Mike Dominick, Lead Pastor
Pastor Mike joined the staff at Dayton Church as Lead Pastor on July 1, 2009. "My passion is to help people connect to the living God through His Son, Jesus. Walking with Jesus has been the joy and strength of my life, and my greatest thrill is being part of another person's coming to Him. I always hope to 'put the cookies on the lower shelf' where everyday people can reach them, so my communication style is warm and direct, with stories and humor."
Mike is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church (1978), and a graduate of Muncie Southside High School (1970), Taylor University (BA Philosophy of Religion, 1974) and United Theological Seminary (1977). He and his wife, Shirley, have been a presenting couple with United Methodist Marriage Encounter, have led church camps for children and youth (including serving as Directors of Sr. High Bible Conference for 25 years), and have been active in Walk to Emmaus.
Mike and Shirley were high school sweethearts, and married in 1971. Shirley is the Assistant to the District Superintendent of the Northwest District of the United Methodist Church. They have two children, Peter (married to Mindy) and Rachel.
Eric Schneider, Outreach, Discipleship, and Assimilation Pastor
“My one desire is for people to come to a deeper understanding of the love and grace of Jesus. Whether it is through music, teaching, or one on one time, I love it when people can get a glimpse of how much Jesus loves them,” says Pastor Eric. He strives to accomplish this desire through his many areas of leadership at Dayton.
Pastor Eric's role at the church includes overseeing adult education and small groups, helping new attendees to get plugged in and helping the congregation to reach out to the community with the love of Christ. He has been a part of the pastoral team at DUMC since September 18, 2008. “No church is perfect, but Dayton has been the most amazing place I have had the honor of serving.”
Pastor Eric is an Indiana native, growing up in Charlestown. He graduated as valedictorian from there in 1995. He went on to graduate Magna Cum Lade from Asbury College in 1999 with a B.A. in Bible and a minor in Biblical Languages. He married his college sweetheart, Heather, who is from Versailles, Kentucky. They have been blessed with one daughter, Rylee. Before they were married, Eric served as the youth pastor at Community Presbyterian Church in Charlestown (1996) and the pastor of Pleasant Grove UMC, also in Charlestown (1998-2002). Together they have served in children’s ministry at Southland Christian Church in Nicholasville, KY (2002-2003) and they served Victory Methodist Church in Manor, Georgia (2003-2008) until moving to Dayton. Heather also serves at Dayton UMC in the preschool.
On a personal note, Pastor Eric loves to just sit and play piano and guitar. He loves to learn new music and to write songs. He also enjoys Star Wars and University of Kentucky basketball.
Deke Jones, Administrative Pastor
Deke Jones is our Administrative Pastor, coming to us with a diverse background that uniquely qualifies him for the position.
The son of a Methodist minister, he grew up in several small Indiana towns and graduated from Ball State University in 1970. From there, he entered the armed forces and served for the next 24 years as an Air Force pilot. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree and spent several years managing Air Force procurement contracts for new aircraft systems.
In 1972, Deke and his wife, Cindy, both had powerful encounters with the risen Christ during the “Jesus Movement” that swept the nation at that time. Of that experience Deke says,
My wife, Cindy, and I had both been searching for life answers about God. Did He really exist; did He care about us; did our lives count in some special way?
Cindy was the first to find out. She had visited a small group Bible study with her parents and while there she had discovered Jesus and He had come into her life in a powerful way, filling her with the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit!
The next week I also went to the Bible study. The leader told the story of Jesus, the good shepherd (John 10) who cares for us as a shepherd cares for his sheep. When the group shifted to a time of prayer, I witnessed a transformation come over Cindy as the presence of the Lord Jesus filled her up to overflowing with tears of joy and with a countenance that reflected complete peace. In that instant, I knew in my innermost being that this was real and that the Lord was present in this place. I made a decision that night, to accept Jesus and to trust Him for my salvation. I’ve never been disappointed since! What a joy to know Him and to have the deep down peace that the soul longs for!
In the late 1980’s, Deke realized that the Lord was calling him into the ministry. Following his Air Force retirement in 1994, Deke attended Asbury Theological Seminary, earning his Master of Divinity degree in 1998. Deke served for several years as an industrial chaplain with a mid-sized railroad services company where he also flew the company Learjet. He later served on the staff of Ichthus Ministries (in Wilmore, KY) as Chief Financial Officer.
In 2003, Deke came to Dayton United Methodist where he has served as our Administrative Pastor to the present time. He is primarily responsible for the financial and business aspects of the church but also performs a wide range of ministerial duties that include ministerial counseling, teaching, and preaching.
Deke and Cindy have three married children and reside near Lafayette, Indiana.
Earl Owen, Visitation Pastor
Pastor Earl has been on staff at Dayton UMC for 15 years. Earl is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Vicksburg, Michigan High School, Vennard College (BA in Bible), Greenville College (BA in Religion and History), Asbury Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) and Concordia Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). Earl has served the United Methodist Church for over 50 years.
Earl and Louise were high school sweethearts and were married in 1954. Louise has been a secretary and piano teacher. They have one daughter, Deborah (husband Alan Baldwin) and three grandchildren – Grace, Joy and Daniel.
Katelyn Collins, Children's Pastor
Greetings to the Dayton United Methodist Family! I would like to take a brief moment to introduce myself. My name is Katelyn Collins, and I am now serving as the Children’s Pastor here at DUMC.
I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home in the small town of Upland, Indiana. My father is a professor of Christian Educational Ministries at Taylor University, and my mother is a Children’s Director at Upland Community Church. My older brother Luke is currently in his second year of medical school at IU. Luke married Hilary three years ago, and she is a fantastic addition to our family. The two of them live in South Bend, IN. Luke and I both loved growing up in Upland because of the freedom given to us by the small town atmosphere and the Taylor community.
