COLUMBUS - Pastor Jim Zippay, the Founder and Lead Pastor of Heritage Christian Church in Westerville, Ohio, has joined National Church Residences as the organization’s first home office-based Chaplain.
“Certainly, having been a pastor for 34 years, I wanted to continue to be at a place where I could serve,” Zippay said. “I wanted to go to a place where faith would be a component of what they would be doing. This is a worthy cause I could put a shoulder to.”
A native of the Cleveland area, Zippay founded Heritage Christian Church in the Columbus suburb of Westerville in 1989. After starting with 30 charter members, the church grew to a weekly impact of almost 3,000 regular attendees and guests.
During his career, Zippay has traveled to over 20 underdeveloped countries presenting the Gospel and establishing partnerships with local ministries. He has also been an instructor and mentor to prisoners at Marion Correctional Institute and has completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education through Nationwide Children’s Hospital, providing pastoral care to patients, parents and staff.
Zippay said that being the Chaplain for National Church Residences will be his first exposure to a large organizational setting, but that he looks forward to taking on the challenge.
“In most walks of faith you don’t know what it will entail. You just keep stepping,” he said, adding that he is looking forward to establishing direct connections to National Church Residences’ residents, clients and staff. “I want to make sure I’m close enough to where it’s happening that I can both communicate the successes and understand the challenges.”
“Jim’s position was created as a way to continue to support and meet the needs of National Church Residences’ employees,” said Stacey Kyser, National Church Residences’ Senior Director of Development and Volunteer Services. “Our mission statement declares that we have a Christian commitment to service and that begins with caring for those that carry out our mission."