Daniel O'Kane

I was born in New Zealand to a wonderful family. I enjoyed a loving home where I was supported in everything. Over the years, I became successful in sports, and this success helped me to travel the world. But even with all the love and success I experienced, I always knew there was more - as if there was some unexplained knowledge that I was suppressing. It was not until the Gospel of Jesus was laid out in front of me, through relationships and through spoken words, that I came to know and understand what this “more” truly was.

Since that time, I have enjoyed a fulfilling relationship with God. He has taken me through trial and pain, success and bliss, and has taught me through each and every turn. Through these turns and lessons, my wife, Jessica, and I were led to Marysville, where I began a full time internship at Marysville Grace. This internship involved an intense study in a seminary program to receive my Masters while, at the same time, experiencing full time pastorate duties.

Halfway through this internship, I had a unique understanding that God was calling us to lead a church campus in Bellefontaine. Through long and diligent prayer, conversations, and mentoring, this calling became even more clear. After finishing the internship the church family at Marysville Grace, the elders, and staff allowed me to follow God’s calling. At present I am the Campus Pastor of BGC (Bellefontaine Grace Church). We began a once-a-month Sunday meeting in September 2016, then every week Sunday meetings in April 2017. We have seen steady growth and are excited to see the Bellefontaine community respond to our church family and the Lord. 

John 1:4-5 is the verse which drives our vision. It states, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not understood it.” God has given us a light to shine in the darkness of peoples' hearts. With God’s hand, we intend to do just that in Logan county.

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Ethan Bunce

I was born in the great state of Indiana to a Christian family. It was such a gift to learn about God from parents who truly believed and followed Jesus Christ. I placed my faith in Jesus at a young age and grew in my relationship with Him. Many years later, I was able to attend Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. During this time, God molded me in many ways. I was blessed to have leadership opportunities, be involved in a genuine community, and meet my amazing wife, Jael.

As Jael and I completed our undergraduate degrees, it became clear that I wanted to continue my education and seek out training from the local church. We began to pray for such an opportunity. After a few months, I was offered this position as a Pastoral Resident at Marysville Grace, and we gladly accepted. This opportunity includes mentorship and training from the local church and allows me to earn my masters degree. This is truly an unbelievable gift and answer to prayer. We are now living in Bellefontaine and are excited to be serving the Bellefontaine Grace Church. I am currently acting as the music team coordinator, and we hope to serve this church in any way we can.