Originally from Tampa, FL, I’ve called Asheville home since 1990. After graduating from UNC-Asheville in '04, I joined the staff of a local church and later developed and led a mission of that church before teaming up with Kurt Hannah to plant Missio Dei in 2007. I’ve served as an elder and even the worship pastor here before becoming the lead pastor in 2010.
I’m privileged to be the husband of Christina, whom I met in my high school chemistry class. We were married in 2003 and have three children: Elijah, Sophia, and Ezra. In my spare time, I enjoy playing in the yard with my kids, or tinkering on my motorcycle.
John Parrish – Executive Pastor / Elder
My personal mission is to enable others to think deeply, choose wisely, live godly and to intentionally multiply others who will do the same. I love being a resource, encourager and mentor to Christian ministry leaders. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, taking on 6000' peaks, growing roses and watching movies.
I’ve worked with the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville as the director of program, and for Serve International in Atlanta as the director of leadership training. I graduated from Covenant College (B.A) Lookout Mountain, TN, Gordon-Conwell Seminary (M.Div.) South Hamilton, MA, Arrow Leadership Ministries (2001) Vancouver, BC, and completed a D.Min in Christian Leadership with Gordon-Conwell Seminary Charlotte, NC.
Phyllis and I have two adult children and have been with Missio Dei since 2011.
Larry Shingler- Spiritual Formation Pastor
I was raised in north Florida, moved to Tallahassee to attend college where I met and married my wife Mary. We have two married sons and four precious granddaughters. In our spare time we enjoy art, history, travel, hiking, kayaking, just about anything outdoors.
Before coming to Missio Dei in the fall of 2018, I’ve had the privilege of serving two church communities in Tallahassee and Orlando, Florida. My ministry experience includes leadership development, community outreach and intentional discipleship.
My greatest passion is to encourage Christ followers to see themselves through the lens of the gospel, embrace their calling for the sake of advancing Christ’s Kingdom and replicating His image in the lives of others.
Jon Beaver - Elder
I was born and raised in Ohio but am well travelled, living in Massachusetts, Georgia and South Carolina. My wife of 16 years, Melinda, and I first came to Missio Dei on Easter 2008. An engineer employed by Eaton Corporation, I was relocated for work to Greenwood, SC in 2010 where our only child Paul was born a few months later. Much to our delight, God brought us back to Asheville and Missio Dei in August, 2012. We live in South Asheville with our four dogs and Orange, the family goldfish.
Kendal Heck- Ministry Assistant
I was born and raised in Texas and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Two years after taking my first teaching job in Oklahoma, God placed a strong calling on my heart to move to North Carolina. Making a huge leap of faith, I moved to Asheville the summer of 2013 and joined Missio Dei my first Sunday in town. Shortly after joining Missio Dei, I met my husband Parker in our community group and got married five and half months later in January 2014. September 2016, we welcome our daughter Abby Faye into the world. I am still in awe at the work and the calling God has done in my life, and Missio Dei has been a big part of my story! I Love having a church that I can truly call my family.
Ginny Landrum – Missio Kids Ministry Director
I and my husband, Brian, grew up in the same church together in Pensacola, FL. We came to Asheville in 1996 to attend college and married in the mountains in 1999. Later, I graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Special Education. We have two sons, Neil and Paul, and live in West Asheville.
My family and I have been blessed to be a part of the kid's ministry since our congregation began. It is my joy to serve as director of Missio Kids alongside the very dedicated and loving group of servants we have.
Hannah Manning - Next Steps Coordinator
I am originally from Knoxville, TN and attended college at Auburn University in Alabama. There I met my husband Marc, and we got married right after college in 2011. Since then we have moved various places including, Tennessee, Georgia & New Hampshire. In the winter of 2016 we welcomed our son Theo into the world. We are so happy to be back in the south and especially in Asheville. We came to Missio one of the first weekends we moved here and have been here ever since. It is a privilege to call Missio our church home and serve this community.
Cricket Henley - Women's Ministry Director
Having moved to Asheville from Tampa, FL in 2015, our family immediately embraced Missio Dei as our church home. For many years my mission has been to intentionally disciple younger women, leading them to a place of trust and identity in Christ alone. It has been my desire to work through Scripture with them while applying God’s word to their lives with the hope of spiritual transformation. The power of Christ changes lives and my sole desire is for this truth to be made known!
I have been married to my husband, John, for 33 years. When we aren’t working or hanging at coffee shops, we love to enjoy the mountain trails of North Carolina or all the culture of Asheville. We are so happy to be at Missio and I am so excited to be a leader within our Women’s Ministry.
Katie Curtis - Missio Kids Volunteer Coordinator
Ryan Krishnan - Worship Director
Robbie Greene - Visual Director
Parker Heck - Worship Director
David Lindrum - Missions