purple door leadership

Our staff is of one heart, one mind, and one vision - to reach our world for Jesus. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at 614/875-5612 or email: communications@gcumc.org.

  • Rev. dr. BRIAN JONES

    Lead Pastor

    Brian has served churches on Ohio for over 30 years. He graduated from Asbury University and Asbury Seminary before returning to Asbury Seminary to complete his Doctor of Ministry in Biblical preaching. 

      He and his wife, Kelly, met in his first year of ministry and now have three children and 4 grandchildren, all living in central Ohio. He is excited to see all God is planning for the Purple Door Church as we continue in ministry together. 


  • brandi blackstone

    Associate Pastor

    Brandi and her husband, Bo, met in ceramics class in high school and they have three children, Liam, Jonah, and Eva. Her family loves making memories together and serving the church as a family.  Brandi enjoys worship music, Bible journaling, taking pictures and painting. Mostly she enjoys new adventures with her children.  

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  • lizzy alatorres

    Pastor, St. Mark's UMC

    Lizzy and Sammy are a Mexican couple who are called to serve the Lord with all they have. They have been married for almost 3 years and have one young son, Samuel Eli. Her family loves to worship God and serve him with all they heart. Even though all their family members are in Mexico, God has blessed them with a family in Jesus Christ called the church where they enjoy having new adventures. Lizzy loves to meet new people, learn new things, have adventures and live by faith knowing that ANYTHING can be possible if we believe. Read More


  • nichole amicucci

    church administrator

    Nichole Amicucci began serving as the Church Administrator in May, 2023. She felt called to this ministry after serving in healthcare for 18 years as an emergency room nurse and nurse practitioner.

    She met her now husband, Nick, while working together in the ER at Grant. He offered her his coat and the rest is history! They have three children, Rocco, Sophia and Niko, and make their home in Grove City. Much of their time is spent at the soccer fields and enjoying all the activities that come with a busy family!

    They are passionate about supporting their community in many ways and believe that it’s everyone’s job to make the world a better place and share Jesus’ love!

  • traci wurschmidt

    Director of Contemporary Worship


  • kelli newhouse


  • Sandy Reddig

    Pastors' Administrative Assistant