OUR CHURCH VENTURE STORY

Pastor Kerry Thrush served as an ordained United Methodist Pastor from 1995 - 2013 in both Kentucky and Ohio. He started a brand new church between 2004 - 2012 in Hamilton Township, all the while he and his family fell in love with the north east side of Cincinnati! In 2014 Kerry heard God calling him to start another church, one that would tell the simple yet powerful story of the hope we can find while following Jesus Christ.

Worship for Echo Church began in 2014 at Great Wolf Lodge! The opportunity to move to our current location happened in August of 2014 followed quickly by a series of unfortunate lawyers, which required us to change our name to Church Venture!

Today Church Venture is an incredibly welcoming community of faith who are engaged in the arts, passionate about serving, and enjoy worshiping every week. We exist to Love God & Love People. We value Authenticity, Bold Hope, & Creativity.

Consider yourself invited to join us for 10 AM worship any Sunday. You will find a fantastic cross section of people from Mason, Maineville, Loveland, West Chester and Lebanon! We are very casual in our dress, we offer professional childcare during worship as well as Sunday morning opportunities for kids 4 years old to 5th Grade. We also have a rocking Jr. High and Sr. High Student Ministry.


OUR CHURCH VENTURE HISTORY

The announcement that we were starting a new church was made on Facebook in August 2013 and a “Come and See” event happened in September 2013 at Landen Deerfield Park.

Gathering events happened October, November, & December 2013.

Once a month preview worship began at Great Wolf Lodge January, February 2014. Weekly worship began Sunday March 2, 2014.


OUR MISSION | OUR BELIEFS

“CREATING FUN EXPERIENCES FOR REAL PEOPLE WHO ARE INSPIRED AND LEARNING TO LOVE LIKE JESUS.”

To love is risky. To love like Jesus loved is risky and ambitious! At Church Venture we strive for nothing less.

  • At Church Venture it’s gotta be fun…

  • We are authentic people with real struggles…

  • The love of Jesus inspires us to Venture more…

  • We strive to become the love of Christ for others…

Come worship with us
Doing Life together – everyday
Together we will become the hands and feet of Christ
We will Love like Jesus! 

Our Mission


WHAT DOES CHURCH VENTURE BELIEVE ABOUT GOD?

We believe that God is three in one…God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.

 

WHAT DOES CHURCH VENTURE BELIEVE ABOUT JESUS?

Jesus is God…100% human and 100% God. This is incredibly difficult to wrap our heads around but we know this is how God wants to connect with us…through Jesus. Jesus lived among people, died for the forgiveness of our sins and lives today as our pathway to be reconnected to an over the top loving God.

 

WHAT DOES CHURCH VENTURE BELIEVE ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT?

The Holy Spirit is God’s presence on earth today. Through the Holy Spirit we communicate with God in prayer and in every day life. The Holy Spirit is God living in us, giving us the strength and hope to be Christ Followers.

 

WHAT DOES CHURCH VENTURE BELIEVE ABOUT BAPTISM?

Baptism is one of two holy sacraments – an opportunity to be intimately connected to Jesus Christ. We believe that one baptism is enough! There will be no need to be “re-baptized” at Church Venture. We believe adults who are willing to publicly proclaim that they want to be a Christ Follower can be baptized. We also believe that infants can be baptized. These infants must have guardians who are Christ Followers, who are willing to claim responsibility to raise their children in the church, and who will give their children the opportunity, once they are older, to make a decision for themselves whether or not to become a Christ Follower.

 

WHAT DOES CHURCH VENTURE BELIEVE ABOUT HOLY COMMUNION?

Holy Communion is one of two holy sacraments – an opportunity to be intimately connected to Jesus Christ. Bread and grape juice or wine represents the body and blood of Christ. Through Holy Communion offered by Jesus Christ forgiveness can be found, and an intimate connection can be made. At Church Venture, anyone who desires to take Holy Communion will be served!

 

HOW DOES CHURCH VENTURE INTERPRET THE BIBLE?

