Mission & Values

Our Mission

We exist to connect people to Jesus by launching life-giving churches in rural communities.

Our Values

The Bible Is Our Authority

The Bible is the foundation for our belief system (2 Timothy 3:16)

Jesus Is Our Focus

We believe that everything we do should connect people to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)

People Are Our Purpose

We believe in meeting people where they’re at and equipping them for real life (Ephesians 4: 12-13)

Small Communities Are Our Passion

We believe in reaching and serving small communities (Acts 1:8)

Launching Churches Is Our Mission

We believe in launching life-giving churches (Luke 10:1)

Excellence Is How We Operate

We believe in a culture of excellence where process supports vision, integrity sustains us, and future leaders are born (Colossians 3:23, Matthew 25:23)

our story

In 2007, Pastor Justin and Jenni Wiegand were called to start a church in rural Ohio, where they both grew up. Pastor Keith and Jenny Peterson followed the calling as well. They left their home in Kentucky and moved with their two sons to Ohio to help Pastor Justin and Jenni start the church. In 2007, they launched the church in Lewisburg with only a few additional families. Community of Faith has since grown to serve nearly a thousand people on a weekly basis.

Pastor Jeff and Elizabeth Travis joined the team in 2014 and are the pastors of the second campus in Eaton. Community of Faith is now a multi-site church, holding seven services throughout the week and continuously pursuing the mission God laid on Pastor Justin’s heart many years ago -- to launch life-giving churches in rural communities.

In the fall of 2017, Community of Faith launched a third campus in Arcanum and Pastor Brandon Peterson took over as the pastor of that campus in 2019.  Brandon started serving on the worship team at our first COF location at the age of 12. He studied theology in Dallas, Texas before returning to Ohio as the Worship Director at Community of Faith Churches. Brandon now lives in Arcanum and has a heart and passion for its people.

Meet the Team

Justin Wiegand

Lead Pastor

Keith Peterson

Executive Pastor

Jeff Travis

Eaton Pastor

Brandon Peterson 

Arcanum Pastor 

Carrieann Helvey

Executive of Administration

Jenny Peterson

Administrative Assistant

Logan Parr

Production Support

James Hardy

Technical Media Director

Bekah Kvas

Director of Student Ministries

Will Petersen

Internship Director

Eric Petersen

Pastoral Care

Shelly Lykins

Executive of Operations

Amanda Montgomery

Creative Director

Penny Petersen

Pastoral Care 

Torrie Norris

Community Kids' Director

Becca North

Book Keeper

Falon Armstrong

Community Kids' Support