Meet The Staff

Our staff is a group of passionate disciples of Jesus Christ who love to serve God with their hands.

The Church Office is open Tuesday - Friday from 10:45a - 4:30p.

Phone: 614-451-3639

Reverend Aaron Layne


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Pastor Aaron was ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 2005.  He is a 2005 Master of Divinity graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and 2001 graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. 


Capital University holds a special place in Pastor Aaron's heart.  It is there that he met his wife, Marcy ('00) while singing in the Chapel Choir.  He has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Capital teaching an undergraduate class entitled "Foundations of Youth Ministry and Christian Education."


Pastor Aaron and Marcy have two children, Caden and Annabelle.  

Mary Garland

Office Manager

Mary has been employed with Advent Lutheran Church since 1996.  She is married to Mark and they have one daughter, Alaina.  Alaina and her husband, Josh live in Louisville KY. and she works in the health care field while Josh is a Firefighter.  Mary and Mark are long time members of Cypress Wesleyan Church, but Mary considers Advent her second home.

Jean Pontious

Director of Music Ministries

Jean has been at Advent since 1979.  She is a retired educator and counselor.  Jean has two grown children and six grandchildren. 


She oversees the Music Ministries, choosing of hymns and anthems, accompanies our worship services, and directs Advent's children's choirs. 

Matt Pittman

Director of Youth & Family Ministries

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Matt has been at Advent for over 10 years and enjoys serving the Lord with the youth and adults.  He and his wife, Beth have two children: Courtney and Erica. They also have two dogs, Piper and Roo.

Matt wears many hats at Advent including working with all the youth, VBS, Live Nativity, and conducting the Adult and Bell Choirs.  He considers working at Advent a labor of love.

Beckie Evans-Zaebst

Lay Ministry Coordinator

Beckie has been a member of Advent since 1980.  She is a retired nurse of 37 years.  At Advent, she is the Volunteer Coordinator and Altar Guild Chairperson.  Beckie is active in many functions and on several teams.  She currently lives in Columbus with her husband, George.

Nursery Attendant


Our nursery is available for infants through pre-schoolers. 
Your children are cared for and loved by a consistent staff.  We have beepers that are given to parents when their child is dropped off and must be presented to pick up the child.