I started at Taylor University in the Fall of 2009 with an undeclared major. Because of Upland Community church’s close proximity to Taylor, many Taylor students serve in the children and youth ministries. Those college students made an important impact on my life and although I did not know what I wanted to do, I knew I wanted to be like them. My sophomore year of Taylor, I felt the call to ministry and declared a Christian Ed Major that same year. While at Taylor, I served with various ministries including BASSYCS—a Wednesday night Bible study for 3rd to 6th graders, 2nd-3rd grade Junior church, Summer Sunday School rotational teacher, and as a Discipleship Coordinator for my Dorm. I was given the opportunity to travel abroad while I was at Taylor, and I spent time studying in Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Italy, and Singapore—not bad for a small town girl!
I love to drink coffee, go to art museums, play euchre, sidewalk chalk, and watch movies. I am a dog person, and I have two border collies named Tuck and Sam who I had to leave back at my parents’ home. As a family, we like to spend our time together sailing or out in the yard gardening.
I graduated from Taylor University this past May and moved to Lafayette to join all of you in ministry. This is my first adventure out on my own, and I am excited. If I haven’t had the chance to meet you yet, please introduce yourself. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and join in the mission of Know Christ. Grow faith. Go witness.
Malachi Jaggers, Worship Pastor
I am Malachi Jaggers, the new music minister here at Dayton United Methodist Church. I joined the staff on August 1. My wife, Leah, and I are happy to be here and look forward to fellowship and ministry with you. My passion is worship and encouraging others to see worship as a way of life not limited to singing songs on Sunday morning.
When I was seven years of age, I accepted Jesus and was baptized at the Harmony Baptist Church in Frankfort, Indiana where my family and I attended church for several years. Later, we moved to Camden, Indiana where I attended the Baptist and Methodist church.
I started playing guitar when I was five years old. As a teenager I played in bands and loved to play 50-70s rock music. I wanted to be a famous rocker. As I got older I turned my attentions back to God and cared more about His fame than mine. I started writing Christian music and playing it at church and then started leading worship at other churches. I have released three Christian CD projects, “Trust”, “Rumble In My Soul”, and “Lift”. Along the way God gave me the ability to record and produce studio projects, engineer live sound, and play multiple instruments.
I met Leah when we were teenagers. We were married in October 2004. She is a registered nurse.
Since my early twenties, I have led worship and traveled to churches and events to share our music ministry. Along the way we have ministered at churches, church camps, children’s events, youth events, nursing homes, fairs, festivals, hospitals, and in people’s homes. We are richly blessed to have had these experiences and look forward to many more with our new church family.
Some of my hobbies include, fishing, traveling, model trains, songwriting, studio recording, Colts football, playing euchre, watching the Andy Griffith Show and old movies, especially westerns.
Thanks for listening to my story. If we have not yet made acquaintance, please feel free to give me a call or stop by so we can get to know each other. If you are interested in participating in the worship ministry here at Dayton in any way, shape, or form, please contact me. God bless you and keep you.
Ryan VanMatre, Youth Pastor
My name is Ryan VanMatre and I have the privilege of being the youth pastor here at Dayton United Methodist Church. My family and I are thrilled to be a part of the DUMC family. We are so excited to share life together and minister to every person that we have the opportunity to impact.
Here is a little bit more about us:
Growing up I occasionally went to church with my grandparents. At the time I was not very interested in church, it seemed so dull to me so I would seldom attend. When I was in seventh 7th grade I met John, who was two years older than me, and we became good friends. Shortly after meeting him he started going to youth group at a church that was close to my house. He invited me to youth group over and over. I always told him that it wasn’t for me. Eventually I decided to go and see what all the hype was about. After I went I discovered how great it really was. Fortunately I had such a good time that I continued to go every week. One Wednesday night between 8th and 9th grade I surrendered my life to Christ. Needless to say, it was the best decision I have ever made. After that, I started getting really involved with the youth group. I was placed on a leadership team, attended leadership camp, teen camp, and even family camp. I started attending Sunday school and Sunday morning worship services on a regular basis.
During my senior year in high school our youth pastor left and my friend Kelly and I took on the leadership of the youth group. Together we planned events, leadership meetings and other activities. During the summer between my senior year in high school and freshman year in college I attended a Wesleyan Church family camp. At this camp Dr. Jim Lo was speaking. During this time I began to feel God doing something weird in my life, possibly calling me into the ministry. At first I did not understand what He was trying to tell me, but after a long period of ignoring Him, He finally got through to me. On the first day of registration at Indiana Wesleyan I was in line to register for classes and I felt God boldly tell me that I needed to switch my major right then from sports medicine to Christian ministries. It was at that time when I finally understood what God was trying to direct me to.
When Kelly and I were just friends taking on the leadership of our youth group I had no idea that God would call me into ministry; let alone both of us together. In June 2005 I married my best friend, Kelly. Less than two months after getting married we became the youth pastors at our home church in Anderson, IN. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Christian Ministries in December 2006. I have served as a youth and spiritual formations pastor at churches in Sheridan, IN and Piqua, OH. We were blessed with our daughter, Miriam, in January 2010. The Lord has truly continued to bless us as we persistently follow Him.
I am very passionate about seeing students and adults come into a life transforming relationship with Jesus. As a family we enjoy the outdoors, family movie nights and Indianapolis Colts football.
Shana Loft, Daycare Director
Jenny Rabanus, Preschool Director
Kathy Hill, Receptionist and Events Coordinator
Brandy Burger, Support Secretary
Julie Hamilton, Financial Secretary