Our Staff

Pastor Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor

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About Me:

FAMILY: I am married to my beautiful bride, Jamie, who I met while going to school at Valley Forge Christian College.  We are blessed with two great kids, Caleb and Olivia Joy.  We also have a dog whose name is Tucker.

AREAS OF MINISTRY: Lead Pastor

EDUCATION: I went to high school near Youngstown, OH and graduated from Austintown Fitch High School.  Then I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree from Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, PA.

PREVIOUS LINES OF WORK: While in High School, I began working for McDonalds and even continued that while in college when I was home on breaks.  In college I did some janitorial work at a local office complex.  Following graduation, I took a youth pastor position in the Stroudsburg, PA near the Poconos for about 3 years.  Prior to becoming the lead pastor here, I was on staff in Youngstown, OH at Bridge of Hope A/G (formerly Calvary A/G) where I was a youth and associate pastor for 7 years.

FAVORITE Book: There are so many I enjoy like: In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Driven by Eternity, If You Want to Walk on Water Get Out of the Boat, and Cure for the Common Life. Food: Spaghetti Snack Food: Ice Cream (Any kind, its my weakness!) Music: Mainly praise/worship music of almost any genre Movie: Chronicles of Narnia  The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Place in the World: Disney World Recreational Activities/Hobbies: I enjoy basketball, fishing, reading, playing with my kids, and trying to golf. Sports Team: The Ohio State Buckeyes, The Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavs, and for college hoops, Duke Blue Devils.

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.  Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

THREE PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO MEET: Billy Graham, Jim Tressel, John Bevere.

MY HERO: My wife Jamie, I am in awe at all she can accomplish while being a full-time Mom and Pastors Wife.  She is amazing!

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I was in my high school marching band and started out my Freshman year as a cymbal specialist (not really that important  but it sounds good!).

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I was in my high school marching band and started out my Freshman year as a cymbal specialist (not really that important  but it sounds good!).

EMAIL ADDRESS: aaron@painesvilleag.com

Pastor Carrie Garland, Executive Pastor

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About Me:

FAMILY: I have wonderful parents who are part of the Painesville Assembly of God family and an older sister who is married with three beautiful girls.

AREAS OF MINISTRY: I serve as the Executive Pastor at PAG with my three main portfolios being: Music, Communications, and Administration. I absolutely love leading God’s people into worship where they can engage their Creator and Lord in a real and intimate way. I love graphic design and being able to creatively communicate through print media, web, social media, apps, video, and whatever else engages today’s culture. I strongly believe that communication is the key to connecting with the Body of Christ and helping folks find their gifts and talents so they can serve in their sweet spot! As far as administration, what can I say? I love paperwork! I believe a strong infrastructure is the key to a solid foundation for church health and growth. I truly feel like I live my God-given dream every single day and I love it!

EDUCATION: Graduated in 2001 from Central Bible College in Springfield, MO with a B.A. degree in Preaching & Evangelism.

PREVIOUS LINES OF WORK: Began serving in church ministry right out of college. Served as a Pastor of Evangelism for 5 years and Pastor of Christian Education for 2 years before combining Kids Ministry and Outreach in 2006. As God continued to grow me and focus my gift set, I realized in 2012 that I was truly wired for more of an executive role because of the things I loved to do most. I am truly blessed by my journey because I can see how God was shaping me for this role by having me gain a “Deep and Wide” perspective of the church, it’s ministries and how they all connect and function together as a whole.

FAVORITE Books: The Bible, Anything by John Bevere and Ray Comfort, A Tale of Three Kings. Food: Mexican! Snack Food: Terra Chips Music: Most all Worship Music, Jazz Movie: Pursuit of Happiness, Blindside, Taken and all of the Bourne Movies! Place in the World: Brazil and Milan Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Sports, Graphic Design, Cooking. Sports Team: Ohio State Buckeyes, Brazil National Soccer Team.

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Haggai 2.21-23 (The Message)

THREE PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO MEET: Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, & Kenny G

MY HERO: My parents… They’ve always supported & encouraged me.

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I was a live mannequin during college at a department store!

