MINISTRY TEAM

Geoff Schultz
Senior Pastor
 
David Hoovler
Elyria Campus Pastor
 
Rich Bennett
Pastor of Care & Fellowship
Jason Cork
Pastor of Worship Arts
 
Adam Falkenstein
Pastor of Adult Discipleship
Adrianne Nolan
Pastor of Youth Discipleship
Robby Crichlow
Elyria Campus Worship Leader
 
 
 
Stephanie Crichlow
Director of Children’s Discipleship
 
 
 

SUPPORT STAFF 

Ginger Hoovler
Morning Secretary
Mary Lynne
Afternoon Secretary
Debbie Freed
Events Coordinator
Tony Seritti
TJ Klima
Custodian

ABOUT OUR MINISTRY STAFF 

 

Geoff Schultz
Senior Pastor
Pastor Geoff Schultz has been the senior pastor at Friends Church since 1995. His passion is to make Jesus Christ attractive to others. He often reminds the church that “this church was not built for those who are in it, but for those who aren’t in it yet!”
 
Pastor Geoff grew up in Richwood, Ohio. He attended Asbury College and received his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2012, he received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary.
 
Under his leadership, NOEFC has seen steady growth. What excites him most, though, is what God has in store for the church in the future. Geoff and his wife, Mary, have four children: Caleb, Joshua, Micah and Faith. In his spare time, Geoff loves playing video games with his kids, working in his yard and watching Ohio State football games. Although an avid Buckeye fan, he still welcomes any fans from up north to come and worship.
 

 

David Hoovler
Elyria Campus Pastor
Pastor David is passionate about exploring and teaching God’s Word and helping others to grow in their relationship with God. With responsibilities for our new campus at Elyria Friends and adult discipleship opportunities at both locations, he seeks to equip the church to love people to life in Jesus Christ. 
 
David and his family have been attending North Olmsted Friends Church since 2013. He followed God’s call into full-time church ministry in 2018, after many years of preparation and nudging by the Holy Spirit. Before joining the staff at Friends Church, David spent a total of 14 years working in higher education public relations and communications. In addition, from 2005 to 2008 David and his wife, Ginger, taught and shared hope with their students in Weinan, Shaanxi Province, China.
 
A native of Butler, Pa., David earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Asbury College and a master’s in Intercultural Studies and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Wheaton College. He and Ginger (who serves as NOEFC’s morning secretary and bookkeeper) have two children, Wilson and Joelle.
 

 

Rich Bennett
Pastor of Care & Fellowship
Pastor Rich has been involved in pastoral ministry for more than 25 years, serving churches in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Ohio. Growing up in Massachusetts, he completed his undergraduate work at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and went to Andover Newton Theological School, outside of Boston, for his graduate theological studies.
 
Having grown up in the church, Rich accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord at the age of 12. The Lord planted a call to pastoral ministry in his life at the age of 16. Rich’s personal mission is to be increasingly transformed into the likeness of Christ for the sake of others by pursuing: a dynamic spiritual life, a lifestyle of healthy choices, the blessing of life-giving relationships and a ministry of helping others find freedom and the fullness of life in Christ.
 
Pastor Rich has been married for over 28 years to Elizabeth. They have six children – Sharon, Isaac, Bobby, Courtney, Kyle and Anna – and six grandchildren. Rich and Elizabeth celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip of a lifetime to Iceland. In his free time, Rich enjoys playing golf and games with his family.
 

 

Jason Cork
Pastor of Worship Arts
Pastor Jason grew up in Orange, Conn., and has a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.
 
He has served at various churches in Florida, Connecticut, Michigan and Ohio since 2008. In between and alongside ministry opportunities, he has been a high school music teacher, realtor and Walt Disney World cast member, and he has worked in a few Chick fil-A restaurants.
 
He has been married to his wife, Melissa, since 2004, and they have two kids: Sadie and Matthew. They live in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
 
Jason is passionate about helping people discover their calling and giving them the tools they need to live it out. He also believes that through worship hearts can be restored, relationships can be renewed and true unity of purpose can be manifested in the church. “God doesnʼt need our worship,” he said, “but WE need to worship Him.”
 

 

Adam Falkenstein
Pastor of Adult Discipleship
Pastor Adam was raised in North Olmsted, graduating from North Olmsted High School in 2007. Growing up in a Christian household meant that the presence of God was a constant in his life, but ministry was not necessarily something on his radar. In his last two years of college, he began to truly understand what Christ’s Lordship in his life meant, and he completely embraced being fully surrendered to God’s will. Adam heard God’s call in 2012, and began serving in full-time ministry in 2013.
 
Adam and his wife, Sarah, were married in May 2015, and they both share a passion to lead people to Christ and to raise up the next generation of leaders in the Church. They welcomed their daughter, Gwen, in 2022 and are expecting a little boy in August.
 
Adam’s tenure at NOEFC began in 2016 in a pastoral role over the Children’s Ministry. After sensing and discerning a new call, he began serving as the Pastor of Adult Discipleship in 2024. He also serves as one of the chaplains for the North Olmsted Police, Fire, and Service Departments alongside Pastor Rich.

 

Adrianne Nolan
Pastor of Youth Discipleship
pastoradrianne@noefc.org
Pastor Adrianne grew up in Berea, Ohio, and has been serving at North Olmsted Friends Church since 2017. She attended Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where she studied Youth Ministry and Bible & Theology. From the age of 16, Adrianne knew that working with teens in the church was where God was calling her.
 
Outside of ministry, she is a music enthusiast. Though she admits musical talents are not where her gifts lie, she does enjoy playing the guitar, violin and ukulele. Additionally, she loves to read theology books and ride roller coasters, though likely not at the same time.
 
If you see Adrianne around, feel free to stop and introduce yourself; she would love to meet you!