Pastors

Austin Shaw

SENIOR PASTOR

Austin is a native of Northeast Ohio where he was raised by Christian parents. He received his theological education in England, earning a masters degree and a PhD from the University of Oxford. Prior to coming to Providence, Austin served nine years in a local church ministering to college students and young adults, overseeing the internship program for the training of future ministers and serving as the teaching pastor.

Austin holds a fellowship in the Center for Pastor Theologians, a group of church leaders committed to the interface of theology and local church ministry. In this vein, he remains connected to local universities as an adjunct professor of church history.

In 2011 Austin married Mallory, also a native of Northeast Ohio, and they are delighted to be raising two sons, Graham (b. 2015) and Andrew (b. 2018). In his spare time, Austin is typically reading or jogging.

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Joe Ciresi

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Growing up in Northeast Ohio, Joe began following Jesus during the summer before his senior year at Maple Heights High School. Six years later, he married his wife Becky and earned his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute. Continuing in biblical education, Joe graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Masters in Divinity in 1994. In 1995, Joe, Becky, and their family first became involved with Providence Church, becoming members and actively serving while Joe worked in sales.

In 2003, Joe left sales to serve as a pastor. He has served in two different churches, one in Ohio and one in Indiana. In 2011 the Lord led Joe back to Northeast Ohio to eventually join the pastoral staff of Providence Church, encouraging people to follow Christ together in small groups.

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Caleb Watson

PASTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES

Caleb received his Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies and Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Moody Bible Institute. He holds a second Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty.

Caleb and his wife, Emily, are both Ohio natives. They met at Skyview Ranch where they both served and married in 2013. Emily attended Baptist Bible College and graduated with a degree in camp ministry.

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Ian Shire

PASTOR OF WORSHIP & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES

Ian trusted Christ as a high schooler through the ministry of Young Life where he would serve as a volunteer through college. He received a B.A. in English at Baldwin-Wallace University to begin work as a high school educator. In 2010, Ian joined the team at Providence directing the worship ministry. In 2013, Ian along with his wife Renae also launched the young adult ministry where they serve today. Ian was credentialed as a pastor through the Evangelical Free Church in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Ian and Renae have three children: Adalee, Finley, and Julia. They have been blessed to call Providence their church home since 2003.

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Staff

Dawn Gerent

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

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Kathy Mack

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

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Jonathan Hooper

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION

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Susan Kiesel

 BOOKKEEPER

Angel Chan

ACCOUNTANT

Rick Simmerer

DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES OPERATION

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Lisa Baracskai

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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