Staff

Meet the staff at Olive Branch Church

Jeff Sumner - Lead Pastor

I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana but lived in several different places in Indiana while growing up. Once in the ministry, I have lived in Illinois, Michigan, Florida, and am currently in Roann, Indiana where I have resided for a little over 9 years.


My wife, Janell, and I have been married for 34 years and have four children: Eric, Adam, Ashley, and Evan. We also have 2 daughters-in-law: Brittney and Kourtney; as well as a son-in-law, Jeremy Haupert. We are blessed with 9 grandchildren!


I have been in ministry for 31 years and at Olive Branch Church for a little over 9 years. My responsibilities over those 31 years have included: children’s ministry, youth ministry, worship ministry, connections ministry, groups ministry, solo pastoral ministry and lead pastoral ministry. My responsibilities at OBC include: preaching and teaching, staff management, information management, budgetary oversight, counseling, group leadership, and whatever it takes to get the job done.


In my free time I love to do woodworking, exercise, read, and spend time with friends and family.


Contact: Lead@olivebranch.church


My favorite scriptures:

Ephesians 1:3-10

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (ESV).


Hebrews 10:19-22

“Therefore, brothers since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (ESV)



Ashley Haupert - Worship and Connections Pastor

I was born in Vincennes, Indiana and have also lived in Illinois, Michigan, Florida, and Ohio. I currently live in Wabash, Indiana.


My husband, Jeremy, and I have been married for 3 years. We have a one year old son, Emerson, and a rescue dog, Luke. 


I have been attending Olive Branch Church for 8 years and in ministry for 4 years. I began in ministry at OBC as a part-time worship pastor and became full time worship pastor in 2018 adding connections ministry to my area of responsibility. As the worship/connections pastor, I lead worship in our Sunday morning environment, oversee adult community groups, and I am responsible for our care ministry and assimilation.


In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, working out, traveling to fun places, and eating good food!


Contact: Connections@olivebranch.church


My favorite scripture:

Jeremiah 29:11 has been my life verse since High School.


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (NIV)



Derrick Harris - Outreach Pastor

I am originally from Warsaw, Indiana, but attended Tippecanoe Valley during my high school years. I eventually moved to northwest Arkansas, only to return home to rural Roann, Indiana.


My very loving and nurturing wife, Brittany, and I have 2 amazing children, Hunter and Bella. 


I have been attending Olive Branch Church for 6 years and have been in ministry for 3 years and on staff at OBC for 1.5 years. In my staff position, I get the opportunity to help equip the body of Christ to express the love of Jesus locally, regionally, cross culturally, and globally. I orchestrate this by building teams and empowering them to impact the world. I help seek out the areas of need in our communities and abroad, orchestrate outreach events, and build leaders.


In my free time I enjoy hunting, archery, fishing, fitness training, and educational firearms training.


Contact: Outreach@olivebranch.church


My favorite scripture:

2 Corinthians 5:17


“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (ESV)



Michele Rose- Children's Ministry Leader

I was born and raised in Goshen, Indiana. I went to college in Ohio, but returned to northern Indiana. I now reside in Akron, Indiana.


My parents are Mike and Gwen Stutzman who are retired and live in North Manchester, Indiana. I have one sister, Nicole, who lives with her husband, Ted, in Fort Worth, Texas.


I have been attending Olive Branch Church for 4 years and have volunteered in ministry since I was a teen and young adult. I volunteered as a Christian Athletic Camp counselor in Michigan, and have been a volunteer in various areas of ministry since my time with OBC. This is my first year on staff at OBC as the Children’s Ministry Leader. I am responsible for the curriculum and volunteers in the children’s area.


In my free time I like to golf, hunt, dance, go to concerts, travel, kayak, attend ball games, entrepreneurial adventures, and be creative!


Contact: Kids@olivebranch.church


My favorite scripture:

Proverbs 4:18


“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining even brighter till the full light of day.” (NIV)

SARA FAWLEY- ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

I am originally from Argos, but have been a resident of Fulton County Indiana for the last 12 years.


My husband, Ryan, and I have 2 children: Eliott, age 10 and Payzlee, age 3. Between sports and having a toddler, we are very busy! I also have one sister, one brother, three step siblings, as well as 8 nieces and nephews.


I have been attending Olive Branch Church since 2017 and have been on staff since February 2021. In my staff position, I do a little bit of everything. My main focus is ensuring the church is run efficiently. This includes helping with events, record keeping, finances, ordering materials and making sure the church is in order for services.


In my free time I like spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy spending time outdoors when the weather is nice, watching TV, and listening to music.


Contact: Office@olivebranch.church


My favorite scripture:

2 Corinthians 5:7


"For we walk by faith, not by sight." (ESV)



Brittany Harris - Church Custodian

I am from Plymouth, Indiana. I lived in northwest Arkansas for 2 years before moving to where I currently live between North Manchester and Roann, Indiana.


I have been married to my husband, Derrick, for 9 years. We have 2 kids; Hunter age 12, and Bella who is 11.


My family and I first started attending Olive Branch Church about 6 years ago. I have been on staff for 1 year. I strive to maintain a clean, safe, healthy, and attractive environment so that people can discover life in Christ.


In my free time I enjoy camping, swimming, and canning. I love to bake and garden!


My favorite scripture:

Proverbs 31:25


“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” (NLT)