Pastoral Staff

Ed Holland | Lead Pastor

Ed Holland became the Lead Pastor at ABT in December 2006.  Prior to coming to Northeast Ohio, Ed partnered with churches in Florida, Texas and Northeast Ohio.  He also served as a Senior Leadership and Stewardship Consultant with John Maxwell’s, nationally known INJOY group located in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ed has had the privilege of telling people about Jesus Christ around the world.  He is in constant demand as a speaker and brings a lifetime of experience on subjects ranging from leadership, stewardship, and church renewal.

Ed holds a Master of Divinity degree as well as an MA in liberal studies. He has been married to Kathy Holland for over 30 years and together they raised three children.  Oftentimes, Ed and Kathy work as a team leading marriage seminars and teaching in conferences bringing humor and practical help for countless people.

Ed loves to keep things simple and practical and rarely speaks without reminding people that we are all called to, “Love God, Love People and Change the World.”

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Randy Vandemark | Worship Pastor

Randy grew up in central Michigan in a family that loves to sing, and he continues to spend his days promoting God’s praise as the Worship Pastor for our Temple service. With almost 30 years of music ministry in Louisville KY, Erie PA, Mansfield OH, and Cleveland OH, he joined the ABT team in September of 2011. Pastor Randy holds a Masters in Church Music degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. When investing in the life and service of those that attend the Temple, sing in the choir, or play on the praise team, Randy knows he is doing what God has called him to do. His favorite verse says, “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do all for the glory of God.” (I Cor.10:31)

Randy and his wife, Cyndy, have two adult daughters, Rebecca and Jennifer.




Sean McNeill | Worship Leader

Sean and his wife Mindy, felt the Lord call them to Akron in the spring of 2008. Music has always been a part of Sean and Mindy’s lives and is what drew them together back in college at Liberty University.

Sean and his wife traveled together all over the country leading worship and sharing the love of Christ throughout their college career as well as serving at other churches throughout the southeast.

Sean was privileged to make it to the Hollywood round of American Idol in 2004, the year Carrie Underwood won, and has tried to use that platform to advance the kingdom in anyway possible. His heart is for worship and lifting Christ up, so that all that hear of Jesus would be drawn by His love.




Jason Knight | Student Pastor

Jason is a life-long member of ABT, growing up through the youth department. After getting married to Valerie in 2003, they felt God’s calling to volunteer in the middle school department. In 2008, God called them into full-time youth ministry and they took over student ministries and the Connect High School Ministries.

Jason has an Associates degree in Graphic Design with Honors from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh as well as another Associates degree and Bachelors degree from Liberty University in Fine Arts and Religion. He is currently working on his Masters degree in Christian Ministry and Pastoral Studies from Liberty University.

Jason and Valerie have four children, Gavin, Alyson, Lincoln & Wilson, as well as a desire to see life change in students by helping them move toward a stronger connection with God.




Bryan Vaudrin | Associate Pastor

Bryan is a native of northeast Ohio, who accepted Jesus Christ into his life as a seven year old boy at ABT. He and his wife Laurie have 2 sons: Chaese, and Chandler.

Pastor Bryan originally served as an ABT Senior High leader, but in recent years became the director of the college and young singles. He has a keen understanding of the challenges young adults face today and strives to provide a ministry to help them face those challenges. His heart’s desire is to help those around him discover how they can have a personal relationship with Christ, develop their own “personal community”, and in turn take what Christ has done in their lives to those around them.




Bob Paterson | Associate Pastor

Bob and his wife Barbara came to ABT in February of 2014. Prior to ABT Bob has served as a missionary to Cuba, and board member of Christ To The Nations Missions.  Most recently he served in several church positions in Florida and Texas. Bob entered the ministry following a successful career at IBM, and was ordained in 2002.  Bob and Barbara have three grown and married children and four grandchildren, living in Texas, Delaware, and Mexico.  Bob has a passion for people, and challenges everyone to reach their full potential as a Christian.  Bob and Barbara enjoy travel, especially taking cruises in their spare time and visiting foreign countries.  They are avid campers, but only if they can “glamp” (glamour camping) in an RV.