Mt. Nebo UMC Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at Nebo is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Mike Starkey

    Lead Pastor

    Mike Starkey has served as Pastor of Mt. Nebo since 2000. He was raised in Clinton County, Ohio living his first 12 years in Blanchester and the following years on a farm near Wilmington. A few years after graduation from Wilmington High School, Mike began following a call from God to pastoral ministry. He graduated from Columbia International University in 1990 and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1995. He served as student pastor of the Bryantsville UMC in Kentucky (1992-1995), and as pastor of Salem UMC in Bettsville, Ohio (1995-2000). Mike is married to Elise and they have three sons: Michael who is married to Diana, Luke, and Tim who is married to Kaitlyn. They also have four grandchildren. Mike also enjoys gardening, hunting and fishing.

  • Brenda Reed

    Discipleship Coordinator

    Brenda Reed joined the staff at Mt. Nebo as Discipleship Coordinator in May 2017. Brenda is a lifelong resident of the area, where she and her husband, Dan, live on the family farm near Williamsburg. Brenda is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a degree in Home Ec Education, and completed coursework in education administration through Ohio University. Following a career as an educator, Brenda is using many of these skills along with her desire to help others grow in their relationship with Christ. Brenda and Dan are the parents of 4 adult children- Anne married to Chris Gavorcik, Elizabeth, Gabe married to Emily, and Hannah married to Caleb Ely. They also have 8 grandchildren. Brenda enjoys time with family, making memories with grandchildren, and lending a hand in the community

  • jake farrell

    Worship Coordinator / Media Coordinator

    Jake has served with Mt. Nebo since 2005. He joined Nebo's staff in 2009 as Worship Coordinator and shortly after as Media Coordinator. Jake and his wife Katie live in Anderson Township with their two daughters Juliana and Selah.

  • Elaine Ogden


    Elaine was hired as Mt. Nebo’s first secretary in December 2003. She lives on the same property where she was born and raised just outside of Hamersville. After graduating from Hamersville High School, she worked for the Williamson Company, LeBlond/Fosdick Company and for the previous 32 years at GTE/Verizon. Elaine is married to Terry and have one daughter, Terre Dawn. She enjoys the quiet time in her semi-retired life and spending time with her animals.