Our pastors are educated and ordained to teach, preach, and administer the sacraments.
Rev. William B. Kesslerbill@graceopc.org
Pastor Kessler has served as the Senior Pastor at Grace since 2002, preaching, counseling, teaching, and shepherding the congregation of Grace, along with the elders.
In addition to his work locally at Grace, Pastor Kessler serves on the OPC Foreign Missions Committee, writes for New Horizons and Ordained Servant, and is actively involved in overseas outreach—including regular outreaches to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Africa. Pastor Kessler has also developed and leads an innovative program to support and encourage missionaries throughout their service. Prior to taking the Senior Pastor position at Grace, Pastor Kessler was a missionary in both Eritrea and Uganda. He also planted and served as minister of Community Presbyterian Church in Newtown, CT for 14 years. Before his church planting role, Pastor Kessler served as an Associate Pastor at Landsdale Presbyterian Church in Landsdale, PA. Pastor Kessler earned a B.A. in Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University. He went to earn both an M.Div and Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.
Pastor Kessler lives in Columbus, OH with his wife, Hazel. They enjoy spending time with their adult children and their grandchildren. Pastor Kessler spends his free time painting, hiking, and fly fishing. He can often be found taking in an impressionist exhibit at museums around the country.
Rev. Alan Dueckalan@graceopc.org
Alan was called as Associate Pastor to Grace in 2018. A U.S. Navy veteran, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Natural Science at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and went on to work in the pharmaceutical industry before sensing a call to pastoral ministry. He prepared for ministry at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, receiving the M.Div. in 2011, and then pastoring an OPC congregation in Nevada until called to Columbus. Alan and his wife, Carrie, have three children.
Rev. Jonathan Shishkojon@graceopc.org
Jon was called as an Associate Pastor to Grace in 2020. Jon had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and learning about the faith from childhood. He made a public profession of faith when he was fourteen. In 2004, Jon graduated from St. John’s University with a finance degree and worked in New York City as a banker for four years. During that time he was ordained to serve as a deacon at the Orthodox Presbyterian church in Franklin Square, NY. From 2008 to 2011, Jon continued to work in finance part-time while attending Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he received his M.Div. After graduation, Jon was called to an Orthodox Presbyterian Church plant in Queens, NYC. From 2011 to 2019, Jon worked as an intern, Evangelist, and Pastor to Reformation Presbyterian Church. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in 2012. Jon and his wife, Lauryn, have three children: Caleb, Kate, and Ethan.