The Church at West Creek is elder-led, congregational-ruled, and deacon-served.

Elders, pastors, overseers: the Bible uses these terms interchangeably to refer to the same office. At its heart, this is the position of a shepherd. Together, by God's grace and under the Chief Shepherd, these men lead and care for Christ's flock among them (1 Peter 5:2). 

  • Steve Barbee

    Lead Pastor, Elder


    Steve's journey to The Church at West Creek began close to home. Steve came to trust in Christ at a young age through the witness of his parents and the ministry of Old Oak Bible Church. While strong in his faith when he went to college, going into church ministry was not on his radar. In the midst of his pursuit to become the next big sports agent, Steve began to sense desire to become a pastor. Since then, he's received a B.A. in History from Malone University and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was humbled to serve as a pastor of the church where he grew up, and was instrumental in the merger that birthed The Church at West Creek. Steve lives in Middleburg with his wife, Kate, and their son, Jack. He enjoys taking his wife on dates, exercising, drinking coffee, being a mediocre guitar player (his words), and being a cautiously optimistic Cleveland sports fan.

  • Jonathan Shold

    Associate Pastor, elder


    Jonathan became an elder in 2023. He's honored to pastor full-time, overseeing our music ministry, our Foundations ministry, and co-leading a community group. He's married to Jenna, loves God and music, and serves with a kind, humble heart.

  • Bill Barbee


    Alongside his wife, Donna, Bill has faithfully served in the church for nearly 30 years, being an elder for most of that time. He joyously assists with music on Sunday mornings, teaches in Foundations, and preaches on occasion. 

  • Jared guyaux


    Jared became an elder in 2023. He and his wife, Emily, quickly folded into West Creek as those who intentionally build relationships. Jared and Emily oversee our teen group and co-lead a community group. In his spare time, you'll find Jared playing a board game, reading a book, or building something.

  • dan shaffer


    Dan became an elder in 2023. Dan has a heart for those who don't know Jesus and for those who do to know and serve him more. Dan enjoys time with his wife, Jaclyn, and their three daughters. He teaches regularly at our Foundations, co-leads a community group, and often uses his vacation time to support gospel work overseas.