Our Staff

Mark Searing

District Superintendent

Family: wife Reatha

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Brian Scott

Director for Multiplication

Family: wife Susan and three children

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From birth, Brian grew up knowing little else than the C&MA way of seeing the world and ministry. He was a Midwest boy living in Central Ohio with a high priority on Ohio State and Cleveland sports. He met his wife Susan when they were in Jr. High and started dating her the year after High School. They eventually married a few years later.

Desiring to succeed in business, he graduated from Taylor University with an Accounting Systems degree and spent 10 years as a Commodities Accountant. He was promoted to a corporate office in Fort Wayne, IN. where they raised their three children. This is also where God eventually called him to change some of his priorities and profession. He was hired on staff at the Alliance church his family was attending and attended Grace Theological Seminary where he received a Masters in Ministry.

The Scotts then led a replanting endeavor which gave birth to two additional international plants. Brian also served with Dwight Smith and Saturation Church Planting International mostly working with leaders in East Africa and India. In July of 2016, he joined Ed Mangham’s staff with the Ohio Valley District serving as Director for Multiplication.


Carolyn Manley

Executive Assistant

Family: husband Richard and two children

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Carolyn grew up in rural Western Kentucky and has served in various roles of administration. She grew up in a Baptist Church and was introduced to the Alliance in 1994 where she served as part of the core group African American church plant in Nicholasville, KY alongside of her husband Richard Manley who served as the assistant pastor. It was in the Alliance that she truly developed heart for ministry and experienced a deeper need and love for the lost.

After moving to Michigan and living there for 6 years, she returned to Lexington, KY and sat under Pastor Steve Elliott’s teaching where she realized she knew she’d returned to her “home” in the Alliance. She and her husband have been members of FAC, Lexington, KY since 2009 where she and her husband serve as lay shepherds. She also serves as a leader of the worship team, is active in her Life group, and volunteers where needed. She now serves as the Executive Assistant to the Ohio Valley District C&MA office.

She attended college at Western Kentucky University, married Richard in 1981, has a son Lynn who is married to Kelsey and lives in Nicholasville, KY and have given her a great joy of 2 grandchildren named Noah and Jeremiah. She also has a daughter, Taylor who works in the public school system in Kalamazoo Michigan.


Katy McKee

Administrative Assistant

Family: husband Kendall

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Katy grew up in Texas and moved to Kentucky in August 2015. She has a backgroung in the Methodist/Wesleyan Church but was introduced to the Christian & Missionary Alliance soon after she came to Kentucky. Katy and her husband, Kendall, are on a team that planted a church in downtown Lexington, KY through the C&MA and have loved being a part of the C&MA family. Katy is passionate about and has a background in adminstration, intercultural studies, and hospitality.

Katy felt the call to ministry her sophmore year in college at West Texas A&M University. She then married Kendall, who was also called to ministry, in 2015, which led the two to later received Masters degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary. The couple is currently in the process of adoption and hope to welcome home their first child soon!

Katy & Kendall bought their first home in downtown Lexington, KY and continue to serve their community. Kendall is an entreprenuer and works bivocationally. Katy senses that the Lord is “just getting started” on their journey and is excited to see how the Lord uses her in His ministry.


Lynne Neyland

Financial Manager

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Ron Ballard

African-American Ministries Coordinator

Family: wife Eleanore and two children

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Dr. Ron Ballard is the Founder and pastor of Christ Community Bible Church in Dayton, Ohio. He founded the Pastors Legacy Ministries and is the Founder and President of Home Ministries Incorpo- rated. He hosts and is the Bible teacher on WTJC-TV in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Ballard received his bachelor from Detroit Bible College and his Master and Doctorate of ministry from Bethany Theological Semi- nary. He was ordained at Trin- ity Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan in 1981.

He’s a member of the Association of Christian Coun- selors and has been a Counselor for Federal and State Prisoners at Christian Guidance Center in Detroit and a Youth Guidance Counselor at Detroit Afro-Amer- ican Mission. He is a Part-time Counselor, as well as a part-time History teacher at Dayton Christian Schools.

Dr. Ballard and his wife, Eleanore have two children, Christian and Ronald II.


Brian “Yogi” Durbin

Columbus Initiative Coordinator

Family: wife Joy and four children

Brian “Yogi” Durbin moved to Columbus with his wife Joy in the fall of 2014, with the intent of planting a new church on the north side of the city. What resulted was the closing of Westerville Alliance Church and launching Hope Church in September of 2015, where he currently serves as the Lead Pastor. Soon after the launch, discussions began with the leadership of the Ohio Valley District about serving as a coach for the Columbus region, which eventually led to his appointment as the Regional Director for the Columbus area.

Yogi’s first exposure to the C&MA was in First Alliance Church in Mansfield, OH, where he received his call into ministry in 1979. After graduation from Moody Bible Institute in 1982, he served as the Sr. Pastor of Edgerton Alliance Church. In 1989, Yogi moved with Joy and their four children to Morrow County in Ohio and took on the Sr. Pastor position at the newly established North Woodbury Alliance Church. Yogi spent 22 years serving in this ministry and was blessed to be a part of planting two new churches during his time there, NewLife/Fredericktown, OH and Heartland/Lexington, OH.

Yogi and Joy have four grown children who have blessed them with six grandchildren. For fun, Yogi loves hanging with the grandkids, playing “old man” softball (nickname of “wheels” because he can run all the way to third without stopping), riding his road bike and watching about any kind of sporting event, as long as they’re serving popcorn. Yogi and Joy love being a part of the Ohio Valley District family.


Paul Helwig

Chaplain Coordinator

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Deb MacKay

Missions Mobilizer

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Nathan Jager

Youth Ministries Coordinator