EMAIL ADDRESS: carrie@painesvilleag.com

Pastor Steve Davis, Family Life Pastor

About Me:

FAMILY: Mary & I were married on June 11, 1980 and have two sons (both married) and five grandchildren. Mary is a Registered Nurse and excels in her gifting of kindness and hospitality (among others). We highly value spending time together with family (even the extended family and relatives). Our oldest son, Ryan, served in the US Marine Corps for 13+ years. Finding time to be together has been a challenge, but we are so proud of him and his accomplishments! He is married (Krista) and they have one son (Curran). Our other son, Matt, also married (Hannah), lives in Bowling Green with their four children (Kendal, Ethan, Adelyn and Claire). Being grandparents is a blessing and we embrace EVERY opportunity to milk it for all it’s worth!

AREAS OF MINISTRY: I serve as the Family Life Pastor with a portfolio that includes leadership & oversight of all ministries to kids (birth to 5th grade) and their families. I also coordinate community outreach ministry, plus assist with pastoral care & counseling and visitation.

EDUCATION: I graduated in 1977 from Olentangy High School (southern Delaware County in Ohio) and from Findlay College (now The University of Findlay) with my BA in Religion & Christian Education in 1981. After 9 years in the work force, I attended Bethel Theological Seminary (St. Paul, MN) and , in 1995, attained my Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (MATS) with an emphasis in Children & family Ministries. I was ordained with the Assemblies of God in 1999.

PREVIOUS LINES OF WORK: I was employed (1980-82) as the National Workshop Coordinator for The Quest National Center, which had developed a school-based life skills curriculum based upon Biblical principles. I had grown up in a family florist & greenhouse business and started a wholesale company out of the greenhouses in 1982. That new venture was wildly successful and I remained as the Vice-President of the corporation from 1982-90, when I left (with my family’s blessing) to attend seminary and pursue full time vocational ministry. Since 1990 I have been committed to my Call to vocational ministry and have served in a variety of churches in MN (seminary), in Wooster and in Bowling Green, Ohio. I also served as a hospital chaplain while completing a portion of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) through a summer intensive internship at Mercy St Vincents Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio – a trauma 1 center for NW Ohio and SE Michigan. To be more active in the local community, I also have volunteered to serve on the Board of Directors for Young Life, Bowling Green Pregnancy Center and WLMB-TV 40 (Toledo area Christian TV).

FAVORITE Books: Ordering Your Private World, by Gordon MacDonald and The Blessing, by John Trent and Gary Smalley Food: A juicy marinated steak or most anything Italian … or pizza Snack Food: Coffee ice cream, nacho chips w/ melted cheese & salsa Music: Contemporary Christian, Praise & Worship … or smooth jazz Movie: Independence Day, Avatar, Angels & Demons … or most any Veggie Tales Place in the World: Cabin retreat in Canada or Hawaii (Island of Kauai) Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Snow skiing, tennis and basketball, scuba diving, traveling Sports Team: The Ohio State Buckeyes

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

THREE PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO MEET: Other than JESUS … Apostle Peter, Abraham Lincoln, John Muir (naturalist, explorer)

MY HERO: My mother

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: Although I am very relational, outgoing and love people … I also treasure my solitude and love being alone in nature!

EMAIL ADDRESS: steve@painesvilleag.com

Pastor James Aspito, Youth & Young Adult Pastors

About Me:

FAMILY: I married my high school sweetheart Taylor. We grew up together at an Assembly of God Church in Cumberland, Maryland. Both of us went to the University of Valley Forge and then we were married October 24, 2015.

AREAS OF MINISTRY: Youth and Young Adult Pastor

EDUCATION: I graduated from the University of Valley Forge in 2015 with a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry with a concentration on preaching.

PREVIOUS LINES OF WORK: During college, I spent my summers serving in my local church and working as a teacher in a Christian Daycare. After college, I spent one year as a full time secondary teacher at Lighthouse Christian Academy where I taught Bible and Social Studies.

FAVORITE Books: I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I do really enjoy Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Food: Steak and mashed potatoes. Snack Food: Steak and mashed potatoes. I know it’s on here twice, but it is that good. Music: I love to listen to Christian music, whether it is worship, gospel, southern gospel, or contemporary Christian… I enjoy listening to it all. Movie: Remember the Titans is my all time favorite movie. I also love The Lord of the Rings series and Star Wars. Place in the World: Wherever home is. Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Reading, playing sports, and playing sports video games. Sports Team: MLB: Baltimore Orioles NBA: Chicago Bulls NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers NHL: Chicago Blackhawks NCAA Football: Penn State

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

THREE PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO MEET: Michael Jordan, George Washington, and Corrie ten Boom

MY HERO: My Mom.

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: Before I was called into the ministry, I wanted to go into the military.

EMAIL ADDRESS: james@painesvilleag.com