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


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 for over 23 years.  She is married to Mark and has a daughter, Alaina that works in Louisville KY in the health care field.  They are long time members of Cypress Wesleyan Church, but Mary considers Advent to be her home church too.

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.

Courtney Crum

Nursery Attendant

Courtney oversees our Nursery at Advent, which is available at every Sunday morning service.


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.  


3660 Kenny Road

Columbus, OH  43220
Tel: 614-451-3639
Fax: 614-451-0322

© 2020 Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church

Member of the ELCA

About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.5 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the Bible and the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

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