OnePlusGod Ministries has been a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization since 2013. We operate in partnership with our board that is made up of 5 respected leaders. The staff do not have voting power, so any decision approved is only voted on between these five people. Here is a little more information about the board of OnePlusGod:
David Whitaker - CEO
David Whitaker graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
After working for a large corporation for nine years, David and his wife Kathy started Bethel Engineering and Equipment where he currently serves as president. Bethel designs and manufactures finishing systems for the industrial market.
Through the years David has been involved in many areas of Christian service ranging from Youth Leader to Sunday School Teacher to several different Church Board positions.
David received his first taste of international short-term missions outreach in 1988 while visiting the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Kenya, since that time he has had a heart for missions and the people God has called into full time service. So much so, that in 1990 when he and Kathy were on their honeymoon in Jamaica they took a day to visit two missionary families and hand deliver 50 bibles they had tucked away in their luggage.
David has served on short-term trips multiple times in Haiti as well as Mexico and Asia and the U.S.. His business travels have also taken him to many international locations and he always tries to spend some time learning about the culture and at the very least praying for the people around him.
David serves OnePlusGod Ministries on the Board as well as helping to plan travel for outreaches.
While attending college he accepted Christ as his savior and became involved with Sigma Theta Epsilon, a men’s Christian Fraternity as well as participating in prison ministry through the Gideons.
Jeff Cox is a servant of Jesus Christ, a member of the Apex Church Overseers Board (Marion, Ohio), and currently working as an Engineering Manager at Production Products (Midway Products Group). He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Tool and Die, and Project Management from various institutions. Jeff has over 27 years of manufacturing experience including leading large projects for the appliance and automotive industries, supervision, and managing engineering functions.
Jeff and his wife Krista have been married for over 23 years. They have one daughter Kaylee, a graduate of Wilmington College and enrolled at Grace College studying Counseling. Jeff lives in Marion County in the Village of Prospect. Jeff was raised in Marion, Ohio attending Calvary Bible Baptist Church for over 25 years. He was saved at the age of 11. His passion for the Gospel started in attending church youth activities including bible camps and youth rallies. Jeff served in various areas in the church including helping with the youth, technical assistant in the media groups, and community groups and activity volunteer/leader. Jeff’s interest in missions was sparked after a business trip to Tokyo, Japan. After spending many days discussing Jesus with the Japanese, he knew the Gospel message was not getting taught to all the world as commanded in the “Great Commission”. His first mission trip with OnePlusGod Ministries was to Haiti in 2013. It was an eye opening experience and included Jeff getting baptized in the Caribbean Sea.
John Paul Faust
Paul Faust is a servant of Jesus Christ, attends The Shepherd's Fellowship in Marion, Ohio and currently works as an Account Engineer for Nalco Water & Process Services. Paul attended Marion Technical College with a major in business management and has over 19 year’s business management experience in the manufacturing industry. In many different capacities he has worked inside of several fortune 500 companies.
Paul grew up in the town of Prospect, Ohio and Graduated in 1996 from Elgin High School. Paul attended the United Methodist Church growing up, and was raised in a Christian home with his parents John & Pam Faust as well has a brother (Scott) and a Sister (Abbie). Paul was married in 2004 and was blessed with two beautiful children Hannah and Hunter.
While attending Emanuel Lutheran church in Marion, Paul felt a calling to prison outreach ministry and started volunteering at Marion Correctional Institute through Horizon Prison Initiative. It was during this time that his passion for sharing the Gospel started to grow. By being an "outside brother" to the inmates, Paul was used in a mighty way through his personal struggles. By sharing his testimony of a broken marriage and worldly everyday battles, Paul touched the hearts of the incarcerated men who were hungry for the word of God. Paul realized during this period in his life that Christ was able to use him right in the middle of his brokenness to bless other brother or sister in Christ.
Paul started attending The Shepard’s Fellowship church in Marion, and in 2014 it was announced that OPG was hosting a mission’s trip to Haiti. It was during the trip to Haiti that Paul confirmed he had a mission's heart and was drawn to the lost. What a humbling experience to be an active part in the body of Christ and having the opportunity to share this testimony. Since the mission trip Paul as immersed himself into the ministry, and passionately shares his transformation to global awareness. Paul looks forward to serving the Lord as a board member as well as spreading Christ’s love in Thailand and Haiti in 2015.
