Meet Our Leaders

Jay O'Brien

Lead Pastor, Elder - Staff

Pastor Jay serves as the visionary leader and primary teacher at Scarlet City Church. Jay is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Before planting Scarlet City Church he went through the Fellowship Associates church plant residency in Little Rock, AR. He lives in Clintonville with his wife Megan and their sons Bennett, Jack, and Owen.

Todd Walter


Todd serves as an Elder at Scarlet City Church. He and his wife Elise lead a City Group and teach in Scarlet City Kids. They have called Scarlet City home since 2011. Todd is a Partner and the Chief Wealth Planning Officer with The Joseph Group, a wealth planning firm in Columbus. He and Elise live in Worthington with their daughters Alaina and Emi.

Keith Robinette


Keith serves as an elder at Scarlet City Church. He works at Nationwide Insurance as a Portfolio Manager on their multi-asset strategies. Keith and his wife Amanda have been part of Scarlet City Church since 2012. They live in Clintonville with their two children, Lincoln and Clara.

Kevin Vereide


Kevin serves as an elder. He and his wife Lindy have been attending Scarlet City Church since 2016. They live in Northwest Columbus and have two daughters. Kevin is director of Immigrant and Refugee Elevate Group, a ministry seeking to love immigrants and refugees in Central Ohio.

Adam Rapp

Global Partnerships, Elder

Adam serves as an elder and the director of global partnerships. He has a passion for connecting both people and local resources to God’s larger story. Adam graduated from Ohio State University with degrees in Business and Russian. Adam works for Strategic Insurance Software leading Product Marketing. He lives in Northland with his wife Jamie and daughters Addison and Aubrey.

Danny Jackson

Visual Arts & Technology - Staff

Danny serves as the Visual Arts and Technology Director. He focuses on the visual arts of graphic design, web, photography, and videography. Danny works at 104.9 The River as the Director of Video and manages their website. He and his wife Janelle moved to Columbus in 2011 to be a part of Scarlet City Church. They live in Salem Village with their kids, Malachi, Ezekiel, and Joanna.

Kati Courtney

Operations - Staff

Kati serves as the Operations Coordinator and provides administrative support to the pastoral staff and ministry directors. She holds a degree in Public History from James Madison University and lives in Bexley with her husband. They have lived in central Ohio since 2019.

Brittany Greener

Scarlet City Kids, Communications - Staff

Brittany serves as the Scarlet City Kids Director as well as the Connection & Communication Director. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Child and Family Services. She is eager to partner with the families at Scarlet City Church to teach kiddos about the love and grace of God. Brittany and her husband, Robin, moved to the area in 2021.

Matt Beckler

Music & Liturgy - Staff

Matt serves as the Worship Director at Scarlet City Church. He spent several years in Nashville working as a songwriter and artist, and it is where he met his wife, Tiffany. After more than a decade of touring and playing his music for people all over the country and beyond, he felt a strong calling to vocational ministry through a local church context. Matt grew up in the suburban sprawl of Chicagoland, and Tiffany, his bride of 15 years, is a Columbus native. As a couple they are passionate about Christ and His Gospel, and along with their 3 year old son, Charlie, are grateful to call this city their home.

Jenny Hunt

Mercy Ministry

Jenny serves as the director of Mercy Ministry. She is passionate about being a faithful presence in the city and neighborhood, and deeply values partnerships with organizations who share the vision of seeking the welfare of the city in holistic ways. She has a heart for the world, and has been shaped significantly by her years in Africa. Jenny is an English teacher at Thomas Worthington High School, and has lived in Clintonville since she moved to Columbus in 2015.

Anna Roth


Anna serves as the Hospitality Ministry Director. Her passion and love for people is demonstrated through years of work in non-profit, education and ministry environments. Her team aims to create a space and culture where all feel seen and known and can encounter God in a genuine way. Anna has been attending Scarlet City Church since 2018. She and her husband, Blake, live in Clintonville.

Kate Likely

Equipping Ministry

Kate serves as director of Scarlet City's Equipping Ministry. Drawn to Christianity's contemplative tradition and practices, Kate is pursuing training as a spiritual director. The Likley family has been part of Scarlet City since 2016. Kate and her husband Shawn host a City Group in Northland, where they live with their three sons.