About

Orchard NEO aims at raising up men passionate about reaching Northeast Ohio through local churches. We work alongside these planters to realize God’s vision for their role in this mission, and training them to be as effective as possible. To accomplish our goal, we are committed to identifying, training, supporting, and deploying as many church planters as it takes to reach Northeast Ohio.

Our Team

Zach Weihrauch

Director  
Native to Indiana with nearly a decade in Northeast Ohio, Zach’s help in planting City Church solidified his heart for introducing Christ to the people in and around Cleveland. Zach received his MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Drew Gasser

Assistant Director  
A Northeast Ohio native, Drew’s appreciation for the area manifests in his desire to bring the Gospel to all who inhabit it. He lives out his passion for church planting through a heart oriented towards administration and logistics.

Paul Turner

Coaching Director  
Born and raised in The Land, Paul likens his firsthand joys and trials of planting churches to the history of his beloved Cleveland sports teams. He desires for the gospel to be readily heard by more people among Northeast Ohio, a place he proudly calls home.

Richard White

Coaching Assistant Director   
Having spent the past ten years working towards the spiritual and practical development of local youth in Akron and Cleveland, Richard has a deep understanding of Northeast Ohio. He is excellent at connecting with people and uses his experience to bring hope to neighborhoods through church planting.

Hallie Andrews

Administrative Assistant  
With a background in intercultural studies, philosophy, theology, and photography, Hallie is considered a jack of all trades around the office. She loves working behind the scenes and using her gifts to practically support the Orchard Team’s vision for church planting.

Our Heritage

Why Northeast Ohio?

A great movement for the kingdom has already begun in Northeast Ohio, but there is still much work to be done. Orchard NEO serves as the continuation of decades of missional work while also breathing new life into gospel efforts in Ohio. With over 4.4 million residents in the 20-county region of Northeast Ohio, the three cities of Cleveland, Akron, and Canton serve as the region’s cultural hubs, each contributing to the diverse makeup of people and cultures existing in Northeast Ohio. This diversity accentuates the need for local expressions of the Church, each aiming at a specific people in a specific place.

Northeast Ohio is home to the resources and relationships that the Orchard Team has formed over our combined years of experience. These connections help form the foundations for our church plants, giving them opportunities to connect to their communities in a meaningful way. We are passionate about this region to its core and aim to bring the gospel in a way specific to it.

Our Launched Church Plants

Story Church in Mayfield Heights

Story Church

“We are a church made up of real people who are rooted in both the historic Christian faith and the community of Mayfield Heights. Our aim is to provide a church experience that is restful and accessible for the residents of this city.”
– Jeremy King

1345 Som Center Rd, Mayfield Heights
storychurchmayfield.com

Wingfoot Church in Goodyear Heights

Wingfoot Church

“As a church, we’re all about one thing: renewing hope in the Heights in Jesus’ name. We’re defiantly hopeful for Goodyear Heights because it’s where we call home.”
– Jon Ashley

1690 Hillside Terrace, Akron
wingfootchurch.com