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Every church focuses on at least 3 areas of ministry.  Worship, Discipleship, and Evangelism.  Our icon of ministry focus is a triangle and we use the terms Adore, Explore and Restore.  We want to Adore God through Family Worship; We want to Explore the depths of God's Word and how we live out our lives of faith; and we want to Restore individuals and families to God.

Rev. Joe Stafford
Senior Pastor

Rev. Joe Stafford, affectionately known as Pastor Joe, has served our congregation since 1990. 

He is a graduate of Ohio Christian University (formerly Circleville Bible College) and also Ashland Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling.  He has worked in this area as a counselor since 1996 helping individuals and families deal with relationship, mental health and spiritual challenges. His caring style of counseling ministry utilizes the Word of God to help bring healing. He is licensed with the State of Ohio as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Pastor Joe married his college sweetheart, Valerie, and they reside in Galion.  Val is a Hair Stylist in a local beauty shop and Crestline Nursing Home. She is a big part of the Chapel programming working as the Chapel Ladies President, member of Restore Ministries, and various other ministries.  They have a daughter and son-in-law, Katie & Josh, with a new grand-baby on the way!"

Kristina Lawson
Pastoral Assistant

"Kristi" Lawson has served as Pastor Joe's administrative since 2007, working closely with him in areas of daily operation, programming and many other administrative duties.

She and her husband, Mark, grew up in Galion and have a deep passion to serve here.  Mark is also very involved in the ministries at Wesley Chapel as he is the Youth President on the Board and Sunday School teacher for the teens. They have 3 children, Madysen, Nursing student at Marion Tech, Markis, Mechanical Engineering student at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Makenzi who is currently in high school at GHS.

Ministry is very important to Kristi as she serves as a Small Group leader, Sunday School teacher for young adults, and Wednesday night teacher for the teens."


Wesley Chapel is a Bible-based church striving to put the Word of God into practice.


Mission Statement: At the Chapel we exist to restore individuals and families to God and to each other.



Wesley Chapel is connected with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union denomination. Headquarters is based in Circleville, OH. For more information regarding CCCU and their mission, please visit them at

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