OUR STAFF

  • Charlie Grimes - Lead Pastor

    Pastor Charlie joined Walnut Creek Mennonite on August 1, 2021. He previously served as Administrative and Worship pastor at Dayspring Christian Fellowship in Massillon, Ohio where he and his family attended for 18 years. Prior to his ordination to full-time ministry, Charlie worked for 22 years as a faculty member, head coach, and Athletic Director at Malone University in Canton. Known for his positive and enthusiastic personality, Pastor Charlie serves as WCMC's primary teacher and preacher, as well as leading the elder team to give direction and guidance to the many committees and volunteers involved with our ministry. Charlie is married to Wendy, and they have three adult daughters.  To learn more about Pastor Charlie, feel free to check out the Encouragers United Podcast, Tuesday Tea with Charlie G. episodes, or read more on his personal website.

  • Matt Yoder - Executive Pastor

    Matt joined the staff as church administrator in April of 2015. He is married to Pam and they have two  daughters. Matt enjoys working on projects and working behind the scenes so the church can operate functionally and smoothly. Matt oversees all the committees/ministries at Walnut Creek. He also backs up Pastor Charlie with pastoral duties. Matt enjoys racing, sports, running, reading and spending time with his family.

  • Owen Miller -  Youth Pastor

    Owen Miller-  Youth Pastor

    Walnut Creek welcomed Owen as Youth Pastor in April 2022.  He recently completed a two-year ministry internship with the NextGen ministries of Cornerstone Church in Akron, OH. A native of Bolivar, OH and a graduate of Tusky Valley High School, Owen now directs our vibrant youth ministry activities including Wednesday night fellowship and Sunday School. 

  • Wendy Grimes - Administrative Assistant

    Wendy comes to Walnut Creek with over 15 years of office and administrative experience in the corporate and educational fields.  She assists Pastor Matt with day to day operations of the church, helps with social media, as well as assisting Pastors Charlie and Owen with ministry preparation and all things office related. Wendy is always on the move, is willing to laugh at herself, and enjoys spending time outside.