Jerusalem Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at Jerusalem is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.


    Lead Pastor

        Pastor Tom and Angie Hendershot married in 1983. They have four children and a growing number of grandchildren. Both Tom and Angie have been involved in the ministry since their youth. Angie has blessed and encouraged people everywhere they have traveled and lived with her inspirational music and compassionate personality. She is a loving mother and grandmother and enjoys connecting with people. Pastor Tom has preached for over 40 years around the world in various settings across denominational and served as a pastor on four occasions. He is also is a retired Army Master Sergeant, having served much of his twenty-three years of active duty in the Chaplain Corps. Pastor Tom holds degrees in technology, theology, pastoral ministry, divinity, and counseling. He been involved and labored with various networks and ministries in his last four decades of ministry. He is a recognized ordained minister with the Evangelical Association of Reformed & Congregational Christian Churches (EA). He serves presently as Vice President on the National Board of Directors of the EA and will serve as President in January 2022. 

         Prior to their present assignment, Tom and Angie served together in pastoral ministry for eight and a half years at St. Paul's Evangelical Church in historic Marietta, Ohio. Since July 2016, with Angie and Hannah at his side, Pastor Tom has served as lead pastor at Jerusalem Church in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He is recognized here and in many places as one who proclaims the truth of Scripture in a simple way that helps others to desire and discover a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ, to walk in the Spirit, and to experience daily the Father's love and grace. Pastor Tom has written several books to facilitate the teaching aspect of his ministry. For information on some of the book titles available, click on the picture of Pastor Tom, Angie, and their daughter, Hannah. Pastor Tom is also on Facebook.


    Director of Youth Ministries

    Emily was born and raised in New Philadelphia, Ohio and has been an active member of Jerusalem Church her whole life. She is the daughter of Tom and Joan Lappin and has two older brothers. She graduated from Kent State University (Kent Campus) with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology as well as a concentration in Family Life Education. She is presently pursuing a Master's Degree in Christian Education. Emily has led several Youth Retreats and programs with significant success. The Youth Group has grown significantly both spiritually and numerically in the past two years under her leadership. Her passion for Youth Ministry and her warm personality has brought a fresh breath of life into what was a stagnant program. She has a passion for serving and working with children and youth and helping them grow in their relationship with God. You and your youth will appreciate her spirit and the exciting program. Her two goals for Youth Ministry are to have fun and lead the Youth in a relationship with Christ. Emily is also on facebook.


    Church Secretary & Treasurer

    If you call the office during the week you will likely speak with Stacie. Among many other things, she also handles the finances, much of the administration for the church, and runs the main office.


    Fourth-Year Elder

    Chad is serving as a fourth-year Elder. He is pictured here with his wife, Jody, and their two kids.


    Third-Year Elder

    Butch is in year three of the four-year active Elder term and serves as the President of the Consistory. In addition to managing the sound system, you will often hear Butch play guitar and lead a worship song on Sunday morning. 


    Second-Year Elder


    First-Year Elder

Our Ministry Partners

At Jerusalem, we don't pretend to serve our community alone. We have so many partners and co-laborers we wholeheartedly support (both financially and with our time and other resources) that we would love to put you in contact with. If you are curious about this list of ministry partners, please contact us.