LCC Leadership

Jon Welch

Lead Minister

Jon is a Cynthiana native and has been serving at LCC since June of 2016. He and his wife, Amanda, have been blessed with two wonderful girls.  Jon graduated from Johnson Bible College with a degree in Preaching and Youth Ministry, and received his MA in New Testament Studies from Johnson University in 2021. 

Sammy Harris 

Executive Minister

Sammy Harris, a Kentucky native from Fleming County holds a BS degree from Kentucky Christian University as well as a MA in Christian Leadership. He has served churches in KY since he was 18 years old which include: Tilton, Indian Creek, Williamstown, and Gardenside Christian Churches. Sammy has been at Leesburg Christian Church since 2002. He has served on numerous boards and advisory positions throughout his adult life and has led building projects in each ministry he has participated. As an outdoor enthusiast he enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, and weight lifting. His favorite Bible verses are Ephesians 2:8-10 and he sees everyday as gift from God.

John Kelley

Disciple-Making Minister

John a.k.a “JK” is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University and has been in localized church ministry for over 25 years.  After helping plant Catalyst Christian Church in Nicholasville, KY, and serving there since 2008, JK joined the staff of Leesburg in September of 2023 as the Disciple-Making Minister. He has also served ministries at Southside Christian Church in Versailles, KY, Indian Creek Christian in Cynthiana, KY, and First Christian Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin. JK is an avid backpacker and loves few things more than being in the woods and sleeping in his hammock. One of the things he loves more than that is his family. John has been married to his beautiful wife Rhea since 2014, and has two children, Ellie and Jack. JK’s biggest desire is to see people come into a deeper relationship with Christ and become a disciple who makes disciples.

Matty Simpson

Worship Arts Minister

Matty began serving with us in 2015, and brings more than two decades of devoted ministry experience, that includes impactful roles at Antioch Mills Christian Church and Church of Christ of Alexandria. Committed to both faith and family, Matty has been happily married to his wife, Elizabeth, since 2013. They both have a love for animals and spoil their 2 dogs and 2 cats everyday.  Beyond the worship stage, Matty expresses his faith and creativity as a songwriter and country music artist, loves photography, videography, and graphic design, and has served at Camp Northward as a counselor since 1997, dean, and trustee since 2022. Above all else, he loves to share Jesus with everyone, from the sanctuary to the dive bar stool.

Buddy Coleman

Student Minister

Buddy is a graduate of Midway University and has been in ministry for over 10 years. Following a Student Ministry internship at Grace Christian Church in Georgetown, KY, Buddy joined the staff of Leesburg in September of 2021 as the Student Minister. He has also served ministries at Harmony Christian Church in Georgetown, KY, and the Upward Sports Ministry with Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Stamping Ground, KY. Buddy loves playing, watching, learning, and coaching any and all sorts of sports. More than that he loves his family. Buddy has been married to his beautiful wife Lindsey since May of 2023. Buddy's biggest desire is to help guide students to grow and foster their relationship with Christ.

Courtney Vaughn 

Kids Ministry

Courtney joined our team in 2015 as an intern. Since then she has served in several areas of ministry. Courtney and her husband Todd married in 2018 and have two children, Greyson and Ellinor. Currently, Courtney serves on our Leesburg KIDS team. Her call is to develop young hearts and minds and equip families for disciple making.

Emily McCauley

Kids Ministry

Emily is passionate about serving Christ wherever needed and oversees the kid's ministry volunteer scheduling, connecting with parents, and events. Emily loves to teach children and adults about God’s Love, study His Word, His Truth, His Grace, and how to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Emily also leads the Women's Ministry at Leesburg! She has a small group that meets every other Friday. She married her husband, William, in 2010 and they have 4 daughters. She is humbled that she gets to spend time at home with her girls and serve Christ.  She loves to bring all glory to God and help people grow in the Lord. May all we do point to Jesus.
1Corinthians 10:31

Dana Waits

Office  Administrator

Dana is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Organizational Management. She joined the Leesburg staff in 2023 after retiring from Harrison County Schools. Dana is married to Marty, and they have two adult sons, Jordan and Joshua. She also has a large extended family that she enjoys spending time with when she can, most of whom attend LCC. When Dana is not working, you may find her with 3 little girls who call her MiMi - her favorite title! A few things Dana enjoys besides her family and friends are writing, music, college basketball, walking on their farm, and any other opportunity to be outside soaking up the beauty of God's creation.
"If I had to pick, Romans 8:38-39 are my favorite Bible verses. To know and truly internalize that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus the Lord is all the assurance and motivation we need. It's all about the L-O-V-E!"

Sandi Froehlich 

Financial  Administrator

Sandi has worked as a church financial administrator for over 22 years and feels blessed to serve at Leesburg since 2019.  She is married and has 3 adult sons.  Sandi loves spending time with her family and riding bike trails with her husband.

J Miller Levi 

Production Coordinator

J Miller and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Cynthiana with their three daughters. J has served at Leesburg Christian Church since 2013 with a passion for all things tech, he loves to use his talents to serve God.