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Interim Lead Pastor

Ancil Abney

Ancil Abney and his wife Kathleen joined to staff of Winona Friends Church in January 2020. His responsibilities are to serve as the Interim Pastor during the time period between the departure of former Pastor Rusty Savage and when the church calls a pastor to lead Winona Friends Church in the years to come.

Ancil comes to Winona after serving 20 years as the Lead Pastor on the Gulf Coast of Florida and 10 years as a Lead Pastor in Lexington, KY. Both Ancil and Kathleen are graduates of Warner University in Lake Wales, FL.

Kathy and Ancil were married in 1982 and have three sons, Austin (Ashley and Myles), AJ (Lindsay and Asher) and Andrew (Brooke).

Both are excited to be in Winona and working alongside the Winona Friends Church. Come join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 9:00 or 10:30. We'll save a place just for you.


Associate Pastor

Dan Hepner

Dan Hepner joined the staff of Winona Friends Church in July of 2015. He also served as a youth volunteer for WFC from 1998-2000.  His responsibilities include serving as the Associate Pastor and directing the Youth Ministry.

Dan was raised in Central Pennsylvania and became acquainted with the Friends Church denomination while at Malone University, where he graduated with a degree in Bible and Theology.  He also has a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Barclay College.

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 doing outdoor activities.

Dan has been working with teenagers since 1996 and 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 Go


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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