Our Elders

July 2019 - June 2020 Elder Candidates

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. LifeSpring elders are first proven as ministry leaders and then assume the additional responsibility of overseeing and shepherding the congregation. The elders are nominated on the basis of biblical qualifications including spiritual maturity, character, and leadership, and they are affirmed by the church annually to serve one-year terms. The Senior Pastor serves as a non-voting member of the elder board.

The following names were presented for affirmation and approved by members of the congregation June 22-23, 2019:


Darren Bowman

Darren and his wife Lisa are 25+ year residents of Harrison and have been attending LifeSpring from the time the church began meeting at Harrison High School in 2008. They have two sons, Jesse and Luke. Jesse and his wife Jazmine recently blessed them with their first grandson, Jace. Darren served as a LifeSpring elder this past year and is currently the acting Treasurer of LifeSpring. Darren and Lisa also lead a weekly LifeGroup in their home. He enjoys reading and studying the Bible. Darren is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently the Director of Harrison Tax Advisors, a local financial services business. He is excited about what God has in store for the future of our church.
Contact Darren at: darrenb@go2hta.com


Ed Hampton

Ed and 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 co-leading Starting Point, co-leading a LifeGroup, occasionally giving messages and discipling a couple guys. He loves being outside, traveling and playing with Hattie. Ed is a scientist at P&G, currently working on the Swiffer brand. Ed hates to see division in the Body of Christ, is not a huge fan of dogs (but now owns one) and is so thankful for Jesus’ forgiveness and life change. 
Contact Ed at: hampton.e@pg.com


Ken McLean

Ken and his wife Jan have been members of LifeSpring (from its pre-multisite days) for over 48 years. They have two daughters; Bethany(Josh) and Alyssa(fiancé Clay), and three grandchildren. Ken has served as an elder at LifeSpring for over 19 years and currently co-leads the Starting Point class and a weekly LifeGroup. He also serves on the Prayer, Pastoral Visitation, Ministry of Construction, 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 and his wife Anne have been active members of LifeSpring since 2008. They have two children; Donny (Kelly) Smith and Jenny (Dan) Hauer along with six grandchildren, who all are part of the church family. Don served as an elder at the Harrison Church of Christ and for the last ten years at LifeSpring. He and his wife Anne lead a LifeGroup that meets in their home. When not working or serving, they 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


Jerry Varney

Jerry and his wife Sandy have been active members of LifeSpring since 2016. They have four children; Brittany, Jeff, Nick (Leah) and Matt (Sara) and 6 grandchildren. All are part of the church family, except Nick and Leah who live in Nashville. Jerry serves on the Worship team and leads First Impressions. Additionally, he and his wife are leading a LifeGroup in their home. They love to travel and spend time with their grandchildren. Jerry is Vice President and Director of Contract Administration for Cincinnati Financial Corporation. He is excited to be a part of a church and ministry that God is using to impact and change lives.
Contact Jerry at: Jerry_Varney@cinfin.com  


Luke 6:38 (NLT) Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.

LIFESPRING Community Christian Church

803 E. Broadway St. | Harrison, OH 45030
Corner of Harrison and Broadway