United Methodst Church

Our Staff



Rev. John Wallace began as the pastor of this congregation in October of 2014. He is a fully-ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. John graduated with a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology (Emory University) in Atlanta in 1982. John served United Methodist Churches in Flint, Redford Township and Detroit Michigan as well as one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before coming to Ohio. John lives in northeast Columbus. He has two adult daughters. In Ohio, John served for 9 years at Christ UMC and then an interim appointment at St. Andrew both in Columbus. Before coming to Church of the Saviour he was the pastor of Johnstown UMC.

John believes in abundant life for all. The church shares abundant life as a community of diverse persons. If you are looking for such a community; come see what is happening with the congregation of the Church of the Saviour United Methodist.

Music Director


Dr. Joowon Kim was recently appointed Music Director in charge of our Praise Band and Choir. He graduated from Ohio State University with a DMA in music composition and holds a Master of Music degree in music composition from Western Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the Kyungbuk National University in South Korea. Dr. Kim’s studies have included piano performance, choir conducting, and organ. He has been working as a music instructor to teach piano, music composition and theory, and has been a music director in many churches for 20 years. The goals he has established and has achieved in a music leadership position were—to help and lead people that they may have a joy of praising in making beautiful music to glorify God and gain a close relationship with Him through music. Dr. Kim lives in Westerville with his wife Kiyoung and daughter Sarang or “Sara”.

Church Administrator


Deb Gifford is Administrative Assistant to Rev. John Wallace and is also our Church Treasurer. Deb grew up in Parma Heights, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She retired from Ross Laboratories, Division of Abbott Laboratories after 27 years of service. While there Deb held several positions at Abbott, most notably as Program Manager, Infant Nutritionals. Deb is an active member of our church and has been married 10 years to her husband, Michael, who is also a member. They reside in Westerville. In her spare time, Deb enjoys gardening, reading, traveling (with an emphasis on historical sites), and antiquing.