Pastor Rick McKinniss
Pastor Rick has served Wellspring Church as senior pastor since 1986. He has two theological degrees from Bethel Seminary in Minnesota, where he also taught as an adjunct professor in preaching. In recent years he has been involved in the emerging global prayer movement as a partner in InterPrayer, an international ministry fellowship of prayer leaders from several nations. During that same time he has been used by God to call pastors and churches together for persevering revival prayer and for Kingdom breakthrough in Connecticut. He is passionate about seeing heaven-sent revival come to New England once again in his lifetime. Pastor Rick and Debbie have been married for 36 years and have five children (one by marriage) and four grandchildren (Eli, Hannah, Ezra, and Jonah). Debbie is the leader in Bethesda, the healing prayer ministry of Wellspring. Pastor Rick is an amateur decoy woodcarver and an avid supporter of Ohio State football, the Cincinnati Reds (he grew up in southern Ohio and has never recovered) and UCONN basketball.
Pastor Rick’s email is managed by his administrative assistant.
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Pastor Wesley Zinn
Pastor Wesley leads the ministries of Wellspring. He is responsible for overseeing current ministries, helping to develop and launch new ministries, leading our staff and ministry leaders, and helping to pastor the congregation. He also serves as the director of Wellspring’s Impact ministries, including missions, our vision to see New Britain transformed for the Lord, our handyman CrossCut ministry, Disaster Response teams, and more. Wes’ vision is to equip and release the church and the individual to take hold of the fullness of life and destiny that God intends. He likes to state it this way: The church is not here to be served by people, rather the church exists to equip the people to take the Kingdom to the world.
Wes and his wife Pam have been part of Wellspring since 1988, and in 1999 he left the corporate world and joined our staff. “I consider it an honor to serve this Body of Christ, and to pursue the heart of God for what He has in store for and through Wellspring.” Wes and Pam live here in Kensington. They have two sons, Nathan and Kyle (his pride and joy!) Oh, and by the way, if serious mountain biking is your thing, give Wes a call. “We’re always looking for more riders/crashers!”
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Pastor Bob Switzer
Family Life Pastor
Bob Switzer joined the Wellspring family in August of 2008. Bob has been involved in ministry since 1983. He married his wife, Lore, in 1986 and they have four children: Isaiah, Stephen, Anna, and Luke. Bob has an overwhelming passion to encourage growth in the individual’s walk with God as well as the relational connections of the body of Christ. Building strong relationships with others and between others is a major focus of Bob’s ministry. His overriding philosophy of ministry is “relationships transform lives.” This theme permeates the ministries and groups that he supports. Bob and Lore co-labor together to see expressions of their heavenly father’s love and kingdom here on earth.
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Pastor Herb Speer
Herb has been serving Wellspring Church since 1954 in various capacities, (church chairman, deacon and elder). In 1999 the church called him to the position of Shepherding Pastor. As pastor he visits the homebounders, mentors men and participates in the Bethesda ministry. Herb and his wife, Jan, have been married for more than 45 years. They have 7 children (3 by marriage) and 6 grandchildren. His nicknames are “huggy bear” and “grandpa” to many at Wellspring. “The best thing about my position is being able to interact with people and watch them grow in their walk with the Lord.”
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Director of Bethesda Healing Ministry
A retired nurse, Debbie has worked in various medical settings. She has been leading our healing ministries since about 2000. She also facilitates and teaches the Elijah House Video Schools. Debbie’s desire is to see God glorified as his people walk in physical health, in emotional well-being, and in spiritual integrity.
Debbie has been married to senior pastor, Rick, since 1973. They have 4 grown fabulous children, 1 incredibly gorgeous daughter-in-law, and 4 amazing grandchildren. Debbie is an avid quilter who always has several quilts in process at all times.
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Director of Wellspring Kids
Jenn has had a lifelong love and experience of working with children. At the crossroads of the completion of her B.A. in English, Jenn came across a heartbreaking documentary about children who live on the streets of a third world country. This eye opening experience led to Jenn’s call into fulltime ministry. With a newfound direction, Jenn attended Zion Bible College and earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Christian Education. She has served as a Children & Youth Pastor at two churches.
As the Director of Wellspring Kids, Jenn quite often pinches herself because she is living her dream to not only work with children in fulltime ministry, but to also have the opportunity to work with children in Uganda.
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Director of Education / Pastoral Assistant
Mike grew up as a part of the Wellspring community and is now proud to be pouring back into the church that nurtured his childhood. He earned his B.A. in Christian ministries from Messiah College and his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Mike enjoys digging through the Scriptures, finding the living truth within them, and showing those discoveries to others. He is always on the lookout for new educational opportunities to bring to the Wellspring community. Outside the office, you may find Mike watching or reading about the Cincinnati Reds or the Ohio State Buckeyes.
