Tim Walter Senior Pastor
Tim was raised in Hillsboro, Kansas and became a Christian while completing an Accounting Degree at Abilene Christian University. After graduating, God led him into full-time ministry. He prepared for ministry by becoming a student in a three-year training program for church planters in St. Louis, Missouri. When their training was complete, Tim and his wife Sherry moved to Thailand and were missionaries in Bangkok for thirteen years. The Walter’s have three children, Ashlee, Joshua, and Jonathan. Tim joined the Pastoral Team at ANCF in January of 2006.
Vu Luong Executive Pastor
Vu was born in former South Vietnam and came to the United States as a refugee in 1975. Growing up with a Catholic father and Buddhist mother, Vu was introduced to religion at an early age. After studying different religions and philosophies, he came to believe and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior while attending The Ohio State University. Vu has served as president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Ohio State, as well as a volunteer staff for IVCF. Before coming to ANCF in 1998, he was serving as the Worship Leader at Columbus Chinese Christian Church while growing the English and Youth ministries there.
Jude D'Souza Associate Life Group Pastor
Jude, a Roman Catholic by birth, grew up in Mumbai, India. Through the Charismatic Renewal he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. At one such meeting God told him that he would take him to the nations and that one day he would pastor a multi-racial congregation. In 1989, while studying at a Bible School in New Delhi, he met his wife Nancy, a native of Columbus, Ohio. They are married and now have three children, Rebecca, Josiah, and Raj. Jude served with various ministries in India after that but kept praying about a multi-racial church and wondered how God would fulfill his word to him. He then moved to Columbus in 1997 where he sought opportunity to fulfill his calling. To refresh his knowledge of the Word he attended VLI (Vineyard Leadership Institute). While there he learned about All Nations Christian Fellowship and was invited to join as a pastoral intern. Through ANCF God has brought him to fulfill his vision and is on the staff leading and pastoring life groups.
Rich Mendola Founding Pastor
Rich was born in Buffalo, NY the grandson of immigrants from Italy who settled in Western, NY. His mother and father were both raised in the Italian section of the city. Although he was raised in a religious family who attended church, he did not personally know Christ until he was 17 years old. Prior to that, the death of his father at age 13 triggered a search for meaning and truth. This eventually led to studying the Bible, where he discovered that the true purpose of life was to worship and serve God and that Jesus Christ made it possible to come to God because of His sacrificial death for sins. Immediately upon coming to know Jesus, Rich had the strong desire to let others know the good news.
Rich attended Colgate University in New York State where he majored in Biology and minored in Education and Philosophy and Religion. After his graduation, he had the first opportunity to pastor and was called to serve a rural congregation. At the same time he served on the Dean’s staff at Colgate University as the Director of Housing. In addition, he studied for a Master’s degree in counseling.
In 1991, Rich and his wife, Janet, moved to Columbus, Ohio to work with International Friendships. In addition, Rich worked as the pastor of the English congregation of the Korean Church of Columbus. In 1998, with the prompting of the Holy Spirit and confirmation from Christian leaders, Rich began to plant a new church – All Nations Christian Fellowship with the vision of having a multicultural church to the glory of God.
Rich and Janet have 6 children: Grace, Danielle, Hope, Philip, Melody, and Paul. Rich’s interests are: Evangelism, Discipleship, trips, chess, and hats.