Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Rev. Jacob LaBounty

Lead Pastor

My name is Jacob LaBounty, and above all else, I am a devoted follower of Christ. I strive to live in His footsteps, seeking deeper understanding and connection with Him. My faith in Him is unwavering, and my love for Him consumes my heart entirely. In addition to my faith, I am blessed to be a husband and father, cherishing the roles entrusted to me by God. As a minister of the Gospel of Christ ordained by the Missionary Church, I am honored to serve and spread His word. Furthermore, I am a Certified Biblical Counselor recognized by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

I earned degrees from Southwestern Michigan College, Indiana University, and Bethel University, where I obtained my master's degree in Ministry.  

Recently, I've found myself labeled a Martial Artist, perhaps due to my dedication to training in both Taekwondo and Hapkido. However, amidst all these roles and activities, I always return to the core of my identity—I am a believer, deeply devoted to Jesus Christ. He is my rock and salvation, the center of my life and love. 

Rev. Aaron Grosse

Youth Pastor

Pastor Aaron was born and raised in New Paris, Indiana and grew up in a Christian family. He majored in Youth Ministry at Bethel College and is a published author. Pastor Aaron and his beautiful wife Kelli have been married since 2016. They have two adorable little beagles. Pastor Aaron has a passion for youth, leading them to Christ and discipling them as they grow.

Pastor Aaron has a special love for music and also enjoys carpentry, outdoors and being with the ones he loves.   

Michelle Troyer

Worship Leader

Michelle grew up here at Zion Missionary Church and is now raising her family here. She has four wonderful children and a great husband named Dylan. Michelle has been working at Zion since 2018 as worship leader. She is a graduate of Concord High School.

Michelle enjoys sleeping when her kids do not wake her up, strolling the aisles of the grocery store, doing photography (seriously, check out her work!), and spending quality time with her amazing family and friends. 

Pastor Eduardo Lara

Spanish Ministries Pastor

In 2023, Eduardo became an integral part of the Zion MC team, stepping into the role of Spanish Ministries Director with fervor and dedication. His arrival injected a renewed sense of passion and excitement into our community. With a heart ablaze for spreading the message of Christ, Eduardo is deeply committed to seeing the Hispanic community embrace faith and experience the transformative power of the cross in their lives.

Beyond his role within the church, Eduardo is a devoted family man. Alongside his cherished wife, Nanci, and their four children, he radiates joy and warmth, enriching the lives of all those around him. Together, they form a beacon of love and unity within our congregation.

In addition to his spiritual calling, Eduardo has cultivated a love for volleyball, finding solace and camaraderie on the court. Yet, his greatest source of fulfillment lies in the precious moments spent with his family, cherishing each shared memory as a testament to the blessings bestowed upon him.

Patty Yaw

Secretary and Children's Ministry Director

Patty and her husband Kerry have been married over 30 years now. They have two wonderful adult children that they adopted from Vietnam when they were infants. Both their daughter, Amanda, and son, Joseph are in their 20s and attending college. Patty and Kerry have attended Zion for over 20 years now. Over those years, Patty has enjoyed teaching various children's classes. She has such a beautiful gift for teaching children about the love of Jesus.

In high school Patty majored in Secretarial and Accounting courses. Later, Patty took Computer Science and Intro-to-Nursing classes at Southwestern Michigan College. Patty worked as a certified nursing assistant for 8 years. She also worked as a pastry baker for several years and then moved on to be a certified teacher's assistant for about 14 years.

In Patty's spare time she enjoys baking, going on walks and reading. As a family, they enjoy going out to eat, traveling and sight-seeing.