Joe Coffey is lead pastor of Christ Community Chapel, an independent, multi-campus, mega-church in Northeastern Ohio.
Bob Bevington is a member of Joe’s church where he and his former wife, Rita, co-lead a divorce-recovery program called Oasis.
Joe graduated cum laude from Taylor University prior to completing his M.A. at Columbia Seminary and Graduate School of Missions. Joe recently received his D.Min. from Columbia Evangelical Seminary.
Bob was educated at The Ohio State University where he earned a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1980. He semi-retired from optometry ten years ago at age 45, but still practices four days a month. To get an appointment call 330-644-7138.
Joe is a jock. He completed a full Iron Man competition at age fifty. He was named Male Athlete of the year in both his junior and senior years at Taylor. He spent a year playing professional basketball in Bolivia, South America.
Bob is a die-hard Buckeye football fan, especially since Coach Jim Tressel came to Columbus. He plays tennis but not very well.
Joe’s article, “Pastoral Pensees: How a Mega-Church is Re-discovering the Gospel” was published in Themelios: An International Journal for Pastors and Students of Theological and Religious Studies. It can be accessed for free on-line at http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/publications/33-1/how-a-mega-church-is-rediscovering-the-gospel
Bob has co-authored two books with his mentor, Jerry Bridges. They were both published by Crossway Books: The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness (2007) and The Bookends of the Christian Life (2009). Free chapters of both books are available at: http://www.BobBevington.com
Joe married his college sweetheart, Karen, and they have three children and one grandchild.
Bob has four children: two with his former wife, Rita, and two with his current (aka second) wife, Amy. The oldest is twenty-five and the youngest is eight.