Landmark is an independent church who understands and practices Christian liberty. We are learners who actively seek truth from God’s Word, and desire to reach all cultures for Christ, see them baptized and then teach them to observe God’s Word as the light for their life (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
Pastor Brandon Little
Brandon has been a member of our church since 1992, faithfully serving in many areas of the church. After being ordained within this congregation, he served as the Assistant Pastor for 5 years before becoming Pastor in 2000. In addition to preaching and shepherding the flock, he helps those in need with Biblical counseling and is an active member of the Batavia Rotary and Clermont County Safety Net Alliance.
Krista has been a member here since 1986, while her own father served as Pastor. She is now the administrative secretary and serves on the Worship Team. Brandon, Krista and their two boys look forward to serving at LBC for as long as God allows.
Pastor Russ Theisens
Russ and Meriah and their family moved to Cincinnati from the Los Angeles area in 2004. They both grew up in the church, and have served in volunteer and full-time ministry positions; leading youth ministry, family ministry, small group ministry, and strategic planning for over 20 years in churches both in California and Ohio. Russ has also had experience in church leadership, teaching and preaching. Meriah has had the opportunity to coordinate children’s and nursery ministries as well. The Theisens began attending Landmark in 2012 and became members in 2013.
Russ is a middle school/high school history and Bible teacher at Miami Valley Christian Academy in Newtown. He is also an assistant varsity football coach and the head varsity baseball coach at MVCA. Russ has a BA in Christian Education from The Master’s University and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Education at Abilene Christian University.
Meriah is a stay at home mom and has a degree in Elementary Education from Lassen College. She is currently pursuing a psychology degree from Biola University.
Russ and Meriah have 3 boys: Jordan, Caleb, and Ethan. They live in Amelia. In their free time (when it’s not sports season!) they enjoy movies, music, reading, cooking, and any beach related activity.
Pastor Gary Farmer
Gary and Lisa have been at Landmark since 2004 and have served in many different capacities. They have a heart for God’s mission and His people and they give of themselves tirelessly. They have a sincere desire for the Scriptures (they both have a special gift for context) and making the gospel known. They also enjoy motorcycling, fishing, hunting, DYI projects and simplicity in the day to day. They are so excited to be serving God’s people at Landmark and in the Clermont County community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Landmark different from other churches I’ve attended?
We believe the church is a “family of families.” Our desire is to encourage families to be all God wants them to be, since the strength of the church is dependent upon the strength of individual families (Deuteronomy 6:7; Ephesians 6:1-4). We are committed to “creating space” for families to spend time together (Ephesians 5:16). We do not offer a host of programs that run families ragged. We would much rather encourage you to spend more time around your family table enjoying one another’s company, engaging in Christian hospitality toward your neighbors in your community and “doing life together” with your spiritual family.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. Many people wear casual clothes but if you would like to wear a suit and tie, that’s ok, too.
Where is the main entrance?
Our main entrance is the first entrance you encounter when pulling into the parking lot and the one closest to the road (NOT the covered entrance). When you come in the main doors, you’ll need to go through the next set of glass doors in order to get to the sanctuary.
What can I expect when I walk in the door?
You can expect folks to be socializing in the foyer with coffee and mingling about, while others will be finding a seat in the sanctuary, waiting for the worship service to begin.
Will I be expected to donate money if I attend a service?
You are welcomed as our guest and the worship service is our gift to you. We do not in any way expect you to give money to our church unless you feel led to do so.
What musical worship “style” should I expect?
In our weekly services, you’ll experience a variety of songs and instruments. All of our songs are carefully chosen; we want the best of the best. Songs from church history: the most biblically accurate hymns of our faith. Songs from today: the most theologically sound and musically interesting offerings… not chosen because they’re the most popular, but because they teach solid scriptural truth. Our musical worship attempts to be Christ-Centered and not entertainment driven with the goal of glorifying God while edifying and educating the believer and testifying to those who don’t know Him.
What happens during a typical worship service?
Most services open with two or three songs that reflect God’s glory, our sinfulness and His redemption. This is followed by the sermon and communion and includes two or three more songs to reflect our Savior’s sacrifice and our mission. We end our time together with some encouraging thoughts as we’re dismissed to serve the Lord in the coming week.
Will I be put on the spot during any of the services?
Absolutely not! We will not embarrass you by pinning a name tag on you or asking you to speak to the congregation.
I have children of all ages…. What about them?
We believe it’s important for families to worship together. We have grown accustomed to the presence of children in the service, and the children grow accustomed to being a part of the corporate worship experience. No one will stop you at the door if you try to enter our service with your small children however we do have an infant nursery and a family training room that can be utilized if children get restless.
Our church family isn’t satisfied with just following what we’ve always believed. We’re continually learning as the Spirit teaches us.
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All true churches share certain characteristics in common, and individual churches may differ from each other in theological emphases and ministry priorities while still remaining faithful to the gospel.
Some may emphasize international missions while others highlight discipleship. Some may place a premium on family ministry while others may make church planting their top priority. While many of our priorities are shared with other churches, in some cases, it is the way we put them into practice that will distinguish us from other churches. It important to note that we derive no sense of superiority in our practices, and simply desire to express our understanding of biblical teaching and priorities. When other churches decide to highlight other priorities while remaining faithful to the gospel, we can thank God for them and commend them to other Christians with a clear conscience.
In our current economy there are many hurting families and individuals. As a church, our goal is to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with our community. We want to be sure our congregation is making a difference in our community and would be missed if we were not here.
Our pastors share a common vision to be relevant to our culture, to build long-term, community relationships and to give real help and hope to people in need. Our goal is not only to meet the short-term needs of those in our community but to provide the opportunity for them to take advantage of long-term help.
Have you begun connecting in our services, classes and groups? Are you ready to commit to membership in the LBC family?
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