The Bible is a faith book. The Bible is not a math book, or a biology book, nor is it a DIY book. The Bible is a faith book, which is God’s timeless word to humanity. The Bible was delivered through the Holy Spirit to ordinary people to help us understand the story of God and our relationship to Him. We place the Bible as our highest authority.

Our Beliefs

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LEAD PASTOR
KERRY THRUSH

Favorite Team: UK

Favorite Saying: A better question is this....

Favorite Hobby: Fishing

What I Can't Part With: My boat!

Life Goal: I am constantly on a quest for really really good barbecue. This is not a frivolous endeavor but a life long journey!

I was born and raised in Louisville, KY. I married Betsy in 1993.
I married up! We met at church in 1984 and began dating in 1990. Our son Zee was born in 2004. He's a sports nut, and a video game wizard. Together we love going to Kentucky basketball games. Our daughter Elle was born in 2006. She is an aspiring baker and makes a mean cupcake! She is a fashionista and has subscribed to many online vlogs.

I have had a colorful professional career! I have served as an usher at Church Hill Downs, delivered and assembled baby cribs, mowed lawns, and moved pianos, assembled cars, been a barista, sold cameras, worked for the Housing Authority, audited commercial and residential garbage routes as well as tipped cans, delivered newspapers, stacked granola bars.

But i've never had as much fun or met as many good and crazy people as I have while serving as an ordained pastor for 20+ years! Church Venture is the second new church start I have served as the Lead Pastor.

Contact Kerry

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WORSHIP PASTOR
COREY TUCKER

Favorite Band: Gary Clark Jr.

Favorite Saying: hmm, that's interesting.

Favorite Job: Church Venture!

What I Can't Part With: PRS Semi Hollowbody Guitar

Top 3 Places I Have Traveled: England to perform; Laguna Beach, Cali; Cruise to Bahamas

I led my first song at church at 6 or 7. I was hooked at that point. I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I spent my adolescent and young adult years in choirs, finally graduating from The Ohio State University. After graduation, I spent the next 10+ years working in Sales and Recruiting while raising my daughter. I knew she was watching me and that led me back into music, ultimately His music. I have spent the last 10 years working in different church settings, in preparation for Church Venture.

Contact Corey

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ADMINISTRATOR
KAREN KRAMMES

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STUDENT WORSHIP LEADER
ANN OVERTURF

Favorite Hobby: Crafts, especially beading and painting

What I Can't Part With: My dog, Charlie. He’s a gem!

Addiction: Coffee and Good & Plenty candy (together is the best)

Superpower: Directing Church Camp. I lead junior high kids at Camp Christian in Magnetic Springs, Ohio.

What I want to learn: How to tap dance and play the accordion, but not at the same time.

Mantra: You are loved.

I grew up in Aurora, Illinois and met my husband , Todd, at the University of Illinois in 1984. We’ve been married 30 years and have two cool kids plus a bonus daughter-in-law. Our son, Patrick (26), is a percussionist, and his wife Carole (27) is a flutist. They live in Dallas. Our daughter Grace (25) just started medical school at Wright State University.

I was an actuary until I realized hanging out with kids is way more fun than math. I love my day job in a food and beverage research lab, but I shine brightest when hanging out with the exceptional young people at Church Venture!

Contact Ann

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COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR
ANGELA CHIN

Favorite Hobby: Photography

What I Can’t Part With: 2 keys on my MacBook - [command] and [Z]

I've been trained in the mysterious art of design, I'm an elite master of graphical weaponry, skilled with the cursor and deadly with the pixel. In a nutshell, that means that I sit at my shiny Apple computer all day long creating snazzy designs on and offline.

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I also have been a licensed Insurance Agent for our family business since 2006.

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Lastly, but not least, I have been blessed with 4 children, a sticky purse, a van full of crumbs, an amazon prime account, and pride and joy to carry on for a lifetime.

Contact Angela

 
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LEADERSHIP TEAM

KERRY THRUSH
HEATHER CHANEY
TODD OVERTURF
BEV MASSEY
JIMMY CLARK

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KID VENTURE TEAM

HEATHER CHANEY
ANN OVERTURF
BETSY THRUSH
ARLENE SWIHART