Meet Our Staff

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  • Joe Hoagland

    Lead Pastor

    Joe.risechurch@gmail.com

    Joe lives in Marion with his wife Jenna and daughter Aryella. He is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University. Joe is passionate about leaders of the local church and because of this he is the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and co-founder of RookiePreacher.com through which he teaches a course called Sticky Sermons Academy. Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Lancaster, Ohio; he loves the Buckeyes and Columbus sports teams as well as the Steelers and Pirates, he enjoys international soccer and supports West Ham United from London. 


  • Steven Litzenberg

    Associate Pastor

    Steven.risechurch@gmail.com

    Steven lives in Marion and resides in his family home. He has a BA degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, and has a passion for working with people to help better their health and welfare. He has mentored sixteen troubled youth in a rehabilitation corrections center and has worked with the community to provide needs for everyday living. Besides the devotion for mentoring, he loves his family, his two dogs, and his church community.  

  • Jenna Hoagland

    Director of Communications

    Communications.risechurch@gmail.com

    Jenna lives in Marion with her husband Joe, daughter Aryella, and two dogs Elsa and Yoda. She has a degree in Medical Assisting and has a background in restaurant management. She has a passion for photography and has had a photography business since 2014. She is originally from Lancaster, Ohio and loves Taylor Swift! 

  • Jeremy and Anna James

    Rise Students

  • Shelley Hansen

    Office Manager

    Office.risechurch@gmail.com

    Shelley is married to her high school sweet heart Bill and the mother of two kids, Jon, Miranda, and grandma to Kara. She does the weekly bulletin for Rise Church. She spends her days taking care of her granddaughter and enjoys being a housewife.