Staff and Leadership

The staff and leadership of Destiny Church

Mary Bisesi – Office Manager

Mary Bisesi – Office Manager

Mary formally served on the administrative faculty at Columbia International University for 14 years; 11 years in a variety of positions in Student Development, the final 1 1/2 years as Acting Dean of Students and three years as the Director of Financial Aid.

Calvin Lamar Brown, Sr. – Elder & Co-Pastor

Calvin Lamar Brown, Sr. – Elder & Co-Pastor

Calvin is a member of our preaching team. He is married to Robin and they have two children.  His hobbies include swimming, biking, and playing soccer with his boys. 

Carl Hammett – Elder

Carl Hammett – Elder

Carl accepted Christ at age 11.  At former churches he has served as an elder, taught bible classes and been involved in music ministry for 50 years. Carl has served faithfully at Destiny as a Small Group leader and Praise Team member.  He is a regular participant in the Akron Marathon.

Paul Hays – Elder & Co-Pastor

Paul Hays – Elder & Co-Pastor

Paul oversees our Family Ministries Team. He is married to Renee and has one child, Liam. He is licensed with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Formerly, he served in the U.S. Navy as a communications expert for 10 years and spent eight of those years overseas. 

Keith New – Preaching Team

Keith New – Preaching Team

Keith is a member of our preaching team.  He also teaches a weekly Sunday morning class.  Keith earned a Masters of Theology degree from Shalom Seminary. 

Bob Ross – Elder & Co-Pastor

Bob Ross – Elder & Co-Pastor

Bob is a member of our preaching team.  His primary areas of responsibility include counseling and teaching.  Bob is also a Certified Financial Planner, Founder and President of Integrity Financial Services, which is a full-service financial consulting firm.

Patricia Sirna – Bookkeeper

Patricia Sirna – Bookkeeper

Patti is a lifelong Bedford resident who is an active member of the Bedford Historical Society, volunteering on various committees.  She has done everything from truck driving to pet sitting, but most of her professional career has been in the business office setting.

Janet Lynn Skinner – Worship and Arts Director

Janet Lynn Skinner – Worship and Arts Director

Janet joined the Destiny staff in April 2004.  A Cleveland native, Janet is a graduate of the Cleveland State University.  She has an extensive resume of professional music performance including the release of 2 solo albums and as a featured soloist on several other recording projects as well. 

Trent Thomas – Elder & Co-Pastor

Trent Thomas – Elder & Co-Pastor

Trent is a member of our preaching team.  His primary areas of responsibility include the Worship and Arts Ministry and pastoral care.  Trent earned a Bachelors degree in marketing from Hampton University in Virginia, and a Masters degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. 

Illinois Wilson – Elder

Illinois Wilson – Elder

Illinois Wilson and his wife, Susan, have been members of Destiny Church for 8 years.  They have 3 children.  He is currently involved in the Worship and Arts ministry as a leader of the Tech team.  He and Susan also have a small group Bible study that meets in their home.  Illinois is currently enrolled […]

Albert Woolley – Elder

Albert Woolley – Elder

Al has served in church leadership at Destiny, and his former church, in various roles including teaching and prayer.  He currently teaches our class for new Christians, which is a core passion of his.  Another passion of Al’s is helping men lead their families as Christian men should.