. He is a connoisseur of all things coffee, ice cream, bikes and outdoor equipment. His wife, Amy is a stay-at-home mom to their two children, Rory and Perry. They love to be outside enjoy hiking, Reds games and summertime.
Student Ministry Intern