Mike and Trinda Cole
Mike and Trinda moved to Nashville the day after their wedding. They fell in love with the city and decided they were going to stay for a long time. After three years, the phone call came. A pastor in Ohio called to ask if Mike would consider coming to Ridgeville Corners, Ohio, to be his assistant pastor at Christ Community Church. After growing up as a pastor’s kid, pastoral ministry wasn’t in Mike’s plan. But God had other plans. So, in October 1997, Mike and Trinda moved to Ohio, for what they thought would be a couple years. Eleven years and four children (Maizie, Bryton, Sawyer and Camden) later, their time in Ohio came to a close, and church planting was in their hearts.
In July 2008, the Cole family moved to Fort Myers, Florida, to attend Next Level Church and learn everything they could about church planting. Privileged to be on staff for three years as the worship pastor, Mike learned a great deal from coaching, conferences, personal meetings, and helping to train and encourage other church planters. Now, four years later, Mike and Trinda believe the timing is right to chase after the vision God gave them. And, they feel incredibly blessed that the vision has led them back to the Nashville area to plant Story Church in Mt. Juliet.
Ken and Christa Horst
Ken and Christa Horst are from Archbold, Ohio, a small town of about 4,200 people. Ken grew up there, while Christa moved to Archbold from Indianapolis during their freshman year of high school. As students, they were very involved in Mike and Trinda’s youth ministry. Ken and Christa became good friends and started dating their senior year in high school. It didn’t take them long to get married and have children. They have a daughter (Natalie) and two sons (Jackson and Jamison). Ken is a registered nurse and Christa is a stay-at-home mom.
After Mike and Trinda asked the Horsts to consider moving to the Mt. Juliet area to help plant the church, Ken and Christa began praying. They knew that it would be scary but exciting at the same time. The Horsts committed to follow God’s path to Tennessee, and ever since, God has been nothing short of amazing in his blessings and his incredible timing.
Cody and Dominique Marlow
Cody and Dominique Marlow traveled to the Dominican Republic with a small youth team from Next Level Church in the summer of 2008. It was during this missions trip that the young dating couple knew their future would be dedicated to ministry, although they were unsure what that would look like since they weren’t yet married and one of them hadn’t even graduated high school. At the time, the next best step was college, and Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, was the school of choice. Cody and Dominique both minored in Biblical Studies, Cody majored in Practical Theology, spent five weeks learning in Israel, and they both served in a variety of leadership roles. While there, the couple got married and continued to lead others.
College life concluded with a journey back to Next Level Church, where Cody interned with the youth, and Dominique volunteered in the church offices. It was there that they met Mike and Trinda and learned of their Story Church plans. With hardly a hesitation, Cody and Dominique jumped on board. Now here they are, ready and willing to serve others in the Mt. Juliet community.