Lead Pastor

Dan Hepner

Dan Hepner joined the staff of Winona Friends in July of 2015 and served as the Associate/Youth Pastor from 2015 until 2020. As of January Dan is serving as Lead Pastor.

Dan was raised in Central Pennsylvania and became acquainted with the Friends Church while at Malone, where he graduated with a degree in Bible and Theology. He also has a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies from Barclay. Dan has been married to his wife Kristin since 2006. Kristin is a middle school math teacher who was born in New York. They have two sons, Eric, and Derrick. As a family they enjoy playing sports, and
doing outdoor activities together.

Dan has a passion for lost people coming to know Jesus. He enjoys the variety of his roles at WFC and helping teach and preach the word of God.


Director of Children’s Ministries

Julee Kelly

Julee Kelly joined the staff of Winona Friends Church part-time in 2009 and full-time in 2012 as the Director of Children’s Ministry. Her responsibilities are to oversee and direct all of the programming, teaching, training and volunteering that occurs in the Children’s Wing. Julee is also the Office Administrator as of January 2019.

The Winona area has been Julee’s home since birth and she has attended Winona Friends since childhood. She attended United Local High School, has a BA in Bookkeeping & Business along with an educational license from Malone University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Kent State University. Julee married her husband, Chip, in 1990 and they have two children. Bridgette graduated with her PharmD from Toledo University in 2020 and Mitchell is at The Ohio State University studying Business.

Julee has a passion for teaching children and invites families to join us at WFC to see what we’re all about. There is programming for all children at both 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.


Worship Pastor

Jessica Cross

Jessica joined the WFC staff in June of 2020.  As Worship Pastor, her role is to help inspire a Holy-Spirit centered worship experience that extends from an intimate knowledge of God’s goodness and grace.  She and her husband, Jennings, serve together in music ministry and share a heartfelt passion for reaching others with the life-changing message of the love of Jesus.

Before working in ministry, Jessica was a college music educator for 15 years.  She has a Master's in Music from New York University and enjoys writing, blogging and composing music.

On good-weather days, Jessica and Jennings often escape to Mill Creek Park with their two pups, Beatrix and Barklee.  Even on not-so-good weather days, they find a way to spend time in the restorative blessing of God’s beautiful world.  Jessica loves how her husband makes her laugh and how her Father fills her life with presence, purpose and song.


Director Of Music

Cindy Neiswanger

Bio Coming Soon!

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