Welcome to GPS!
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Sports & Fitness Director
Sam Barnhill has been the director of Grace Powell Sports (GPS) since its establishment in 2017. Sam is happily married to his wife, Ashley, and together they are passionate about people and building relationships for the purpose of spreading the Good News. Their passions include foster care, international mission work, and caring for the “least of these” in the world. As a two sport athlete in college (basketball and track) and a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, Sam loves all things sports and fitness and believes these can be used as tools to help transform people into the best version of themselves. Sam desires to “take sports and fitness in a new direction,” one that is God honoring and relationship focused.
Sam has been a volunteer for Grace Powell Sports since its beginnings in 2017. He spent one year at Grove City College studying entrepreneurship before transferring to Columbus Community College to study Construction Management. Sam has felt a calling to Missions and can’t wait to be part of the GPS team! He has a passion to teach the Good News of Jesus through sports. He has played sports all his life and hopes to bring knowledge and experience into our sport leagues and camps.
Bethany is a recent graduate from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Exercise Science. In addition to this, she is a NASM certified personal trainer. Her love for exercise first started in the pool, where she was a competitive swimmer in both high school and college. She still continues to work with young swimmers and is a certified USA swim coach. Bethany is passionate about training her clients to help reach them reach their personal fitness goals; she is also a firm believer in the benefits of getting movement of any type in each day. In her down time, she loves reading books – mainly anything that has to do with nutrition and exercise, and she continue to serve as an intern for Cooking Matters, where she does food demos and classes for the Delaware community teaching about nutrition.
Personal Trainer / Group Exercise Instructor
Aleah is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Life Coach with Covenant Coach Academy. Aleah has a deep desire to walk alongside women to guide them in raising a Faithfully Fit Family. She is a firm believer that when we take the time to take our thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) we will see success in all areas of our life. Aleah has been married to her husband Dave since 2010 and they have 3 children (Layla, Cael, and Cade). What does self care look like for Aleah? She enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and meeting with mentors. She loves to be physically active and is a thrill seeker. Time outside with her family is her favorite. Aleah is passionate about foster care, guiding others to build a family foundation built on God, staying strong in our faith and physical body, and pouring into her family daily to create a deep bond and connection.
GPS Leadership Team
Jeff Stimpson is the Lead Pastor of Grace Powell Church. He has been married to his wife Carrie since 1995 and they have 4 children (Noah, Ethan, Luke and Sarah). Jeff is very passionate about sports. In high school and college he played soccer and basketball. Since college, Jeff has coached youth and high school sports for the past 15 years. As a pastor, Jeff believes sports can be used as a bridge to minister to the community and therefore believes wholeheartedly in the goal of GPS.
Joseph and his wife Meighan recently moved to Powell in June of 2021. Joseph has a Master’s of Science with a focus on Kinesiology, and previously worked at a community college as an Instructor of Health and staff role. He and Meighan enjoy relationship building and serving the community in hopes to spread the Good News of Jesus. Joseph is excited to join our GPS Fitness Team!
Group Exercise Instructor
Jenea has always loved physical fitness and enjoyed dance and running throughout her high school and college years. She teaches yoga and barre at a few fitness clubs in the area and has a passion for helping people feel great in their bodies and appreciate what they’re capable of! She really enjoys teaching in non-traditional settings since people who may not walk into a studio might try a yoga/barre class at their club (or church!) and realize how much they love it. Her favorite thing about teaching fitness classes is creating a space where people can relieve stress, balance their minds and bodies and get those endorphins flowing! Jenea and her husband Derek have a two, five and seven year-old and enjoy traveling together, watching their kids play sports and feel so grateful to have become a part of the Grace Powell Church family!
GPS Leadership Team
Darren has been attending Grace Powell Church for many years with his wife Kori and sons Drew and Nate, and he serves as an elder. His passion has been working with kids and he has pursued that in his professional career as the current Parks and Recreation Director in Worthington and in prior roles running camps, sports leagues, classes and special events for various cities. He has also coached over 30 youth sports teams as a volunteer as his sons have played soccer, baseball, and basketball around the community. Darren is living in his third Big Ten community as a graduate of Illinois and Indiana, but his loyalty is still with the Fighting Illini!
Kyle graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph with a Master’s of Physical Therapy. He additionally is a certified instructor in Ohio Health’s Parkinson’s “Delay the Disease” exercise and balance programming. Kyle is most passionate about our sports programming and the quality of the instruction and fun that comes from it. He makes sure to leave the fitness instruction up to the Sam and Bethany. Kyle is married to Heather since 2005. As a father of 3 boys, Isaiah (13), Elijah (12), and Jonah (10), he desires to see a sports program that incorporates the lessons of life into the world of sports. “Fundamentals are the foundation for quality athletes, and quality Christians.” Kyle was a three sport athlete from Parkway High School, a part of the Midwest Athletic Conference, with varsity letters, in golf, basketball, and baseball. 20 years later, he remains 3rd all-time in assists, and holds the single season 3 point percentage at 46.2%. Join him and Sam Monday nights for Men’s basketball, and you’ll be more likely to see him give a good assist than a made 3. He loves all things sports, especially when they can be played with friends and family. He believes the most enjoyable fitness comes when you get to compete against someone or for something.
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