Jonathon (Jon) D. Horn - President
Jon Horn is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a part-time staff pastor and currently the Chief Human Resource Officer at Clark, Schaefer Hackett. He was formerly Director of Human Resources for Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio and Director of Manufacturing for Airstream, Inc. in Jackson Center, Ohio. Previously he worked as Director of Management Consulting and Training Services at Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Company in Dayton. Before joining Clark, Schaefer, Hackett, Jon was Vice President of Human Resources and Organization Effectiveness also at Airstream, and head of his own private management consulting practice. Jon graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1986 where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree, and earned an MBA from the University of Nebraska with a focus in international business and organizational behavior.
Formerly head of the business & industry training unit at Rhodes State, he has proven leadership and consulting experience in teambuilding, strategic planning, business operations, workforce and organizational development, human resources, facilitating change/change management, conflict resolution and quality process improvement. Jon has been an independent consultant, managing director at a European subsidiary of a U.S.-based equipment manufacturer in Belgium, and a decorated military officer. He has held certification as a challenge course (high ropes, low ropes, ground initiatives) facilitator, and was named to Dayton Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” list of outstanding business leaders in 2004. He is a leader at New Hampshire Community Church in New Hampshire, Ohio, Vice-President of the Wayne-Goshen Area Community Foundation Inc., and is a past board member and county campaign director of the United Way of Auglaize County. Jon also served on the Service Academy Review Board for the 4th U.S. Congressional District. He is a U.S.A. Track & Field Level I certified coach. Jon has participated in and led several mission outreaches to Haiti. Jon lives outside Waynesfield, Ohio with his wife Kitt. They have twin girls (Morgan and Ivy) and a son, Gray, a graduate of the University of Florida.
My story began when I became a Christian at Lakeside church camp when I was in high school. I soon met and married my hubby, whom shared my love for kids. We started foster care before we had our own children and did this for 28yrs. In the meantime we had 6 beautiful kids of our own.
I always felt the Lord pulling me to do more, so we became a host family for Healing the Children about 15 yrs ago. This was an organization, Children's Medical Missions. We have been spreading Jesus love of his children for 13 yrs. It has been a wonderful opportunity to be a witness and light. The families of these children cannot believe a stranger would do this for their child.
All host parents are Christians and take the children to church each Sunday. They all go home with a Bible in their language. A lot of the families are Muslim, and we have had several fathers give there hearts to the Lord.One 6ft Muslim man, fell down on his knees at the airport as his daughter was returned to him in good health. He said,"I want to serve the God that you serve, that you would do this for my daughter!"
What a blessing!
Robin was baptized as an infant at the Marion First Church of the Nazarene. Growing up in a Christian home, Robin always knew the importance of God. At the age of thirteen, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. Over the years her faith continued, but she didn’t attend church on a regular basis. It wasn’t until her adult son TJ, who had become active in a church in Delaware, decided to be baptized as an adult. After going to his baptism, Robin decided to join her son and attended church at the Delaware City Vineyard. Upon her move to Mansfield in 2013, the Lord put upon her heart to seek out a start-up church and she now attends Love Action Church in Crestline, OH where she is very active. She is the leader of the Women of LA (women’s group), a member of the Front-Line ministries as a greeter, and she ushers and reconciles the weekly offering. Not long after she started attending Love Action Church the Lord put upon her heart to go on a mission trip, which she fulfilled in August of this year. She traveled to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti with a team from OnePlusGod Ministries. She is also planning to go to S. Africa in 2018 on another mission trip with OPG.
Currently residing in Mansfield, OH, Robin was born and raised in Marion, OH. She is the mother of three grown children, Timothy Knotts, Jason (Madalyn) Knotts, and Melissa (Joseph) Williams and she is a grandmother to Zaden and Russell Williams and Emmalyn and Brayden Knotts. She is very active in her community where she serves on two non-profit boards, volunteers at Kingwood Center and for the Friends of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, is a member of the Buckeye Garden Club, and heads up the Secret Santa program at ArcelorMittal.