Rev. Laurie K. Steele joined the Aley Church team as the Lead Pastor July 1, 2023 and is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business, and a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, with a concentration in Church Renewal. Prior to the call to ordained ministry, she spent years in the Children/Youth & Young Adult ministry, as well as a professional career as a Purchasing/Design Plan Manager in residential new home building in the Cincinnati/Dayton area.

Laurie is married to Frank, and they have 3 amazing children: Courtney, Franklin and Allison and she currently lives with their 2 rescue Aussies Herschel & Andy. She loves long walks on the beach… really, she does and loves to visit her favorite place The Outer Banks of North Carolina where she grew up. Frank, Courtney and Laurie are huge Columbus Blue Jackets fans and love Broadway musicals. She has a number of creative outlets like her love for Creative Bible journaling, playing her bass guitar and reading. Laurie has also been a balloon twisting artist for more than 20 years and has a twist business called Twists of Faith Balloons, LLC.


Pastor of Outreach & Family Life

Rev. Abby J. Lightle has served at Aley since June 1, 2019 and currently serves as the Pastor of Outreach and Family Life. In this role, Pastor Abby oversees the outreach ministries of the church and seeks new opportunities for the church to be active and serve in the world beyond the four walls of the building. Additionally, Pastor Abby leads youth in grades 6-12 and family ministries while overseeing kids' ministry within Aley.  

For 8 years Abby was a high school science teacher, softball coach, and Science Olympiad advisor while serving in part time ministry at her home church in Anna, OH. Abby is a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, and The Ohio State University. She graduated from United Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity and in May 2022 she was fully ordained as a Deacon within the United Methodist Church. For fun Pastor Abby enjoys spending time with her family & friends, working with her hands, reading, and exploring new places. 

Abby's days off are most often Friday & Saturday. 

  • SUSAN GRINKEMEYER - Kids Ministry

    As the Kids Ministry, Susan oversees the ministries for infant through 5th grade and volunteers for these ministries.  Click here to see more about our Children's Ministry at Aley.

  • Karen engel - caring ministries

    Karen heads up the Caring Ministries at Aley which helps take ensure those involved at Aley are receive opportunities for physical and spiritual care on a personal level.  Click here to see more about Caring Ministries. 

  • Tom Oxley - church Business Administrator

    As our Church Business Administrator, Tom oversees the business aspects of the church and works closely with Trustees, SPRC, and Finance to help Aley Church function efficiently and effectively.  Tom helps maintain a well-cared for property that allows other staff to be able to focus in their ministry areas without worrying about the physical space.  

  • JESSICA CLARK - Administrative Assistant

    Our Administrative Assistant helps our office stay organized and efficient through answering phones, emails, managing the calendar, and coordinates communication through several ministries within Aley among many other tasks.

  • Gail Simpson - Community life coordinator

    As our Community Life Coordinator, Gail helps organize events for the church and ensures that everything needed for those events is taken care of as well as helping coordinate willing servants.  Gail is also currently serving as the Lay Leader at Aley. 

  • Adam Clark - Digital Media Coordinator

    As the digital media coordinator, Adam oversees our live-streaming and sound board operations.  He also assists with setting up/running virtual meetings and producing digital content for our social media accounts and website. 

  • KRISTINA CROUCHER - aca director

    Kristina oversees the business aspects of Aley Christian Academy and works to establish and maintain a safe, fun place for children to learn and grow.  Click here for more information about the ACA.

  • Pam Rauch

    Choir Director



  • Tracey McKibben


  • christy riel


Aley Worship Leaders

  • Jean lockwood



Meet the Aley Staff!