Our Elders

Elders for the July 2022-June 2023 Term

The elders are the spiritual leaders of the church. They serve under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the head, to lead the congregation to accomplish its mission. Elders are first proven as ministry leaders and then assume the additional responsibility of overseeing and shepherding the congregation.

The following names have been affirmed by the members of the congregation:

Ed Hampton

Ed is a current LifeSpring elder and along with his wife Bethany, have been members of LifeSpring since its launch in the Harrison High School cafeteria in 2008. They have two daughters, Kayla and Hattie. Ed became a Christian through Young Life, a non-denominational high school ministry, and has a passion for seeing people’s lives transformed by Jesus. He is active in discipleship in a variety of outlets including Starting Point, leading a LifeGroup, giving messages and discipling a couple guys. He loves being outside, traveling and playing with Hattie. Ed is a history major currently pretending to be a scientist at P&G, working on the Swiffer brand. One of Ed’s passion areas is to see the body of Christ changing lives and being changed every day of the week where we live, work & play. 
Contact Ed at: hampton.e@pg.com

Ken McLean

Ken is a current LifeSpring elder and along with his wife Jan, have been members of LifeSpring (from its pre-multisite days) for over 50 years. They have two daughters; Bethany (Josh) and Alyssa (fiancé Clay), and three grandchildren. Ken has served as an elder at LifeSpring for over 20 years and currently co-leads the Starting Point class and a weekly LifeGroup. He also serves on the Prayer, Pastoral Visitation, and First Impressions teams. Ken is a  Registered Nurse and works as a Senior Surgical Assistant for the TriHealth Heart Institute. Ken is passionate about God’s work and is very excited about what God has in store for the future of the church at LifeSpring Community and around the world. 
Contact Ken at: heavenlyhelpers@juno.com

Don Smith

Don Smith and his wife Anne have been active members of LifeSpring since 2008. They have two children; Donny (Kelly) and Jenny (Dan) Hauer along with seven grandchildren. Prior to serving 13 years as an elder here at LifeSpring, he held the same position at Harrison Church of Christ. Don also currently serves on the Finance Team. When not working or serving, he and Anne enjoy family time and RV’ing. Don is an engineer and construction company owner of Smith & Brown Contractors, Inc. Don and his family love being part of a church that is actively “joining God in restoring a broken world” and looks forward to what God has in store for all of us in the years to come. 
Contact Don at: dsmith@sbcon.net

John Taylor 

John Taylor and his wife Mary Kay have been members of LifeSpring (from its pre-multi site days) for over 40 years. They have three children: Kathryn (Elliott), Joshua (Kaela), Jacob (Juliana), as well as three grandchildren: Kaden, Kinsley, and Eloise. John is the Facility Manager of the Community Commons and Broadway Commons buildings and also serves on the Finance (Counting), Security, First Impression teams. He retired from the Hamilton County Sheriffs’ Office as a captain after 30 years of service and was also the Athletic Director and men’s baseball coach at Cincinnati Christian University. John is humbled to be nominated for an elder position and will devote his time to help discern a healthy, God-honoring direction for LifeSpring.
Contact John at: facilities@lscommunity.org

Chris Witzgall

Chris Witzgall has been married to his wife Denise for 35 years. They have two awesome children; son Sean, (Ally), and daughter Ashley. They also have a granddaughter, Rilyn, and another on the way. Chris prides himself in leading others with a servant heart and mindset. While working at G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc., he led a team of highly motivated and talented people that was relentless in always finding ways to improve processes and make the business more profitable. Chris’ other interests include being a Co-owner of D1 Training Fitness, a Health and Wellness Coach (IDLife distributor), Chairman of Board for Women of Alabaster Ministry, LifeSpring Christian Community Church leadership, and Pan Ohio Hope Ride team lead. He also enjoys fitness, golf, and serving wherever needed.
Contact Chris at: cwitzgall@gmail.com



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