Chaplain Major General John B. Ellington, Jr. (Ret) USAF – Senior Pastor Emeritus
John and Ruby (White) Ellington have been married over fifty years and for more than four decades the Indian Lake Community Church (ILCC) has been the at the center of their faith and family. They raised their three children: John III, Jim, and Deb at the lake. The Ellington family has developed a deep love for the church and the Lake. John, Jim and Deb were all married at ILCC and for five generations the children, grandchildren, and great-grand-children were baptized at ILCC. John Sr. and Mary (Ison) Ellington celebrated their sixth anniversary with a renewal of their vows at ILCC. Their lives and faith were celebrated at ILCC when they went to be with the Lord. The family purchased a stained glass window in their memory when the chapel was added.
In the early seventies, when John became the pastor of ILCC, it was a very small church located on a small lot with only on-street parking. There were about sixty active members and several were families of the founders the church. As the church grew, there were several building projects and additional land purchased for expansion and parking. John Sr. came on staff as a minister of visitation and served several years until his death.
John’s vision to build an outstanding ministry team is a reality today with Karen Blackburn - Minister of Christian Education and Daycare Director, Jim Ellington - Minister of Pastoral Care and Primary Preacher, Dave Hafenbrack - Administrative Pastor, and Joel Perez - Contemporary Worship Leader and Youth Pastor.
John’s vision is to provide a meaningful worship expressed in Liturgical Worship as well as meaningful Contemporary Worship. The styles and expression of worship may differ, but both worships are centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. John believes the church is the Body of Christ and ILCC must maintain a strong sense of family that deeply cares for one another. John frequently says that “Indian Lake needs Jesus and Indian Lake is our mission field”.
John has not only been a visionary leader at ILCC but also as a Chaplain in the National Guard and the United States Air Force. He joined the Guard in 1979 as a First Lt. while also serving as pastor at ILCC. During the first Gulf War in 1992, he was called to active duty and was in Washington, D.C. until 2005 when returned to ILCC. While he was on active duty he and Ruby maintained their home at Indian Lake, and they returned as often as possible. He retired as a Major General with 32 years of service. He believes the best days for ILCC are ahead of us “Enriching Lives Through the Love of Christ”.
Jim Ellington - Minister of Pastoral Care and Primary Preacher
Pastor Jim Ellington considers himself fortunate to have grown up in the Indian Lake area and takes pride in being a life-long “Lake Rat”. He had the unique opportunity to attend elementary school at both Lakeview and Huntsville Elementary schools and then moved on to middle school in Lewistown and graduated from ILHS in 1986.
After several years working in radio as an on air personality in Bellefontaine, Lima, and Kenton, he went to work for Honda in 1989 and eventually settled into a career in Human Resources with the company. While he was working for Honda, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management through Bluffton College. He was active in churches in various roles and eventually felt like he was being called to the ministry and served on the staff of Indian Lake Community Church initially as an unpaid volunteer with the ministry team. Then after nearly 20 years with Honda he left his position as an Assistant Manager in Human Resources and joined the ministry team of ILCC full time in the fall of 2009 and has served in the role of Pastor with primary responsibility for Pastoral Care and sermons. The years since have been the most meaningful and rewarding years of his working career, and he is currently pursuing his Masters degree from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.
Jim is passionate about proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world in need and ministering to this community to the best of his abilities. He is active in the community working to improve the Indian Lake area and Logan County as a whole. He currently is a member of ILDC, Indian Lake Historical Society, the Indian Lake Watershed Project Board, The C.O.R.E. project to alleviate opiate abuse in Logan County, the Logan County Transportation Advisory Board, and several other local endeavors aimed at improving the quality of life at Indian Lake and Logan County.
In 1991 he married Charlyn Rumer in the ILCC sanctuary, and they have made their home at Indian Lake. They have two children, Carrie who works for The Ohio State University and Christopher who is a sophomore at Ohio University. Their family also includes their dog Hope who they believe to be the world’s best dog.
Pastor Jim feels he has the best of both worlds, leading a traditional worship at ILCC and a contemporary worship at the Lighthouse at Indian Lake! He feels both services are wonderful in their own ways and that the Holy Spirit is present and active in both endeavors.
