Transitional Pastor

Cliff Myers

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Cliff Myers has ministered for 40 years in the areas of youth, evangelism, transitional pastor and senior pastor. His wife Patty has been by his side for 41 years, and they have three grown children: Joshua, Trina, and Alyssa.

Cliff has an undergraduate degree in Religion and Philosophy and holds a master's degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Liberty University. He is committed to the Word of God and presents it with conviction, passion, and simplicity.

Minister to Students

Jeff Prince

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Now in his eleventh year at Mt. Carmel, Jeff Prince shows the love of Christ through actions. On weeknights, you will often find him attending a concert or sporting event to support one of the students. He's also given people a hand with painting projects.

Jeff is known for his frequent multiple choice questions to gauge student's opinions and music/movie knowledge. Most days he connects with students on Instagram and provides daily devotions on how to draw closer to God. On Wednesday nights, Jeff structures FUEL with pizza, games, and relevant lessons about how to follow Jesus.

Jeff's gold phone case is a clue that his alma mater is Wake Forest University where he graduated in Sociology. He started his career in the banking industry, then considered being a school teacher and coach before following God's call to work with students in 1994. His twin brother Brian is also in ministry.

His favorite sport as a kid was baseball, and his team made it to the Little League World Series. Now his favorite sport to watch is hockey, and he cheers for the Carolina Hurricanes. Favorite food? Pizza.

Jeff Prince is a simple, sincere disciple of Christ who demonstrates how to love God and care for people. He also leads the coffee ministry and the group of greeters at Mt. Carmel.

Minister for Children and Outreach

Mitch Casson

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Mitch Casson's smile and the twinkle in his eye are a window to his heart for people. Mitch has served as the Minister to Children for six years and is now leading outreach for Mt. Carmel. Mitch and his wife Sarah have three kids: Carter, Caraline, and Charlotte.

One way that Mitch is connecting with the community is through teaching wrestling classes. He also cheers for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Administrative Assistant

Debbie Phillips

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When you call Mt. Carmel, the friendly voice that answers is most likely Debbie Phillips. She has served as the administrative assistant at Mt. Carmel for 21 years and cares deeply for the people of the church. "I have 200 bosses," she comments with a smile.

Debbie is married to Jerry and her son Tyler pastors a church in Virginia. She received her associate's degree in Business Management at the University of Cincinnati. She worked in Human Resources and at a law firm before accepting the church position. "I've never regretted it and have found such joy in serving this church," states Debbie.

A Cincinnati native, Phillips has fond memories of Oakley Square. She dreams of travelling to England, Switzerland, and the American West. But for now, she's content to smile, patiently answer questions, and spread the love of God through her everyday tasks.

Pastoral Care Assistant

George Staggs

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George Staggs is still a kid at heart with a love for trains and airplanes. He has a model train display in his home and is an instrument-rated pilot.

He has served in seven churches over 40 years of ministry, and is currently the Pastoral Care Assistant at Mt. Carmel. He also teaches the senior men's Life Group and sings in the choir.

His wife Bobbie has always supported George in his ministry and she taught children and youth for several years. She's a "super cook" according to George. When he does venture out to eat, George opts for chicken and dumplings at Cracker Barrel.

George became a Christian when he was 9 yrs. old and made a commitment to go into the ministry before he joined the Air Force at the age of 17. He attended the University of Cincinnati, Georgetown, and Southern Baptist Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree.

Daycare Director

Melissa Ventus

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Melissa started working at Mt. Carmel Daycare mentoring under Myrtle Traughber. She has been at the Daycare for 22 years as a teacher and assistant director before becoming the Director in 2019.

Melissa graduated from Mount St. Joseph University of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2016 with her Bachelors in Social Work and went on to receive her Masters in Special Education at Ashford University in 2018.

A native of Cincinnati, Melissa enjoys reading and spending time with her son Quentin. Melissa loves to dance, especially for her church praise and worship dance ensemble.