Sunday gatherings in Mason and Middletown

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Dr. Stephen and Lisa Sams

Lead Pastor: Stephen is responsible for the overall vision and direction of Axis, leads our staff and does most of the speaking at our worship gatherings. He loves good coffee, summertime, country music, sports radio, working out at CrossFit Mason and spending time with his family and friends.

Kid City Director: Lisa oversees the elementary grades, leads worship, and helps plan special kids' events throughout the year. She co-leads in the Women's Ministry. Lisa enjoys raising her family, doing photography, listening to Christian radio (big Toby Mac fan!), watching Fixer Upper, and most definitely loves the Hallmark channel (every single movie they have!)


Mason campus



Josh & Jessica Romano

Teaching Pastor: Josh enjoys helping people discover the potential of a life that is fully connected to Jesus. Whether leading students, investing in young adults, equipping men and women, or tackling new ventures he loves seeing God work in the lives of everyday people. When he isn't at Axis, you'll find him on an outdoor adventure with his family, training in the gym, or hanging out with friends.

Ministry Assistant: Jess provides ministry support. When she's not at church, she's wrangling her three boys, spending time at the gym, enjoying coffee dates with girlfriends, and (unsuccessfully) persuading her husband to start any and every project around the house.




David & Aimee Slone

Worship Director: David currently heads up the worship team at Axis, and enjoys connecting people to God through song.  His love of music began at an early age and has provided him with many unique musical experiences.  David is a Cincinnati native and an alumni of Wright State University.  He loves spending time with his family, taking road trips, and breaking out his Dad humor whenever possible.  Aimee is one of the vocalists on the worship team and an amazing mother who stays home to homeschool their three boys.  She also enjoys photography, board games, outdoor survival skills, and is a proud Arkansas Razorback.  Both frequently vocalize that they were “made for each other,” and may well be the corniest couple in the greater Cincinnati area.



Adam & Erin Grothjan

Early Childhood Director: Erin is one of the Kid City leaders on staff, teaches on Sundays in one of our 3 classrooms while also helping cast vision to her team. She is driven to lead kids in knowing God's infinite love for them and to know that they can live just like Jesus. Erin is a kid at heart and loves all things Disney, listens to Christmas music year round, and will always be down to grab coffee and a donut with you, her treat! Adam, is an amazing servant who loves his metal music, all things nerdy and Hobbit related and buffalo chicken-always buffalo chicken. Erin and Adam love living life at Axis and also have realized they have been talking in third person this whole time.






Andrew Smith
Student Minister

Andrew is the leader of Student Community. Andrew has a heart for students to discover how amazing it is to live their lives for Jesus. He is a major sports
fan, film snob, and closet uber nerd. When he isn’t at Axis he is cliff jumping, playing
Quidditch, getting Ws in Fortnite, balling on the basketball court, going to comic book
shops, hiking, or finding new coffee shops around Cincinnati.



Middletown campus 


Mark and Gail Sams
Teaching pastor (Middletown)



Rob & Amy Carpenter

Worship leader: Rob is worship leader at the Middletown campus and helps with guitar and vocals on the worship team as well as leading worship with the Axis Student Community. Building maintenance and appearance are also some ways Rob serves at Axis. Rob is a Miami university alumni and loves the Cincinnati area. He is a connoisseur of all things coffee, ice cream, bikes and outdoor equipment. His wife, Amy is a stay-at-home mom to their two children, Rory and Perry. They love to be outside enjoy hiking, Reds games and summertime.