He feels strongly that, “There is nothing better than being engaged in active spirit filled worship and ministry and there is no better place to live, serve, and worship than beautiful Indian Lake, Ohio”.
Karen Blackburn - Minister of Christian Education and Daycare Director
Bob and Karen Blackburn joined Indian Lake Community Church in 1980, shortly after they were married. They enjoyed raising their five children (now grown) in the Indian Lake area and attending this church. They have eleven very active grandchildren (22, 18, 17, 8, 6, 4, 4, 4, 2, 7 months and 6 months). On many a weekend the grandchildren are hanging with Grandpa Bob and MiMi. Bob and Karen love having their family around and usually fill their dining room table every other Sunday after church for a home cooked meal.
Children have always had a special place in Karen’s heart. In 1990 with Karen as the director, the church opened the ILCC Daycare. To date, over 1,400 children have attended the daycare. It is a full-time child care facility, before and after school, and preschool. There is nothing better than watching children learn to accomplish a new goal, and to hear the joy of playing with other boys and girls.
Bob and Karen have been very involved in all areas of the church. In 1995, Karen became Associate Pastor of the church, and she continues to be part of the ministry team. She leads the children’s message each week during the worship service, which always seems to be an adventure!
In the 30 plus years as members, Bob and Karen have watched the church experience many ups and downs, but no matter what is happening, the church is like a family. “One of the reasons I love pastoral ministry is being able to be there for people who are having difficulties in their lives. Whether it is grief, loss of job, family problems, financial difficulties, or health issues, I like to be able to be able to give support, hope for the future and share the love of God. And of course, it is a blessing to be a part of all their joys and successes”.
Joel Perez - Contemporary Worship Leader and Youth Pastor
Joel Joshua Perez, son of Joel & Dora Perez, grew up in a small town in Northwest Ohio called Stryker. He attended Stryker Local School and graduated in 2007.
Joel was inspired to learn guitar at age twelve while he attended his local youth group and always desired to lead worship in some way shape or form. He played in many worship teams, and lead worship for small groups, prayer meetings, and corporate services.
In 2010 he attended the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri where he entered an internship called “Fire in the Night”. During this time he learned Biblical studies while attending a prayer room six hours a day seven days a week from midnight to 6 am every day. It was during these six months Joel felt The Lord bringing him into a new season of his life and felt God was marking his heart to be a forerunner, one who goes before The Lord and proclaims the Gospel of the Kingdom and prepares a generation for The Lord’s return.
After his time in Kansas City he returned home and found employment at Titan Tire Corp where he built super tires for agriculture machinery. He continued to serve in his worship praise team at his home church.
August 2, 2013 Joel married his wife Renee Lynne Perez. He moved to Toledo and began to attend a local church. He was invited to play and lead at various church’s and decided it was time to try to pursue a full time role as a worship leader. After visiting Indian Lake Community, Joel shared the same vision as Indian Lake Church for reaching the lost and joyfully joined its leadership team.
He currently still lives in Toledo, Ohio with his wife Renee and his son Jonas. He enjoys watching the Detroit Tigers, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his family.
Dave Hafenbrack - Administrative Pastor
Dave and Teresa Hafenbrack have been residents of the lake for over twelve years. They have three grown children, four granddaughters and 2 grandsons! Josh is a lawyer in Washington, D.C. Andy and his wife Lauren are graduates of Indian University and reside in Fishers Indiana along with their son Leo. Brittany and her husband Derek live in Washington Court House, Ohio with the family’s three grandchildren – Gracie, Bella, and Ava. Jesse and his wife Cassidy also live in Washington Court House along with their daughter Logan and son Matthew.
Both Dave and Teresa have served ILCC in many capacities from President of the Board to Chair of the Elders to forming and leading the Quilt Divas club. After Dave sold his business in 2013, he joined the ILCC pastoral team as Administrative Pastor handling business, and management activities. Both Teresa and Dave love the lake region and were drawn to ILCC by the warmth and feeling of the ILCC Christian Family. They share many things but most importantly their love of God and blessing He brings to their lives.