Our Staff


  • Duane detweiler

    lead Pastor

    Duane is the Lead Pastor at Fairlawn. He grew up in Fredericksburg, OH and graduated from Wayndale High School. He married Verda in 1986. They have 3 adult children; Cory who is married to Lynette, a son Cody and a daughter Amber. Duane attended Rosedale Bible College in 1994 and 1997. He has pastored at Fairlawn since 1994 and served as lead pastor since 1997.

    Duane has a real desire to see the church body at Fairlawn equipped to advance the gospel in our community and in communities around the world. He gives overall vision to the church, leads the staff and leadership team and does most of the preaching.

    Duane enjoys cycling with Verda and knife making.  

  • steve Bixler

    Pastor of care/Operations

    Steve grew up in the Kidron area and graduated from Dalton High School. After high school, he attended Rosedale Bible College (RBC) and also served Rosedale Mennonite Missions/Choice Books. While serving at Choice Books, he met his wife, Becky. Today they have two sons: Isaac is attending RBC and Titus will soon graduate from high school. The first 20 years of marriage, Steve worked for a construction company but was also involved in leading short-term mission trips to Kenya. Steve feels blessed to be serving the Lord at Fairlawn Mennonite Church and is excited to see the local church impacting the community as well as the world.

  • Keith Byler

    Youth/Worship Pastor

    Keith was raised in the mountains of Salisbury PA, as the 3rd of 12 children. After graduating from high school, Keith attended Rosedale Bible College and graduated with an associate’s degree in General Biblical Studies. Immediately following graduation, he moved to Phoenix, AZ. as the Teen Ministries director of Aim Right Ministries and a Worship Leader at a local Church. During his ministry in Phoenix, Keith married his wife, Emily. In 2009 they moved to Apple Creek, Ohio to serve as the Youth Pastor & Worship Pastor for Fairlawn Mennonite Church. Keith and Emily have four children, David, Briana, Charles and Tobias. Keith enjoys writing music and playing a variety of instruments. His passions are leading worship and equipping Youth to know and advance the Gospel.  

  • Kelsey jurkovich

    Associate Pastor

    Kelsey spent his childhood years near the city of Massillon. During his senior year of high school he began working at Preferred Airparts. During his 4 years at Preferred he married his wife (Abbie) and moved to Kidron. After a year of marriage Kelsey and Abbie decided to pursue their call into ministry by moving to Sanford, FL to attend Reformation Bible College. During their two years there Kelsey pursued his associates in biblical and theological studies and Abbie worked as a floral designer. Since returning to Ohio, Kelsey and Abbie have welcomed their first child into the world—Ezra. Kelsey is currently working with our community group team, leading an ABF, sharing preaching responsibilities, and working in our jr high ministry.

  • Jodi barkman

    office assistant

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  • Lori fry

    office assistant

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  • Marlene swartzentruber

    Secretary

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  • Lynnette rohrer

    Treasurer

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  • melissa horrisberger

    janitor

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