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Director of Worship Life and IT
Andrew has been on full-time staff since August 2010 and “All Staff” for more than a decade before that. He has a BA in Math and Computer Science from Wesleyan University, over 21 years experience in IT and Software Development and over 25 years in music ministry and audio production. As the Director of Worship Life, he supports our music teams for all of our services as well as other artistic expressions of worship. As the Director of IT and Production he supports our paid and volunteer staff’s use of all our systems: Networking, Computers, Website, Visual and Audio. He has a passion to empower people to do the work of the Kingdom.
Andrew lives in New Britain with his wife, Kimberly, their two sons, Christopher and Benjamin and their overgrown puppy, Reginald. Kimberly teaches in the Wellspring School of Leadership. Christopher is a history buff, loves classical music, soccer and swimming. Benjamin is an aspiring engineer, loves rock climbing and serves as a drummer in Wellspring worship bands.
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Pam oversees the administration and all operations of the ministry, including finance, administration and support functions, and facilities. She has been on staff since July of 2011, but she has served in many roles as a lay leader for the past 25 years. Pam’s passion is to see Kingdom Administration come, and to be in effect throughout all areas of the ministry. Pam oversees our Uganda Bridge, and partners with Pastor Arnold Muwonge to continue to develop, strengthen and implement Wellspring’s relationship with Kampala Children’s Centre. She is also a partner and administrator of InterPrayer, an international ministry fellowship of prayer leaders from several nations. Pam is happiest when she has the opportunity to combine her strong prophetic and intercessory gifts with the challenge of directing the administrative staff and overseeing the financial provision of the church.
Pam is married to Wesley, and they have two grown sons, Nathan and Kyle. “My greatest joy and accomplishment over the last 25 years has been to raise our two sons, and to see them become the young men that God has destined them to be!” Pam spends as much time as possible at their Jersey shore home, and enjoys traveling and hanging out with Bilbo, her energetic Boston Terrier.
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Communications Manager / Ministry Support Associate
James has been on staff at Wellspring since June 2008. He works as a project manager helping with various needs of the many ministries at Wellspring. He currently serves as Communications Manager handling several ministry projects. James recently initiated our Firestarters discipleship course and is also on the worship leadership team.
James and his wife Stacey live in New Britain with their French Bulldog, Charles.
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Tori is an Indiana native who grew-up in the Midwest and has spent the last several summers working in cities around the US. She found Wellspring when she moved to Connecticut to attend Wesleyan University in the fall of 2009, and she is ecstatic to be staying around. As Administrative/Event Manager, Tori is the keeper of the church calendar and database and serves as Pastor Rick’s assistant.
Tori holds a B.A. in the College of Social Studies, an interdisciplinary major in the fields of history, government, economic, and philosophy, and a certificate in International Relations. She has a healthy addiction to Amazon.com and a correspondingly lengthy queue in her Kindle. She also hosts dinner parties with friends whenever she has time, and, like all proper Hoosiers, loves high school basketball.
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Lore has served Wellspring as Treasurer since October 2008. Lore has served in ministry alongside her husband since the mid ’80’s. She brings a wealth of experience with her from corporate offices as well as from other ministries. She understands the value of excellence in the administrative aspects of ministry, and enjoys using her skills to pursue that goal.
Bob and Lore have served the Lord Jesus in student ministries since they met in college. They have 4 students of their own. Lore stayed home with their children and did school at home with them, until their youngest was 9. Once they were all enrolled in school, she returned to work outside the home, working part-time hours while they were in school.
Lore enjoys pursuing intimacy with the Lord. You can usually find her involved in a class, group, or seminar, and always has a couple books that she is currently reading and learning from.
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Debbie began attending Wellspring in 2005 and joined the Wellspring staff as a volunteer in July of 2011 and full time in the fall of 2012. She is responsible for various administrative tasks.
Debbie and her husband, Dale, have been married since 1990 and have 3 grown children. Debbie and Dale help facilitate the Marriage Course at Wellspring. Debbie enjoys traveling, reading and creating beaded jewelry.
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Chris Ann Tufts
Children’s Ministry Administrative Assistant
Chris Ann has been attending Wellspring since January 2010. Since 2011, she has been a volunteer in the Go Fish and The Rock Children’s ministries. She is also a “professional” shopper for the “Big L” and Wellspring of Hope ministries since the Fall of 2012.
She is thrilled to be working with the children of Wellspring and their families, and is eager to connect more faces with names of Wellspring families.
She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioral Science- Psychology, and a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. She previously taught five years in the public school system as an elementary educator, and finished her internship as school counselor (grades 9-12) in West Hartford, CT in June 2012.
Chris Ann is married to her husband/honeybunny, David, for 17 years and has two children, ages eight and ten who are part of the Wellspring Kids community. She enjoys scrapbooking in her spare time, writing poetry, and spending quality time with family and friends.
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