- God is One and is bigger and better and closer than we can imagine.
- The Bible is God’s perfect guide for living.
- Jesus is God extending himself to us.
- Through His Holy Spirit God lives in and through those who know Christ.
- Nothing in creation “just happened.” God designed it all.
- Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God.
- Growing in your faith is about daily living and is expressed in how you love God and love others.
- People will see God in us by our love or they won’t due to our lack of it.
- God allows evil in order to provide us with a choice.
- Choosing God through Jesus is about a way of life, not a batch of rules.
- Heaven and Hell are real. Death is an extension of your life, not an end.
- The church is to serve people like Jesus served people.
- Jesus is coming again.
We will practice our faith by outward action. Expressions of grace, love, and service to each other and our community will mark us a people who follow Jesus.
BUILD HEALTHY FAMILIES
All family units will find support at Waypoint. They are the supporting backbone of community and unyielding effort will be made to strengthen and extend the influence of family.
We will pursue genuine relationships allowing us to be real. Every team, group, or environment will be designed to encourage meaningful relationships.
PEOPLE BEFORE PROGRAMS
We will seek to accomplish more in people’s lives by prioritizing relationships. Limiting programs to leave room for relationships will be normal.
Engage –Waypoint will create environments that we will point to during our experiences where people can engage. They will likely have to prepare, commit and expend resources, time, and energy to engage. These are where you meet other people and begin to have relationships. This happens when you join a group, a men’s breakfast, or a team to serve on. These are mission trips or retreats or other events that you pay to attend. Engage environments require personal investment but they afford you the opportunity for more connection, more relationships and more of an opportunity to give God a shot at your heart.
Extend -The ultimate goal is that your life becomes extended to others by your choice. Waypoint won’t create these environments – we will talk about their value but choosing to be selfless for God’s Kingdom takes shape and form in lots of interesting ways. Because you have been engaged you learn to listen to God’s leading and when he asks for you to move – you do so even if you see no benefit to you. This is about advancing God’s Kingdom ahead of your o
Meet the Waypoint Team
I have been been at Waypoint since 2006 and in a lead role for 9 of those years. My wife, Tracy and I have been married since 1989 and have 5 adult children and 1 grandson, Liam. We have no pets, (unless you count the birds we feed in our backyard.) Tracy works as a nurse at Goshen Cardiovascular and attempts to act as my doctor and I’m not a great patient.
I like Sci-fi movies and Tracy likes romantic comedies-meaning the perfect date movie for us would be the “Runaway Bride is a Terminator”…..Correction, we do not watch a lot of movies together. We do like walking together , visiting our grandson and TED talks. We also enjoy having a creative, tasty meal together. I also like to read and appreciate quiet opportunities to process life.
Hi…I’m Nick Ramundo and have been part of the Waypoint team since June, 2014. As Administrative Pastor, each day brings new and exciting experiences for me…especially getting to meet new people.
My wife, Amanda and I have been married since 2011 and have one dog named Toby. Amanda and I love the realness of Waypoint and enjoy meeting people from all walks of life.
A verse that has served our family well is 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give me a spirit of timidness but of power, love, and self-discipline”.
Hi…I’m Mike Griggs and have been part of the Waypoint team since 2011. My wife Megan and I were married in July, 2000 and have 2 sons, Kase and Wells. We also have a dog named Macintosh.
I love working with our staff. We have a great team and I love the hearts of the people here. When I’m not at Waypoint I enjoy watching Jacksonville Jaguars football, talking about Apple products and spending time with family and friends. My favorite verse is Romans 5:8 because it’s humbling to know that Jesus loved me literally to death at my worst. It’s a great picture of how we are supposed to love people at their worst.
Middle School Director
Hello! I’m Austin Bencscis….first and foremost, I’m a husband to Morgan. She has been my “bae” or sweetheart (for you old timers) since high school and my bride since 2015. I grew up in Goshen, went to Northridge, and have been attending Waypoint since 2017. I have been serving in student ministry for 3 years and I have a passion for creating an environment that encourages students to meet Jesus.
I enjoy a good book, an intense pick-up game, and a meaningful conversation. I’m a foodie, a football fan, a gamer, and I’ve seen every Star Wars movie. Most importantly, I’m focused on embracing His love, and extending it everyday.
High School Director
Hello! I’m Mitchell Horn. My wife Cassie and I met at Bethel College and have been married since 2013. We are enjoying spending time with our newest family member, a puppy named Lady.
Cassie and I both have a huge heart for students and love to create and develop relationships. We love to play board games, soak up the sun, go hiking, and just hang out with people.
Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Hi! I’m Chandler Walters. I joined the Waypoint team in the summer 0f 2016 as a youth intern and absolutely love the staff and working with them. I’m now the worship leader here and am excited to see where God is moving.
I’m engaged to Annalisa Puckett and we are getting married in May, 2018.
Two things I love are pasta and sports…separately….or together. I’m down with both.
Children’s Ministries Director
Hi! I’m Danielle. …I have been attending Waypoint since February, 2014 and joined the team in February, 2017. I enjoy working with the staff at Waypoint, interacting with the children’s classrooms, and planning events .
I am married and have four children, 3 boys and a girl. My husband I are in the process of adopting a girl from Haiti…child laughter is my favorite sound on Earth!
Be a blessing and be blessed!
Worship Arts Director
Hi! I coordinate the teams responsible for Sunday morning worship.
Jeff and I have been married since April, 1988. He still surprises me, and makes me laugh! He is such a great husband, and he is a HUGE part part of my role at Waypoint, not to mention an awesome guitar player! I would not be in my role at Waypoint without all his help and support. We also have 2 daughters, Mary, who just graduated college and is now married, and Sarah, who is a college freshman.
My favorite thing about Waypoint is that it is the real deal….and you can be yourself. The staff and people love Jesus, and we work really hard together to show God’s love through what we do here and how we treat each other. I love being part of such a great team of people.
What I do outside of Waypoint…I am a little bit of a fitness nut, but mainly because I like to eat! (If I had a hashtag it would be #cake for breakfast!) I also enjoy every type of geeky movie you can think of…anything Marvel, DC, LOTR, Star Wars, Star Trek….I could go on but I think you the idea!
I would say I have a favorite Bible chapter and it has a lot of my favorite vesrses in it…Romans 8! It is filled so many promises and truths that have been such a comfort to me over the years. It is amazing!
Hi! I’m Tara Towner and my family and I have attending Waypoint since February, 2013. I came on staff in November, 2013 in an administrative role and then was able to move into the Connections Director role.
My husband Joe and I have been married since 2007 and have 2 great kids! Elijah, my oldest, is 8 years old and in 2nd grade and Eden will turn 7 in February and is in 1st grade. Throw in 2 dogs and a cat and you have the Towner family.
We love to travel and be outdoors as much as the weather allows, I mean warm sunny weather, I have no tolerance for any of this cold stuff Indiana offers! We love having people over and and enjoy being able to build relationships. I love being able to work with people , help them find avenues to connect with others, and build those relationships.
Comm. and Media Specialist
Hey ya’ll! Brandon and I have been attending Waypoint since the winter of 2012 but I didn’t officially join the team until September of 2014. I helped out with the administration but when the doors opened and needs arrived, I was very happily moved into the communication and media side of Waypoint’s ministries.
Brandon and I have been married since June of 2013 and love having adventures together, especially on our motorcycles. The better the adventure, the better the story. We grew up in completely different backgrounds though so I don’t expect us to have similar tastes in things unless it’s our Lord Jesus….or Mexican food.