Meet Our Leaders

Lead Pastor, Elder - Staff

Jay O'Brien

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. Todd and his wife, Elise, 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.

Adam Rapp

Adam serves as an elder at Scarlet City. 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.

Paul Dubuc

Paul serves as an elder at Scarlet City. He has worked for many years as a software engineer for AT&T and CAS in Columbus, Ohio. He is also a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary with a practical theology degree in spiritual formation. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and riding his bicycle. He and his wife, Mary Beth, live in Clintonville. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Nick Nye

Nick serves as an elder at Scarlet City. He has led as a church planter, church revitalizer, multi-site lead pastor, non-profit founder, church planting network board member, speaker, and leadership coach. Nick is the executive director of For Columbus, working toward gospel-centered collaboration for the flourishing of the city. Nick is married to Brittany and they have four children: Viola, Charlotte, Simone, and Elliott.
Worship Gathering Director - Staff

Janelle Jackson

Janelle serves as the Worship Gathering Director. She graduated from Point Park University with a degree in Musical Theatre. She and her husband Danny 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.

Director of Operations, Engagement & Mission - Staff

Jenny Arnot

Jenny serves as the Director of Operations, Engagement & Mission. A former missionary and English teacher, she loves to follow the arc of a good story. She is passionate about seeing people incorporated into God's incredible story, and participating with God's people in His healing and redeeming work. She has been a part of Scarlet City Church since 2015, and lives in Clintonville with her husband Justin and their precious foster kiddo.

Scarlet City Kids Director - Staff

Judi Irwin

Judi serves as the Director of Scarlet City Kids. She has spent her life serving young people and their families, and is passionate about creating space for children to experience God for themselves as they learn about His character and invite Him to guide them throughout all their life adventures. Judi and her husband, Mark, make their home in Westerville with their little Maltese, Beemer, who has a BIG personality. They are parents to two grown daughters and grandparents to five grandchildren.

Director of Technology - Staff

Matt Ferree

Matt serves as the Director of Technology at Scarlet City. He also serves in the music team on piano and loves connecting with God through music. He holds two degrees in chemical engineering from OSU, but his true passion lies in music, so he started a business that provides DJ and live music entertainment for weddings and private events. He and his wife Jessica have attended Scarlet City since the summer of 2022.
Hospitality Ministry Director

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.
Facility Maintenance

Chandler Kisiel

Chandler serves in the role of Facility Maintenance, on call to care for our beloved--albeit quirky--building. He's never met a problem he wasn't willing to at least try to fix. By day, he drives children to and from school in a yellow bus. Chandler enjoys playing the violin in one of our Worship Gathering bands. He lives in New Albany and commutes to Scarlet City in the '94 Saab 900 or the '89 Lincoln.
Office Manager - Staff

Stephanie Runk

Stephanie serves as the Office Manager. She has called Scarlet City Church home since 2014, when she moved to Columbus. She lives in Gahanna with her husband Daniel and their son Xavier.